Best Herbs To Brew A Tea With

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At least since the ancient Egyptians, herbs have been brewed into tea. Teas can be used as stimulants and sedatives or even as aphrodisiacs. Use vaping herbs to make therapeutic teas that can be beneficial in several different ways.

VAPING HERBAL TEAS

Vaping herbs and drinking herb teas work because they contain essential oils and other compounds that are beneficial to the human body. Used for their specific effects alone, or as a tobacco substitute, herbs are an effective way to improve and maintain your health. Ingesting herbs can help prevent illness or act as tonics to energise or sedate, cleanse and tone or activate the libido.

If vaping isn't your thing, Zamnesia's range of organic herbs can be used to make herbal teas and infusions to the same effect. Pack an infuser, rather than a vape chamber, and pour in hot water. Herbal teas are an ideal addition to any diet. They are nutrient, vitamin rich and promote healthy digestion and nerve function. Drinking tea hydrates the body and helps deliver essential compounds in a nutrient-rich, easily metabolised format.

Herbal teas have played a major part in the apothecaries of ancient civilisations for most of recorded history. Even when soaked and used as a compress, many herb infusions have proven to be effective against rashes and bruises, insect bites and abrasions. The Greeks extolled the virtues of Melissa and peppermint, as did the Romans. Pre-Christian era, the Chinese used a vast selection of herbs that are still used to this day.

BREW A RELAXING TEA WITH HERBS

A number of herbs contain compounds that are mild to extremely sedating. They can be used to calm anxiety and to help with insomnia or just to wind right down after a big day. Stress is a global problem that has been shown to cause grave health concerns. Herbal teas can help de-stress by encouraging a healthy sleep cycle that assists in regulating hypertension and blood pressure.

LEMON BALM

Lemon Balm

As a herbal tea, lemon balm has an ancient reputation for promoting good health and longevity. It is known to calm the mind, cleanse wounds and quell sleeplessness. Even sniffing the sweet essential oil has been known to calm agitated people. Melissa officinalis has an esteemed history with numerous other uses than just herbal tea.

Lemon balm improves the skin's appearance, is a powerful antioxidant and boosts liver function. It also protects brain cells and promotes normal blood sugar levels. In larger doses, lemon balm has been shown to boost alertness, sharpen memory and enhance problem-solving. Its after effects include feelings of a calm, but not dulled, mind.

CATNIP

Catnip

Catnip, sometimes referred to as catmint, contains the plant terpenoid nepetalactone. This makes catnip addictive to felines in general, even the big cats. In humans, Nepeta cataria acts as an antipyretic which prevents or reduces fever and is a powerful anti-tussive. It is a proven treatment for migraines and has been used as a digestive aid since the Middle Ages.

Ideal for calming children during restless fevers, this multifunctional herb can also be used as a topical balm. Catnip can help reduce stress and chronic anxiety when consumed as a tea and promotes a deep and restful sleep, helping in overcoming the secondary symptoms of stress and boosting the immune system. Catnip is vitamin and mineral dense, but beware of overconsumption or vaporising as it may cause euphoria.

VALERIAN

Valerian

It might stink like smelly socks, but valerian is a powerful, relaxing herb. Primarily used in the treatment of sleep disorders, especially insomnia, it is often combined with other herbs like hops and lemon balm to make a sedative bouquet garni. People who are attempting to "give up" sleeping pills often find assistance by using valerian as an evening soporific.

Valerian is also used in the treatment of disorders connected to psychological stress. Relief has been found for anxiety, ADHD, hysteria and over-excitability. Valerian may cause drowsiness in the morning and should not be used with other medications before checking with your doctor. Add a spoonful of honey to make the taste a bit more pleasant.

CHAMOMILE

Chamomile

Chamomile has been used as a tea and topical application since before the rise of ancient Egypt. Beneficial elements abound in chamomile which make it a multi-functional herb of the first order.

The prominent terpene in chamomile is bisabolol. This beneficial volatile compound is an anti-inflammatory, an anti-irritant, a mild analgesic and a relaxant. Chamomile tea calms and relaxes while aiding digestion and acting as a general anti-bacterial agent.

Also present is the flavonoid chrysin that is also partly responsible for the anti-anxiety properties. Chamomile stimulates glycine production which relaxes nerves and muscles and works as a mild sedative. Chamomile increases available GABA in the brain, further reducing anxiety and aiding relaxation.

ST. JOHN'S WORT

St. John's Wort

The flowering yellow tops and aerial parts of St. John's Wort are used for making teas and tinctures. It is often considered a weed but this innocuous looking plant has been used for medical purposes all over the globe for thousands of years. It is most often used to treat depression and should therefore not be mixed with pharmaceutical anti-depressants.

St Johns Wort has been used by some people to wean off valium and other anxiety drugs. Hypericin is the active compound and is understood to have long-term mood stabilising and anti-anxiety effects. St Johns Wort tea before bedtime can generate enjoyable, vivid dreams during very deep sleep.

PASSION FLOWER

Passionflower

Passion flower has a long history as part of the native American apothecary. Known for its relaxing and sedative effects passion flower grew commonly throughout the American continent.

Making passion flower tea releases a host of flavonoids as well as alkaloids. The terpene chrysin is thought to be responsible for the sedative and relaxing effects of passion flower. Harmine, harmol and harmalol are three harmala alkaloids that act as monoamine oxidase inhibitors. In higher concentrations, the harmala family of alkaloids play a significant role in the effect of ayahuasca. In low concentrations, like passion flower, they engender emotional ease and a general sense of well-being.

