The "officinal plants" group those herbaceous or arboreal species that were formerly used in botanical workshops (the ancient pharmacies), for their medicinal, food and herbal properties. These plants contain in one of their parts (roots, leaves, flowers, seeds , fruits) active ingredients that can be extracted and taken through herbal teas. The best known are: oregano, sage, passion flower, borage, lemon balm, valerian, mint, ginger, lavender.
1) Passion flower
The flowers and fruits of the passion flower are fantastic. Maybe you didn't know that with the passionflower natural remedies are prepared in the form of herbal teas considered very useful in case of anxiety and insomnia. Drink a passiflora herbal tea before going to sleep soothes, relaxes and facilitates sleep. Often the passion flower is combined with other plants with a relaxing effect in the preparation of herbal teas.
Lavender has relaxing properties that come to our aid in case of anxiety, insomnia and headaches. Precisely for this reason lavender is often used in aromatherapy in the form of essential oil. Instead, fresh or dried lavender flowers are added to relaxing herbal teas in combination with other plants with the same effect, such as chamomile, lemon balm, mallow and passion flower.
With the mint leaves you can prepare a refreshing infusion to be consumed preferably warm or cold to which you can add a few drops of lemon juice, which will give a touch of extra flavor. The infusion of mint, as well as a drink, is suitable as a natural mouthwash to refresh the breath. Just let it cool before using it to rinse your mouth.
Sage is an officinal plant that is easy to grow in pots or in the garden. With the fresh sage leaves a decoction is prepared, while the dry leaves are suitable for infusions. The sage herbal tea is mainly used to exploit its digestive properties. In addition, sage is indicated in menopause to combat hot flashes.
The chamomile infusion is perhaps the most famous of the easy-to-prepare herbal teas. Drinking a chamomile herbal tea can be useful for combining sleep and to calm stomach pain. Chamomile has calming and relaxing properties. But beware: when the infusion times are prolonged too long, in some people the opposite effect could be unleashed and goodbye to tranquility. In fact, 4 or 5 minutes of infusion are sufficient to prepare a chamomile herbal tea. Ask your trusted herbalist for more information.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a plant with excellent sedative and sedative properties. In phytotherapy it is used above all for the preparation of herbal teas, in particular in the form of infusion or decoction. If you do not have the opportunity to collect fresh lemon balm, you can buy dried herbal balm. Lemon balm grows easily in the garden and in the vegetable garden and is very easy to grow.