Category Archives: Herbal Tea

Hibiscus Tea

We all know the benefits that herbal teas have for the body, and that they are a natural source of many nutrients, providing a number of benefits for the body, in many cases helping to improve our health.

There are many varieties of teas and aromatic herbs that have been used for centuries to improve our health. A prominent example is the hibiscus tea, prized for its benefits to the body, especially for people with heart or circulatory problems. This variety of tea does not contain exciting substances, so its intake is highly recommended for all types of people.

 The Hibiscus is obtained from the flowers of a plant called Hibiscus Sabdariffa, left to dry and when mixed with hot water, we get the healthy infusion. Its origin is ancient, as this variety has been in use for centuries. Sudan is the place to breed these plants because they require a hot and humid weather to grow.


Among its many benefits, the hibiscus is a perfect solution to reduce hypertension. Numerous studies of people with high stress levels, have shown that after drinking a daily infusion of this herb, over a few months, they reduced their values as far as tension is concerned. This effect is due to relaxing substances contained by this plant that help reduce our pressure, and improve the blood circulation.

Their properties are not over, because that infusion of hibiscus contains high doses of ascorbic acid and citric acid, two powerful antioxidants that help us protecting cells from the attacks they suffer daily because of the free radicals that cause them to deteriorate and age prematurely. Antioxidants slow down this process, especially for people who suffer and make physical efforts, such as athletes and active people.

The high content of flavonoid in hibiscus tea is what gives it that ability of regulating blood pressure but this substance also has other functions, and is a potent antimicrobial and anticancer. All the contained substances give the hibiscus its high medicinal power and properties, and are protecting us against bacterial attack; it increases our defenses against them.

 The Hibiscus tea is a 100% natural drink because it does not contain any additives. This makes it suitable for all kinds of people, because their effects are anything but harmful to the body. Furthermore, we can find it in any pharmacy, herbal store and even in supermarkets. The Hibiscus Tea is a gift for us from the nature.

The Hibiscus Tea Recipe:

We can serve it hot or cold. Boil 500ml of water and add 2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus flowers and turn the heat off. For taste, you can add 1 cinnamon stick. Cover and let tea to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain the hibiscus tea into cups. You can add lemon juice or honey to taste. For cold tea, you can allow to cool or put some ice cubes.

Chamomile tea

Considered to be the universal remedy for all the disease in the ancient Egypt, the finest chamomile flowers were collected from the Nile River Valley to be used as infusions. Since those ages, the chamomile tea still remains a wonder tea for his benefits, as it helps lots of people having sleep problems or aches.  Chamomile can be combined with peppermint and lemongrass. Peppermint helps the digestion process, while lemongrass relaxes nerves, inducing a state of wellness, and freeing symptoms like headaches.

The scientific name of chamomile flower is Anthemis nobilis; it can be found all over the Europe, as it doesn’t require strict conditions to live. There are two main known varieties of chamomile; firstly is the perennial, the common one, and the Matricaria recutita, a wild German variety of the chamomile. Matricaria recutita is the species most often used for tea. If you are wondering where the name of chamomile comes from, that’s the Greek for “ground apple”; Greeks called it this way because of the smell emanated by the crushed flowers.

ChamomileThere are lots of people infusing chamomile flowers into water, in order to obtain chamomile tea. While some drink only for pleasure and for the sweet taste (which can be even better when honey is mixed up), others use chamomile tea to treat different problems. Insomnia and other sleep disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, muscle twitches, even wounds and burns can be treated by using chamomile tea. It can be either drank or applied on the wound and pressed.

Digestive problems are also avoided or remediated when drinking chamomile tea, as it helps the digestive system, reducing stomach flu and ulcers. Some women use it even to reduce menstrual cramps.

For people interested in buying chamomile, you must know that it is available as dried flower heads, infusion, liquid extract, tinctures (which have a large concentration of alcohol), but also in creams and ointments.

It is important to moderate the quantity of chamomile tea consumed every day, as adverse reactions may appear if consumed in excess. Drowsiness is one of the known side effects of excessive chamomile tea, so you should reconsider drinking if you are going to drive or operate any type of machinery that requires maximum concentration.

If you already have chamomile and want to make a tea, you only need to place it in boiling water for about 5 to 10 minutes to infuse, and then enjoy. For those who prefer a sweeter taste, you can use honey instead of using another teaspoon of sugar.

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St. John’s wort Tea

“Herb of St. John”, “Grass bites”, “devil-hunting”, “false flax”, “grass of a hundred holes”, “toadflax”, the plant comes in many identities. For English speakers, it is, of course, Yellow Rattle Tea,  “St. John’s wort”, but also “Wonder or Grace of God” (Gods’ Wonder plant, Grace of God). This shows the respect they have for it.

The Latin name Hypericum comes from the Greek hyper eikona “who hunts ghosts.” The names hypericum perforatum (“openings” meaning hole) reflect the appearance of perforated sheets. Indeed, if viewed against the light, we observe that they seem carved from a large number of small holes. There are actually little pockets filled with resin and a volatile oil.

In the middle Ages, the scientists had given him the name of Fuga doemonium (devil-hunting), because they gave it the authority to expel evil spirits and witches. It is fascinating especially because there it was not that long ago the fact that it was discovered that the plant has antidepressant properties. However, for the medieval belief, depression and other mental disorders were considered forms of demonic possession.

Harvest and Preparation

We usually harvest the top half of the plant when the flowers are just beginning to open. It is cut finely and dried, according to the same principle: an insect screen mounted on a frame, away from light and moisture, or in an oven set at very low temperature, door ajar, for 4 to 6 hours. With ground ivy and elecampane, this fall you will prepare an excellent herbal tea against bronchitis. So remember to stock up!

