What Are The Different Herbal Tea Benefits?
It’s no secret that we should be lowering our caffeine intake (sobs), but is herbal tea worth the supposed health benefits?
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What is herbal tea exactly?
Only green tea, black tea and oolong tea are known as ‘true teas’ as they are made from the camellia sinensis plant AKA the tea plant.
Other herbal teas are made from flowers, herbs, dried fruit or spices ensuring that they are caffeine free.
This minty concoction is most popularly used to support digestion including nausea, stomach pain and relieving symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Not only that but it is also said to have antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties! However, these effects have yet to be tested in humans, so these are presumed benefits.
Chamomile is known for its calming and sleep enhancing properties and hence is included in many ‘bedtime’ teas.
There has been studies about these effects. One of which saw 80 postpartum women who were struggling with sleep drink the herbal tea for two weeks. The results showed that they had improved sleep quality and fewer depression symptoms.
It is believed that chamomile tea offers even more benefits, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, liver-protecting and reducing symptoms of PMS.
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Hibiscus tea is similar to the flower in its pink/red colour and has a refreshing, tarty flavour which can be enjoyed hot or cold.
It is thought to have some potential health benefits, such as fighting off strains of bird flu and decreasing high blood pressure, but these have yet to be confirmed.
Hibiscus tea can interact with some medication, so it is best to check with your GP before drinking.
This spicy, flavourful beverage is packed full of health benefits!
For example, it is perhaps best known as a remedy for nausea, but it also has disease-fighting antioxidants, fights inflammation and boosts the immune system.
Two studies have even found that ginger is as effective at relieving period pain than ibuprofen!
Originating from South Africa, the people of the country have used it as a natural remedy for years – though as you can probably guess, the scientific evidence is lacking.
One study has shown that the herbal tea may improve bone health, in particular high bone density.
Preliminary evidence also shows hope for the tea improving cholesterol levels, heart disease and inflammation.
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How to brew the perfect cup of herbal tea
According to many tea connoisseurs, we shouldn’t be using tap water for our tea as it is littered with extra (and perhaps unnecessary) chemicals.
We should also be using the right temperature for our tea – hot water that is too hot can release a bad flavour from the tea! You can check the perfect temperature for your herbal blend online.
There is also major debate as to whether or not we should be using tea bags or loose leaf tea. Some tea bags are bad for both us and the planet, so loose leaf is recommend. However, to enjoy a cup of loose leaf tea, you will need at least one strainer.