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Discussion in 'Keep Fit & Maintain Shape' started by jpstar, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. jpstar

    jpstar New IL'ite

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    Hi Friends,

    I have heard about something called Herbal Tea that is good for losing weight, maintaining weight, improving skin, fighting diseases & what not. :smile:

    I have been trying to search the forum for any info abt this but no luck. Please let me know if this has been discussed some where else before. :confused:

    Could someone please give me the recipe for this tea? How many cups of this tea should one consume everyday? Should this tea replace the regular tea & coffee or should this be taken besides the regular beverages?

    Also, can someone please compile all the benefits of herbal tea (& harmful effects, if any) here?

    Thanks in advance. :thankyou2:

    Admin Note: You may wish to read following relevant links on herbs and its benefits

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indian-diet-and-nutrition/15046-benefits-of-herbal-juices.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/nature-cure/26279-herbs-1-aloe-vera.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/healthy-food-and-living/10820-healthy-juices.html
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  2. spandhana

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    • Chamomile: Chamomile is very popular for teas (even commercial teas) because it is highly versatile. This herb is extremely easy to grow and the white flowers are used for teas. Chamomile is used to treat menstrual cramps, all digestive issues (cramps, nausea, diarrhea), fever, congestions, headaches, insomnia, and general stress.
    • Anise: Anise has a similar taste to licorice, and is an easy herb to grow. As a tea, it can be used for digestive issues and coughs/congestion.
    • Lemongrass: Lemongrass is another versatile herb when used for teas. It is also easy to grow in your own garden. Lemongrass has become popular in the news since it may help decrease cholesterol levels. It can also help with coughing, bladder problems, digestive issues, headaches, fever and it also promotes perspiration.
    • Mint: Mint is an extremely easy to grow and extremely hardy plant (it may actually take over your garden if you're not careful with it). Mint is a great herb to make into a tea for digestive problems. Many herbalists recommend drinking a cup of mint tea every evening. It also tastes great and is very gentle to the body. This is also a great herb to add to some herbal teas to make the flavor more favorable.
    Feel free to grow your own fresh herbs or use quality dried herbs. A great place to get quality dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs (see link).

    Fore more information about how to use herbs in teas, precautions for herbs or for recipes, check out Gardens Ablaze (see link), Mountain Rose Herbs or read Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality by Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak and 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak.

    As you continue to learn more and more about herbs, you will discover how versatile herbs are and how easy it is to make an herbal tea. There are many ways to brew herbs into teas. If you are using your tea for medicinal qualities, remember to always cover it while it seeps.

    1. Pour boiling water over herbs placed in a non-metal container with lid and allowed to seep for a set amount of time. The amount of time is dependent on the herbs you are using; some herbs will become bitter if allowed to seep for too long, while others require a longer time to get the medicinal qualities out of them. Taste your tea to determine the length of the time to seep your tea. Strain the herbs before drinking the tea. If the tea is harsh, or you don't like the taste, feel free to add a squeeze of lemon, lime, a sprig of mint or a touch of honey to the tea.
    2. Another way to make an herbal tea is by placing the herb in a pan of cold water and slowly bring the water to boiling. As soon as the water boils, take it off the heat, strain and drink.
    3. If you want to make a stronger tea, take tea off the heat after the herbs have had a chance to infuse into the water and let sit overnight. Strain and drink.
    4. Herbal teas can ferment after a few days, even if they're stored in a refrigerator. If your tea has bubbles in it or an odd taste, throw it away.
      • Chamomile: Chamomile is very popular for teas (even commercial teas) because it is highly versatile. This herb is extremely easy to grow and the white flowers are used for teas. Chamomile is used to treat menstrual cramps, all digestive issues (cramps, nausea, diarrhea), fever, congestions, headaches, insomnia, and general stress.
      • Anise: Anise has a similar taste to licorice, and is an easy herb to grow. As a tea, it can be used for digestive issues and coughs/congestion.
      • Lemongrass: Lemongrass is another versatile herb when used for teas. It is also easy to grow in your own garden. Lemongrass has become popular in the news since it may help decrease cholesterol levels. It can also help with coughing, bladder problems, digestive issues, headaches, fever and it also promotes perspiration.
      • Mint: Mint is an extremely easy to grow and extremely hardy plant (it may actually take over your garden if you're not careful with it). Mint is a great herb to make into a tea for digestive problems. Many herbalists recommend drinking a cup of mint tea every evening. It also tastes great and is very gentle to the body. This is also a great herb to add to some herbal teas to make the flavor more favorable.
      Feel free to grow your own fresh herbs or use quality dried herbs. A great place to get quality dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs (see link).

