|Wild Camellia sinensis AKA black tea|
I'm not at all certain I could even grow the regular kind. No, I'm sure I can't, not in my Pocono Mountain garden. Orange Pekoe, black and green teas are grown in warm temperate regions is my understanding. I'm sure I would need a heated greenhouse for such, and frankly, I can name several things other than tea I'm more interested in growing within a heated greenhouse.
That, however, is neither here nor there. Tea is not just a drink for me nor is it for many people who choose to take their health into their own hands. I do believe there will be those saying, "There are good things in regular tea, too, antioxidant and such!" and I would have to agree. But the kind of medicinal herbal teas of which I speak have a much more direct effect on the drinker. That is to say, you can pick and choose your tea according to what ails you.
Have morning sickness, dizzy spells, vertigo and/or high blood pressure? Try some Ginger tea .
Have a collicky baby or stomach discomfort? Try a tea made with Fennel seeds.
When sleeplessness, anxiety and/or nervousness strikes try Valerian Tea.
For women who have monthly discomfort try Lady's Mantle tea.
If you wish to regulate your sugar levels naturally try a tea made with an apple and several cinnamon sticks. I could go on, but I think you see my point. Who needs pills when you can have a lovely medicinal herbal tea?
How to make an herbal tea is easy enough. Anyone with a pot, some fresh water and the herbs or roots--fresh is best of course, but dried herbs can be used in a pinch-- can make themselves a lovely tea with wonderfully soothing results and few is any side-effects.
Try to make yourself a cup of tea--herbal or otherwise-- it really doesn't matter which. Just the act of sipping a warm beverage is enough to soothe and relax the savage beast within us. Cool tea is nice too, though, on those super hot summer days. Ever place a few mint leave in with your iced tea? Yummy!
Chill out with some herbal tea. T is for Tea, after all.