Wellbeing in a cup: herbal tea
Emanuela Brumana - 04/12/2015

Every moment of time spent in a spa is geared towards the wellbeing of the individual. The treatments, the procedures and also the moments spent waiting between one ritual and another are intended to be opportunities for relaxation and wellbeing. Drinking hot tea is actually a pleasant ritual that helps our body to feel better and whilst operating from the inside, increases the benefits of saunas and massages. Made using decoction, infusion or maceration, herbal tea is a healthy habit that we can take forward into our daily lives.

To be called a herbal tea, it must include at least two different types of herbs and it generally combines plants with therapeutic properties with other pleasant tasting herbs like mint or liquorice that help to make this daily moment of wellbeing much more pleasing to the palate.

Since ancient times, human beings have learned to recognize the important therapeutic value of plants, but it was specifically in the nineteenth century that herbalism had its biggest development.

The active ingredients in plants (in their entirety, including seeds, roots and bark, other than leaves and flowers) are called phytocomplexes. There are several solvents which permit their extraction: oil, alcohol and of course water.

The ability of water to extract and dissolve the active ingredients is known to all, but let's see how we can use it to obtain infusions that take full advantage of the different parts of plants.

Infusion is perhaps the best known technique: heat the water, taking care not to bring it to the boil and let the flowers and leaves soak for a few minutes.

Decoction, reserved for the hardest parts of plants, such as barks and seeds, consists of immersing the ingredients in cold water and then boiling for several minutes.

Finally, maceration, usually reserved for the flowers of plants, involves leaving the ingredients in cold water for several hours, filtering the mixture and heating it up.

Whichever type of procedure you choose and whatever combination of plants you decide to use, herbal tea is a good habit that allows us to take care of ourselves on a daily basis, and why wouldn’t we allow ourselves a moment of relaxation!

Therefore, let’s not limit ourselves to drinking them during our visits to the spa, but make it a real part of our daily ritual of wellbeing!

Emanuela Brumana
Graduate in Phylosophy, currently works as an editor in the publishing industry and writes texts for web. Painter and illustrator under the pseudonym ebmela.