As you can see from the fact that Germany is the birthplace of homeopathy, research on herbal medicine is very active and it’s said that Germany is “advanced herbal nation.” Abundant kinds of herbal teas are sold in many places such as pharmacies, major chain drug stores, supermarkets, BIO shops, and so on.
Photographs selling herb tea by weight at pharmacy
There are herb teas in Australia as well, however you can find far more variety and various manufacturers in Germany. There are rich variety of herbal teas; not only western herbal teas but also ayurvedic herbal teas so that it’s fun to window shop.
Herbal teas and shampoo of Hildegard von Bingen!
Some pharmacies sell blended herbs based on the recipe left by Hildegard (the world's first female naturalist) who was a German nun in the 12th century.
Marien Apotheke is in Munich which maybe well-known as it is often introduced on magazines in Japan.
here are 13 herbal specialty stores (therapeutic herbs) which are called Kräuter Kühne in Berlin which may not be known very well in Japan. They sell herbs by measure and sell spices as well. Also, they sell shampoo made from herbs. They maybe local stores, small in size and fit in well with the areas.
What kind of herbal teas are popular among German people?
Here are popular herbal teas among German people
German popular herbal tea rankings
1st place Rose hip tea
2nd place Salbei tea
3rd place Nettle tea
4th place Chamomile tea
5th place Peppermint tea
You may not be familiar with Salbei tea but it is knows as sage in Japan. Many sage candies are sold and sage is well-known in Germany. Also, Nettle teas are sold at many places as German people drink Nettle tea quite often since childhood. Nettle is called as Irakusa in Japan.
Chamomile tea, Peppermint tea, Rose Hip Tea which appear in Peter Rabbit book are popular worldwide!
Health care with herbal teas! Drinking herbal teas while fasting??
When observing German people’s shopping, it’s not too much to say that they always purchase herbal teas. It seems to be a custom for German people to always have some stocks of herbal teas at home and they prefer herbal teas over coffee.
here is the proverb of Germany, “Doctors can not cure diseases that cannot be cured by fasting.” When I was staying with my host family in Solingen, the host father had a head ache due to middle ear infection and he was taking off from work for several days.
And he hardly ate food but kept drinking Chamomile teas. I wondered when he was supposed to go back to work but he stayed home and rested in bed for 2 weeks. After that, he was fully recovered. Instead of forcibly cure by medicine, believe in the power of the body and rest well until he got better. What a great environment!
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