Herbs and Health: Tea
The simplicity of herbal tea preparation makes it one of the easiest ways to use herbs. We’ve noticed that many herbal teas are made from plants that have brilliant, beautiful flowers that would look stunning in an in-home garden. So we’ve welcomed the possibility of transforming your Íko into an herbal tea garden: vibrant and therapeutic in nature.
These flowers are not only captivating in their appearance, but contain medicinal properties. For over five thousand years, herbal teas have been made from the decoction of plant material with hot water, and have been consumed to cure aches or illnesses. Today, these aromatic infusions are used as at-home remedies for common ailments. Although each tea has a specific set of benefits, drinking any herbal tea tends to provide a sense of tranquility, comfort, and warmth. Here are some of our favorites:
Chamomile is the most common of all herbal teas. The German and Roman varieties of this plant are most often used because of their antiseptic properties. They also have high concentrations of beneficial substances called flavonoids, which help the plant resist bacteria as it grows. In turn, the benefits are reaped when the plant is made into a tea and consumed. The chamomile flower closely resembles a daisy, stunningly simple and elegant, and would be essential for an in-home herb garden. Made from the dried flowers, chamomile tea is often used to relieve stress or induce sleep. Relaxing.
Echinacea is an intensely pink coneflower with a slightly spiky head, native to eastern and central North America. Tea made from the ornate echinacea flower has various uses, from easing epidermal pains to internally boosting the immune system. The plant contains chemical structures called alkamides and ketoalkenes, which are natural anti-inflammatories. This herbal tea, especially served with lemon and honey, can alleviate the pains of a sore throat. Healing.
Coriander is the technical name for the seeds of cilantro. While cilantro is most commonly used as a seasoning to flavor food, coriander can be harvested and made into a tea. Interestingly, these seeds provide a light citrus or tangy flavor. Filled with antioxidants and detoxifying properties, coriander can be used in herbal tea blends and served cold for a light summer brew. Refreshing.
Borage, an extraordinary blue, star-shaped flower, has been referred to as the “herb of gladness.” The oil extracted from the borage flower is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to ease mild anxiety or depression. Herbal tea made from boarge is often uplifting, emotionally advantageous, and induces a stimulating effect. Exhilarating.
Sage is another herb that is well known for its culinary use. The plant has greyish leaves and bright purple flowers, and has attractive benefits for the skin. Sage contains several biochemical structures called phenols, making it a polyphenolic compound. Because of this structure, it works as an antibacterial and has shown value in helping keep skin youthful by functioning as an astringent. Rejuvenating.
Lemon balm, catnip, and mint can all be made into teas, in combination or alone, for digestive purposes. Catnip is a natural antacid, mint tea helps relieve an upset stomach or heartburn, and lemon balm is a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radicals from causing damage to the body. These three herbs are effective in their ability to calm the body and allay gastrointestinal ailments. Soothing.
All you need are homegrown herbs, hot water, and a spoonful of honey. Simplicity is key. Íko is perfecting our product so you can have a gorgeous, herbal tea garden in the confines of your own dwelling. Nothing can compare to the serenity of having these magnificent colors and delicate flowers in your home all year round. These flavorful blends will bring about benefits for both physical and mental health, naturally. So whether it’s an ailment or a hard time sleeping, Íko can be there with an herbal remedy.
Interested in reading more about tea or herbal medicine? Check out these links:
20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak
Health Benefits of Tea: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Herbal Medicine: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)