I admit I like the occasional coffee, and I am without a doubt addicted to yerba mate (see the previous post for details), which is my everyday tea. Yet, first thing in the morning when I wake up I’ve started a new daily herbal habit, and that’s “Fresh Herb tea”.
When I say fresh I mean FRESH. I literally head out to the garden to see what is blooming, take a few leaves to put in hot water and steep for 10+ minutes. The correct technical term would be herbal “infusion”.
What you may not know is how beneficial and healing these small herbal green leafed garden companions are. I’ve compiled a small list of what I have growing, in a very small space, with minimal effort, and yet maximum benefits:
Sage is an undervalued herb, there is a medieval saying that says ‘why should a man die while he grows sage in his garden’. It’s all in the name sage of course also means wise, but its Latin name comes from salvare, which means ‘to save’.
It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial and it clears mucus and reduces sweating. It’s said to prevent diabetes and is incredibly beneficial in treating fevers and colds, sore throat, asthma and headaches as well as indigestion and gastrointestinal upsets. So next time you feel a cold coming on, brew up some sage, mix in some honey and you’re good to go.
Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and minerals and is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It’s also a diuretic – which means it relieves water retention. This is great to drink or chew on after a garlicky meal as it also refreshes the mouth and breath, this may be the original reason it made its way on to our plates as a garnish.
Rosemary: is one of my personal favourites, It was most popular in ancient Rome, it’s prolific and easy to grow. Which is why you can spot it in many home gardens. It not only boosts your memory but also your brain power and can clear a headache. It is an antioxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, stimulates poor circulation as well as being restorative and uplifting.
Thyme Culpeper noted it to be a strengthener of the lungs. Is antiseptic, antioxidant, tonic, antispasmodic – which means it relieves muscle spasms and was often used to expel worms. It’s the herb to go to for asthma, coughing, whooping cough, bronchitis or hay fever.
Peppermint: Is great for the digestion, relieves muscle spasms, has a cooling effect and yet increases
sweating. It’s particularly good for irritable bowel syndrome or sensitive stomachs as it increases the digestive juices, yet relaxes the stomach muscles and relieves cramps, colic and gas.
And these, are just a few of the simple garden herbs, filled with such magic – be sure to look into what you have growing in your garden. Who knew you had such a delicious, beautiful green and affordable pharmacy right outside.
For those like their tea blended for them be sure to check out the Tea Master healthy blends over at Sensado. More than anything, sit back, enjoy the taste and reap all the benefits of a good cup of Herbal Tea!
And for those who are still not sold on the benefits of tea, and love your coffee, here is a great post over at Healthy Ambition regarding the benefits of coffee.