The benefits and harms of herbal teas

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Late spring and summer is a fertile time when you can brew fragrant healthy tea from freshly picked herbs and leaves, as well as stock up on raw materials for the winter to ensure your body has an uninterrupted supply of vitamins and other substances it needs. Many plants help strengthen the immune system and get rid of chronic diseases, and the taste of home-made herbal drinks is often incomparably better than that of purchased flavored ones.

Today Goodshapetips talks about the benefits of infusions, decoctions and teas based on forest medicinal herbs and leaves of garden shrubs, and also traditionally warns about how this or that drink can harm the body.

Tea with black currant leaves


Tea with dried or fresh currant leaves perfectly strengthens the immune system, vascular walls and vision, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, helps to restore strength after serious overwork and surgery. This drink protects and treats colds, regulates blood pressure, and has a sedative effect. It stimulates brain activity, favorably affects the kidneys and liver, helps to get rid of diseases of the upper respiratory tract.


When making an infusion only from currant leaves, it is worth remembering that it acts on tooth enamel in the same way as the notorious brown soda, so it is better to mix them with other herbs or add 2-3 leaves per serving to black or green tea. In addition, currant drink should not be abused – when consumed in large quantities, it turns from medicine into poison.

Raspberry leaf tea


Healing tea is prepared exclusively from dried or fermented raspberry leaves, only then the unique properties of this plant are revealed. This drink has antipyretic and antibacterial properties, therefore it treats colds and sore throats. It helps to get rid of gastritis and enteritis, removes toxins from the body, normalizes the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and is equally effective for both constipation and diarrhea. In addition, it strengthens the reproductive system, relieves PMS and menstrual pain.


Infusions and decoctions of raspberry leaves are contraindicated for pregnant women, because they can cause miscarriage and premature birth. In addition, raspberry tea should not be drunk before bathing in cold water, and in winter – before going outside, as all this leads to a severe cold.

Tea with wild strawberry leaves


Tea with the addition of fresh strawberry leaves has a tonic and tonic effect. Dried and fermented leaves are used to prepare a healing infusion that relieves tachycardia attacks, calms the nervous system, lowers blood pressure, and removes salt from the body. It is an antispasmodic, diaphoretic, choleretic and diuretic (diuretic) agent. In addition, this drink relieves insomnia, treats gastric and duodenal ulcers, lowers blood sugar levels, and eases the course of bronchial asthma.


Only individual intolerance can be considered a contraindication for drinking tea with fresh wild strawberry leaves, as well as infusions and decoctions from dried and fermented raw materials.

Tea with lingonberry leaves


Tea with the addition of fresh lingonberry leaves helps keep the body in good shape, adds strength, improves digestion. Infusions and decoctions from dried raw materials have antimicrobial, choleretic, diuretic, antipyretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory effects. Often they are used as part of complex treatment for kidney diseases, gastritis, prostatitis, pneumonia and bronchitis, rheumatism, stomatitis. They are recommended to be used to reduce feelings of anxiety, to strengthen immunity, during SARS epidemics.


Only individual intolerance is considered a contraindication for the use of infusions, decoctions and teas with lingonberry leaf.

Peppermint Tea


Tea with fresh and dry peppermint leaves and infusion from this plant have unique properties. When necessary, these drinks soothe and relax, and if the body needs a shake-up, they tone up and restore strength. They normalize blood pressure, help to cope with migraines, reduce the risk of diseases of the cardiovascular system and treat existing ones. Peppermint tea stimulates appetite, relieves pain in the intestines, promotes digestion. It reduces sore throat with angina, is an antipyretic, strengthens the gums.


There is an opinion that mint teas and decoctions have a negative effect on male potency, but this information does not have direct (clinical) confirmation. But it has been scientifically proven that excessive consumption of cold peppermint infusion and subsequent hypothermia (even in a normal draft) lead to a cold. In addition, allergic reactions may occur.

Tea with oregano (oregano)


Tea with fresh oregano leaves improves digestion, increases efficiency, appetite and mood, adds strength and strengthens the immune system. An infusion of dried raw materials is often used to treat insomnia, nervous disorders, chronic atrophic gastritis, and it is also recommended to drink it for indigestion. Of particular benefit are drinks based on oregano for the fair sex – they normalize the menstrual cycle, relieve pain during menstruation, increase lactation during breastfeeding.


It is not recommended to drink tea with oregano, infusions and decoctions from it for pregnant ladies (the drink can provoke uterine contractions and cause miscarriage) and men with a predisposition to sexual impotence. In addition, any cardiovascular disease, hypertension, increased acidity in the stomach are contraindications. Do not get carried away with drinks with oregano and those whose work requires full concentration, as they reduce the level of attention.

Sea buckthorn leaf tea


Tea and infusion of fresh or dried sea buckthorn leaves perfectly fortify the body, improve metabolism, reduce blood pressure and the risk of atherosclerosis, diabetes, coronary heart disease. These drinks perfectly cope with colds, insomnia, increased excitability of the nervous system. They strengthen the immune system, help get rid of the effects of food poisoning, and have an anticonvulsant effect. In winter, warm tea with sea buckthorn leaves is recommended to drink with the addition of honey as a prevention of colds and viral diseases.


Contraindication for the use of infusions and teas with sea buckthorn leaves is only individual intolerance.

Bonus: delicious herbal tea

This drink is best prepared over a campfire or charcoal while the kebab is fried. The combination of fresh herbs, black tea and the smell of smoke creates an indescribable taste and aroma.

For a 3-liter teapot or pot you will need: 4 leaves of black currant, 2 sprigs of peppermint and St. John’s wort, a bush of wild strawberries with flowers, 2-3 leaves of oregano, 4 bags of unflavored black tea.

Preparation: fill the herbs with cold water and hang the kettle (pot) over the fire or put it on the coals. Boil for an hour, then put the black tea bags and keep on fire for another 10 minutes.


At the end of the article, let’s say: 2-3 cups of any herbal tea per day will benefit the entire body, but if you are going to use concentrated decoctions and infusions as remedies, then we recommend that you first consult with a therapist or homeopathic doctor.

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