We have all heard more than once about the ancient Chinese culture of tea drinking and about the special love for tea of the British, whose “time to drink tea” is on a par with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But not many have heard that black tea appeared in Kyivska Rus even earlier than in England. Perhaps this was not influenced by the popularity of this drink among our distant ancestors. Rusichi loved to brew wild rose, chamomile, mint, thyme, fireweed, and lime blossom. There were plenty of these herbs everywhere and for free.
The mass distribution of black tea in Kyivska Rus began only in the 19th century among the nobility and merchants. And the widespread use of tea by everyone falls on the days of the Soviet Union.
Benefits and Applications
In addition to vitamins and antioxidants, black and green tea contains caffeine and tannin. These substances have a strong stimulating effect on the nervous system and, if abused, can cause sleep disturbances, irritability, and nervousness. In some cases, it is better to refrain from frequent drinking of strong tea for diseases of the cardiovascular system. The stimulating properties of the drink will make an already weakened body work harder.
Herbal medicinal teas also have tonic properties but do not have such side effects. Therefore, unlike tea, herbal recipes for every day are safe for children, the elderly, and people with cardiovascular disease. The action of many medicinal herbs on the body occurs without significant side effects, and the result of the healing effect is fixed for a long time.
Medicinal herbs have a wide range of medicinal properties and form the basis of many medicines. The pharmacological properties of herbs are usually less than those of medicines based on them since medicines are more concentrated, but this does not mean that herbs have no contraindications. If you have allergies or serious illnesses, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before taking herbal infusions.
Roots and fruits
It seems that our ancestors experimentally brewed everything as soon as they realized that this could be done. And in addition to herbs, flowers, leaves of various shrubs, roots and fruits also went into business – mostly berries, but not rarely fruits. And in all parts of the plants, something is contained. Of fruits and berries, apples, currants, cranberries, lingonberries, rose hips, blueberries, plums, and mountain ash are most often added to herbs. And from the roots, these are usually the roots of dandelion, burdock, and ginseng.
Best herbal teas
The organisms of all people, although they have much in common, are also very different. Therefore, it is impossible to unequivocally determine the best recipes – which herbal infusion will be equally useful for everyone else? Here, individual intolerance to various substances, genetic predisposition, health status, etc. plays a role. But, roughly you can highlight the most popular recipes for herbal teas at home.
Pharmacy chamomile is an unpretentious field plant of the Asteraceae family. It is widespread in North America and Eurasia and is found in almost all regions of both hemispheres, except for the tropical and subtropical zones.
The healing properties of chamomile are useful for: stomach problems, old gastritis, weakened immunity, with frequent colds. The antibacterial properties of chamomile tincture relieve inflammation during colds, reduce fever, soothe a sore throat and cause excessive sweating. Chamomile helps in the treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system, removes harmful substances in case of food poisoning, and is recommended for use by diabetics.
Vitamin herbal tea
Vitamin tea is called various herbal preparations from rose hips, rowan berries, drupes, currants, sea buckthorn, lingonberries, St. John’s wort, mint, plantain, cherries, blackberries, etc. The main benefit of using such preparations is reflected in their name – if you constantly drink vitamin infusions, it strengthens the immune system, saturates the body with vitamins, and balances metabolism. The immunity strengthened in this way copes better with diseases, resists viruses and adverse weather conditions.
Tonic herbs with a strong invigorating effect include:
- Rhodiola Rosea;
- aralia Manchu;
Also, herbs with light psychostimulating properties are added to the tonic herbal preparations:
- St. John’s wort;
- prickly tartar;
- medicinal lovage;
Drinking tonic packs in the morning is much healthier than drinking coffee. The tincture retains its properties for no more than a day, so it is better to brew the herbal mixture in small portions in the evening. Their use before bed is not recommended.
Eucalyptus is an evergreen woody plant of the Myrtle family. Most of the different types of eucalyptus growing in New Zealand, Tasmania, and the forests of Australia. Some of its species are also found in the Philippines, Indonesia, and New Guinea. In the northern hemisphere, only one type of eucalyptus grows – this is rainbow eucalyptus.