The infusion is prepared at 15 g to 30 g of flower heads for a liter of water. It takes 3 or 4 cups a day.
For topical treatments, it was found that the best ways to extract the active ingredients of St. John’s wort was the macerate in the oil. It also gives the company an extraordinary red color reminiscent of those blazing suns for June day. That’s where we understand why English speakers also gave him the name “terrestrial sun”.

I like this tea and I drink it when I have a bad mood.

I personally put a teaspoon of herb in 500ml water, let to infuse 8-10 minutes, then slip in and pour in a cup. And enjoy it :)

Interesting Facts about St. John’s wort Tea

At the crossroads of two great cycles – and the circadian solstice – St. John’s wort evokes the great magic of the world. Indeed, it dominates the summer solstice, which marks the beginning of the descent to the long winter darkness. In addition, richer in melatonin – a neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in biological rhythms – all other known plant, it gives, the psyche harmonizes with the alternation of day and night. Plant broad daylight, yet it is the peacemaker of the night. Plant of the heart of summer, yet it is the ultimate ally in winter, when seasonal depression strikes the mind more susceptible to large fluctuations in the annual cycle.


Lemon Balm Tea

Among the wild plants that come around population centers, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), sometimes mixed with nettles, tossed in, can go unnoticed if some species, then, reveal their secret breath (or lack thereof) at the crease, Melissa is not a stingy smell that delicious, even for a non-botanist, is an immediate sign of recognition: all the plant exhales a very pleasant fragrance of lemon sweet and heady, which earned it his name: lemongrass.


This is a perennial herb growing usually in small stands with stems 30-90 cm, erect, branched, slightly hairy, and very leafy. Leaves, opposite, stalked, ovate to 3-7 cm, broadly toothed, often eye-catching with their bright green. The flowers are small 0.0 to 1, 5 cm, white, sometimes pinkish, are in whorls of 4-12 in the axils of upper leaves. The corolla tube curved back and dilated at the top, above a chalice to 13 ribs and two lips, more than 3 teeth, flattened-concave feature, less than two teeth (all teeth very acute).

The Lemon Balm, very anciently introduced in West Asia, is found at home and naturalized here and there around houses, villages, ruins, in the hedges, the base of slopes and walls, sometimes in the vineyards. These particular stations, which facilitate the search, are the remains of ancient cultures for medicinal use.

Lemon balm is an excellent remedy for the nerves, easing tension and anxiety, bringing you good mood when you’re tired. Its relaxing effects make it a good remedy for headaches and migraines. Consumed regularly, lemon balm is very good for digestive problems associated with stress, such as decreased appetite, nausea, colic, colitis and gastritis, and an infusion may relieve mild abdominal psychogenic disorders in children.

When harvesting it, they have to gather all aerial parts of Melissa in early bloom, the morning after the dew dissipation of June (around Midsummer) in mid-August, depending on the region. Dried in the shade, in clusters or tight little garlands suspended and the plant must not yellow or darken but retain flexibility after drying, odor intact (crease) and good flavor. She can keep it as is in strong paper bags, well closed or broken, in cans or jars. No need to renew the supply each year.

To prepare the lemon balm tea is needed:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon balm leaves (can be dried or fresh)
  • 300 cubic centimeters of water.

The mode of preparation is to pour a tablespoon of lemon balm leaves in boiling water and let stand for several minutes (7-10 minutes). You can add a little sugar or honey to sweeten.

Rosa Canina Tea

Rosa Canina is also known as dog rose or wild rose; they are the fruits of the rose coming from the plant seeds. These plants have one of the richest vitamin C sources, per 10 grams of dried leaves or hips, there are 170-200 milligrams of vitamin C.

Taking into account that the minimum daily requirement of vitamin D to maintain our immune system in good condition is of approximately 60 milligrams, would then be well covered with a cup of Dog Rose Tea. In addition, the rose hips contain good amount of vitamin D, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids, antioxidant value is even higher than the one contained by the blueberries.


In powder form, the hips also serve as a natural remedy to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This wonderful and powerful botanical discovery can also be used as a preventative remedy for urinary tract infections. Due to the outstanding content of iron, many women drink Do Rose tea in order to replenish iron lost during menstruation. It can also be used to treat constipation.

Due to the huge amounts of vitamin C, this can interfere with certain anticoagulant medications. Therefore, should not use this herb if you are taking anticoagulants. Also, those with sickle cell anemia should not consume this tea.

On the other hand, and after leaving apart these details, we can only make us a good tea.

Dog Rose Tea Recipe

  • You will need 1 tablespoon of drying and grinding rose hips for every cup of water
  • Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Let it sit for awhile, and serve it hot.
  • Yes, it is quite simple, but this is one of the main ingredients that can be mixed with other herbs to create your own healthy tea. Don’t be afraid to experience.

You can also perform excellent and rich rose hips canned mixture, but must be taken into account mainly that they must be fresh. Place them in a jar (previously the hips grind), and then pour a little bit of honey until that it covers fully the fruit. Cover the container with a porous fabric to allow the honey to evaporate and thicken, process which will take place a little more than one week. You can do this with many other herbs in their greater taste, but only works if they are fresh. The goodness of herbal extracts and honey complemented with theirs, thus this mixture becomes a wonderfully healthy option spreads the toasts and tasty, or also serves to sweeten tea or tisane.

I like the taste of this tea 😀 .