And yes, I was a typical girl who loved "tea time" when I was little too. I have them with my kids now and still have my very own little china tea set (real china), from when I was 8--that I hope to pass down to my daughter. (Of course, I did spend my earliest years in England, so maybe that helped get what Tea time is and is not into me...who knows.)
So yes, I drink some teas, but only herbal teas (infusions). I don't drink typical "tea." And here is the difference....
A herbal tea is a herbal or plant infusion, not from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis-- which is what other tea is made from and contains theanine and the stimulant caffeine).
Typically, herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruits, flowers or herbs. Herbal teas are often consumed for their physical or medicinal effects, especially for their stimulant, relaxant or sedative properties.
Here are some common helpful brews:
ginger, honey and lemon - for sore throats
dill, fennel, or peppermint - for digestive/upset stomach issues
echinacea - for cold and flu symptoms
Check out this cool herbal tea reference guide to find out which teas you can use and make for your home health needs.
1. Add 1oz (25g) of dried herbs (2oz if fresh) to 1 pint of (600ml) of boiling water, or 1 teaspoon per cup.
2. Place the herbs in a warm pot and add boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes according to taste.
*This will keep fresh for up to two days in the fridge.
Why not buy some herb plants you know you can use? Try your own concoctions (if pregnant, please read about which herbs not to use).
Here is a list of some health problems and typical herbs that can help: