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Herbal teas for health

In the olden days, people used herbs to soothe many ailments. And nowadays we still know that certain herbal infusions soothe the body extensively.

Anise

Anise infusion liquefies solid mucus, relieves stomach cramps, strengthens the stomach and improves digestion. It is also used for coughs, bronchial catarrh, asthma, gastric and intestinal colic as well as for poor appetite. For improvement of taste they add it to toothpaste, mouthwashes and even desserts. Moreover, professional literature lists the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of anise.

However, anise is also used for making alcohol, namely the Greek ouzo and the French pernod.

Taken from: Grüne Apotheke, Grünwald, J. and Jänicke, C. (translation and publication by Mladinska knjiga, 2007) and Zdravilne rastline na Slovenskem, dr. Katja Toplak Galle, Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana, 2000

Nettle

Various sources in literature list nettle as a mild diuretic, that is, it increases excretion of water from the body. In traditional folk medicine they used it as a cleansing tea.

Wild thyme

The contemporary literature indicates that the active ingredients of the wild thyme leaf have a beneficial effect on infections of the respiratory tract and alleviate expectoration.

Mint

Besides peppermint we know of many related species with some having the same spectrum of effectiveness.

Taken from: Grüne Apotheke, Grünwald, J. and Jänicke, C. (translation and publication by Mladinska knjiga, 2007) and Zdravilne rastline na Slovenskem, dr. Katja Toplak Galle, Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana, 2000

Sage

Sage grows wild on arid, stony terrain in Istra, on the Adriatic coast and on the islands. When it blossoms in June and July it is a popular pasture for bees. The sage honey with its special slightly bitter aftertaste is suitable for sweetening teas against coughs.

Sage has a fragrant smell and a warm and slightly astringent and bitter taste. Thujone is the main constituent in its essential oil. It grows across the whole of Europe; however, it originates from the Mediterranean and Asia Minor. The world famous and highly valued is the Dalmatian sage which is in quality immediately followed by the Albanian sage.

Sage is mainly known for its disinfectant and anti-inflammatory effects – the tea is perfect for gargling in the event of sore throat, inflamed tonsils and oral mucosa. It cures the lungs, fever and catarrhs. It is also an excellent remedy against coughs. Besides this it regulates sweating, helps in treating the inflammation of the intestines, stomach, liver, gall bladder, urinary tract and it cleanses blood. However, because of thujone, drinking excessive amounts of sage can have a very harmful effect.

Plantain

The contemporary literature indicates that the active ingredients of the narrowleaf plantain and wild thyme leaf have a beneficial effect on infections of the respiratory tract and alleviate expectoration.

Elder

An old saying says that we should stop when passing a blossoming elder bush and bow to it as a sign of thanks since elder tea alleviates annoying colds or even flu.

Camomile

The most popular herb of Western culture is famous for its calming effect on anxiety and stomach cramps. A mild taste and gentle scent bring peaceful sleep to children and adults alike.

Linden

Tea from the dried linden flowers known for its honey-like scent stimulates sweating and prevents colds. A cup of linden tea in the evening ensures better sleep.

Blueberry

The use of dried blueberries is widespread in traditional folk medicine. They are most commonly used for alleviating problems with milder forms of diarrhoea.

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