Brewing your own tea blend can make for a more interesting concoction than store-bought brands; and with the right herbs and spices in your cupboard, you can adapt a recipe depending on your needs that day. See what herbs and spices are best for digestion, relaxation, or whatever ailment needs love at the moment.
Common herbs and spices
You can choose to buy these herbs or grow them, or use what you already have in the spice cabinet. Naturopaths and even some practitioners of Western medicine believe many herbs can have healing properties. Here are the most common herbs and the remedies herbalists believe they can assist in.
- Basil: Anti-inflammatory
- Cardamom: Reduce heartburn
- Chamomile: Relaxation
- Cinnamon: Balance blood sugar and boost metabolism
- Ginger: Alleviate nausea
- Lemongrass: Ease menstrual cramps
- Mint: Digestive aid
- Peppermint: Debloat and soothe upset stomach
- Rosemary: Improve circulation
- Sage: Improve brain function
- Thyme: Antioxidant, antimicrobial
Although there may not be scientific evidence for each treatment, they might inch you closer to a cure. Check with your medical professional before digesting large quantities of any herb. Rare side effects to herbs like ginger include gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea. These effects are most often linked to the powdered form of herbs and not the solid, natural root of them. Read the side effects of each herb before choosing one herb as your default spice.
See some popular tea combos and the supplies you'll need after the break!
- Lavender and chamomile
- Crushed peppermint
- Thyme and sage
- Cardamom and cinnamon
- Lemongrass and ginger
You have a few different options here depending on how much time you have and how often you choose to brew.
- Tea bags: You can purchase empty tea bags online and place a teaspoon of your favorite herbs and spices in each one. A handmade option is to make the bags out of cheesecloth and sew them shut.
- Steeper: Loose-leaf tea steepers are popular and readily available. They are small, rounded metal devices that look like strainers, but with a handle for easy steeping.
- Teapot: If you purchase a teapot from a tea specialty store it is likely to have a compartment for steeping built in. This is a great option for hosting guests or brewing a fresh pot for the house. For individual enjoyment you can even get a tea mug, which is a smaller version of the pot you can take with you on the go.