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Herbal Teas as Medicine

Herbal teas are a great, easy way to administer herbs in order to benefit from their medicinal properties. Herbal teas can be taken by anyone of any age.

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Herbal Teas as Medicine

Herbal teas utilise the dried form of medicinal or culinary herbs. Common examples are Chamomile tea, Peppermint tea, Dandelion tea and many others.

Whilst herbalist would most commonly prescribe herbal treatments in the form of a herbal mix of herbal extracts (usually alcohol based), it is sometimes not possible to use extracts or tinctures to treat patients. For example if a patient suffers from alcoholism, using an alcohol-based herbal mix is not a good idea. Similarly, young children or babies may not tolerate alcohol-based herbal mixtures and would benefit from using herbal teas.

Herbal teas do not have to be made from a single herb such as the Dandelion tea. A herbalist may mix a number of herbs, in their dried form, together to achieve a specific therapeutic effect. An example of such a tea that is widely known is the 'Sleepy Time Tea', which is available in most supermarkets in Australia.

Health food stores usually have a range of pre-mixed herbal teas that have therapeutic applications and can, to some extent, advice customers on a suitable herbal tea for their ailment. However if you have a more complex condition, it is advisable that you seek out a qualified medical herbalist who can prescribe the correct combination of herbs for your health problem.

Herbal teas are a simple, yet effective way to treat many health complaints and their potency should not be under estimated.

Herbal Teas versus Herbal Extracts

When should you choose to use a herbal tea over a herbal extract?

In the main, herbal teas are great to calm yourself after a hecktic day in the office. A nice cup of chamomile tea before going to bed is a great way to induce relaxation and promote sleep. However if you suffer from chronic insomnia, you may need to look for a more potent solution. This is where you may need to resort to consulting a herbalist who will most likely prescribe a mixture of herbal extracts to help resolve the cause of your insomnia.

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