Around us there are many medicinal plants that we can use as natural remedies useful for the treatment of diverse diseases, from colds to stomach pain, insomnia or anxiety. It is advisable to go to an herbalist to clarify any doubts that we have.
These are some of the main herbs that are used to prepare herbal teas (infusions or decoction). Some herbal teas may be contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation: in these cases, please consult your doctor for the most appropriate advice.
1) Melissa: (Melissa officinalis) is a plant with excellent soothing and sedative properties. It grows easily in the garden and is very easy to grow.
2) Echinacea: Echinacea is considered a very useful medicinal plant to prevent and combat influenza and colds. It emphasizes its capacity to strengthen the immune system.
3) Rosehip: To prepare a rosehip tea, the berries of this plant are used, after allowing them to dry. Rosehips are a source of vitamin C, which help stimulate the immune system and improve its functioning, but it is also beneficial for the skin. They are harvested during the winter, but can be found throughout the year as dried herbs in herbalists.
4) Mauve: Mauve teas have soothing and calming properties. Known as a home remedy to relieve disorders caused by cystitis, such as inflammation and heartburn. It also has relaxing properties and helps to induce sleep if taken at night.
5) Chamomile: It can be helpful in helping to sleep and to calm an upset stomach. Chamomile is soothing and relaxing. But beware: when the infusion times are extended too much to some people causes them the opposite effect. With 4 or 5 minutes is enough to make the tea.
6) Ginger: It is a herbaceous plant native to the Far East. It is prepared starting from the fresh root of this plant. In particular, ginger tea is recommended for colds, coughs, sore throats and the flu. Also as an aid to digestion and to relieve nausea.
7) Mint: It is preferably consumed lukewarm or cold and you can add a few drops of lemon juice, which will give an extra touch of flavor. It is suitable as a natural mouthwash to freshen your breath. Just let it cool before using it to rinse your mouth.
8) Sage: It is a medicinal plant easy to cultivate in pots or in the garden. Sage tea is mainly used to take advantage of its digestive properties. It is also indicated to combat menopausal hot flashes.
9) Lavender: It has relaxing properties to help in cases of anxiety, insomnia and headaches. Precisely for this reason it is often used in aromatherapy as an essential oil. Fresh or dried lavender flowers are added to relaxing herbal teas in combination with other plants with the same effect, such as chamomile, melissa, mallow and passionflower.
10) Passionflower: Very useful in cases of anxiety and insomnia. Drink a passionflower tea at bedtime calm, relax and facilitate sleep. Passionflower is often combined with other plants of similar effect to achieve that relaxing effect.