I promised already a while ago that I’d write a post on herbal teas. I bought a number of different herbs online and have been trying various blends. The herbs I’ve tried out so far are bladderwrack, raspberry leaf, lavender, chamomile and ginkgo biloba.
Bladderwrack has laxative properties and is therefore used for constipation. It is also recommended for weight loss, but I doubt its effectiveness for this, as laxatives don’t tend to work for that. When searching the web, actually looking for recipes to use bladderwrack in, I found some warnings about potential health risks. I only drink one cup every couple of days. I started by using the bladderwrack on its own, because I figured its salty taste would not go well with any other herb. Then, when I accidentally had some raspberry leaf left in my infuser, I liked the additional flavor. As I write this, I’m drinking bladderwrack tea with raspberry leaf and ginkgo biloba.
Raspberry leaf is well-known for its benefits on pregnant women, but can really be great for all women. It is high in magnesium, potassium, iron and B vitamins. It is claimed that this combination makes raspberry leaf good for the reproductive system. The store I bought my herbs at recommends raspberry leaf for cleansing the bloodstream and as an astringent. This means it is soothing and could help with diarrhea, nausea and such. Raspberry leaf is my favorite herb so far. Its taste is similar to regular black tea but smoother. It tastes well mixed with lavender, chamomile or as I just discovered bladderwrack.
Ginkgo biloba is another herb with quite a bland taste. It is said to be good for blood circulation and is useful for memory and thought disorders. When reading about ginkgo online, I found out that it interacts with many medications though. It tastes good mixed with lavender, chamomile or raspberry leaf.
Lavender was the most well-known herb I bought. I’ve used lavender oil as a calming scent in my essential oil diffuser for a long time, and wanted to see if it worked in a herbal tea too. Well, it did. Lavender has a spicy taste and it leaves a warm feeling down my body after I drink it. It is said to help soothe the respiratory tract and help against cough. Lavender is also said to have antidepressant properties. Due to its spicy taste, I do not recommend mixing it with other herbs which have a distinct taste, such as chamomile or bladderwrack. Instead, mix it with raspberry leaf or ginkgo biloba.
Lastly, chamomile. I had already tasted this several times before and didn’t like it then. On its own, I still don’t really like it, but mixed with ginkgo biloba or raspberry leaf, it’s quite nice. Chamomile is another calming herb, which helps with anxiety and sleep. I still need to try mixing it with lavender to gain optimal effectiveness.