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Is Herbal Tea good for us?

The idea of food as medicine is not a new concept. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

When we are properly nourished, our bodies function at their best and are balanced, thus we experience less illness and disease.

Enjoying the power of plants via a delicious drink is just one way in which you can support your body and mind in achieving this.

What is Herbal Tea?

A medicinally beneficial herbal infusion is actually called a ‘Tisane’, however today, most people refer to Tisane herbal infusions as Herbal Tea’s. This can itself be a little misleading as they don’t actually contain tea leaves. Unlike standard teas such as green tea, oolong tea, and black tea; herbal tea infusions are not made from the tea plant known as the Camellia sinensis.

Instead, herbal teas are derived from a variety of dried flowers, spices, herbs, berries and fruits. This has led to a huge variety of flavours and options when it comes to choosing teas for taste and health benefits.

Whether you want something to warm you up in winter or cool you down in summer, herbal tea can be consumed year-round since it's a delicious beverage enjoyed at any temperature. The health benefits can also be enjoyed regardless of whether you drink it hot or cold, but these benefits vary largely by the type of infusion consumed.

Is Herbal Tea good for us?

Herbal Infusion Blends are nourishing and medicinally beneficial; they contain nutritive plants packed with naturally occurring protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for general nutrition and health.

They also contain numerous phytochemicals and antioxidants that play specific roles within the body; helping to improve and support numerous health needs to include boosting the immune system, calming the nerves, stabilizing blood sugar, improving digestion and eliminatory processes, supporting the cardiovascular system, and reducing pain and inflammation.

Does it only work on the body?

Herbal tea infusions are excellent for our emotional needs too; dependent on the blend an infusion can help improve focus and motivation, calm anxiety and reduce tension, clear the mind and induce relaxation or enhance mood. A nice herbal drink can also allow you ten minutes 'down time' and allow a recharge of the mind in a busy day. 

Does it work like a synthetic drug? 

Plants contain numerous and varied medicinal benefits, with each plant containing 100s of chemical constituents and compounds such as phenols, alkaloids, terpenes, tannins, flavonoids and glycosides; all of which play specific roles within our bodies.

Phytochemicals are largely metabolized by the same enzymes that metabolize food and drugs; thus they are able to create certain reactions, changes and influence the body at a cellular level; just like a synthetic drug.

How do I use Herbal Tea? 

The answer to this is based on preference, some people enjoy Herbal Infusions hot, some people like them cold. 

Simply place 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea into a tea pot, infuser, cafetiere, or even a jug and cover. If you are short of time during the day, herbal infusions can be made in bulk and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Allow the herbs to infuse for ten minutes before straining and enjoying. 

Cautions and Safety

Tisane / Herbal Infusion contains a number of medicinal plants and caution should be used for those with any known medical conditions, allergies, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Please consult a medical professional or Candice at the Naturalibrium Wellness Clinic for further advice: naturalibrium@hotmail.com.

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