Tea has been drunk for thousands of years because of its many and varied health benefits. But beyond the well-known black and green teas is a plethora of other flavours, many of which you’ve probably never heard of before.
Besides being warm, tasty, caffeine-free beverages, herbal teas offer a myriad of other benefits to your health and wellbeing. From soothing a bloated tummy, to weight loss, to helping your mind relax; herbal teas present all sorts of healing powers. They are also an excellent source of minerals and vitamins.
What exactly are herbal teas?
Naturally, many of us think herbal teas are made from hot water with the addition of only a single unique herb. However this is not always the case. Herbal teas can be a mixture of seeds, leaves, roots, or bark, steeped in hot water. As such, drinking a cup of herbal tea can give your body many of the plants’ benefits in an easily digestible form.
Below are 5 types of herbal teas that promote a healthier lifestyle and can benefit all of us.
Peppermint tea also known as mint tea is a favorite for many herbal tea drinkers. Not only does this tea taste delicious but it also offers a number of health benefits.
- It helps to address various digestive problems. It can aid in the relief of bloating, abdominal gas and heartburn problems.
- Peppermint tea can help reduce muscle spasms and nausea.
- It helps reduce the hot flashes some women encounter during menopause.
- It reduced the severity of colds and flu, especially relating to blocked or runny noses.
- Peppermint herbal tea helps to boost the immune system. It contains Vitamin B, Calcium, and Potassium.
Since peppermint is an incredibly easy herbs to grow, this tea can be prepared using fresh leaves from your own garden.
Nothing beats a cold better than a hot cup of ginger tea. With high levels magnesium and Vitamin C, ginger is an excellent example of a plant that doubles up as both a medicine and food. Great for indigestion problems, nausea, and diarrhea, ginger tea also helps relieve stress and anxiety. Here are some other reasons why you should try this soothing beverage:
- Ginger reduces inflammation. It contains anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent home remedy for inflamed muscles and joints.
- It boosts blood circulation. The minerals, vitamins, and amino acids in ginger help stimulate blood flow. This aids in reducing cardiovascular problems.
- Since ginger tea has high levels of antioxidants, it helps to boost your immune system.
Chamomile means ground apple. Chamomile tea has lots of health benefits.
- Its anti-bacterial properties help treat and prevent colds while reducing chances of being infected with other illnesses.
- Chamomile tea is also believed to have a calming effect and reduce blood pressure. Try swapping your daily coffee for a cup of soothing chamomile tea and feel the difference.
- Chamomile is great for treating cuts and wounds. During ancient times, Greeks and Romans used chamomile tea to expedite healing of wounds, and it works!
- This tea is also known to be an excellent herb for soothing an upset stomach.
Raspberry tea is usually prepared from dried leaves or fruit. Iced raspberry tea is a popular summer beverage. Made by adding raspberry extract to black tea, this herbal tea is ideal for expectant women. While raspberry leaf tea tends to be bitter, raspberry iced tea is sweet and delicious yet still offers a myriad of health benefits.
Raspberry leaf tea is believed to make childbirth easier. A study by a group of London pharmacologists concluded that raspberry leaf tea helps ease the pain of contractions during labor.
- Raspberry tea helps treat digestive problems such as gas and diarrhea.
- It contains anti-bacterial agents that help speed up recovery from colds and help to fight off infections.
- During menstruation, raspberry tea helps women minimize cramping, mood swings, and hot flashes.
- Raspberry contains vitamins A, C and E along with minerals such as potassium, iron, and calcium which can give your health an overall boost.
Juniper Berry Tea
Juniper berries are not technically fruit, they are actually pinecones picked from a juniper bush. They have a distinct pungent and piney flavor. They are used to spice up Indian and European cuisines but can also be steeped in hot water to make tea. Juniper berry tea has some great health benefits:
- Juniper berry tea is full of anti-oxidants that are useful for treating diseases of the brain and blood vessels.
- The tea is also used to treat urinary tract problems.
- When mixed with other berries, they make strong herbal tea for a healthy heart and immunity boost.
Herbal teas present plenty of benefits to our body and overall health. Next time you’re considering which warm or iced beverage to drink to perk up your day, try something herbal instead and feel the difference!