True teas, including green tea, black tea, and oolong tea, are brewed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. On the other hand, herbal teas are made from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. Herbal teas are more accurately, but less known as ‘Tisanes’. Tisanes are made from combinations of dried leaves, seeds, grasses, nuts, barks, fruits, flowers, or other botanical elements that give them their taste and provide the benefits of herbal teas. Herbal teas are intended to bring about a specific purpose, such as relaxation, rejuvenation, relief from a specific condition, and so on.
Herbal teas allow you to reap the plant’s benefits in a form that is very digestible. Herbal teas can be enjoyed both hot and cold, making it a versatile drink for any season. Some of our favorite teas (with their benefits) include:
- Chamomile Tea
- Reduces menstrual pain: A 2010 study, for example, found that consuming chamomile tea for a month could reduce the pain of menstrual cramps. Women in the study also reported less anxiety and distress associated with period pain.
- Lowers Blood Sugar: some studies have found that chamomile tea can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes
- Slows Down Osteoporosis: Helps to promote bone density
- Reduces Inflammation: Chamomile contains chemical compounds that reduce inflammation
- Targets Cancer Cells: Some studies suggest that chamomile tea may target cancer cells, or even prevent those cells from developing in the first place. However, more research needs to be done.
- Aids in Sleep and Relaxation: Chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. Its calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in this tea
- Improves Common Cold Symptoms: According to WebMD.com, A study published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that chamomile tea contains compounds that may help fight infections due to colds.
2. Licorice Root Tea
- Soothes the Stomach: According to healthline.com, Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.
- Cleanses Respiratory System: Produces clean, healthy phlegm that helps to clear out old, sticky mucus that could be potentially clogging the lungs.
3. Dandelion Tea
- Reduces Water Weight: Dandelion tea acts as a diuretic and increases urine output, therefore helping with bloating.
- Promotes Liver Health: The polysaccharides in dandelion may be helpful for detoxifying the liver. It also increases the flow of bile
- A Digestive Aid: It has historically been used to improve appetite, soothe minor digestive ailments, and possibly relieve constipation.
- Fights Diabetes/Regulates Blood Sugar: stimulates the production of insulin from the pancreas which helps keep blood sugar low
4. Holy Basil (Tulsi) Tea
- Reduces Stress: Vitamin C and other antioxidants in holy basil, apart from repairing damages done by free radicals, also minimize the stress caused by these oxidants.
- Mouth Freshener: Acts as an oral disinfectant; Holy Basil destroys more than 99% of germs and bacteria in the mouth, according to organicfacts.net
- Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones: Tulsi, being a detoxifier and a mild diuretic, helps to reduce the uric acid level in the body, which is the main culprit of kidney stones.
5. Hawthorn Tea
- Improves Cardiovascular Health: Lowers Blood Pressure, Lowers Cholesterol, Improves Chest Pain (Angina), Improves Irregular Heartbeat, Treats Atherosclerosis: This tea causes dilation of the smooth muscles of the heart and blood vessels, lowering their resistance and increasing blood flow. Consuming hawthorn tea can also increase the strength and frequency of your heart’s contractions, according to the website AltMD.com.
- Helpful for Anxiety: The primary symptoms of anxiety that hawthorn effectively treats are chest tightness and heart palpitations
- Anti-Inflammatory: The high antioxidant content found in hawthorn helps provide anti-inflammatory effects
When choosing an herbal tea, we recommend choosing organic whenever possible. This will minimize your chances of consuming pesticides, which are known to harm the health if consumed regularly. To learn more about pesticide exposure and how it relates to human health, please read this study here.
When preparing your tea for optimal ingestion, it is important to steep it for about 10-15 minutes, covered. This will ensure the essential oils of the herbs will stay in your cup and will help you get every bit of plant nutrition.
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