January 24, 2017

Today my topic will be herbal teas — tasty, fragrant and useful. Tea is one of the traditional drinks. Widely known and frequently used are black and green tea. There is probably a day for the average Russian, so he didn’t drink hot tea. Tea is relevant now, and in the winter even more, it’s so nice to warm up with a Cup of this aromatic drink. But even if we didn’t love him, after all, when you catch cold and get sick, instantly reminded of their domestic teas, carefully grown by mother nature.

The forest is a real storehouse, it is possible to find many useful plants, from which you can prepare delicious and healthy herbal tea. Most often this requires the use of fresh or dried leaves, flowers, berries and roots. Leaves and flowers that combine the warmth of human hands, leaves fragrant, tasty and healthy tea.
I want to give some tips to those people who are going to go to the forest to prepare for the winter a little herbs for a fragrant drink. Before tea from medicinal herbs and plants, these should be collected and dried. In addition, not superfluous will know what parts of the plants and herbs suitable for brewing tea, because with the ones for cooking are the leaves, others flowers, others fruits. The best time to harvest most herbs and plants is their flowering period. Before drying raw materials sort, removing particles of other plants. Lay the plants in a thin layer that dried out well, and stir 3-4 times a day, in addition to flowers. Colors can be mixed, much more rarely, and then only if they are large, a little dry without mixing. Ensure that raw material doesn’t dry out and retains its green color. Drying be completed, when the leaves and flowers can be easily rubbed into powder, stems break with a characteristic Bang, the roots break, not bend, and berries when compressed in the hand, crumble.
The dry raw material is stored in bags made of natural fabrics, paper bags, boxes and jars. Use Newspapers and magazines. Aromatic medicinal plants should be stored separately from non-aromatic. Dried berries are best stored in a dry place, in paper bags. Usually the shelf life of flowers, herbs and leaves do not exceed 1-2 years, but roots, rhizomes and bark — up to 3 years, at least, 3 years. And another caveat: if the plant you do not know, before brewing, try to find its description in the guide — then it will be poisonous and unfit for consumption. These are the basic rules that you need to know to properly harvest plants for medicinal tea. And now for the recipes of herbal teas.
 Herbal tea of Linden flower
Lime color (1 tablespoon per 300 ml), pour boiling water and infuse
20 minutes. Lime tea is traditionally used in addition, if you wash in the morning with an infusion of lime, your skin for many years will not lose their natural elasticity and silkiness. In winter, lime tea is used for colds and as an anti-inflammatory.
 Herbal tea of thyme
Mix 20 g leaves of thyme and St. John’s wort and 4 g of dried leaves of bilberry. Mixture brew in a porcelain kettle for 5-7 minutes. The resulting infusion used as a welding, i.e. before use, dilute with water and sweeten with honey to taste. Due diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action of thyme tea is recommended to use for the treatment of influenza, SARS, colds and rhinitis. During seasonal epidemics of influenza thyme can be used as a prophylactic. In addition, thyme is a friend of men, because he perfectly treats male diseases such as prostatitis and impotence.
The second recipe of tea from thyme for the treatment of male diseases. 3-4 tbsp without top of the thyme and 1 tbsp of mint to fall asleep in a thermos, pour boiling water, leave overnight and the next day to drink throughout the day. Besides, men should drink tea from thyme in the prevention.
Herbal tea made from strawberry leaves
Tea dried and crushed leaves of wild strawberry (1 tablespoon per 300 ml), pour boiling water and infuse for 5-8 minutes. This tea is good to drink for disorders of the stomach and intestines.
Roots and leaves of strawberries is valuable for its tannins. Their decoction or tea rinse throat and mouth with inflammation of the mucous membranes.
 Herbal tea from lemon balm leaves
