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Herbal teas can be so much more than those fruity, non-descript taste ones from the supermarket!
We visited Nat Mardy at Hackney Herbal and enjoyed a high quality fresh brew. Here, she shares 5 of the best herbal blends with us.
lemon verbena, lemon balm, skullcap, rose, lavender
This floral blend combines sedative herbs that help the body and mind to relax, preparing the body for a restful night of sleep. It can also be enjoyed during the day to help relieve stress and tension. Skullcap is a nervine herb that works to support the nervous system making it beneficial to those with anxiety, stress and exhaustion.
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lemon verbena, pot marigold, elderflower
This light floral blend combines sweet herbs that can have a soothing effect on the mind. Lemon verbena is a sedative and digestive herb that can help to reduce feelings of stress. Elderflower is a circulatory stimulant and can also be beneficial for coughs and colds due to their anti- inflammatory actions.
peppermint, sage, echinacea
A savoury blend for colds, sore throats and an immune system boost. Echinacea is an immune stimulant and can shorten the duration of colds and influenza. Sage is highly antiseptic and is a useful herb for sore throats and mouth ulcers. Peppermint balances the flavours in this blend whilst being good for relieving pain, aiding digestion and reducing feelings of nausea.
chamomile, fennel seed, lemon balm
This fragrant blend combines sedative and digestive to create a gentle calming infusion. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, making it soothing and settling to the stomach. It’s also a sedative making this blend good for relaxation. Fennel works on the digestive system by reducing bloating and helping the body to expel wind.
rosemary, nettle, peppermint
An earthy aromatic blend to stimulate mind and body. This uplifting combination of herbs can help to bring balance back to the body. Nettle is a great herb for the lymphatic system, helping the body to flush out toxins, aiding detox. Rosemary can help focus the mind, promotes memory and is an anti-depressant.
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‘Herbs for everyday health’ reaches the library on 29th May 2019