It’s more popular than ever, but drinking herbal teas for health benefits is nothing new; in fact it actually dates back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. As well as having a great taste, most herbal and fruit teas are naturally free of caffeine, count towards your daily water intake and are thought to have a whole host of health benefits. Different blends of tea are readily available these days and in all sorts of combinations.
The health benefits of each brew depend on the make-up, which can be a single ingredient or a combination of different herbs, flowers and fruits. Delicious and refreshing, most herbal teas contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Health benefits range from relaxing body and mind, helping sleeping, aiding the digestive system, detoxing your body and reducing inflammation.
Mint tea is one blend that has been around for thousands of years and is one of the most popular herbal teas drunk around the world. Great to sip after eating, peppermint or spearmint tea is thought to help digestion and ease upset stomachs and cramps. It’s also great to ease the pain and discomfort of gas. Other benefits are thought to be helping bad breath, reducing fever and easing vomiting, nausea and motion sickness.
Another popular go-to drink is chamomile tea. Made from the dried heads of chamomile flowers, chamomile tea is known as a real stress-buster. Sipping away at this beverage can help you sleep easier and quicker. Experts think Chamomile tea triggers a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles, making it an all-natural sedative; perhaps not one to drink when you get out of bed each morning! This floral tea also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemon and Ginger Tea
Lemon and ginger tea is so revitalizing and is thought to contain a lot of medicinal properties to aid cold and flu, easing symptoms and boosting immune systems. Ginger is also an amazing fat burner and lemon a fantastic internal cleanser. Antioxidants found in lemons can help cleanse the digestive system and liver, which can assist your body release toxins and shed those extra pounds.
Green tea is absolutely one of the healthiest of the lot! Although this one does contain caffeine, green tea is really special as even science has shown it contains cancer prevention properties; studies have shown that green tea actually inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. Green tea also reduces level of LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff!) and is believed to reduce instances of heart disease. It gets even better; green tea has been shown to improve calorie burning and reduce weight. Evidence also suggests that green tea is as good as any mouth wash out there and helps to reduce plaque. Amazing stuff eh?! Green tea definitely deserves its well-earned super food title.
Introducing a cup or two of herbal tea to your daily diet is a great idea. You never know, if you start feeling really adventurous you can even move onto hibiscus, licorice, nettle or fennel tea!