A steaming hot cup of herbal tea can do wonders for your mood, especially on a cold winter day, but the real benefits offered by this infusion of seeds, leaves, bark and roots go much deeper than you may realise.
Although not technically a tea — tea is actually a certain type of plant — herbal teas can help you sleep, ease anxiety, provide relief from a variety of physical ailments and can even be a wonderful source of essential vitamins and minerals.
In fact, sipping away on herbal tea can actually be more beneficial than simply popping a pill to get those vitamins.
Not only do you hydrate, which is critical for maintaining good health, you also get the nutritional, social and aromatherapeutic values as well — something you cannot get from a vitamin supplement.
Peppermint is a simple, easy-to-grow herb that can be used to make an herbal tea great for easing the symptoms of the common cold, respiratory and sinus infections, and throat and mouth inflammation.
It can also treat digestive issues such as morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, upset stomach, diarrhea and gas.
The dried flower heads of the chamomile plant are used to create an infusion that is helpful in easing stomach pains and promoting more restful sleep.
Chamomile tea is also full of antioxidants, which may help stunt the growth of cancer cells and help offset the vision loss and nerve damage associated with diabetes.
Grown primarily in South Africa, rooibos is rich in vitamin C, which is great for maintaining a healthy immune system. It is also boasted to have antioxidant properties that help to reduce the signs of aging and keep you disease free.
Lemon Balm Tea
It’s use dating back to the Middle Ages, lemon balm is a native European plant used to create a tea that promotes better sleep, eases digestive problems and reduces anxiety.
It is frequently blended with other herbs to create a tea helpful in enhancing relaxation. Depending on your preference, you can drink it hot or prepare it as a refreshing iced tea.
The rose plant can do more than serve as a symbol of romance and passion. Rich in vitamin C, rosehip tea contains vital antioxidants, which studies have linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.
Other studies have even suggested that it may even be useful in preventing the spread of cancer cells — though direct human trials have yet to be conducted.
A close relative of chamomile, the yarrow plant is rumored to have been used by the Greek mythical hero Achilles to treat his soldiers’ wounds. Although scientific research is limited, yarrow has been traditionally used to treat anxiety, insomnia, minor wounds, bleeding, and oral or digestive inflammation.
The perennial herb clover, common to Asia and Europe, is a wildly growing member of the legume family. Among its many medicinal uses, perhaps the most intriguing is its potential for easing menopause-related medical conditions such as heart and bone health, and hot flashes. Studies have shown red clover to contain isoflavones, a chemical that has effects similar to estrogen.
Stinging Nettle Tea
It may come as a shock to find that the stinging nettle plant, most well known for its stinging hairs and skin irritation upon contact, is actually quite beneficial to one’s health. Some of its many uses include the treatment of gout, anemia joint and muscle pain, and eczema and arthritis, and it is even used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate.
Linden has a use dating back for centuries, and its flowers are used to create a tea useful for treating irregular heartbeat, vomiting, indigestion and anxiety.
The active ingredients in linden are also useful for helping break fevers by inducing sweating. Additional uses include the treatment of infections, fevers, high blood pressure, coughs and colds, headaches and muscle spasms.
Well known for its spectacular purple, white and pink flowers and soothing fragrance, lavender is a frequently used ingredient in many common household products. The benefits of this beautiful herb don’t stop at aroma, however, as this herb is also used to treat fatigue, anxiety and depression, and insomnia.
Researchers are conducting studies to determine its effectiveness in post-operation pain management and its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Enjoy of cup of tea containing lavender to lift your spirits, calm your nerves, and promote better sleep!
Technically speaking, jasmine tea not an herbal tea; it’s regular tea flavored with the flowers of the jasmine plant for flavor and aroma. With that said, there are many health benefits to this blend, because jasmine is believed to lower cholesterol, help with digestion, lower your risk of heart attack, strengthen your immune system and help to prevent diabetes.
Experiment With Delicious Blends of Relaxing Tea
As you can see, there are many health benefits to be gained by sipping away on a nice, hot, relaxing tea. Keep in mind, though, that there is no need to drink teas made exclusively from one type of herb. There are many varieties of mixed herbs that create unique blends of flavors and aromas, and there’s surely one out there that you’ll enjoy.
We offer a variety of blended herbal teas such as Chamomile Bliss, Organic Rooibos, Serenity and Snooze, each one made from the finest ingredients and blended with care to create the most relaxing tea possible.
Choosing and Preparing Herbal Tea
To get the most out of your tea, always choose teas or tea blends that are made from high-quality ingredients, and always remember to steep your tea for at least 10 to 15 minutes in a covered vessel to get the full benefits.
While you may be tempted to let the room fill with its pleasing aroma by not covering it, by doing so, you’re actually losing out on many of the medicinal benefits.
A Final Note
Herbal teas can be a great way to boost your mood, help you sleep, promote relaxation and maintain good health; however, they are herbs, and they do contain vitamins and nutrients that, when combined with each other or other medications, may not always have the intended effects.
Always be sure to consult your health care provider before adding herbal tea into your wellness routine, especially if you have known food allergies or medical conditions.