Herbal Tea with Linden Flowers, Lemon Balm & Hibiscus
Linden flowers and leaves have been used since the Middle Ages to promote perspiration to break fevers and as a gentle sedative to calm nervous anxiety and insomnia. Native Americans used linden for colds, fevers and nervous headaches – much the same purposes as modern herbalists do today. Linden is considered by many to be one of the best herbs to treat hypertension.
Lemon Balm – As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, toothache and vomiting. A tea made from Lemon Balm leaves is said to soothe menstrual cramps and helps relieve PMS. The herb is also used for nervous agitation, sleeping problems, functional gastrointestinal complaints, menstrual cramps and urinary spasms.
Hibiscus – is packed with vitamin C and can help to fight the symptoms of colds and flu and strengthens the immune system. It has powerful antioxidant properties and can help to remove bacteria from the system. It is useful for preventing and fighting infections. Hibiscus tea is a mild diuretic, which helps the body to expel toxins, and is often used to lower blood pressure. Clinical studies have been carried out which support its use for controlling blood pressure. As a result, it can be beneficial for those whose blood pressure problems, especially when caused by stress.
Hibiscus is also thought to be beneficial for lowering cholesterol. Studies have concluded that those suffering from type 2 diabetes may benefit from drinking hibiscus tea. These benefits are also thought to be useful in combating heart disease. The tea is also of benefit to those who wish to lose weight, as it is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing too many carbohydrates. Regular consumption of the tea can keep the body’s bladder function healthy and prevent constipation. It can help to keep the digestive system generally healthy and has a soothing effect on inflammation. People suffering from depression may also benefit from a regular intake of hibiscus tea, as it has a positive effect on the central nervous system and can help to control moods.