Herbal teas have been used medicinally for centuries in China, Greece, and India. This winter, your favorite infusion can help tackle common health problems.
To get the most of prepackaged tea bags, use two bags and cover the cup with a saucer to trap essential oils. With loose herbs, measure two tablespoons into an 8-ounce cup, add hot water, and cover with a lid. Steep for 15 minutes then strain.
Sore throat: Ginger, licorice, marshmallow, slippery elm
Indigestion: Chamomile, cardamom, fennel, licorice, peppermint
Insomnia: Chamomile, hops, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, skullcap, valerian
Stress: Catnip, chamomile, kava kava, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, skullcap
Colds and flu: Astragalus, Echinacea, elderberry, ginger, rose hips
Energy: Ginseng, green tea, yerba mate