Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, are teas prepared from dried herbs, spices, and other plant materials in hot water. They vary in ingredients, but none include leaves of the actual tea plant, Camellia sinensis. It doesn’t contain any caffeine and is full of health benefits. Plus, they are great for hydration. Grab a cup of concoction as we dive deep into the topic.
- Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is commonly used for sleep aid. It is also believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and liver-protecting effects. In one study, 80 postpartum women who had sleep issues consumed chamomile tea for two weeks. This led to improved sleep quality and fewer symptoms of depression.
In another study, chamomile tea showed reduced symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, while in another one, it helped improve blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes.
Scientists are conducting more specific researches every day, but we can conclude that chamomile tea offers a range of health benefits.
- Peppermint Tea: Peppermint tea is used worldwide for its refreshing and calming properties. This tea has a mildly sweet and delightful aftertaste that may even help with bad breath. Significant benefits include stress relief, aiding indigestion, soothing stomach, boosting indigestion, and relieving the stress of the common cold.
- Ginger Tea: Ginger is used as an herbal medicine for ages. But ginger tea helps with nausea and upset stomach. Ginger has many more benefits from protecting the brain, and heart, to balancing blood sugar and anti-cancer properties.
- Tulsi Tea: Tulsi or basil is widely used in Ayurveda and has natural abilities to relieve stress, benefitting the overall health. Tulsi has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, and radioprotective properties.
- Hibiscus Tea: Hibiscus tea is made from bright hibiscus flowers of the hibiscus plant. It has a delightful tart taste and is usually pink and red in tone.
Hibiscus tea has antiviral properties, shown from a study. It helps fight off flu viruses. It also helps maintain blood pressure but, it shouldn’t be consumed with certain diuretic medications or aspirin.
- Turmeric Tea: Turmeric is widely used in curries and other recipes. But aside from its use as a cooking ingredient, turmeric is also famous for its medicinal properties. Turmeric is rich in Curcumin, a bioactive compound that serves as an anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin helps boost your immune system and also your metabolism. It is also used as a detox drink.
- Lemon Tea: Whenever you have a cold or sore throat, headache, body pain, runny nose, puffed up eyes, one of the best home remedies you can opt for is having a steaming hot cup of lemon tea. Lemon is often used as a treatment for the common cold. But it also has other benefits like lowering blood pressure, the functioning of blood vessels, enhancing digestion, and so much more. And health specialists suggest everyone consume vitamin C every day to boost their immunity against COVID19. You can drink some lemon tea instead of having supplements or multivitamins.
Herbal teas have been around for centuries. They are not proper medication but natural remedies that can work as a building block of good health and wellness. No wonder everyone is so hooked with their cup of brews.
Rahnuma Aziz Nisa
Intern, Content Writing Department