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As much as it is important to eat healthily, it is also important to drink healthy too. Tea proves to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world. A Chinese proverb states that ‘if people drink a cup of tea every day, the pharmacists would starve’. Herbal teas are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and with proper ingredients and methods, one can gain a lot of health benefits from it. Herbal teas are made of fresh or dried flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds and roots. It includes ingredients like ginger, peppermint, chamomile, lavender, rose, apples, oranges, holy basil, cinnamon and many other herbs. Unlike other tea, herbal teas do not contain any caffeine.
There are various types of herbal tea with different tastes and benefits. Its health benefits depend on its composition. It is most commonly used in treating cough and cold.
Antioxidants found in certain herbal tea help in weight loss and also in slowing down the ageing process. A cup of herbal tea after meals help in digesting food easily. Certain ingredients like ginger, peppermint and turmeric help in preventing inflammatory problems and various other vitamins and antioxidants help in fighting diseases and infections. Herbal tea relieves stress and anxiety by acting as antidepressants.
There are various types of herbal tea and its benefits depend on its ingredients. Some of the best and common herbal tea with its benefits are:
It helps calm the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces body stress and tension, supports digestion, helps boost immunity.
Reduces risk of cancer, prevents heart disease and assists in weight loss.
Helps in reducing headaches, reduces menstrual cramps, helps in digestion, treatment of sinus. It helps in cold and nausea.
Fights inflammation and strengthens the immune system. It is the best remedy for people suffering from nausea. It also fights stomach ulcers and cures indigestion and constipation. It is good for weight loss and reduces menstrual discomfort.
Calms an upset stomach and improves digestive health and boost the immune system.
Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, great for skin and hair.
Helps in weight loss, improves digestion, protect against anaemia, promotes strong bones.
Helps ease the severe headache, relieve bronchitis, joint and muscle inflammation and skin rashes.
Treats high blood pressure, cholesterol, indigestion, liver diseases as well as cancer.
Lemon Balm Tea:
It improves heart and skin health. It also helps reduce insomnia.
Prevents inflammation, considered good for heart patients and diabetics, helps in treating asthma and hypertension. It is also good for skincare and bone health.
It is most commonly used to prevent cold and also helps in fighting viruses and infections.
It stimulates the immune system and fights against respiratory infections. It helps boost energy, decrease emotional stress and mitigate mental fatigue.
Fennel Herbal Tea:
It helps to reduce the effects of food poisoning and reduces acid reflux.
Bearberry Herbal Tea:
It is used for treating bladder and kidney problems. It helps the body rid itself of bloating and water retention.
Thyme Herbal Tea:
It is a remedy for sore throats, gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhoea.
It improves digestion and nutrient absorption.
It reduces headaches and may prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. It relieves stress and cold symptoms.
Jasmine Herbal Tea:
It helps in weight loss, increases metabolism, lowers cholesterol and decreases inflammation.
It prevents obesity, stomach problems and constipation.
Hyssop Herbal Tea:
It helps in weight loss and controls blood sugar.
The active ingredients present in herbal teas act as medicines. Thus its excessive consumption can cause negative side effects. Over consuming herbal tea can cause side effects like headache, anxiety, stress, soreness of the mouth, dermatitis, vomiting and hormonal imbalance.
While herbal tea is safe for consumption but some herbs present in it have toxic or allergic effects. So before consuming any herbal tea, it would be better to find if the person does not have any allergy to any of the ingredients present in it.
Tea is the world’s one of the most famous beverage and its demand is increasing. Herbal tea is coming in various flavours and types and its various benefits depend on the ingredients present in it.