Winter Tea: Healthy through the cold season with the help of the right herbal mix

Outside the cold winter wind is blowing and we are sitting here, inside, facing the warm fireplace - indeed there is nothing better than a warm cup of herbal tea.

The preparation of herbal infusions is very similar to the one of traditional teas. The main difference is that herbal teas are not made out of the plant leaves but instead from fresh or dried herbs. It is possible to produce herbal tea from a wide variety of plants, from their blooms, roots and seeds.

Many people start to consume tea, just when they are feeling sick and want to recover. Tea is actually a true wellness wonder. Drinking tea can also turn into a relaxing ritual. The warming effect, the essential oils and the fact of taking some time for ourselves to enjoy the tea, has a relaxing effect on our mind. It helps us to escape shortly from our day to day life and supports our health status.

Especially in wintertime, we can find mixtures of different herbs that keep us warm, increase our immune system and can alleviate colds.

For example, the red fruits from rose hip offer us a very high content of vitamin C. In fact, with 25g, the daily requirements of an adult would be covered. Furthermore, we can find vitamin A, K and P, so as pectin, fruit acids and tanning agents.
Tea helps us as well to increase our defenses and is a helpful cure for colds and inflammations. It is not a coincidence that plants are used since always as natural strengtheners.

Sage tea however, is suitable for mouth inflammations, throat ache, tonsils inflammation and cough. Thanks to the high amount of essential oils, it has an inhibitory impact on the proliferation of bacteria, virus (for example herpesvirus) and fungus. Last but not least, sage has a positive effect on the stomach and intestine section.

As medical plant, thyme is the most effective one. There is no area that thyme can’t help. Thyme’s biggest strength is its salutary effect on our breathing organs, thanks to its antibiotic effect and the capacity of reducing inflammations. Thyme fights coughs and colds, which are caused by germs.

The anti-cramps characteristic helps against cough spasms, whooping cough, dry cough and asthma. Furthermore, it helps to dissolve mucus and therefore to recover faster. For cough or similar breathing organ problems, it is recommended to drink thyme tea.

In addition, tea has a positive impact, not just on our physiology but also on our mind. In the dark time of the year, many people suffer under melancholy or feel bleak. Saint John’s wort tea works as a cheer up medicine in these cases.

St. John’s Wort tea brings warm sunrays into depressed souls. Already Paracelsus in the middle age was aware of it and today confirmed by traditional medicine. The classic herbal medicine and the modern anthroposophical theories consider the St. John’s Wort as a plant, capable to preserve the high summer sunlight and bring the joy of sunny summer into the dully winter.

Those people, that are unable to warm up during the wintertime, can find in tea the remedy for their problems. In addition to the warming effect, through the hot temperature of the drink, adding some ginger to the herbal tea, can increase the stimulation of blood circulation and therefore enhance the inside body temperature.
Tea herbs, are normally poured with hot water, nevertheless, for some herbs, it is recommended not to use boiling water, in order to protect the heat sensitive nutrients. The time of absorption depends from the type of tea and it can take up to 3-10 minutes. It is suggested not to drink more than 2-3 cups of tea during one day. 

Karin Planker, Herbalist at the ADLER Balance Spa & Health Resort

Hotel Adler Resort

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