Dried or fresh leaves of me-Lissa (1 tsp per 300 ml) boiling water and infuse for 5-10 minutes. This tea lowers blood pressure and calms, relieves irritability, nervousness, improves sleep, besides it is useful to drink for colds.
Herbal tea of peppermint
The 1st method. Mix in equal proportions peppermint, Valerian root, motherwort and hops inflorescences. 1 tbsp. l. mixture, pour a glass of boiling water and leave for half an hour. Before use, drain.
The 2nd method. In 250 ml of boiling water brew 1 tbsp of peppermint, strawberry leaves and flowers of hawthorn, taken in the ratio 2:3:4. Tea should be infused for 5-7 minutes and drink better with honey.
These teas have a calming effect, improve digestive system, relieve symptoms of heartburn, remove the stones from the gallbladder, relieve pain of different origin, enhance immunity, resistance to bacteria, struggling with stress and depression, freshen breath.
Herbal tea flavored
Mix 50 g of dried nettle leaves, Hypericum, oregano and black loose tea and brew the normal way, Bay a mixture of 1 liter of boiling water. This tea has a cleansing and strengthening effect.
Herbal tea rose hips with honey
5 tbsp of rose hips pour 1 liter of water, soak 10 minutes, boil for 15 minutes on low heat, add a glass of Apple juice and 3 tbsp of honey, bring to boil, strain and pour into a thermos. Drink hot or cold. This tea is good for cleansing the liver.
Herbal tea from leaves and berries of raspberry
The 1st method. Dried leaves or dried berries (1 tablespoon per 300 ml), pour boiling water and let stand
1 hour. This tea has anti-inflammatory and lowers body temperature.
The 2nd method. Dry raspberry leaves put into a teapot, pour boiling water and put on 45-50 minutes to draw. Then drink drain and bring to boil. With this tea you can add raspberry syrup. 1 serving — 3 g of dried raspberry leaf, 200 grams water and 20 grams of syrup.
Herbal tea from chamomile flowers
The 1st method. Dried chamomile flowers (6 pieces or 2 tablespoons per 300 ml), pour hot boiled water and boil for 10-15 minutes. This tea has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and choleretic effect.
The 2nd method. Mix 25 g of dried chamomile and mint, pour mixture of 1 liter of boiling water, to insist 10 minutes, strain and add honey. This tea helps for constipation, mild poisoning.
Herbal tea from dried blueberries
Dried blueberries pour cold water, boil 15 minutes, to insist 1 hour and to add a little citric acid. Serve hot with sugar. To 1 liter of beverage will need 100 g dried blueberries 75 g sugar, 0.2 g citric acid. This tea is effective for diarrhea.
Herbal tea from the herb fireweed
Dried and powdered leaves Ivan-tea (1 tablespoon per 300 ml), pour boiling water and infuse for 15 minutes. Tea from this herb is used as anti-inflammatory.
Herbal tea of mint and black currant leaves
Mix 25 g of dry raw mint and 40 g of leaves of black currant, pour 1 liter of boiling water for 10 minutes in a sealed container, strain through a strainer and add 75 g sugar. This tea is very refreshing and adds strength.
 Herbal tea with Jasmine
Jasmine petals mix with leaves of green tea in a ratio of 1:5 and make using much boiling, but not boiled water. Infuse up to 5 minutes, in any case not peredereeva, otherwise the drink will become bitter. Drink while still hot. To prepare the tea, use the leaves, flowers and roots of the plant. Jasmine has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Tea of Jasmine calms the nerves, relieves fatigue and increases work capacity.
Herbal tea cranberry
Cowberry leaves pour boiling water, let stand 12 minutes, add the sugar and pour into cups. Dosage: 50 g of dried leaves of bilberry, 1 litre of water, 75 g of sugar. Tea has anti-inflammatory and diuretic.
Herbal tea from knotweed common
15 g of Polygonum raw materials pour 200 ml of boiling water for 15-20 minutes and strain. Drink 100 ml 2 times a day. Tea from knotweed, a well-cleanses the skin from acne, boils, boils and inflammation on the skin.
I brought enough recipes of herbal teas — tasty, fragrant and useful. Depending on the plants used in their composition, they can tone, soothe, relieve stress and elevate mood. So gather the gifts of nature, aromatic healthy drink tea and be healthy!

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