Herbs for Tea Blends

Expand your herbal tea repertoire by learning about twenty four commonly used herbs for tea blends and the benefits you can gain for your health by using them.

| November/December 2001

Explore these twenty four commonly used herbs for tea blends and the health benefits of these plants.

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Herbs for Tea Blends

Sipping a cup of herbal tea is time well spent for reflection, pleasure, and enjoying the health benefits of plants that have long served humanity. As we inhale the steamy aromas when a teacup touches our lips, we have the opportunity to take in the plant virtues that have been transmuted from the earth and the sun. The following is a list explaining the qualities of many of the herbs commonly used in herbal tea blends.

Alfalfa leaf (Medicago sativa) is an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamin C, and minerals; the herb has a neutral flavor and helps improve anemia and digestion.

Anise seed (Pimpinella anisum). Anise is a member of the parsley family and has a pleasant, licorice-like flavor. Anise improves digestion, freshens the breath, calms flatulence and nausea, and helps coughs due to its expectorant properties.

Blackberry leaf (Rubus fruticosus) has a flavor similar to black tea and is a source of blood-building iron. Blackberry leaf has astringent properties and has been used to treat diarrhea. Its refrigerant properties make it cooling to a fever.

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