Herbal teas rarely have side effects when consumed in small amounts, and can be consumed without complications with most drugs. But be safe – always be sure to consult your loved one’s doctor first, especially if he or she has a serious condition or is on blood thinning medication.
In addition to finding commercially made teas with these ingredients, many of these herbs are easy to grow at home. To make tea with fresh herbs, you’ll need either a teapot with strainer or a simple tea infuser (available at most grocery or household retailers for under five dollars).
Try a few of these herbs to begin with:
- Peppermint – A refreshing, soothing tea. Great for calming digestion, sore throats, fresh breath, easing congestion.
- Lemon Balm – A soothing and calming tea. Good for digestion and relaxation. Combines nicely with mint.
- Sage – A warming, spicy tea. Excellent for sore throats and to promote fresh breath.
- Rosemary – A zesty, aromatic tea. Helpful for headaches and aiding digestion.
To make a single serving of hot tea, snip 2 teaspoons of herbs and insert into the tea infuser. Place the infuser into your mug, and steep in one cup of boiling water for 5-15 minutes.* Add a slice of fresh lemon or a spoonful of honey for flavor, if desired.
Feel free to adjust the recipe to make a full pot; it is easy to prepare herbal tea as a single serving, but it tastes best when enjoyed with a friend.
* Exercise good judgment when serving hot liquids to those in your care.
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