Make Tea Part of Your Self-Care Routine This Year…

 In Flower Gardening, Organic Gardening
In honor of Hot Tea Month, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite herbal teas, as well as some valuable information on growing and preparing your own herbs and flowers for tea to help you make tea part of your self-care routine this year.
For instance, did you know that herbal teas are not actually tea at all, because they do not come from the Camellia sinensis.  Technically they are tisanes, but we won’t get caught up in the semantics here.  This is just for fun!
Many types of herbs are used in making teas, and several types of flowers make excellent teas as well!  Here are some of our favorite herbs and flowers used in teas along with just a few of their awesome benefits.
Lavender Tea
  • Lessens stress, anxiety, and aids in better sleep.
  • Balances Your Immune System and improves wound healing.
  • Improves respiratory health.
Peppermint Tea
  • Helps to ease digestive issues.
  • May help relieve tension headaches, migraines and menstrual cramps.
  • May help to fight bacterial infections.
  • Improves sleep.
Thyme Tea
  • Helps alleviating cough and boosts immunity.
  • Has disinfecting properties.
  • Repels pests.
  • Helps prevent bacterial infections and yeast infections.
Lemongrass Tea
  • Soothes anxiety and cramps.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Soothes cold symptoms and boosts immunity.
  • Good for digestion and reduces bloating.
Echinacea Tea
  • Boosts Immunity. Echinacea tea has long been used for improving the immune system and fighting infections.
  • Relieves Pain.
  • Improves Mood.
  • Soothes Respiratory Ailments.
Sage Tea
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports skin and oral health.
  • Stimulates brain function and improves memory & focus.
  • Heart healthy and improves blood sugar control.
Calendula Tea
  • Commonly used to help alleviate peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Supports the healing of gastric and intestinal inflammation from infection or irritation through its wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial actions.
Not only are these herbal teas tasty and beneficial on there own, you can also blend herbs for added flavor and increased benefit.  Though some herbs should not be mixed, the herbs on this list are all perfectly acceptable to blend!  If you are pregnant or taking medications, consult a doctor before taking herbs.  Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite herbal tea is.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook or instagram so you won’t miss our next post when we take a look at preparing herbs and brewing tea!
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