There are thousands of different types of herbal tea on the market today. Herbal Teas are generally made from different herb combinations. Some of these blends contain tea as well. Black tea, green tea and white tea are all common ingredients in commercial herbal tea blends.
No matter what you are looking for in your herbal tea, it will make your life much easier if you do a little research online before you buy your tea. There are healing herbal teas for colds & flu, headaches, insomnia, fertility, digestive problems, detoxification, cancer and more… the list just goes on and on.
Whole fresh and dried herbs will give you just the herb, no fillers. You can custom blend your own herbal teas depending on the taste you are looking for or the healing properties.
Mint is a great herb and its tea is both aromatic and soothing. It is typically made from spearmint or peppermint, just two varieties of the extensive mint family however, there are many new hybrids of mint that can be grown in an herbal tea garden including citrus and chocolate mint plants. If you are using mint in your tea, pluck a small handful of leaves – enough for three teaspoons – from your plant.
Violets are another beautiful presence in a herbal tea garden. The flowers make an excellent tea which is also healthy and a good source of vitamins A and C. You can let some fresh violets float at the top of the cup for presentation purposes, but the best flavor comes from the dried plant. Violets like the shade and are great for bringing color into your house.
For a weight loss tea, try using senna, or ma huang in a herbal tea recipe (just one or the other, not both). You will get surprising results and each of these herbal teas works in a different way for weight loss. Senna helps improve digestion, and cleans out the digestive tract making it more efficient and helping you to have a better digestive system reducing build up and keeping you regular. Ma huang on the other hand is a chinese herb and is known for speeding up the metabolism and helping you to burn fat.
The following are among the more famous of the flower herbal teas:
· Carnation Flower Tea: The tea brewed from this is attractive red flower is said to help restore the energy of the body. It is also widely used for relaxing.
· Chrysanthemum Herbal Tea: This tea has a subtle sweetness and is regarded as highly refreshing. Among the popular cooling infusions this is a premier choice.
· Forget Me Not Flower Tea: This brews a mild and grassy flavored tisane. Said to aid the lungs, it is also caffeine-free. It is widely known for its beautiful purple flowers.
· Gongju Herbal Tea: The Gongju flower is known for its soothing and relaxing attributes and brews a smooth tasting herbal tea.
· Jasmine Bud Flower Tea: This Chinese herbal tea, according to some experts, is comprised solely of the small and beautiful Jasmine flowers that have not yet opened. The tea produced sweet and caffeine-free.
· Kuding Pearl Tea: The leaves for this variety are rolled into large pearls, which is one of the sources of its nickname, "one leaf tea" due to the size of the leaves. The other reason it is called "one leaf" is because of the belief that only one leaf of this tea is needed to heal a number of things. Many people consider this tea to be a bitter tea, but nearly everyone agrees that this ancient leaf brews an interesting herbal tea.
· Yunnan Flower Bud Tea: This Chinese herbal tea grows, as implied by the name, in the old forests of Yunnan. This rare flower is primarily a local Yunnan drink and is caffeine free.
· Wild New York Ginseng: For those who appreciate the wild growing conditions in which the roots ripen this is another well-known Chinese herbal tea. It is said that each root develops a unique appearance and personality because of the rugged wild conditions. Size and age can vary greatly, with some of these wild roots being very small and very old while some larger roots are much younger. These herbal roots live for seven years or more.