Herbal tea is made from leaves, seeds, roots or barks and extracted using hot water. The specific benefits from drinking herbal tea are from hydration and an element of aromatherapy (when plant based materials or oils are used for the purpose of changing a person’s mood or wellbeing). Also a social element, – tea can be shared with many people!
There are a vast majority of herbal teas out there and I thought I would make a simple list compiling some of them and their health benefits.
- Elderflower: Good for when you’ve a simple cold or a flu
- Ginger: At the start of an infection + relieves aches and pains. It stimulates and soothes the digestive system.
- Nettle: Good for when you’re feeling run down as it provides energy. It is also useful for those who are anaemic, have high blood pressure and arthritis.
- Green tea: Protects the body from ageing, reduces an upset stomach due to motion sickness and it is good for your metabolism!
- Peppermint: For when one feels like vomitting or nauseous. It also benefits muscle aches, chronic pain, clearing of congestion, mild asthma and reduces stress.
- Chamomile: Helps prevent the complications of diabetes e.g. loss of vision, nerve and kidney damage and growth of cancer cells. It can also be drank in cases of a cough, bronchitis or when you have the flu! By helping during these cases, it results in an individual being able to sleep better. Chamomile tea is known to also have a calming and sedative effect.
- Hibiscus: Helps to lower blood pressure when elevated, reduce high cholesterol and strengthens the immune system. It reduces hypertension and protects the body against cell-damaging!
- Rooibos: Helps with common skin concerns e.g. eczema!
- Lemon balm: Helps to improve concentration, reduce stress and prevent nightmares before bed.
- Lavender: Helpful for when feeling down or depressed or trying to tackle any respiratory issue e.g. cold or cough. It is using to heal wounds, ulcers and cuts.
- Rosemary: It helps muscles to relax and helps with digestion.