If you could pick one thing to do every day to enhance your overall health and sense of wellbeing over time, a cup of quality herbal tea should be at the top of your list. Herbal teas are a highly effective, inexpensive (and super easy) way to boost your immune system.
Here’s how they work:
- Herbal teas are rich in minerals we don’t get readily from our food. And unlike other foods that are a strain on the digestive system, the nutrients from teas are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and put to use by the body.
- They’re also cleansing. The herbs in the teas work to renew and clean the blood and organ systems of the body, gently and effectively.
- Herbal teas pack a big punch over time, and it doesn’t take long to notice the difference. My husband and I drink a brew a day. We just recently switched back to our Autumn blend, and we could feel it really start to affect us after just a couple of weeks.
- Keep it simple.
It’s funny … we all think that life is somehow going to get easier someday. When we cross that next something off our to-list, then we’ll have time to relax, treat ourselves to a little R&R, and start making healthier choices. But I’ve found that the finish line keeps moving forward. Such is the reality of modern-day life – a juggling act of work, family and friends.
So in my quest for balance, I try to make things easy for myself. I find simple, enjoyable ways to bring the right things into my life every day.
That’s why I’m so passionate about herbal tea. I know it doesn’t take much to make a huge difference in my life.
A mug of herbal tea is my daily ritual. Cradling it in my hands while I sit at my desk or take a moment to watch the world wake up outside my kitchen window... If I don’t do anything else for myself today, I know I’ve done something good.
A few tips to keep in mind when you’re thinking about tea:
- Loose herbal tea contains more nutrients and healing properties than tea bags. Tea bags have a teaspoon of herbs, compared to the tablespoon of loose herbs I recommend for an 8-ounce mug. Plus, the herbs in tea bags are crushed and macerated so they lose their properties.
- Tea bags may seem more convenient, but you’ll be amazed at how simple it really is to make a cup of delicious, nutritious tea with loose herbs. Measure 1 tablespoon of loose herbs per cup of water into a jar or covered container (a French Press also works great). Pour boiling water over herbs and cover to steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
- The steeping time (of 10-15 minutes for loose herbal tea blends) is important because this is how long it takes for the volatile oils found in many herbs to disperse into the water.
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