Why do we like nature so much?
Well, for many reasons, but primarily because we are greatly rewarded when we respect it.
Just think about all the healthy powers of plants, roots, leaves, fruits and flowers, which we can benefit from every day through the use of tisanes and herbal teas.
Holding a hot mug in our hands is a real daily ritual, a small space we dedicate to ourselves, which makes the cold season more relaxing and ‘bearable’. What more could you ask for?
So here are three of our favourite tisante and herbal teas for the cold season.
Ginger tea, the ‘exotic’ drink against winter ailments
Ginger herbal tea is ideal to give an oriental touch to your day. With its exotic and slightly spicy flavour, it also has an immediate invigorating effect.
How to prepare it? Put 250 ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add three small slices of ginger and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes. Pour the infusion into a cup together with a squeeze of lemon and a tablespoon of honey.
Ginger infusions help get rid of stomach-ache, fight fever and coughs, balance the bacterial flora and combat nausea.
A body purifier: dandelion tea
If you prefer ‘local’ flavours, then dandelion infusion is for you.
To prepare a great herbal tea, you can either opt for the freeze-dried extract or use the dried leaves or roots – you can find everything in herbalist shops.
Where to start? Chop up 25 g of fresh leaves or 15 g of roots and soak them in 1 litre of water at room temperature. Bring the mixture to the boil for 10 minutes and strain. You can consume up to three cups a day.
In addition to the pleasant warming sensation, dandelion has an important diuretic, draining and depurative effect, particularly on the liver.
Lemon balm herbal tea (Melissa officinalis)
Who doesn’t occasionally feel a little stressed?
Well, lemon balm infusion is just the thing for you. Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis) is an easy-to-grow, lush plant whose properties can help you find some relaxation at the end of a turbulent day.
Preparing the infusion is extremely easy: simply chop up the leaves and use 5 g per person. Put them in a cup, pour boiling water over them and let it steep for about 10 minutes. At this point, all you have to do is strain the mixture and enjoy it with a generous teaspoon of honey.
Lemon balm infusion has digestive, relaxing and stimulating properties, and helps relieve exhaustion and insomnia.
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