Are you familiar with (all) the benefits of drinking herbal tea?
Beginners and experts welcome! We’ve concocted a special article to learn all about the properties of herbal tea and its benefits. Read on!
Herbal tea: an ancient skill
Did you know that man has been using medicinal plants for thousands of years? Over centuries, a number of civilisations have used them, for example, in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, India (known for its famous ayurvedic medicine*), Peru, and even China where hundreds of medicinal plants are found on their list of medicines.
One of the most traditional ways plants have been used is herbal tea. We’re going to highlight the benefits of this ancient drink, and give you our tips on when to drink them!
What’s the difference between regular tea and herbal tea?
Tea is made from tea leaves, containing theine, a stimulant just like caffeine. Herbal tea, on the other hand, does not contain theine, and is comprised of plant, spice and fruit extracts.
How to make herbal tea
Preparing herbal tea consists of pouring hot water over plants, then letting them infuse for a few minutes. Timing varies depending on the ingredients that make up the blend.
For our classic blends, our advice is to warm water to 90°C and let them infuse for 4 to 5 minutes. To best enjoy our fruit teas, we suggest warming water to 95°C and infuse for 5 minutes.
When should I drink herbal tea?
As we mentioned earlier, herbal tea doesn’t contain theine. So, it’s possible to drink multiple herbal teas per day, and even at night! Throughout the day you can enjoy multiple blends that are adapted to different times of day.
Make your day with our selection:
The morning herbal tea
Start your day off with invigorating plants such as ginger. Maté and guarana stimulate your body and are known for their awakening properties. Løv in Mind is an excellent choice for starting your day and indulging your senses! With a base of ginger, lemon and dragon fruit, this blend is excellent hot or iced.
The post-lunch herbal tea
After a meal (whether we overindulged or not), we can feel when digestion is going to be loooong. There are plants known to soothe the digestive system, helping digestion along naturally. Take note that aniseed counters bloating and liquorice reduces acidity. Fennel is recommended for difficulty digesting, and cardamom helps fight indigestion. After lunch, we suggest drinking a hot cup of Løv is Good, which contains all of these spices!
The afternoon herbal tea
Favour ingredients such as blackcurrant and other red fruits that stimulate blow flow and relieve feelings of heaviness in legs. We recommend making a mug of Løvely Break, composed of red fruits and biscuit flavours. It’s perfect for a healthy, mid-afternoon break.
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The evening herbal tea
Chamomile and verbena have relaxing and antispasmodic properties that aid in digestion and promote better sleep. Our calming chamomile-based herbal tea Løvely Night guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep.
Examples of plants found in herbal tea, known for their medicinal properties
Verbena herbal tea is calming and helps digestion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
The sedative properties of linden are well-known. Not only it is calming, it also helps in fighting fevers.
Mint herbal tea is stimulating and refreshing. It aids in regulating digestive functions.
It also combats anxiety, gastro-intestinal and even mouth infections. Because of its stimulating properties it is best not to drink it before bed, but rather in the morning.
Tip: It’s recommended to drink 3 cups a day to benefit from the plant’s properties. If possible, don’t add sugar, but you can add some honey if it marries well with the blend. However, do not drink more than 4 cups a day.
* Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest medical systems in the world. It originated in India more than 3000 years ago.