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Herbal remedies: Top tea recipes to beat winter ailments

What will you be brewing this winter?
What will you be brewing this winter?

THERE'S nothing quite like holding a warm cup of herbal tea in your hands. Not only does it make you feel cosy but a cup of tea is enough to warm the soul, too.

And more than just a daily ritual, long have herbal teas been considered warriors for many health-related concerns such as sleep, relaxation, digestion, skin issues and colds.

As we head into winter we've rounded up 10 top herbal tea ingredients and what there known for. And be sure to check out three of our favourite DIY herbal tea recipes below, too.

1. Ginger

Said to be a good tummy tonic that can help with complaints such as nausea, cramping and indigestion, some also say it can help reduce stress.

2. Fennel

Another one that can be good to alleviate indigestion.

3. Cinnamon

Can help to improve digestive problems.

4. Peppermint

Good for colds and digestive problems.

5. Nettle

Used as a natural allergy relief, it's also said to be beneficial to good skin, bone and urinary health.

WINTER WARMERS: Herbal teas are considered warriors for many health-related concerns.
WINTER WARMERS: Herbal teas are considered warriors for many health-related concerns.

6. Hibiscus

As this is high it vitamin C is can be helpful to boost the immune system.

7. Chamomile

Good for making you feel relaxed; it's also said to have antibacterial and sedative properties.

8. Lemongrass

Another one high in vitamin C, this one can help to strengthen then immune system.

9. Olive leaf

With antiviral properties this one can help to keep common colds at bay.

10. Orange peel

Full of vitamin C and pectin, orange peel is good for your immune system and to promote good gut health.

While you can make up any tea recipe you like using your favourite herbs, here are three recipes to inspire you…

Cold-and-flu-fighting tea

You will need:

  • 1 part nettle leaves (fresh or dried is fine)
  • 1 part dried chamomile
  • 1 part peppermint (fresh or dried is fine)
  • Squeeze of lemon, to garnish after steeping 

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Use one tablespoon of tea to 250ml of boiling water.
  3. Steep for a minimum of seven minutes.
  4. Strain, add a squeeze of fresh lemon and enjoy.

 Immunity-boosting tea

You will need:

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a cup with 250ml of water and enjoy.

Tummy ache tea

You will need:

  • 1 tsp ginger root, grated
  • 1 1/ 2 tsp honey
  • 2 cloves
  • 1-inch piece cinnamon bark
  • 3-inch strip orange peel

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a cup of boiling water.
  2. Let steep for about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and enjoy.


This story was first published in HomeLife.

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