There is nothing like a hot drink to start the morning pleasantly or one at night to finish it off calmly, and that’s thanks to the calming effect of heat on our bodies and our mood. In addition to their wonderful taste, the warm and delicious beverages we drink can be used not only to pamper the taste buds but also to help us deal with the various health problems we all experience at times, especially during the winter.
If you want to enjoy good health and naturally repel diseases, you may want to try the next 8 calming tea infusions which you can easily prepare at home. With the various ingredients available at health or natural food stores, you can make homemade infusions that are not only tasty but also have amazing health benefits.
Before you start... The quantities indicated in the recipes make about 2 cups of tea. To prepare the infusion, mix the ingredients together, let them brew in boiling water for at least 5 minutes, add the desired sweetener, strain and drink the clear liquid. If you want to make a few drinks or a large amount to keep in the refrigerator, double the amount of ingredients to make the desired number of cups. You can use either dry or fresh leaves, whatever’s on hand.
For all those who suffer from nasal congestion and bronchitis during the winter or any other period of the year - this is the tea for you. The lime plant and Aloysia leaves relieve congestion and their taste make this “pill” a lot easier to swallow. These plants combined with the rest of the ingredients in this tea, including lemon thyme, Melissa, and lemon zest, also treat digestive problems, gas and nausea - common symptoms of winter sickness.
The mint leaves have not only wonderful aromas, but also many medicinal properties that have been used for thousands of years as a treatment to various health problems. They help to relieve headaches, reduce fever, and treat digestive problems. This infusion also includes black tea leaves which help strengthen the immune system, calm the nerves and contribute to the body in a variety of surprising ways. This tea is excellent for anyone who feels weak because of fever or due to other illnesses.
It's hard to compete with the flavor of the classic chamomile tea that many choose as their regular winter drink. The next infusion, which contains chamomile among other ingredients, is excellent for all those who suffer from stomach aches resulting from digestive problems or any other cause. The calming effects of chamomile on both the digestive system and the nervous system will greatly soothe the pain in a very tasty way. The raspberry leaves will provide a calming effect on sore throats and reduce the amount of mucus that accumulates in the body during colds, flu, and other diseases.
Traditionally, Native Americans have used Lebanese oregano to relieve digestive problems and also to heal wounds, reduce fever, relieve diarrhea, and ease a cough. If you have these symptoms, you may want to try the next infusion that, unlike certain drugs, has positive side effects in the form of strengthening the heart.
Fennel seeds are well-known anesthetists of both abdominal pain and bloating, so the next infusion is recommended for anyone suffering from gas or digestive difficulties. In addition, these natural seeds are diuretic, so that those suffering from fluid retention can benefit from the tea made from them. If that's not enough, fennel seeds are also anti-inflammatories, so they may help those who suffer from infections and their symptomatic pain. When you add ginger, you’re not only treating stomach aches and other ill feelings, but also preventing diseases, relieving headaches and coughing, thanks to the root's unique properties.
The following infusion needs to be brewed in a pot with 2 cups of boiling water for half an hour, but the wait will definitely be worth it. Thanks to the elderberry, you can rid yourself of mucus and a runny nose (from allergies or another illness). Treating the mucus will allow your body to better fight respiratory infections, thus preventing future diseases and their symptoms. This tea is especially recommended for consumption when you or someone close to you is suffering from a cold or flu, being that it will help them or you recover from these diseases in a shorter time, naturally and with a wonderful pleasant smell.
The next tea's list of ingredients may be a little longer, but it will help all those who have urinary tract infections which can sometimes cause severe pain. Cranberry juice is a wonderful natural remedy for fighting urinary tract infections that get worse on cold days, while cinnamon fights inflammation which prevents them from happening. This tasty infusion can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days, and you can drink it cool to enjoy its many benefits.
1. In a medium saucepan, boil together 4 cups of cranberry juice and 4 cups of water.
2. In a separate pot, boil the remaining water with sugar and honey. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, ground cinnamon and Allspice to the pot.
3. Remove the pot with the cranberry juice from the flame and strain the liquid. Add the fresh cranberry juice to the pot with the spiced water.
4. Before serving, add orange juice and lemon juice. The leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for several days.
Apart from their intoxicating scent, rose petals help prevent congestion in the female reproductive tract that causes physical discomfort, especially during menstruation. Licorice helps treat asthma, respiratory problems and also heals canker sores naturally. This unique root helps fight arthritis as well as skin and eye infections. For all those who suffer from one of these problems, it is recommended to prepare and drink the following infusion for several days to speed up the recovery process and feel much better.