The Powerful Benefits of Drinking Herbal Tea
As much as there has been a coffee revolution, a craft beer revolution and even an organic food revolution there is now a tea revolution taking place with demand growing for healthy green and herbal teas. But why?
Let me explain the powerful benefits of drinking herbal tea …
BOOST YOUR HEALTH BY DRINKING HERBAL TEA
What is Herbal Tea?
Despite the name, herbal teas are not actually made from the tea plant. Instead, they are made by steeping herbs, flowers, or roots. The origins of herbal tea date back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, used for thousands of years for its great taste and medicinal properties. There are hundreds of different herbal teas you can drink, all with varying tastes and benefits. These benefits can range from treating a cold to relieving stress, to boosting anti-ageing properties. In addition, unlike other teas, herbal teas do not contain any caffeine.
Fights Cold + Flu
Herbal teas are really great for treating colds, flu and other seasonal viruses. Being naturally caffeine free, herbal tea has the power to re-hydrate and soothe you through the poorly days. Try elderberry as it has antioxidant properties that clear the nasal passages and stops nasty coughs. It can also reduce the symptoms of asthma. Lemon balm, ginger, chamomile and echinacea are also excellent for stimulating immune activity to shorten bacterial infections and viruses.
People have been drinking tea to help treat digestive issues and cleanse the gut for thousands of years. Several herbal teas have been shown to help with nausea, constipation, indigestion, bloating and more with many helping to break down fat and speed up the emptying of the stomach. Some of the best teas for these symptoms are dandelion, chamomile, fennel, cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger tea.
Boosts Immune System
The antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for helping fight disease and infections. They can protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic disease. Some of the best herbal teas for boosting your immune system are elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and liquorice root tea.
Great for Skin Health
Herbal tea is a useful treatment for acne, without the side effects that some medications cause. The tea can be ingested normally or by directly applying the tea onto the skin. Rooibos and chamomile tea are some of the best teas for treating the skin due to their antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Spearmint tea may also work as it reduces the breakout of acne. Herbal tea is also great for slowing down the ageing process as it can prevent free radicals which are damaging to skin cells and linked to cancer.
Relieve Stress and Anxiety
Herbal teas calm and relax the mind, relieving stress and anxiety. Since it calms the mind, drinking herbal tea before going to sleep also helps people who suffer with insomnia. Chamomile tea is one of the best teas for stress relief and difficulty sleeping. The comforting effect may also act as a mild anti-depressant for some as it stimulates the brain to reduce feelings of depression.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Instead of taking pills, try drinking herbal tea to lower your blood pressure instead. Herbal teas such as Hibiscus can decrease blood pressure without any negative side effects due to the chemicals it contains. High blood pressure can negatively affect the heart and kidney, so if you’re looking for a natural treatment, Hibiscus tea is the way to go.
As you can see, drinking herbal tea can provide a multitude of benefits. They’re healthy, great tasting and contain zero caffeine. If you are new to the practice, I recommend that you visit your local herbalist and ask for some advice. You can find Hibiscus, Rose, Ginger, Chamomile and Dandelion in our Moon Tea for period symptoms and menstruation here.