Illness, stress, digestive problems: all our ailments can be treated or soothed with medicinal plants, whose benefits have been well known for centuries. So which tea should you chose for which symptoms?
For nausea or digestive problems
Rich in antioxidants, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes digestion and prevents nausea and vomiting (travel sickness, morning sickness, etc.).
Make a ginger tea from powdered ginger or using fresh ginger roots. Leave the ginger to simmer in hot water for 15 minutes, allow it to cool a little and drink it!
Fennel seed tea
Fennel promotes digestion and prevents bloating and reflux.
Add a level dessertspoon of fennel seeds to a bowl and add a cup of boiling water. Cover the bowl and leave it to infuse for 10 minutes. All you have to do is strain and drink it.
Don’t overdo it with this tea, as the smell of fennel can cause convulsions.
Raspberry leaf tea
Rich in vitamins C, E, A and B as well as phosphorous and potassium, this plant promotes the assimilation of calcium and iron.
It can work wonders for pregnant women, especially after the 36th week of pregnancy. Certain naturopaths recommend drinking two to three cups a day of raspberry leaf tea to strengthen the uterus, the pelvic muscles and to prevent the risks of miscarriage and postpartum heamorrhage. This tea will make the birth easier, and facilitate the evacuation of the placenta.
For stress and insomnia
Thanks to its calming and sedative effects, chamomile can calm the nervous system and reduce stress. But it is also antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal. It is thus effective for the treatment of infections, both external and internal.
Make a chamomile tea and add a little honey before drinking it. To make chamomile and honey ice cubes pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze them.
Verbena naturally fights against sleep problems, fatigue and stress, thanks to its calming effects.
Drink a cup of verbena tea before going to bed if you have difficulties falling asleep, or in the morning in you have a tendency to be stressed when you wake up or throughout the day.
Add a dessertspoon of verbena leaves and 250 millilitres of boiling water, simmering it on a low heat. Leave it to infuse for ten minutes and wait a little for it to cool before drinking it.
For respiratory problems
Thyme has antiseptic properties which are very effective in the case of respiratory problems (problems with the chest or nose). Thyme tea promotes coughing in order to expel mucus.
To decongest your sinuses, place your face over the steam from your thyme tea.
Simply add thyme (ideally organic) to very hot water, cover it and leave it to rest for 10 minutes. All that’s left to do is strain and and drink it while it’s still hot.