What is Herbal Infusion Tea?
Almost all beverages use infusions to add flavor to their drinks. This is the same case with tea, meaning if you have ever brewed tea, you have done an infusion.
An infusion can be simply defined as the process of making any drink by adding an ingredient (herbs or tea) into a liquid, including hot water.
Infusions are the most popular ways of making tisanes and teas.
Infusion is sometimes used to refer to the beverage itself, especially tisanes (herbal tea infusions), herbal tinctures as well as true teas.
Unlike standard teas, such as green tea, black tea, white tea, chai teas, and Oolong tea that are made using camellia sinensis plant, herbal tea blends are made from flowers, herbs & fruits to increase their variety. Herbal preparations made out of rose petals, mountain rose are very popular.
Interestingly, you can use the infusion to make liquor at home. For example, you can make a vodka infusion using herbs, fruits, and spices. In this case, instead of using fire to extract the juice, you give the alcohol time to do it for a week or so.
In some cases, you can add sweeteners such as honey and simple syrups to your infusions without altering the flavor or effectiveness.
Health Benefits of Herbal Infusion Tea
Herbal tea infusions or tea blends are for individuals who want to improve their general health naturally. Unlike other beverages like coffee, herbal teas are caffeine-free.
They are also rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins that vary based on the type of tea you choose.
The herbal blends have multiple health benefits such as pain reduction, relaxation, improving digestive and immune body systems, and many others. In short, they contain multiple gifts provided by mother earth poured out into a cup!
You can always take a cup of cold tea/iced tea if it’s too hot. It is equally sweet, and you still gain health benefits.
We have combined the benefits you get from herbal teas accompanied by the best teas to take in for every occasion;
1. Tea Can Help You Reduce Stress and Relax
Herbal tea infusions are the best ways for unwinding after a long day and have been effective since time immemorial.
In the modern world, people use medicine which comes with several side effects, which bring more stress in the long last.
Herbal tea infusions help you relax and rejuvenate you in a safer way than the pills you get for anxiety and stress.
If you are having trouble sleeping because of insomnia, sleeping disorders, or difficulty unwinding your day, tea can help you relax and achieve healthy sleep. In short, they provide wholesome body care in a mug full of taste and flavor.
Try these blends (with a choice on the amount of herbs used) which are commonly used as herbal remedies for various ailments;
- Peppermint Tea. Mint tea has menthol, which is a natural muscle relaxant. Peppermint tea can help your whole body relax in a short period of time.
- Chamomile Tea. Chamomile Tea is the best bedtime tea as it calms and soothes your body. A study carried out by the University of Pennsylvania showed that it could heal the generalized anxiety disorder.
- Lemon Balm Tea. If you need that refreshing power nap during the day, lemon palm tea is your go-to tea. It reduces cortisol (stress hormone) and has no drowsiness effect.
- Passion Flower Tea. Passion flower tea reduces anxiety as it contains flavone chrysin making it a good bedtime tea.
2. Tea Improves Your Immune System
Even individuals who do not take tea regularly know the advantages of tea in boosting the immune system. That is why you see most of them tap a hot cup of tea during the cold weather.
Herbal tea can help end your flu sooner. For this purpose, drink these;
- Dandelion tea. Dandelion tea helps in improving the immune system by eliminating toxins and guarding it against more infections. This is because of its high levels of antioxidants. It also has diuretic properties that can flush your system, making you feel better faster.
- Ginseng Tea. Asians have used ginseng tea for centuries for the overall well-being of the body. It helps in the reproduction of white blood cells and stops the multiplication hence healing the flu quickly.
- Licorice Tea. Licorice has excellent anti-inflammatory properties which help to heal sore body aches that come with the flu. It, however, has a salty, sour, sweet taste that not many people can stomach.
- Cayenne Tea. Cayenne tea helps in getting rid of persistent coughs and healing sore throats. This is because it has capsaicin, which thins mucus that irritates your throat lining, leading to sore throats & coughs. It also reduces inflammation & congestion hence improving your breathing.
3. Herbal Tea Reduces Pain and Soreness
Like in the case of flu, many people take medicine to reduce pain, which has adverse effects. Herbal tea has properties that reduce pain with zero side effects.
Studies have shown that ingredients such as willow bark, Boswellia, and capsaicin in teas can help reduce aches and pains.
If you are already under medication, check with your physician before you start taking herbal tea as they are strong too.
To reduce pain, try these teas;
- Turmeric Tea. Turmeric tea can help reduce pain from fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, and other disorders thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. You can also use it to reduce minor aches such as menstrual cramps or pains from a long workout at the gym.
- Feverfew Tea. Feverfew tea is good for treating migraines and headaches. Researchers are still studying it, and so far they have only observed minor side effects of mouth irritation; so sufferers of frequent debilitating headaches are advised to go for it. Feverfew Tea is also mixed with passion flower of lemongrass in tea to avoid the irritation.
4. Herbal Teas Reduce Chronic Diseases
Herbal teas are high in antioxidants that get rid of free radicals in the body and prevent oxidative stress. They also contain polyphenols, which lower the cancer levels. Asians have also been using it to fight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Studies have shown that flavonoids, tannins, and polyphenols present in teas are the reason for the health benefits. Polyphenols widen arteries lowering blood pressure, preventing blood clots, and reducing cholesterol levels.
Antioxidants in teas such as rooibos and honeybush have been shown to prevent osteoporosis and prevent brain deterioration.
