The Benefits of Herbal Infusions

Herbs are well known for their capacity to add flavouring to foods, yet they can deliver health benefits as well.

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Herbs are well known for their capacity to add flavouring to foods, yet they can deliver health benefits as well. One way to enjoy these benefits is through an herbal infusion. A common infusion is a tea of herbal leaves steeped in hot water: Cypriot mountain tea, traditionally used by shepherds, helps with digestion and boosts the immune system—thereby protecting the body against the common cold. Other infusions may include the roots, shoots, oils, and flowers of herbs and tend to require longer steeping periods. Each herb offers a unique combination of healing properties. Chamomile is well known for its calming qualities; an infusion before bedtime will ensure a peaceful rest, while it also will strengthen the immune system and reduce cramps. Spearmint, by contrast, is highly stimulating: take an infusion to stave off a sore throat, eye inflammation, or bloating. A wild rose infusion combines buds and petals and is known to relieve headaches and reduce cholesterol. A sage infusion can help improve your concentration, while an infusion of marjoram can help lower your blood pressure. Lemon verbena not only helps you lose weight, but it also has a great, citrusy taste. Indeed, a side benefit of herbal infusions is their intense herbal flavours. At Annabelle, our Byz Bar and adjoining Lobby Bar offer a selection of eleven herbal infusions. So, take a seat, select the right infusion for you, and sip yourself toward increased wellbeing.