Teas and Medicinal Benefits

Medicinal Teas

Medicinal Teas

Brewing the tea for a lovely cuppa whatever time of day, is something we do for a refreshing drink.  However, there are other teas that have medicinal properties.

Important: Anyone considering taking herbal teas or essential oils should consult their doctor if taking conventional medicine or has some health issue.  Always read the labels which should describe any ‘side effects or not recommended for’ instructions.

Mint Tea – can help with nausea and digestive upsets, it is also energising and calming.

Chamomile Tea is a very slight sedative and good to drink before retiring to bed. This tea can help with stomach pain, especially colic and safe for children to take. It is good for eye strain, simply moistening a tea bag and putting it over the eye for around 15 minutes and relax will sooth the eyes.

Smooth Move Tea will help with constipation. Drink a cup and wait for around 4 hours and that should do the trick, you can drink another cup if needed.

Breath Easy Tea ideal for respiratory problems.

Throat Coat Tea helps to ease badly inflamed red sore throats.

Elder Flower – Yarrow Flower and Peppermint Tea – good to take when you have a fever, it helps to increase perspiration and cools down the body.  These come in dried flower/leaf form and you can buy them from Amazon, other online suppliers or in a health store:

Recipe for Elderflower, Yarrow flower and peppermint tea – Credit: Herbalist Elizabeth Heck

Put 2 tablespoons each of the flowers and peppermint into a pan which has 2 cups of hot water (it is important the water is not boiling, boil and allow to cool down a bit). Put a lid on the pan. Let it steep for 10 minutes then strain through a sieve into a cup and sip 1/4 cup every half hour.

Essential Oils
Pine and Eucalyptus Essential Oils are good decongestants:

Recipe for a decongestant steam –  Credit: Herbalist Elizabeth Heck
Fill a large bowl with really hot water (be careful not to scold yourself). Add 4 drops of either pine or eucalyptus essential oil. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel (if it becomes uncomfortably hot open the towel a bit and/or put your head further away from the liquid). Try and stay under the towel for around 10 minutes and do this 2 to 3 times throughout the day.

Tea Tree Essential Oil– this little treasure is good for:
Insect Bites
Stings
Animal Bites
Scratches
Rashes
Minor Burns
Anti-fungal (example athlete’s foot).
It is versatile and can also be used neat, other essential oils need a carrier oil.

Lavender Essential Oil (not advised for pregnant, nursing mother’s or children).
This oil is calming, is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and helps reduce the risk of infections spreading. It is capable of stimulating skin regeneration.
Use on:
Blisters
Burns
Bruising
Spider Bites
Jelly Fish
Scorpion Stings

Lavender Spray 
This is ideal to take out in your handbag, especially if travelling on crowded public transport or air travel. It is especially handy in the winter months when flu is peaking. It is good for headaches, anxiety and heat stroke.

Recipe Lavender Spray – Credit: Herbalist Elizabeth Heck
You need 1/4 cup of liquid, make this liquid up with equal parts of vodka and water. The vodka is a preservative.   If the vodka is 80% proof, which is 40% alcohol and has been cut in half with the water it gives the 20% alcohol content, which is required to preserve any kind of liquid.
Put the liquid into a *spray bottle (*you can buy these from eBay – search for cosmetic sprayers) add 4 drops of lavender essential oil, give it a shake.
Always shake it before you use it, spray just enough so a mist is formed about 4 –  6 inches from you face, don’t overdo it. This will help if you have been in contact with coughing or sneezing people.

 

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