A friend of mine says her husband refuses any sort of medicinal or herbal tea. He calls it “weed tea.” I think he is refusing both pleasant beverages and relief in times of illness. A cup of mint or chamomile tea is very soothing for a tummy upset. Lemon balm and honey soothe a sore throat or a ragged cough during a cold.
I’ve been using some herbal teas regularly. They are proprietary commercial blends, since I have no room to grow herbs here right now, nor is there a good, reliable herbal supply shop nearby. I am surprised that Tetley, for instance, is making decent herbal blends. I don`t particularly like their black tea, but they have started marketing some really good herbal blends in grocery stores. Right now, I have a daily cup of `Cleanse`tea, which has lemon balm, lemongrass, nettles, blackberry leaves, elderflower, red clover blossom, ginger, lemon peel, sarsparilla root, burdock root, schinsandra and honey. This is a lot to put into one teabag; if I were blending it myself, it would have no more than five ingredients. Still, it is delicious, lemony and honey-flavoured, and all the herbs have some role in suporting the immune system. This is not a laxative tea, which is what most people think `cleansing`should mean. While a healthy colon is part of a healthy immune system, stop thinking that`s what it is all about!
Many of us have used Traditional Medicinals teas for years. They are a bit pricier than grocery store blends, but they are top-notch in quality control. Here in midlife, I wake often during the night. Sometimes it is hard to get back to sleep. I`ve been using `Nighty Night`tea from TM, and it is working well. It has passionflower, chamomile, linden flower, catnip, hops, and for flavour, spearmint, lemon verbena, lemon peel and lemon grass. I`m usually yawning in a few minutes after finishing a cup of this!
Both kinds of tea, because of the stabilizing effects of lemon balm and passionflower, also will help soothe frazzled nerves and calm anxiety throughout the day. A regular lemon balm habit is a good way to deal with daily stress. Lemon balm, melissa officinalis, is an easy perennial to grow. So starting a few plants will keep an herbalist well supplied.
Other herbal products I use are Bach`s Rescue Remedy (for sudden stress), candied ginger (thick syrupy slices of ginger root coated with sugar, for upset tummies) and tincture of myrrh, which our local pharmacist mixed for me. Myrrh is for oral infections and inflamed gums. I put a few drops in water, and rinse my mouth. It can be put directly on a mouth ulcer, but the taste is very strong and the alcohol in the tincture will sting. Some people do not tolerate the taste. It is like having a mouthful of incense, sweet and resinous. I love it, but it makes others nauseated.
If you have favourite herbal remedies, let us know!
Neither Tetley`s nor Traditional Medicinals have anything to do with this post, excpet for producing some good products.