Last week we spoke about a specific blend of herbs which help to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. This week, we would like to share our unique herb and spice blends, which bring great pleasure to our tastebuds, and at the same time help the body, mind and soul to heal.
Herbal spiced teas are well loved in countries such as Germany, where a wide variety are available. Christine and I, together with our friends, love the various flavours available and each of us has our favourite.
- Spiced Chamomile: A mixture of chamomile flowers, cornflowers, cinnamon, star anise and fennel. Chamomile is well known for its ability to ease anxiety and calm one after a stressful day. It also aids in calming stomach upsets. The cornflower helps to improve our digestion and as such is also very soothing on our digestive tract. The spices all aid in digestion. Cinnamon is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and is a carminative, which means that it helps ease flatulence. This drink is delicious in the evening as I find it helps me to relax and aids in the digestion of my dinner, thus getting me ready for a good night’s rest. If you prefer it sweeter, adding a little honey is best.
- Peppermint Fennel: This is a simple mix of peppermint, fennel leaves and fennel seeds. All these herbs help aid ones digestion. Peppermint is a cooling herb, while fennel is a warming one. These opposites helps to bring balance within our bodies. This blend makes a delicious iced tea, just add a little lemon and honey. It is also delicious as a hot drink on a cold and wintery day.
- Spicy Lemongrass: This blend contains Lemongrass lemon verbena, lemon balm, cloves and red peppercorns. This is my absolute favourite as the lemony herbs blend so well together. The cloves and peppercorns give the drink a bite which is quite delicious. Lemongrass helps with digestion and gives one a gentle boost when exhausted. Lemon verbena is a calming herb and eases indigestion. Lemon balm helps relieve anxiety, palpitations and tension headaches. Cloves are spicy and warming. Red peppercorns are mildly peppery in flavour and compliment the cloves and lemony herbs. This drink is delicious warm-no sweetner needed, but if you insist then try a little honey or agave.
- Rosehip and Hibiscus: Both of these herbs make a red tea which is filled with vitamin C. This tea is delicious as a cold or hot drink. Just add a little lemon or, honey and lemon if drinking cold. Christine prefers this drink hot with nothing added as the tart flavour is delicious in its own unique way.
- Regenerating Tea: We were asked to formulate a blend which would give as much help to ones body on a physical, mental and emotional level. This tea is strong in flavour and delicious if you like a hot after taste. It contains cayenne pepper, ginger and clove. There are 16 different herbs from the bitter Wilde als and Sutherlandia to the sweeter, milder lavender and sage. It helps to stimulate the kidneys, blood circulation, liver and gall bladder. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and isoflavins. There are many others advantages to this tea including astringent, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory. It is delicious with agave.