Herbal teas are healthy to drink because they are extracted from herbs, flowers, spices and dry fruits( Nature’s medicine). Herbs and spices are being used for healing purposes since centuries owing to their medicinal properties.
Unlike black and green tea herbal tea is technically not tea, as it does not contain caffeine.
Some of the most healthy herbal teas to drink are-
Its One of the most popular herbal tea now days due to its multiple health benefits.
Research suggests chamomile tea drinkers sleep better and feel relaxed throughout the day. To treat insomnia drink a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime.
It also soothes menstrual cramps, reduces anxiety and treats minor skin conditions( cuts and wounds). Great for digestion and stronger immunity.
Either use a readily available teabag or add 2 tbsp of chamomile flowers to boiling water and let them steep for 5-6 minutes, strain and drink. To enhance taste and benefits you can add ginger/mint/lemon juice.
Chamomile tea has floral aroma.
2. Eucalyptus tea
Eucalyptus tea is made from dry crushed leaves of blue gum tree. Its soothing pine aroma opens up airways thus providing relief in breathing issues and common cold symptoms
Its also helpful for diabetic patients as it lowers blood sugar level. Great for dental health due to anti-bacterial agents. Relieves headaches too.
To prepare add 1 tsp of eucalyptus leaves to boiling water and let them steep for few minutes(5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea).
Non-diabetic patients can add honey for sweetness. Do not use eucalyptus essential oil for making tea as it is more concentrated and may cause some side-effects
3. Ginger tea
Ginger possesses amazing anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Thereby ginger tea helps in curing bloating, cough, cold and sore throat( great tea for winter season). Ginger tea provides relief in nausea and vomiting sensation.
Keeps blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
To prepare- Use 1 tsp of grated ginger for one cup water. Alternatively you can chop and use 4-5 ginger slices, put them in boiling water and let steep for few minutes. Strain and serve with honey and lemon.
Ginger-root can be easily added to meals, black tea, smoothies, juices and soups too.
Precaution-Not good for heartburn and acid re-flux. Ginger tea can also cause diarrhea if consumed in excess. Do not take it before bedtime. If you are on any medications, consult your physician before taking herbal tea.
Sage tea contains anti-oxidants similar to berries hence making it great for skin, hair and weight loss. Other benefits are relief in menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia.
Several studies suggest gargling with cooled down sage tea treats mouth sores and ulcers.
Though there isn’t much scientific data on sage tea benefits but it does possess amazing nutrients and can be tried in moderation.
5. Thyme tea
Anti-bacterial properties, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and copper make thyme an excellent healthful herb.
Thyme tea’s medicinal properties are it fights acne, soothes sore throat,reduces cholesterol and uplifts mood.
Preparation method- Add 4-5 thyme twigs to boiling water and let them steep for few 5 minutes. Strain the twigs and drink. To amplify taste and nutrient value of thyme tea add a pinch of cinnamon powder, honey for sweetness and lime juice.
6 Spearmint tea
Spearmint has strong refreshing aroma and anti-microbial properties, that is the reason it is commonly used in mouth-rinses and toothpaste.
Mint soothes nausea, bloating and heartburn sensations.The anti-oxidants, menthol and vitamin C aid in youthful skin.
Benefits dental health. Few studies show drinking mint tea improves memory as well.
Lowers blood sugar level and relieves anxiety.
To make mint tea, add 7-8 mint leaves in a cup of boiling water, let them boil for 5 minutes. (More for stronger brew). Strain and serve with lemon or honey.
Alternatively, you can consume mint in smoothies or juices. Or simply dry some mint leaves in sunlight for few days, crush and make mint powder, just sprinkle some on your yogurt or on the salad.
You can also keep a mint plant in your garden and use fresh mint leaves for culinary or medicinal purposes.
7. Rose-hip tea
Rose-hip tea is prepared by steeping aromatic rose-hip flower petals for 8-10 minutes in hot water( depending on how strong you like the tea). Strain and discard the petals and add honey or sugar. You can also combine rose-hip with thyme or lavender tea.
