I love floral teas and drink them for my health!
These teas can be purchase in some supermarkets, health food stores, or if you're computer savvy, you can buy them in bulk from places like Mountain Rose Herb. Buy an infuser and you're all set.
- Rosehips. Rosehips are the tiny little pod found on certain roses. When brewed, it reduces inflammation and joint pain. A Danish study found that it can reduce arthritis symptoms by an amazing 37%. Rosehips also have 20 times the vitamin C of oranges, ounce per ounce. And, as a nice little bonus, they are packed with essential fatty acids.
- Passionflower. Passionflower tea is a much better option for insomnia than sleeping pills. According to The Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, it calms nervousness and restlessness just as effectively as prescription drugs, but minus the side effects like grogginess. German studies have shown it to have natural sedatives that lead to deeper and longer sleep. If you are one of the millions who suffer insomnia or restless sleep, try a cup before bed.
- Dandelions. Dandelion tea is a great detoxifier and diuretic. According to Peter Gail, Ph.D., it triggers the kidneys to flush out excess salt and fluids, doing so as effectively as and even faster than a prescription water pill. Drinking it also helps the liver to release toxins. It is also loaded with vitamins A, C and calcium, more than broccoli.
- Magical Marigolds. Also known as calendula, marigolds pack a powerful punch of anti-inflammatory compounds that relax stomach muscles, aid digestion, and ease swelling. The petals are also antibacterial and able to destroy illness-causing microbes in the intestines on contact. This little flower, brewed into a tea, is so powerful, it may even prevent ulcers and stomach cancer.
- Jasmine. Suffer from panic or anxiety attacks? The Chinese have been using jasmine flowers since the 13th century to ease stress, anxiety, and tension. The reason is linahool, the oil found naturally in jasmine, which stimulates the production of the neurotransmitter GABA which calms the brain. Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan report that jasmine tea can reduce heart rate, relax muscles, and ease anxiety in as quickly as 5 minutes.
- Chrysanthemums. Chinese officials now recommend chrysanthemum tea for office workers. This is because it is loaded with antioxidants that soothe the tired eyes and tension headaches that often accompany staring at a computer all day. Research has shown that it may even combat the mild radiation that is emitted by them. This floral infusion also detoxifies the body by breaking down indoor pollutants and impurities, according to Brigitte Mars, author of The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine.
- Hibiscus. Hibiscus tea is my favorite. It steeps up a lovely deep red and has a little tang and best of all, it lowers my blood pressure and cholesterol. One study saw people with hypertension have their numbers drop 11% by drinking the tea once a day for 12 days. Asian research also discovered that this tea is high in phenols, which are antioxidants that retard the growth of cancer cells and even prevent them from forming. One Taiwanese study showed it to completely stop the growth of tumors 82% of the time.
- Chamomile. Chamomile tea can help relieve toothaches (not to replace a dentist), relax and help with insomnia, and aids digestion. It can also reduce the swelling of skin irritations. Chamomile should not be used by those with ragweed allergies.
- Rosebud. Rosebud tea is beneficial to the heart and brain. It can help aid circulation and enhance metabolism. As a side benefit, it produces natural and glowing complexions.
- Elderflower. Elderflower tea can work as an expectorant, helping clear mucus and also reduce fever. It also works to prevent colds.
- Though they can be served hot or even iced, they are most effective if you drink them at room temperature. Step for 2-3 minutes and then wait at least that long before drinking.
- Any of these floral teas can be blended with any others. So if you have multiple symptoms, make a blend and enjoy.
- You can also add spices to her herbal tea to increase their benefit to your body. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Experiment around and find what you like and what will help you.
- 1 pound of herbal tea makes several hundred cups, depending on the strength you drink it. So investing in aninfusion spoon or tea ball is well worth the expense. On the link above, you can also purchase your own