We’ve been over benefits of teas and how to store it, but I haven’t gone over my favorite medicinal tea blends! These are great for soothing minor ailments, naturally!
Hello friends! I’m back with more awesome talk about one of my favorite beverages: tea. So, I’ve gone over the benefits of different types of tea, and in that post I (very) briefly went over some medicinal uses of teas. Today, I’m going to expand on that, and go over herbal tea blends that I use for common ailments. I am one of those people who is all for holistic remedies for minor ailments. Headaches, nausea, stress, things like that. Practicing yoga helped me get off of the pain meds I used to take daily for my back, and I love great holistic remedies like that, which will help in the long run. So, when I’m suffering from a minor ailment, I don’t run to the medicine cabinet. I get a kettle of water boiling on the stove and march over to my tea cabinet! Here are some of my favorite tea blends that I make when I am feeling a bit under the weather.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional. So, naturally before trying these out, make sure they’re okay for you. These are holistic remedies, and although anecdotal data shows they do seem to work, they may not work for you or mix well with any medications you are already taking. I try to stay away from herbs that are known to mess with medications, but take precautions and ask a professional or do your own research before trying any of these tea blends out.
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Lavender Chamomile Tea: This is probably the herbal tea I make the most. When I am starting to over stress, I whip up this floral deliciousness. When making a pot for myself, I usually mix about a teaspoon and a half of black tea, and a quarter teaspoon each of chamomile and lavender. Mostly I use loose leaf tea, unless I am out, then I simply use one tea bag of black tea (usually Earl Grey tea) with my flower mixture. I bring the water to just under boiling, and then pour it over my tea blend. I brew it for about 5 or so minutes (sometimes I forget about it - oops) and sip slowly while still hot.
I picked this blend for a couple of reasons. Lavender and chamomile are super relaxing, and I just love the combination they create. Lavender has a stronger flavor and chamomile has a soothing flavor that lingers. It really helps me unwind and relax. I make black tea blends like this because I tend to get headaches when I am stressed, and want the caffeine to help relieve that. So, for me, this is the perfect blend for when I am stressed. If you don’t want caffeine, you can choose a caffeine free tea or use a low caffeine green tea.
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Echinacea Honey Tea: This is one I started using when I had a sore throat or my sinuses were acting up. Echinacea flowers have this magnificent property that soothes sore throats! It can have a sort of cooling feel to it at the back end of the flavor, and it took a while to get used to. But, totally worth it. I use it a lot during baseball season when I am yelling and cheering on my favorite team (the Texas Aggie Baseball team, of course!). I don’t have this loose, so I just use this Echinacea tea here and add in some local honey as a sweetener. Why do I use local honey? Interesting fact, the honey that is made by local bees is made from the pollen of local flowers, so if you have allergies, locally made honey will help relieve that! Your body will develop a tolerance, and you’ll have less severe allergy and sinus flare-ups. You learn something new every day, right?
Nettle Tea with Honey: This is going to sound very strange. But, did you know you can make tea from stinging nettle? Oh, that stuff plagued me as a child. I have many not-so-fond memories of this evil plant (picture tiny Julie doing a Pete Rose impersonation through a patch of the stuff). However, it’s totally not evil! It’s amazing. I found this nettle leaf tea a while back when I was looking up natural ways to help with allergies. This was one of the top herbs. I was wary about trying to get fresh herbs, so I got a box of tea. It totally helps with allergy relief, and it has a very earthy flavor. Add in some local honey, and allergy season is completely bearable! Nettle tea is also said to help with joint pain relief, and I’m all for that as well. Mainly, I just love the taste of this one. I drink it a lot!
Peppermint Black Tea: This is another black tea blend I love to make. I tend to get headaches when I get stressed out, as I said earlier, and peppermint is fantastic for getting rid of headaches. It has the same properties as caffeine, wherein it opens up the blood vessels around the brain, thereby giving you some relief from stress headaches, tension headaches, and even some kinds of migraines. I choose to add it to a black tea to boost that effect (again, typically Earl Grey), but you don’t have to. It works great with a green tea, or by itself. Peppermint tea is also wonderful at soothing upset stomachs and nausea, so if your headache is paired with that, you only need to sip a cup or two to make you feel so much better!
Ginger Green Tea: This is pretty much one of the only tea blends I prefer with green tea. There’s something about the ginger that makes it more conducive to green tea blends. I use this one when I really have an upset stomach, or if I’m feeling motion sickness or carsick. Ginger is your friend, guys. If you are someone who easily gets motion sickness or carsick, you should totally check out ginger tea. I used ginger root capsules when I was on a cruise when I was feeling motion sickness, and it really made me feel better! Ginger soothes the stomach, so it’s perfect for many types of nausea. You can buy ginger green teas already in bags, or make your own from fresh ginger. It all depends on your preference. I have done both, but since I don’t use it very often, I tend to just keep tea bags around.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I love talking about tea, especially when it relates to holistic remedies. Which was your favorite? Have you used teas or herbal blends in ways like these? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends! As always, stay creative, my friends!
**Featured image via Tea in England