Rosehip is rich in anti-oxidants, vitamin A and E. These nutrients fight aging, promote weight loss, strengthen immune system and lower the risk of heart disease.
Few evidence suggests rosehip tea lowers risk of type 2 diabetes and arthritis pain too.
Fennel is commonly used for culinary purposes in Asian cultures. A tsp of Dried or roasted fennel is routinely consumed after meals to improve digestion.
Steep a tsp of fennel seeds in one cup boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the seeds, serve with honey for sweetness.
Along with digestion, the anti-microbial properties improve dental health. Anti-oxidants reverse cell damage and restore kidney and liver health. Fennel is said to improve the quality of breast milk in new mothers too.
Fennel has a soothing aroma which calms the mind and aids in better sleep.
Ginseng is a famous eastern herb primarily used in Chinese and Korean cultures. It comes in red and white color.
Red ginseng is more healthful. It increases blood flow circulation in the body which improves energy level and cognitive ability. Reduces cholesterol level and lowers the risk of diabetes.
The anti-oxidants protect against free radicals, boosts immunity and lower inflammation in the body.
To prepare ginseng tea add few slices of ginseng to boiling water and let steep for 8-10 minutes, strain and serve.
Alternatively ginseng can be added to soups and fry’s. Ginseng powder is readily available too.
TIP-Begin with very less quantity and increase if it suits you. If on medication, consult your doctor before consuming ginseng tea.(or any other herbal tea).
10. Lemon grass tea
Lemon grass tea is aromatic and used substantially in Asian cuisines. It relives anxiety, soothes nerves and improve sleep quality.
According to some researches lemon grass tea can raise hemoglobin level. It also relieves flatulence issues, lowers cholesterol and prevents infection.
Lemon grass can be easily grown in a plant or can be purchased online and in grocery stores.
Take few lemon grass stalks cut in small pieces(8-10 small pieces are sufficient). Steep them in boiling water for 7-8 minutes, strain the tea and drink it hot or cold.
11. Kava for immunity
kava/kahwa is traditionally from a beautiful Indian state Kashmir, yet its variations are found in Hawaiian cuisine as well. It is consumed mostly during winter season as it protects the body from cold and cough because its made of spices and herbs.
There are numerous forms of kava drink, as it can be combined with several ingredients.
Since this post is about herbal teas and their benefits so i’ll share a recipe catering to that.
For making one cup kava take few saffron strands, 2-3 black peppercorns,2 cloves, pinch of cinnamon powder, add them to 1 cup(10 oz) green tea( if you do not want caffeine, add the ingredients to boiling water only).
You can also add cardamom or any other dry fruits such as chopped almonds and pistachios to amplify the taste and benefits.
TIP-Do not add saffron to boiling water as it may destroy the vitamin B12 in it. After you steep other ingredients in boiling water for 4-5 minutes, switch off the stove. Now put saffron strands ,leave it covered for another few minutes, strain the ingredients and drink hot or cold.
Alternatively, you can purchase kava root powder and add a tsp of it to your hot or cold drinks. It saves time and hassle.
There’s a wide variety of healthy herbal teas to drink with numerous health benefits. Choose mindfully by following the points below.
- Always start with very little quantity, brew for lesser time, once the ingredients suit your body, increase the tea strength or quantity.( not more than 2 cups a day is recommended)
- If you are on any medication do consult your doctor before consuming anything new.
- Make sure you are not allergic to any herb or spice.
- Pregnant and breast-feeding women should be extra cautious and confirm with a gynecologist before consuming herbal teas.
Generally speaking, herbal teas are healthy and safe to drink owing to no caffeine and totally natural ingredients and most of them can be found in your pantry right away.
Almost all herbal teas are available in tea bags online or in grocery stores near you. So find your favorite aroma and start sipping your way to fit life!
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