Herbal teas make for wonderful, low calorie and relaxing drinks. They can be drunk at any time without any side effect. Apart from having a beneficial effect on health, herbal teas are fragrant and appealing. Be sure to place your herbal tea bag or leaves at the bottom of your pot, and pour hot water over it to steep. Keep your pot covered and you can enjoy a cup of a wonderfully refreshing and healthy brew.
1. Black Tea
Black tea comes only next to green tea for its remarkable antioxidant properties. Black tea is an excellent cancer blocker, heart tonic, immune stimulant, fat buster, virus fighter, cholesterol detoxifier and arthritis soother. Black tea also prevents your arteries from clogging; it can reverse poor arterial function, thereby preventing potential heart attacks. In a study conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine, several patients who’d had heart attacks were made to drink black tea daily. It was found that their impaired blood vessel functioning was improved by 50%. Black tea is also known to inhibit cancer growth in the stomach and the breast. This tea also fights viruses and neutralizes germs that cause pneumonia, diarrhea, skin infections and cystitis.
2. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a popular herb that’s used in teas worldwide. Chamomile the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion. Chamomile also calms the mind and helps people deal better with their stresses. Some people are allergic to chamomile and should avoid taking the tea. Chamomile tea should not be mixed with anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin.
People who find it hard to go to sleep should drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is known to fight insomnia by relaxing the body and the mind, enabling the person to fall asleep naturally.
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and soothes the digestive system. Ginger has been known to aid people experiencing nausea. Arthritic people have found ginger tea helpful since it has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can increase the risk of bleeding in people taking drugs such as warfarin. It’s best to consult your doctor if you are on similar medications, before you add ginger tea to your diet.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is a fragrant herb that makes for a soothing drink. Peppermint helps you digest foods better and also reduces flatulence and digestive issues. Peppermint is prescribed to people with IBS and gallstones in the form of coated capsules. A cup of peppermint tea will ease nausea and vomiting, especially if you suffer motion sickness. If you have heartburn, don’t drink peppermint tea as this might aggravate your condition. Peppermint tea brings down the severity of herpes outbreaks. The most popular benefit of this minty herb is that it freshens your breath. Other health benefits of this tea are control of muscle aches and chronic pain, clearing of congestion and mild coughs, mild asthma and reduction of stress.
5. Lavender Tea
Lavender tea is made out of the dried purple, pink and white colored flowers that grow on lavender shrubs. Used as a scented herb for many centuries, lavender’s medicinal uses have been appreciated and documented for centuries. A cup of lavender tea can soothe your mind and body, inducing sleep. If you are feeling down and depressed, a cup of lavender tea can uplift your flagging spirits.
Lavender tea helps sooth and treat flatulence, colic, bowel infections and an upset stomach. Lavender tea can be used as a wash on the chest to help reduce cough, bronchitis, asthma, cold and other respiratory issues. For both children and adults, lavender is used to reduce body temperature during fever. Lavender also has healing properties; use a wash of lavender tea to help heal wounds, cuts, ulcers and sores.
6. Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea is fragrant to drink and is a very effective tonic to calm nerves and anxiety. Cold lemon balm tea bags help relieve cold sores, or genital sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. Mix lemon balm leaves with valerian to treat anxiety, stress and insomnia. Lemon Balm contains several properties, which control herpes and also regulate the thyroid.
Lemon balm when mixed with peppermint can calm an upset stomach, sooth the digestive track and reduce flatulence. Drink lemon balm tea if you suffer from nerve pain. Drinking lemon balm tea also helps strengthen memory and brain functions and also uplifts one’s mood.
7. Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is not just a fragrant herb to use with meats. This great-smelling herb also makes a healthful and highly beneficial tea. Rosemary has antispasmodic effects, which help your muscles to relax. Additionally, rosemary is an effective digestive aid as well. If you have gall bladder and liver complaints, drinking rosemary tea regularly will greatly help relieve your symptoms. Rosemary tea also relieves cough and asthma.
8. Hibiscus Flower Tea
Dried Hibiscus flowers are made into a tea that offers very high health benefits. Hibiscus tea is known to lower blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol and strengthen the immune system (it’s rich in Vitamin C). Hibiscus flower infusions have known to reduce hypertension as well, in people prone to this condition. A recent study reveals that hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants, which protect the body against cell-damaging free radicals. Red zinger tea, sour tea and sorrel tea contain hibiscus.
9. Green Tea
Green Tea comes with such a host of health benefits, that it’s called the ‘wonder herbal drug’ by tea drinkers and medical practitioners alike.
Drinking green tea lowers cancer risk and also inhibits carcinogenic in cigarettes and other compounds when imbibed. Green Tea contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals. Green tea also stops certain tumors from forming. Green tea lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby promotes heart health. Green tea also lowers blood pressure, prevents and fights tooth decay and dental issues, and inhibits different viruses from causing illnesses.
10. Cardamom Tea
Cardamom is an evergreen plant that’s grown mainly in India and Guatemala. Both dried white cardamom flowers and the three-celled capsules containing 15 to 20 sweetly aromatic seeds are used to make tea.
Cardamom tea has a pungent, sweet and aromatic flavor. Cardamom tea helps treat indigestion, prevents stomach pain, and relieves flatulence. It’s also helpful to drink a glass of cardamom tea if you are feeling nauseous. Cardamom tea fights pulmonary disease where lots of phlegm is present. It also works as a good expectorant and relieves coughs. If you have drunk too many cups of coffee, drink a couple of cups of cardamom tea to help detoxify the caffeine from your system. Drinking a cup of cardamom tea is helpful if you experience mood swings during your menstrual period.