      Fore more information about how to use herbs in teas, precautions for herbs or for recipes, check out Gardens Ablaze (see link), Mountain Rose Herbs or read Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality by Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak and 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak.

      As you continue to learn more and more about herbs, you will discover how versatile herbs are and how easy it is to make an herbal tea. There are many ways to brew herbs into teas. If you are using your tea for medicinal qualities, remember to always cover it while it seeps.
      1. Pour boiling water over herbs placed in a non-metal container with lid and allowed to seep for a set amount of time. The amount of time is dependent on the herbs you are using; some herbs will become bitter if allowed to seep for too long, while others require a longer time to get the medicinal qualities out of them. Taste your tea to determine the length of the time to seep your tea. Strain the herbs before drinking the tea. If the tea is harsh, or you don't like the taste, feel free to add a squeeze of lemon, lime, a sprig of mint or a touch of honey to the tea.
      2. Another way to make an herbal tea is by placing the herb in a pan of cold water and slowly bring the water to boiling. As soon as the water boils, take it off the heat, strain and drink.
      3. If you want to make a stronger tea, take tea off the heat after the herbs have had a chance to infuse into the water and let sit overnight. Strain and drink.
      4. Herbal teas can ferment after a few days, even if they're stored in a refrigerator. If your tea has bubbles in it or an odd taste, throw it away.
        • Chamomile: Chamomile is very popular for teas (even commercial teas) because it is highly versatile. This herb is extremely easy to grow and the white flowers are used for teas. Chamomile is used to treat menstrual cramps, all digestive issues (cramps, nausea, diarrhea), fever, congestions, headaches, insomnia, and general stress.
        • Anise: Anise has a similar taste to licorice, and is an easy herb to grow. As a tea, it can be used for digestive issues and coughs/congestion.
        • Lemongrass: Lemongrass is another versatile herb when used for teas. It is also easy to grow in your own garden. Lemongrass has become popular in the news since it may help decrease cholesterol levels. It can also help with coughing, bladder problems, digestive issues, headaches, fever and it also promotes perspiration.
        • Mint: Mint is an extremely easy to grow and extremely hardy plant (it may actually take over your garden if you're not careful with it). Mint is a great herb to make into a tea for digestive problems. Many herbalists recommend drinking a cup of mint tea every evening. It also tastes great and is very gentle to the body. This is also a great herb to add to some herbal teas to make the flavor more favorable.
        Feel free to grow your own fresh herbs or use quality dried herbs. A great place to get quality dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs (see link).

        Fore more information about how to use herbs in teas, precautions for herbs or for recipes, check out Gardens Ablaze (see link), Mountain Rose Herbs or read Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality by Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak and 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak.

        As you continue to learn more and more about herbs, you will discover how versatile herbs are and how easy it is to make an herbal tea. There are many ways to brew herbs into teas. If you are using your tea for medicinal qualities, remember to always cover it while it seeps.
        1. Pour boiling water over herbs placed in a non-metal container with lid and allowed to seep for a set amount of time. The amount of time is dependent on the herbs you are using; some herbs will become bitter if allowed to seep for too long, while others require a longer time to get the medicinal qualities out of them. Taste your tea to determine the length of the time to seep your tea. Strain the herbs before drinking the tea. If the tea is harsh, or you don't like the taste, feel free to add a squeeze of lemon, lime, a sprig of mint or a touch of honey to the tea.
        2. Another way to make an herbal tea is by placing the herb in a pan of cold water and slowly bring the water to boiling. As soon as the water boils, take it off the heat, strain and drink.
        3. If you want to make a stronger tea, take tea off the heat after the herbs have had a chance to infuse into the water and let sit overnight. Strain and drink.
        4. Herbal teas can ferment after a few days, even if they're stored in a refrigerator. If your tea has bubbles in it or an odd taste, throw it away.
     
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    Spandhana,
    Thanks for your post. I appreciate it. :)

    ILs,
    Does anyone know which Tea is the best for young ladies for healthy skin & hair & maintaining weight... actually for general well being? :idontgetit:

    On a side note, I heard that there are gals who make some tea with black pepper etc to be had after meals to control weight. Does anyone have any idea about this?

    Thanks. :)
     
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    Hi,
    Try out Himalaya herbal green tea-helps in reducing weight ,good for skin too .
     

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