A herbal tea can be made from the leaves, flowers, bark, seeds, berries or roots of a plant. They can come from a wide variety of plants other than the tea plant. Strickly speaking they are not herbal teas but herbal infusions. Technically speaking only a beverage made from the "camellia sinesis" can be truly called a tea.
Herbal preparations have been used since the dawn of civilization to treat various ailments to relax and revive. In both Western and the East, they have a long distinguished history and if anything, they are more popular today than ever. Herbal teas are among the most basic and simple methods of healing and nourishing the body, mind and spirit.
As science has proven time and time again, plants are endowed with important nutrients and potent healing compounds. Some of these element scome from the raw earth, for example, a plant grown in calcium or iron rich soils can draw those elements into its own structure. When you brew plants in water, the resulting beverage is infused with those elements, carrying them into our body where they are quickly absorded. Although there are ways to take herbs into the body, herbal infusions are very readily absorbed.
Rather than swallowing a couple of tablets or capsules with a gulp of water as we run out the door, we can use our drinking herbal tea time to think about intesion. "I'm nourishing my digestive system" or perhaps " I'm strengthening my nervous system" - as our brain receives the signals from the subtle qualities of the plant. If you are drinking a herbal tea to specifically strengthen the lungs or rid the body of that nasty viral infection, think as you take time to enjoy the tea that your lungs are strong, healthy and have never been so vibrant. Give your body the time it needs to heal itself. Time out for a herbal tea can be a pleasant, healthy and natural way to let our body and mind know we are taking care.
In the health retreat we will do a fun herbal tea seminar called "Herbal teas for health and wellbeing. You will get to taste over 50 or so of the most favoured herbs. You will get to learn which herbs to use when specific symptoms are present, the parts of the plant used to make the herbal teas and also when not to use herbal infusions such as contraindications. You will get to take home a great 100 page booklet providing a detailed description of the healing benefits of my fifty or so most favorite herbal teas.