BREW AN ENERGIZING TEA WITH HERBS

There are herbs that can make you start the morning with a bounce and give you the energy to slide through the day. Herbal teas hold numerous purposes. They can give you a boost while balancing your system and improving your general health. There is no need to resort to dangerous stimulants. These can have cumulative negative effects over time, causing sleeplessness, irritability and stress.

GUNPOWDER TEA

Gunpowder Tea

The stimulating effects of gunpowder tea are due to a healthy dose of caffeine and the many bio-active compounds released after steeping. Gunpowder tea is prepared as pellets made from individually rolled leaves. Large amounts of nutrients, vitamins and plant polyphenols are present in every cup. These flavonoids and catechins act as anti-oxidants and prevent free radical build up.

Green tea is known to help fight disease, promote clear and focused thinking and to help clean the intestines of bad bacteria. It can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes while stabilising the metabolism and aiding in weight control. Gunpowder tea is a great way to get your daily green tea fix.

GINKGO BILOBA

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo is an ancient plant. It is the only species of a genus now extinct. It appears in the fossil record and has remained unchanged for 250 million years. Commonly known as the maidenhair tree, it has been a staple of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. A well-regarded stimulant, ginkgo tea is made from its dried and desiccated leaves. After flowering, the berries can also be eaten to similar effect.

Ginkgo biloba improves blood flow to the brain increasing awareness and aptitude. It acts as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory while improving cognitive ability and memory. A positive mood and increased energy are often associated with ginkgo and it may have protective effects against mitochondrial damage.

BREW A HERB TEA FOR A SEXUAL BOOST

Herbal teas are nature's way of raising the libido and stoking the fires of desire. Sipping these brews cause arousal by stimulating those parts of the brain associated with pleasure.

DAMIANA

Damiana

Declared a national treasure in Mexico, damiana or Turnera aphrodisiaca is an appropriately named sexual stimulant of ancient distinction. Damiana was used by the Aztecs as a remedy for impotency and by indigenous women to stimulate love making. The fragrant, pleasant tasting tea gives an immediate emotional uplift and languid state of mind.

Heightened feelings are caused by the molecule apigenin. The mildly sedative and euphoric effects are similar to a light marijuana stone. Even the leaves of the yellow flowered shrub resemble the serrated profile of cannabis leaves. Damiana tea is an organic way to increase passion and stimulate both sexes as once appreciated by the ancient Mayans.

LAVENDER

Lavender

London hawkers once sold lavender as an aphrodisiac from the street corner. It has the double whammy of being an effectively arousing tea and a sensual aroma. The main terpene in lavender is linalool, which is a soporific and relaxant, but does not fog the mind. Linalool is often found in cannabis and is thought to modify the experience of THC.

Drinking lavender tea increases blood flow, which is important during arousal. Men especially respond well to lavender. The aroma triggers the switches for passion in the male mind and regions that need extra blood benefit from the stimulation. Once hailed as the herb of love, lavender was the main ingredient of love potions during the Renaissance.

BREW A SEDATIVE TEA WITH HERBS

Gentle or insistent sedation can be found with many herbs. Some gently relax and help ease the day along. Others can knock you out for the count or give you vivid dreams.

LAVENDER

Lavender

This wonderful multi-purpose herb makes an appearance once more. The soothing smell of lavender doubles the power of the tea as a relaxing herbal brew. Studies have shown that lavender can slow nervous system activity and helps with anxiety, nervousness, stress and depression. Tea releases the beneficial compounds from lavender which can then be easily absorbed by the body.

This favourite purple flower has been used for its beneficial effects for thousands of years as a tea, poultice, perfume, food flavouring and medicine. The essential oil linalool gives lavender its distinctive smell. This terpene stimulates several systems in the body, including opioid, and dopamine receptors. It alleviates pain and importantly provides a sense of well-being. Lavender tea is delicious with the effects being felt immediately as a pleasant drowsiness.

VALERIAN

Valerian

A relaxing herb in light doses and a sedating herb in heavier doses, valerian smells bad but works well. Sweetened with honey or stevia, a couple of cups of strong valerian tea will provide significant sedative effects. Deep sleep is guaranteed if taken before bed, especially when mixed with other sedative herbs like melissa.

Hippocrates noted the therapeutic value of valerian and Romans were known to use it for insomnia. On the flip side, over-indulgence can cause inescapable lucid and vivid dreams that have the opposite effect. Being kept awake, watching your own dreams night after night, can really string you out. Valerian is therefore best used only two to four times per week.

CHAMOMILE

Chamomile

The same compounds that make chamomile a relaxing herb to drink as a tea can also bring about sedative states. The distinctive floral aroma of chamomile comes from several bioactive terpenoids and flavonoids. These constituents act in concert to give chamomile its distinctive sedative effects.

Animal studies have shown that chamomile acts on the same part of the brain that prescription anti-anxiety drugs affect. Chamomile also acts to relax muscles and ease tired joints doubling the relaxing effects. This multi-purpose therapeutic plant, appreciated for thousands of years, is making a comeback as people take control of their own health.

VAPE HERBS ARE TEA HERBS

Intense delivery by vaping or gentle delivery through tea, this range of multi-function herbs can be used both ways to satisfying effect. Herb teas are a respected, traditional way of consuming beneficial naturally occurring compounds. Easy to metabolise and generally quite tasty herbal teas are a beneficial addition to any diet. So if vaping just isn't your thing, start brewing!

 

         
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