A Cup of Tea for the 3G

The effects of this newly introduced gymme - tea - tradition are, as it turns out, highly beneficial for both students and teachers. The students are more relaxed and balanced, and considerably more stress-resistant. This, in turn, has a distinctly soothing effect on the teachers, who have filed no complaints so far. The negative effects are hardly worth mentioning, with the possible exception of the noise of the water boiling in the kettle, and a higher frequency of "Can I go to the bathroom" - requests.

Fennel Tea

Fennel tea is drunk by young and old. Women swear on the benefits of fennel, because it helps the indigestion, prevents constipation and flatulence (from Latin ”flatus”). Fennel is quite gentle. It helps also the babies to release gas and relieve the tummy. But not only babies, all generations can drink this magic tea.

In our school there are many girls, and fennel tea helps particularly for menstrual cramps. Did you know that fennel is good to treat inflammations of the eye? An infusion of fennel placed on the eyelids soothes inflamed eyelids and improves sight.

The tea is prepared by taking one cup of boiling water and adding one to two teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds. It is then allowed to brew for ten minutes.

And the best of all: Fennel has no known side effects.

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea tea is used as a traditional herbal tea for a better immune system. There are many benefits that can be found from the use of this herbal tea.

It is possible that it has antitumor properties. Studies have shown that drinking the herb can shorten the span of time that it normally takes to recover from the common cold. It also stimulates the immune system and the herb can be used to lower swollen or enlarged glands and helps soothe a sore throat. Urinary tract infections and other minor infections can be relieved by drinking this tea.

Echinacea tea can be used with other treatments to combat herpes and it can also be used as a topical treatment. It heals skin problems as well. This can include anything from acne, eczema, inflammations and irritations.

Drinking echinacea tea has also been shown to help healing joint disorders as well as muscle problems.

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is a herb from the mint family. The leaves have a mild lemon aroma, which are used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or in combination with other herbs.

Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, like upset stomach, bloating, vomiting and colic; for pain, like menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.

Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleeping problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, swollen airways, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.

Nettle Tea

Nettle Tea may be highly nutritious. It may also have various medicinal benefits. But what interests us most about it is that it tastes delicious! Nettle has a pleasing natural sweetness and richness and is a very satisfying drink.

Nettle Tea is excellent for detoxifying the body and as a general tonic. It is supposed to be very useful if you are suffering a hangover after over-indulging the night before, or if you have recently stopped smoking and want to cleanse your body of the poisons contained in cigarettes.

Nettle Tea is also recommended for people with anaemia (iron deficiency).

Pregnant women should not drink nettle as it can affect menstruation and theoretically could lead to miscarriage in extreme cases.

Nettle Tea just like normal tea. Place one heaped teaspoon of dried Nettle per person in a warmed pot and add fresh, boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 min (or longer if preferred). Strain into mugs and enjoy.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is a tisane infusion of peppermint, also called mint tea. It is naturally caffeine-free.

Peppermint Tea will relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is also good for other problems like nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and headaches. His minty taste also eliminates bad breath. It is also said to control mild asthma, manage stress and ward off the common cold.

When you are sick and falling asleep is hardly an option, you may wish you had drunk peppermint tea before bed more often. The reason is that peppermint herb tea acts as a great preventative force against catching the common cold. This kind of tea comes with good amounts of potassium, calcium and vitamin B, all useful agents in the fight against colds and flus.

Our Opinions

Johanna N.: „I love tea, because when I drink it I can relax.  It also calms me, if I have stress.”

Dora: „I like tea so much! When it's cold, it warms me and tea just tastes good.”

Claudia: „Before I go to bed I always make a cup of tea, it’s simply good and so I can sleep well.”

 

Sage

Salbei is the German word for Sage.

The Latin word for this herb is salvia, which means salvation.

There are several kinds of sage.

Sage is grown in many gardens in our area.

We can make  a good tea from all kinds of Sage.                                                                                     

Sage Tea can help when we have a Stomach ache, a cough or a sore throat.

I like drinking sage tea without sugar, because the tea is bitter and it isn´t sweet.

Jan

 

Ginger Tea and Hibiscus Tea

Ginger Tea (Zingiber officinale) - an amazing fruit

 

The ginger plant has long and narrow leaves and gets higher than a meter but only the root is used for consumption.  

Not everybody likes the ginger-flavour, because it’s very strong and tasty. Especially children don’t like ginger.

In Asia ginger is for 3000 years a valuable spice, but also a medicine against a lot of complaints. You can use ginger as tea and as external application. 

For the preparation of the tea you can pour hot water over slices of ginger. But you can also combine ginger with a kind of different herbs and fruits. Ginger-tea with lemon and honey is very popular.

 

The most important of 160 substances are:

  1. essential oils
  2. starch
  3. resins
  4. slimy substances
  5. 80 % water
  6. potassium
  7. calcium
  8. Iron

The benefits of the tea are:

  1. promotes health during pregnancy
  2. euphorizing
  3. inspirational
  4. improves circulation
  5. helps when you have a cold or when seasick
  6. good for spirit, body and soul
  7. reduces body fat

 

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is drunk very often, because it does not have any special benefits, it is like a thirst quencher and helps to the general well-being. The hibiscus tea contains a great healing effect. The hibiscus is one of the most popular herbal teas and is also very healthy. From it, you can drink as much as you like.

Another name of the hibiscus-plant is Malve or Nubia.

Only the calyxes are used for the tea. The tea can always be drunken, because it isn’t a medical tea. It should be drunk cold because the hibiscus-acid is very nippy, but hot or warm it is also good.

Substances:

  1. vitamins
  2. fruit acid
  3. antioxidants
  4. vitamin C 

The benefits of the tea are:

  1. good for Children and babies because it’s very digestible
  2. lowers blood pressure
  3. preventing heart attack and stroke
  4. good for the immune system
  5. reduces fever

 

 

Rooibus Tea

Skin

Rooibos tea has a calming effect on the skin. It can relieve skin irritations as well as itchiness. It is very helpful for dealing with common skin conditions such as eczema, acne.  In those cases, you can apply Rooibos tea directly over the irritated skin area

Digestive Issues

Rooibos tea helps to boost the digestion and stomach upsets. This is partially because Rooibos tea naturally doesn't contain any caffeine. It can relieve afflictions such as stomach ulcers, heartburn, vomiting and nausea.

It also contains magnesium, which is vital for a strong and healthy nervous system.

 

 

Here a few sayings, quotes, and anecdotes about tea1:

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.  (China)

Tea is a cup of life.  ~Author Unknown

Tea is liquid wisdom.  ~Anonymous

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”  -  C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.” -  Douglas Adams

“Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea.”
― Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret

Tea is instant wisdom - just add water!  ~Astrid Alauda

 

(1) Sources: www.quotegarden.com, www.goodreads.com