5 Healthy Herbal Teas You Should Definitely Try
Herbal teas are gaining immense popularity in India for its different array of flavours and numerous health benefits. But did you know herbal tea is not actually a tea? Here we talk about 5 healthy herbal teas and their benefits. Read on!
What are Herbal Teas?
Herbal tea is a beverage made from the infusion or decoction (extraction) of different herbs, spices, fruits or other plant material in hot water. They are not “teas” because teas are prepared from the leaves of the tea plant, camellia sinensis.
There are different varieties of herbal tea available on the market today. Each one of them has their own unique taste and health benefits.
Here we bring you a collection of five Healthy Herbal Teas which you must try!
Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs. Also, chamomile tea is one of the world’s most popular healthy herbal teas and about a million cups are globally consumed every day. You can prepare this herbal infusion from dried chamomile flowers and hot water.
There are two types of chamomile: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
The dried flowers of chamomile contain many bioactive compounds such as terpenoids and flavanoids which contribute to its medicinal properties. It has proven anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties and cures numerous gastrointestinal conditions.
Chamomile, in general, treats an array of health problems like a toothache, earache, anxiety, general depression, and for skin and hair care. So, consuming chamomile tea daily will also have these benefits.
You can use the tea infusions to wash or gargle for inflammation of the mucous membranes or lining of the mouth and throat. Chamomile tea is popular for its calming effects and that aids in sleeping. It may also help relieve premenstrual symptoms and high blood lipid, blood sugar and insulin levels.
Chamomile tea has no known side-effects but can develop allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to chamomile.
Ginseng tea has become a popular beverage all over the world as a herbal drink. You can prepare ginseng tea from the roots, powdered roots or cuttings from any part of the plant or you can simply boil ginseng in water to prepare the tea.
The major health benefits of the healthy herbal teas like ginseng are due to the naturally occurring compounds called ginsenosides present in the root. These ginsenosides have anti-tumour effects that slow down the growth of cancer cells. They are potent enough to destroy ovarian cancer cells, lung adenocarcinoma cells, and prostate cancer cells. They also help in lowering high blood pressure and bad LDL cholesterol and fight inflammation.
Consuming ginseng tea improves cognitive health and physical capability. It fights early aging and neurodegenerative disorders, controls blood sugar levels for type II diabetes, and is also good for hair and skin health. Learn more about type 1 and type 2 diabetes here.
Additionally, ginseng is a great immune modulator that helps in maintaining immune homeostasis (maintaining a stable or equilibrium condition of bodily functions). Thus, it boosts immunity during infections and enhances resistance to illness. It also provides relief from menstrual cramps, and aids in weight loss.
Caution: Prolonged consumption can lead to sleeplessness or heart ailments in people.
Peppermint or Mint Tea
Peppermint tea is one of the most common healthy herbal teas in the world. You can prepare it by adding peppermint in boiling water. Peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral properties, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential.
Several studies have confirmed peppermint’s beneficial effects on the digestive tract. Peppermint tea also helps to relieve pain resulting from bloating, cramps and indigestion. The antibacterial properties of peppermint tea make it a good immune booster and also prevents cough, cold, fever and headaches. Additionally, the menthol in peppermint calms inflamed mucous membranes in the sinuses and throat to thin mucously and to act as a decongestant. This helps open up the sinuses to relieve flu and stuffy nose.
Consult a doctor if you are prone to allergies, or suffering from asthma or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) before consuming peppermint tea. Pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid taking peppermint tea as it could have adverse effects on the baby.
For centuries, sage has been used in traditional medicine. You can prepare sage tea from fresh sage leaves or dried leaves. It has many medicinal properties. Sage herbal tea benefits are due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and it also serves as an appetite enhancer.
Sage tea is very beneficial for people struggling with weak immunity, low circulation, and sleep disorders. It also benefits women going through menopause. Sage herbal tea benefits also include lowering high levels of oxidative stress, anxiety, obesity, high toxicity, and diabetes. It is beneficial in treating fevers, colds, sore throat, lung congestion, headaches as well as indigestion and gastrointestinal problems.
Side effects from sage tea are rare but symptoms may include seizures, low blood pressure, and hormonal imbalance.
Sage and rosemary are closely related and they are often referred to as “sister herbs”. Rosemary tea can be prepared from fresh, dried or powdered leaves and stems of the rosemary herb. Traditionally it has been used to ease muscle pain, spasms, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth.
Many of the impressive health benefits of rosemary tea come from the rosmarinic, salicyclic and caffeic acids present in the herb. It also contains potassium, and various antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidant compounds. Furthermore, it is beneficial for people suffering from indigestion, chronic pain, arthritis, hair loss, high toxicity, anxiety, stress, and depression. Thus, rosemary tea is one of the most healthy herbal teas to drink daily.
The side effects of rosemary tea are strong allergic reactions, gastrointestinal problems, uterine contractions, skin redness, bleeding disorders, and even seizures. Limit your intake to 1-2 cups to avoid these side effects.
Healthy herbal teas come in a variety of delicious flavours and are naturally free of sugar and calories. However, before adding any of the above herbal remedies to your health regimen, it is best to consult your health expert regarding possible interactions or risks.
Let us know in comments below which Healthy Herbal Teas are your favourite and why!