I’ve always seen food as medicine and herbal teas play a very big role in supporting and improving health. I have used loose herbal teas and combinations of loose herbal teas in my clinic for many years. During high school I did a subject in business that allowed me to work under a herbalist in a health food store one day a fortnight for a semester. This experience brought forward my love of herbal teas.
The typical ratio is 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup of hot tea. Keeping this in mind, it would be 2 teaspoons of tea if making a 500 mL of tea using a flask or teapot and around 4 teaspoons of tea for a 1 litre teapot.
The length of brewing herbal teas is around 3-5 minutes.
Herbal teas are enjoyed without milk.
Always take care when making teas. Be careful with hot water and be aware of allergies. Keep teas out of reach of children.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 80% of the world’s population use traditional medicine for their primary health care needs. Most of this therapy involves the use of plant extracts or the active components from plants. Plants have been used for their healing purposes throughout human history and forms the origin of modern medicine. Herbal medicine emphasises the effects of herbs on the whole body and individual body systems (McEwen 2015).
Traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness (WHO 2000).
McEwen BJ 2015, The Influence of Herbal Medicine on Platelet Function and Coagulation: A Narrative Review, Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 41(3); 300-314.
World Health Organization (WHO) 2000, General Guidelines for Methodologies on Research and Evaluation of Traditional Medicine. WHO/EDM/TRM/2000.1