This is with regard to the natural growth of this plant. Artificial cultivation of eucalyptus trees has been practiced all over the world for centuries. During the Soviet era, eucalyptus trees were planted in Sochi and Crimea. To date, about 20 trees have survived in Sochi, which has successfully acclimatized and survived the abnormal cold of 1963.
Eucalyptus tincture is rich in essential oils. It can strengthen immunity, speed up recovery from colds and bring down fever, but these are not the main medicinal properties of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is most useful not for its antibacterial effect, but because essential oils dilute phlegm in the bronchi and lungs, and also disinfect these organs. In addition, regular consumption of eucalyptus removes bacteria from the intestines and removes parasites.
Anti-inflammatory herbal tea
Anti-inflammatory herbal recipes include:
St. John’s wort is a flowering plant of the St. John’s wort family. It contains nicotinic acid, essential oil, vitamins C and PP, tannins and resinous substances, glycosides, carotene, and choline. St. John’s wort tincture has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects, improves blood circulation, promotes bile secretion, and stimulates the work of the gastrointestinal tract.
Sage – belongs to the genus of perennial shrubs of the Yasnotkov family. Its leaves contain phytoncide, alkaloids, essential oils, and flavonoids. Periodic consumption of tea leaves with sage improves immunity, normalizes the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, improves memory, and strengthens the nervous system. A hot sage drink is recommended for the treatment of bronchitis.
Linden blossom is a linden blossom. Linden flowers are harvested in June-July when the linden blooms profusely. Flowers are dried and can be stored for up to 3 years, subject to storage conditions. Linden blossom contains ascorbic acid, tannins, glycosides, carotene, and saponin. Usually, linden blossom is used as an anti-inflammatory agent for colds, for the treatment of bronchitis, migraine, neuralgia, and for infectious diseases of children.
Hibiscus is a red aromatic drink made from dried bracts of Sudanese rose flowers. Recommended for regulating cholesterol levels, normalizes blood pressure, stops allergic reactions, removes toxins from the body in case of alcohol poisoning, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, improves the functioning of the liver and the entire digestive system.
Calendula is a plant of the Astrov family. The flowers of this plant contain phytoncides, mucus, organic acids, essential oil, carotenoids, and tannins. Recommended for use in peptic ulcer, gastritis, colic, stomach, duodenal, gallbladder, and liver diseases.
Chamomile is a perennial flowering plant of the Astrov family. Chamomile inflorescences contain vitamins, organic acids, essential oils, bitterness, flavonoids, and glycosides. Chamomile tincture helps in the treatment of painful menstruation, uterine bleeding, spasms of the gastric ducts, acute and chronic gastritis, inflammation of the kidneys, mouth, and throat, liver, stomach, and gallbladder.
Rose petal tea
Roses are not only beautiful and popular flowers with a delicious scent but also medicinal plants. Rose petal tincture kills microbes, strengthens the heart, relieves pain, stimulates the cerebral cortex and improves overall well-being, relieves spasms, heals blood vessels, and removes parasites.
Rose petals are also endowed with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, regenerating properties.
Thyme or in another way thyme is a low-growing shrub of the Yasnotkov family. Thyme grows in North Africa, Greenland, and throughout Eurasia with the exception of the tropical belt.
Thyme tincture is probably one of the first medicines that have survived to this day. This drink is mentioned in the tablets of the Sumerians, the oldest known civilization. The infusion was used as an antiseptic.
The leaves and stems of thyme contain vitamins C and B, tannins, camel, flavonoids, thymol and cymene, organic acids, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and selenium.
Tincture of thyme strengthens the immune system, helps to quickly cure colds, improves overall health, and normalizes the gastrointestinal tract.
Speaking of ginger, one should immediately clarify what it is about. Ginger is called a spice from the root of ginger, the root itself, many different plants of the Ginger family, and ginger pharmacy, from which ginger decoctions are made.
Ginger broth strengthens the heart muscle, thins the blood, cleanses the liver, removes toxins, stimulates the brain, and improves potency.
Soothing herbal tea
Collecting various herbs can both tone and calm the body. Soothing teas relieve stress, insomnia, and stress. They are much more useful than various antidepressants and chemical analogs. And cooking any variety with your own hands or buying at a pharmacy is not a big problem.
Typically, these drinks are made from peppermint, valerian, St. John’s wort, chamomile, and thyme.