An ancient Chinese saying goes that “drinking a cup of tea every day will leave the pharmacist unemployed.” Winter has arrived and brings with it the pleasant and warm gathering at home and the steaming and pampering cup of tea – which warms the heart, maintains our health and gives us a sense of security when it is raining, windy and stormy.

Today, drinking tea and various infusions is integrated into our daily lives and we enjoy an abundant variety of herbal infusions at home, in cafes and restaurants and many of us tend to make the mistake of thinking it is tea. But no – and every Briton will prove you right away.

Let’s look at some of the differences:

The origin of the herbal infusions are from plants different from the tea plant.

Unlike the leaves of the tea plant, the various herbal infusions by nature usually do not contain caffeine.

The traditional tea, black and green, is produced from the leaves of the tea plant while the herbal infusions are produced from different parts of the plant – leaves, flowers, stem bark (cinnamon), seeds and more.

And what is the difference between an infusion and a sachet? The tea is in fact an infusion, but the amount of the plant in it is very small, so the intensity of the medical effect obtained from drinking it is also limited.

Infusion is mainly a traditional way of herbal medicine to extract and maximize from the plant its active ingredients, to be used for healing and treatment of various health problems, and each infusion has wonderful properties for our health, prevention and support in healing of ENT problems during the winter.

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  1. The ancient traditional “tea” is an infusion from the Chinese chamomile plant, which today has been shown to help prevent the development of cancer cells and at the same time help prevent bad breath. Black tea and green tea are both extracted from the chamomile leaves.
  2. An infusion of the mint plant opens the airways.
    Prevents the development of cancer cells | Photo: New Africa / Shutterstock.com
  3. Louisa infusion supports and helps prevent colds and upper respiratory tract diseases such as runny nose and sore throat. In addition, Louisa is also known to help lower and soothe general stress.
  4. Sage is known to cleanse and disinfect wounds in the mouth and gums, antioxidant and helps heal infections.
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  5. Echinacea is one of the most common herbs in the world and helps relieve colds and prevent them.
  6. Black elderberry infusion helps in the treatment and prevention of colds and especially in the treatment of phlegm and congestion in the sinuses.
  7. When children suffer from a cough, they are advised to drink an infusion of the thyme plant with the addition of a teaspoon of honey.
  8. When suffering from sore throat and flu, an infusion of the ginger plant plus a cinnamon stick and honey will help.
    Tea infusion (Photo: Natasha Breen, shutterstock)
    Disinfects the oral cavity and helps heal infections | צילום:
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What is the best way to make an herbal infusion?

How to prepare and drink herbal infusion? Soak the leaves or fruit in boiling water, wait 5-10 minutes and drink slowly, attentively and with great pleasure from each and every sip. It is advisable to remember that the very family / social gathering (according to the limitations of the corona) around the steaming teapot will also support and strengthen the body and mind for the winter.

Irit Wolf Goodman, Director of Complementary Medicine at ARM, Multidisciplinary Center for Aging Medicine, Assuta Ramat Hachayal

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