Super Boost Your Mood & Stay Warm with Fresh Herb Teas from Plant-n-Grow
Here are five of the most common herbs grown on the windowsill or garden. With plant n grow’s ‘just add water’ recipes, you can be supercharging your mood and staying cosy!
Often recommended by herbalists as a salve for sore throats, laryngitis, and tonsillitis, sage may also boost your mood. To brew sage tea, place two teaspoons of sage leaves into a teapot, add a cup of boiling water, and let steep for 10 minutes.
The primary ingredient in Indian Tulsi teas, basil is another proven mood booster. “Holy basil, Tulsi basil, Thai basil—they’re all great for making tea. As with sage, steep one to two teaspoons of basil leaves per cup of water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Instead of reaching for that cough syrup, try an herbal tea concocted from thyme. German researchers have found that thyme acts as an expectorant (an agent that loosens mucus in your chest), so keeping a thyme plant on hand could help with coughs and colds this time of year. Steep two teaspoons of fresh thyme in a cup of water for 10 minutes.
Modern herbalists believe rosemary helps with upset stomachs, headaches, and bad breath, among other ailments. Regardless, if you simply love the smell of rosemary, enjoy a tea made by steeping one teaspoon per cup of water for 10 to 15 minutes.
It’s widely known that peppermint and spearmint teas help settle your stomach after a heavy dinner. There’s also evidence that peppermint can help with headaches because it calms muscle spasms. Brew it by steeping one to two teaspoons of dried or fresh peppermint leaves per cup of water for 10 minutes.
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