Brewing your own tea blend can make for a more interesting concoction than store-bought brands; and with the right herbs and spices in your cupboard, you can adapt a recipe depending on your needs that day. See what herbs and spices are best for digestion, relaxation, or whatever ailment needs love at the moment.
Common herbs and spices
You can choose to buy these herbs or grow them, or use what you already have in the spice cabinet. Naturopaths and even some practitioners of Western medicine believe many herbs can have healing properties. Here are the most common herbs and the remedies herbalists believe they can assist in.
- Basil: Anti-inflammatory
- Cardamom: Reduce heartburn
- Chamomile: Relaxation
- Cinnamon: Balance blood sugar and boost metabolism
- Ginger: Alleviate nausea
- Lemongrass: Ease menstrual cramps
- Mint: Digestive aid
- Peppermint: Debloat and soothe upset stomach
- Rosemary: Improve circulation
- Sage: Improve brain function
- Thyme: Antioxidant, antimicrobial
Although there may not be scientific evidence for each treatment, they might inch you closer to a cure. Check with your medical professional before digesting large quantities of any herb. Rare side effects to herbs like ginger include gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea. These effects are most often linked to the powdered form of herbs and not the solid, natural root of them. Read the side effects of each herb before choosing one herb as your default spice.
See some popular tea combos and the supplies you'll need after the break!