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They are used a little for all ills and are within reach of adults and children because they promote sleep, avoid water retention, are a valid aid for those who do not like cellulite and bodily imperfections, calm seasonal ailments and many more other symptoms.
Of course, despite the herbal teas you can safely prepare at home, you need necessarily, the valid and wise advice of your trusted herbalist that being a wellness professional, he will advise you adequately and give you the exact doses to buy the medicinal herbs to prepare.
Herbal teas: general rules for consumption
Keep in mind that as in everything, we must evaluate the use we make for herbal teas that are an excellent alternative to traditional medicine but if used improperly, they can hurt and create overdose problems just like if they were medicines. purchased at the pharmacy or prescribed by the attending physician. Here it is considered essential, the experience of the herbalist who will help you after carefully listening to the symptoms, to choose the right herbs.
The herbal teas that are used on a daily basis must be wisely associated with light exercise and a low-calorie diet to promote their functions. When these three fundamental elements come into synergy, our body will set in motion efficiently. It is almost completely useless, for example, to take an herbal tea that will make you urinate and expel more liquid than usual, if you spend hours sitting in an armchair or next to a computer. A walk in the open air or a bicycle ride, you will certainly be very healthy as well as a light low-calorie diet even if you do not need it urgently. In fact, think that many of us add more salt than we should to dishes when food already contains most of it. Our palate is so used to eating salty, that by completely eliminating the salt or adding less, the dishes are very insipid. But salt is that element that carries great urinary retention and certainly does not favor drainage! So get used to doing yes, using herbal teas but also feeding yourself in a certain way with commitment and continuity.
How to store herbs for herbal teas
Many of us keep the herbs purchased in herbal medicine, sealed in airtight glass jars and use them when needed. However, it is very useful to know that the validity of such products expires after exactly six months. It is not that they hurt but they lose all their effectiveness and it is therefore advisable to buy them in small doses and replace the product, as it ends. Take care also to label the container that contains the medicinal herbs, highlighting the date of purchase and the expiry date.
When you have to prepare the water to be added to the herbs, never use copper or earthenware but reserved for this action, a stainless steel pan and also, after having poured the water into the glass where you placed the herbs, have the be careful to cover the glass otherwise the active ingredients will inevitably disperse.
If you do not use the herbal tea immediately, close it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for only one day.
If you are on a diet, avoid sweetening the drinks with honey or sugar but opt for a low-calorie sweetener or try to drink them naturally if they are not too bitter.
What are herbal teas
But let's see now what the term herbal tea means which we usually use in a general way. The herbal tea is based on the use of medical herbs and hot or cold water depending on the use to be made of it. In other words, we need to use extractive methods to benefit from the properties of plants. These methods can be obtained with decoction, maceration and infusion.
With maceration, always following the advice of a valid herbalist, the medical herbs are left to macerate for a few hours or even for days and then the macerated mixture is filtered and eventually pressed.
The decoction instead, involves a sort of cooking of the leaves or roots of the plant, for a few minutes or even for a few hours if the recipe requires it. Finally let the mixture rest and then filter before drinking it.
The infusion, on the other hand, is prepared differently. Put the officinal herbs in a glass and pour hot water over the mixture. Let the infusion rest for a few minutes and drink the warm herbal tea sweetened with brown sugar or raw honey if you are not diabetic or are following a low calorie diet.
Today, contrary to ancient times, we are greatly facilitated because herbal teas have become commonplace and are easily available even in supermarkets where they are already mixed in sachets. Just add only hot water and sip it as an infusion.
Attention, however, to the brand that you choose that must be renowned and fairly known. Obviously, look at the expiration date because as mentioned above, medicinal herbs, after six months, lose their active ownership.
The pleasure of herbal teas: The benefits of herbal teas
As recommended by the national pharmacopoeia, it is good not to mix more than eight medical herbs. Always remember, that herbal teas are a great medium that goes hand in hand with traditional medicine but they are absolutely not magic potions! Therefore, they should be dosed with Carthusian wisdom and never, ever, should be overused.
Furthermore, herbal teas must consist of equal elements in the sense that either roots, seeds and barks or leaves and flowers are decocted or infused. It is perfectly useless as it is harmful to mix tender elements of the plant with hard elements.
Fans of medical herbs even work hard to find organic crops that treat medicinal herbs without fungicide fertilizers. In fact, organic farming offers products that can be classified into those that are absolutely natural and not chemically treated. On the other hand, it would be a paradox to use non-natural fertilizers on medicinal herbs that will be used by people who like to use natural medicine rather than traditional medicine.
The efforts made over the years through the specific study of herbs are truly remarkable. Several researchers have learned from the animal world to understand which herbs to use and for what purpose. It is in fact through the continuous observation of animals, that medical science has arrived today, to understand what certain herbs are and their effectiveness.
The golden century, however, was the 19th century. In fact, in this millennium the healing substances and the various benefits they brought to the body have been discovered. Science has made great strides by coming to the laboratory and evaluating the extractive principles of medical herbs, and we have obtained the results we have today.