The medicinal plants of the herbalist's shop Louis are rigorously selected by Louis, qualified herbalist. Thanks to a preparation and a drying of high qualities, the plants are thus ready to offer you the best of their active principles!
All parts of the plants are generally offered: leaves, roots, fruits, bark, sapwood, flowering tops, flowers, aerial parts.
If you are looking for a plant that is not yet available in the herbalist's shop, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can find it for you quickly.
The herbalist's shop Louis is specialized in medicinal plants in all their galenic forms. Our goal is to offer you the widest range of herbal teas possible.
Herbal tea: one of the oldest remedies in the world
Who hasn't drunk herbal tea during a cold snap or to get a boost after a cold or flu? And for good reason, herbal tea remains one of the most popular home health remedies in France... and around the world. So much so that it is said that herbal tea is the oldest remedy in the world. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans already used medicinal plants in the form of infusions to treat themselves. Today, we still consume herbal tea, either for its comforting aspect or to take advantage of the numerous active principles of the plants used to make it. But then, what is the history of herbal tea? What are its benefits? What is the working principle of herbal tea? We make the point.
What is the history of herbal tea?
The origins of herbal tea are unclear, as its principle of use goes back a long way. However, it is known that medicinal plants were already used in the form of infusions in ancient times: the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used roots, stems, leaves or fruits in the form of infusions or decoctions. We also know that many ancient civilizations, notably in Mesopotamia, India, the Andes and China, used plants in infusion to treat various health problems.
However, it was not until the Middle Ages that infusions became more sophisticated and that apothecaries began to study the effects and active ingredients of each component in the recipe for an infusion.
Later, Louis XIV used herbal teas very often and it was believed that drinking herbal teas increased fertility and longevity.
Today, herbal tea is often drunk to treat minor ailments and there are now all kinds of infusions that can have tonic, relaxing, digestive or even detoxifying virtues.
What is the working principle of herbal tea?
Herbal tea generally justifies its title of "oldest remedy in the world" because of its simplicity of preparation and a particularly simple operating principle.
Indeed, the herbal tea seeks to concentrate the active principles of one or more medicinal plants within a drink. The principle is simple: you pour hot water on fresh or dry medicinal plants and let them infuse for a few minutes.
The hot water then takes on the active principles of the medicinal plants used. All that remains is to drink the tea to take advantage of the virtues of the plants used. Maceration, infusion and decoction are the three methods of preparing an herbal tea.
What are the benefits of herbal tea?
Herbal tea has as many benefits as the number and quality of the medicinal plants used to prepare it. This preparation remains one of the most reliable phytotherapeutic tools to prepare at home.
Because of the large number of plants that can be used to prepare an herbal tea, its benefits are varied and multiple.
However, it is perfectly possible to draw up a certain number of benefits common to all herbal teas. First of all, herbal tea is hydrating: its main component is liquid, and this helps to hydrate the person who drinks it.
Secondly, herbal teas often promote good digestion (that's why we drink herbal tea during or after a meal!), especially those made with green anise, fennel, peppermint or sage.
Furthermore, herbal tea is a real ally when it comes to fighting and alleviating stress and anxiety. This is particularly true of herbal teas made from passionflower, lavender, chamomile, linden or lemon balm.
Finally, herbal tea is particularly effective for those who have difficulty finding sleep. This is particularly true of herbal tea prepared with valerian, which allows you to benefit from its sedative properties.
How to store herbal tea?
The shelf life of herbal tea and medicinal plants used for infusions depends mainly on how the plant has been processed. Generally speaking, the more a plant is processed, the more it will lose its oils (and therefore its active ingredients) and will therefore keep less time.
Even if a plant keeps its organoleptic properties, its active ingredients will disappear with time.
For this reason, it is advisable to keep medicinal plants whole in a perfectly sealed container after drying them. It is also advisable not to expose its plants to the sun rays, the UV being able to destroy the active ingredients of these plants.
Generally speaking, herbal tea bags can be kept for two to three months, while whole herbs placed in an airtight jar will keep for about a year (until the expiration date).
What are the dosage and contraindications for the consumption of herbal teas?
It is important to consult or seek the advice of a physician before taking a course of treatment based on herbal teas and certain medicinal plants.
In general, it is advised not to exceed two or three cups of herbal tea daily. In the same way, it will be advisable to respect the dosage according to the plants used to make the herbal tea.
Thus, it will be advisable for example to avoid consuming a valerian tea before taking the road. In the same way, it is not recommended to consume liquorice tea for people suffering from hypertension.
It is advisable to ask for advice from an herbalist or a phytotherapist before consuming a particular herbal tea on a regular basis, and especially from a naturopath or a doctor in case of medication or chronic illness.
Where to buy herbal tea?
Today, the vast majority of stores, markets and hypermarkets offer herbal teas for sale. However, their quality can often leave something to be desired.
It is therefore advisable to turn to phytotherapists or herbalists to find quality herbal teas and infusions. Indeed, many herbal teas and infusions are available from herbalists, such as Louis-herboristerie.
Louis Herboristerie is specialized in medicinal plants in all their galenic forms. Our goal is to offer you the widest range of herbal teas possible.