To reduce chronic diseases, try these teas;
- Hibiscus Tea. Polyphenols are from vegetable and fruits, so the more the colors in your teas, the better. Also, unfermented teas are better as the high levels of polyphenols. Hibiscus tea is rich in minerals, and Vitamin C. Polyphenols in hibiscus tea lowers LDL cholesterol, prevent cancer and heart disease, and fight E. coli bacteria.
- Rooibos Tea. Rooibos is only sourced in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Rooibos tea has 50 percent more antioxidants than green tea, which prevents the body from the effects of free radicals. The antioxidants include aspalathin that prevents blood sugar spikes making it favorable for patients with heart disease and diabetes.
5. Herbal Teas Improves Your Digestive System
Tea improves blood flow, absorbs gas, and get rid of radicals that cause stomach upsets and indigestion. Herbal tea infusions also have phenols that strengthen esophagus and stomach muscles, which can reduce heartburn symptoms and acid reflux. The tea also helps your digestive tract to absorb nutrients easily.
To improve your digestive system drink the following teas;
- Ginger Tea. Ginger tea has gingerol and shogaol, phenols, which stimulate the production of digestive juices and saliva that aid in breaking down food. Ginger teas interfere with serotonin receptors that are responsible for sending the message to the brain that you want to vomit – This is why it is used as a home remedy for motion sickness, morning sickness or any other nausea.
- For effectiveness in digestion, take a cup of ginger tea before meals. To get rid of nausea, drink it before the feeling starts, or immediately you feel like vomiting.
- Chamomile Tea. Chamomile is in the list of multiple home remedies due to its health benefits for different illnesses. For digestion purposes, chamomile’s calming effects soothe your stomach, reduces heartburns and cramps.
- Chai Tea. Chai contains herbs and spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cloves, red clover, ginger, and cinnamon that helps improving digestion.
6.Teas Stimulates Brain Function
You can drink a cup or two to get better; you will need to take tea regularly for the purpose of brain stimulation. The herbal teas improve brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain; providing it with nutrients and oxygen making it a healthy mind. Herbal teas are hence great “food for the brain”.
Try these teas for brain stimulation;
- Ginger Root Tea. Ginger tea reduces headaches as its anti-inflammatory properties inhibit chemical prostaglandin responsible for migraines and headaches. Ginger root teas increase blood flow to the brain, which improves brain focus; the natural antioxidants reduce free radicals as well as protecting brain health.
- Lemon Balm Tea. According to the University of Newcastle, lemon balm stimulates receptors and enzymes that control and emit nerve signals.
- Ginkgo Biloba Tea. The high concentration of antioxidants of ginkgo biloba tea improves blood flow in the brain, and nerve cell functions. The tea also improves memory among people who are young and healthy as well as middle aged individuals. It also reduces aluminum chloride, which is related to neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s.
7. Herbal Tea is Calorie- Free.
Water is an important part of our body. However, not many individuals can drink the required amounts. If this sounds like you, you can drink herbal tea infusions as they are calorie free. There are still ongoing research on the effect on weight, but the teas can still be a good replacement of plain water.
However, adding flavors such as honey and sugar can increase the number of calories.
How to Make Herbal Infusion Tea
Most people use leaves, flowers, roots, shoots, and barks for making a nourishing herbal infusion.
These are three things you need to make an infusion, including:
- Herb of your choice
- Boiling water
- Clean pot or mug with lid
Preparation of Hot Herbal Infusion
- Once you have all of these ready, place some herbs in the pot/mug and pour the hot water in it.
- Cover the pot/mug to steep the herbs and to prevent the essential oil from escaping. Steep times vary from 5 minutes to 15 minutes.
- Drink it hot and inhale the essential oils
- If you are drinking from the mug, use a strainer to remove the herbs.
PS: if you are trying a certain herb for the first time, don’t use more than one tablespoon of the herb. This is to prevent waste in case you drink it and do not like it. Dry herbs can be used, but it is best to create an infusion using freshly picked herbs.
The best time to drink the infusion is immediately after straining. If you must refrigerate, don’t let it go beyond 48 hours after which you should discard it.
How to Prepare a Cold Brew Herbal Infusion
- Get a clean mason jar
- Herbs of your choice
- Add room temperature water/cold water
- Leave in the refrigerator between 8 – 10 hours
- The cold infusion can be kept for a maximum of 3 days in the fridge
- Strain the herbs when you’re ready to drink.
Cold infusions taste great on a hot sunny day, while hydrating your body with all the essential nutrients and minerals.
How to Prepare a Decoction.
A decoction is an herbal infusion but stronger. A decoction is made using roots, dried berries, and barks, which makes it stronger than the regular fusions you do with leaves and flowers. But the preparation is somehow similar.
- Combine water and herbs in a saucepan
- Cover with lid and put on the heat
- Allow the mixture to simmer for at least 20 minutes to 45 minutes
- Remove the mixture from heat and strain before pouring into a mason jar
Drinking tea gives you benefits on a short and long term basis. Herbal tea can help you get rid of a cold soon and still stay healthy in the long run.
Before you decide to replace any medications with herbal remedies, consult your doctor. Herbal teas come in various flavors that have multiple benefits that make you a happier and healthier individual.
Drinking tea is a cool way of relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life. You can go for rosehip tea, mountain rose, classic chamomile, and echinacea tea, fruit tea, or any other flavors you love. Pair them with your favorite tea accessories to add charm to your tea time routine. You might even come across the samples with multiple flavors that you can try. You can brew them hot or ice cold depending on the preference.
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