Centuries before, our ancestors have turned to herbs, spices and different teas, in order to heal diseases and soothe the pain caused by them. As we all know, herbs can have a really powerful impact on us, as well as on our overall health. They can help us if we want to energize and invigorate our body, soothe our mind, or maybe to get our glow on.
One of the ways in which we can enjoy the wonderful benefits and wide range of uses of the herbs is by adding them in our food. You can also consume them by making yourself a tea from them.
In our article today, we are going to present you 9 herbs and spices. Add them to your routine, in order to have healthy, as well as happy life.
Herbal Tea #1: Ginger
The first one in the list is ginger. As you are maybe familiar with, ginger is a relative to turmeric and it gives a specific zing. Also a bright note to all types of savory and sweet dishes. For thousands of years, the famous ginger has also been used as a medicine to treat arthritis, nausea and diarrhea. Besides this, it has also been used for energizing the body and the mind.
One of the ways to use ginger is to find it in capsules form. The other way is to use it fresh and ground, adding it to different types of foods and drinks. You can also use it in baked goods, soaps, sauces, different juices and smoothies as well. For example, add a ½ teaspoon in order to give it a little flavor kick and stomach soother.
This spice is also a natural fit for an invigorating tea such Pukka’s Revitalise. The sweet and stimulating essence that this spice has actually has the ability to invigorate senses, and help digestion as well. The refreshing bland is also consisted of antioxidants, antimicrobial cloves, as well as some other herbs, such as elderflower, cardamom, cinnamon and green tea. All to enliven your day.
Herbal Tea #2: Turmeric
Turmeric is another plant of the ginger family. It is also used for centuries by our ancestors. Some of the uses of turmeric were for treating inflammation, breathing issues, problems with the digestion, arthritis, cancer and even more. Turmeric has antioxidant properties which have shown to have the ability of neutralizing free radicals, as well as promoting inner and outer health and glow.
The active compound in this plant, which is known as curcumin, has also been studied extensively for the benefits it has for our health. Turmeric, which is also known as the “golden goddess” has been used for thousands of years by the yogis of India, in order to improve mobility and flexibility.
The best way to use it is fresh, by adding it into some foods, spice blends, as well as drinks, in order to enjoy the great benefits. You can also use turmeric for making golden milk. All you need to do is to add a teaspoon of ground turmeric to coconut or almond milk together with a quarter teaspoon each of ground ginger and black pepper. You can also add honey for taste. If you are tea lover, turmeric is also ideal for this.
The organic turmeric glow tea of Pukka blends the power of turmeric with uplifting lemon fruit, cardamom, as well as whole leaf green tea. By consuming this, you will get a powerful antioxidant boost. It will help you in energizing and protecting you and your overall health.
Herbal Tea #3: Cardamom
This is another member of the ginger family. Its major uses are for soothing some digestive problems, such as gas, constipation and IBS as well. There were also some studies about the antioxidant properties of cardamom. You can enjoy this spice when it is added to baked goods, curries, sauces, spice rubs, and beverages as well. You can add it into a spice rub for organic poultry together with ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, allspice, and black pepper too.
This spice can also be good in a gentle yet powerful blend like Pukka’s detox tea. This bland features sweet aniseed, licorice root, crisp fennel, as well as celery seed, which has been used a diuretic. This is actually a delicious way in order to help you feel completely balanced and regular.
Herbal Tea #4: Chamomile
The chamomile plant has flowers and when dried, they contain flavonoids. This plant has also been used for thousand years. Some of the problems it treated were insomnia, inflammation, muscle spasms, gastrointestinal disorders and a lot more. The sweet and gentle flavor that chamomile has, makes it ideal for adding a floral note to some desserts. As well as drinks. Another use of chamomile is in sauces, or incorporating it into a spice blend, in order to use it in fish and poultry. The essential oils that this herb contains are often used for aromatherapy purposes.
The Relax tea produced by Pukka is actually a combination of chamomile with oat flowering tops, cardamom, fennel seed, as well as soothing marshmallow root. It is used for easing GERD – related GI discomfort.
Herbal Tea #5: Rose
People usually connect and associate roses with romance and love. The flavor that they have can also have an impact on our mood. For example, the damask rose is a type of rose which is known for having a calming and uplifting effect. One of its uses is to help calm the nerves, as well as soothe the mind. This plant works well in foods and drinks together with some other delicate flavors. A lot of recipes from the Middle East feature the rose as an ingredient in some sweet, floral preserves and sauces. It is also wonderful when it is used in some deserts, such as cakes and custards, or added as a garnish to some salad.
The Love tea produced by Pukka, which also incorporates rose, was blended by the Master Herbsmith named Sebastian. It was a gift to win over his partner who is actually his wife now. Being relaxed and feeling eased helps us feel more open towards love. This type of tea also features some other soothing herbs, such as elderflower and chamomile.
Herbal Tea #6: Cranberry
Cranberries also belong to this list and they have high antioxidant function. You can eat them as an ingredient added in some foods such as baked goods, juices and sauces. Cranberries are commonly taken as a supplement in capsule, extract, or maybe powder form, in order to help in cleansing the system. They also protect against some infections such as UTIs.
The raw cranberry has an extremely sour taste, as well as tough texture, so you can best enjoy in them when they are cooked. You can also try them in oatmeal, or maybe in a cranberry homemade sauce, sweetened with just a touch of local honey. This sauce is also great in savory dishes, as a way to add a hint of tart flavor to marinades, as well as sauces for meat.
Cranberries can also be a great addition for some herbal teas. The vanilla which is added in this bland is another helpful ingredient for soothing mood swings.
Herbal Tea #7: Matcha
Matcha is actually finely ground powder made of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is a super food! The best part of it is that you can reap all those benefits of the green tea in an even more concentrated form. The catechins which are in the green tea and matcha, have been shown to help in the protection against disease. They help in the support of healthy metabolism, and in boosting focus and concentration. The mathca powder, which has mellow taste and beautiful green color, is another wonderful addition to baked goods.
Herbal Tea #8: Shatavari
Shatavari is actually the key ingredient in the Womankind blend produced by Pukka. This is a plant which is found throughout the country of India. The roots of it have been used for healing purposes a long time ago. They have a tonic, diuretic property, as well as an ability to increase the production of breast milk in nursing mothers.
This plant has been used for treating gastrointestinal issues, as well as female reproductive issues. Some other uses are for cleansing the system and supporting lactation. Like all the other teas produced by Pukka, you will only get the ingredients which have the highest quality.
Herbal Tea #9: Elderberry
The last one on this list is elderberry, which can be a part of your cold. It serves as a fighting kit in times when you want to take extra care and stay warm. Elderberries are used for thousands of years, in the treatment of respiratory ailments, such as sinus infections. They are often used to help in treating cold and flu symptoms by reducing congestion and possibly help you to sweat more. This may not seem pretty to you but it is definitely important when you want to get back feeling good in a fast way.
The elderberry is packed with flavonoids whose antioxidant properties help in fighting off pathogens, such as cold and flu. Because of this, it deserves a place in your wellness routine. You just need to remember that elderberries should be cooked before consuming. This is because the raw ones contain a compound which is similar to cyanide – aka poison.