The health benefits of tea have been appreciated for thousands of years. The Japanese call their tea ceremony the Way of Tea, usually using Matcha tea. It’s not just about drinking the tea, it is the ceremony and presentation of the tea that is just as important. The Chinese also have tea ceremonies and use teas as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I married my Chinese husband (who is Scottish!) in a castle in Scotland back in 1999. My mother in law organised a Chinese Tea ceremony to take place. We bowed and served tea to all our relatives as a form of respect. It certainly was a fusion of cultures; kilts and Chinese traditions!
I love my teas and have many different types as you can see in the photo. In the mornings I love to make a pot of my favourite brew which is currently called Morning Kiss (green mate, lemon grass, nettle leaves, tulsi, guaran-seed, red sandlewood, lemon grass, gingko leaves, spirulina, kombucha, marigold petals) 🙂 I light a candle and give thanks for all that I have in my life.
Anyhoo…..back to the teas!!
Black Cohosh root is a herb that is mainly found in North Eastern America and parts of Canada. It is most commonly known for helping women with PMS and Menopause symptoms (hot flushes, night sweats and irritability). It is reported to help with mood, inflammation, headaches and sore muscles.
I have dried ginseng root that my mother-in-law gave my husband to drink. Unless I make it for him he usually chooses to drink coffee (smacks forehead with hand!). It doesn’t make tea like you would get from a teabag. It makes an infusion. I really like it and it gives me a lift. Note: if you are prone to insomnia it may not be the best herb to use as it can be stimulating
Check out this blog to find out more benefits https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-ginseng-tea.html
Chasteberry (also known as vitex agnus-castus)
Chasteberry (the name of the berry found on the Vitex plant) ) is another well known herb used for treating female hormonal imbalances.
Here is a link to all the wonderful benefits http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/chasteberry-benefits-and-side-effects/
Maca is a root which is also sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng. It is an adaptogen which means it contains compounds that help the body bring itself back to homeostatis (balance).
I use maca as a supplement in powder form in my menopause cocoa drink. I’ve not tried to make it as a tea (yet)
Here is a link for more information http://wellnessmama.com/8254/maca-herb-profile/
Valarian tea is an well known old remedy which can ad sleep; especially helpful if you take time to fall asleep. Disturbed sleep is the bane of many menopausal women so it may help with sleep quality
Dong Quai is Chinese herb known for treating women’s hormonal issues including low libido, PMS and menopause. It is used among Chinese women as a daily tonic (I’m not surprised as it’s a reported aphrodisiac ;-))
Tulsi Tea (also known as Holy Basil)
I’ve been using and recommending Tulsi tea for many years. I drink it every evening as I find it very relaxing. It is another adaptogen and helps the body be more resilient to our modern day stresses. As we get older and enter the peri-menopause years our body’s tolerance to ‘stress’ lessens so this herb can be beneficial.
This link show you all the lovely benefits like digestive health, immunity boosting, blood sugar level balancing, supports respiratory system and more
I am not a herbalist and I always recommend that you seek professional advice when trying any new herbs and supplements