12 Herbal and Medicinal Teas to Improve Your Health
I’m British, so the charm of tea is far from lost on me, but I’m always excited to find new ways to take my drink. Also, science has proved that tea is wonderful for you! In this post I’m going to take a look at a whole bunch of different types of herbal tea, why they are good for you, and when is best to drink them.
Drinking tea is a great way to support your body and allow yourself to detox. You can enjoy your tea hot or cold, and drink them one at a time , or create your own combination by mixing 2 or 3 together. To brew any of these medicinal teas, steep in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, and then drink it hot, or let it cool for iced tea. Without any further ado, my 15 favorite teas!
Green tea is less processes than some other treas, so it’s higher in antioxidants which help fight cell damage. To preserve the antioxidants, specifically catechins, avoid steeping in water hotter 170 degrees. Green tea has positive effects on healthy cell growth, reduces bad cholesterol, and the caffeine in it boosts the metabolism and aids weight loss.
Black tea and green tea are actually the same plant, with the leaves oxidised through exposure to oxygen, turning the leaves black. Black tea is known for higher caffeine and antioxidant levels, and is known to lower heart disease and diabetes risks, encourage a strong immune system and help regulate blood sugar levels.
Oolong has partially oxidized leaves, putting it in between green and black teas. Oolong provides the benefits of both black and green teas, and with it, a fruity flavor. Oolong is beneficial for weight management and skin conditions. Drink in moderation though, as it can be high in caffeine!
White tea is THE least processed type of tea, which means it has the highest antioxidant properties., and also the lowest caffeine levels among caffeinated teas. White tea can help to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and is known to be antibacterial.
Rooibos, or Red Bush, tea is a naturally caffeine free tea from South Africa. It contains rutin and quercetin, two bioflavonoids that block histamine release (response to allergens).
Peppermint can act as a decongestant and anti-inflammatory aid, and is great as a mild appetite suppressant. It can also help with bad breath!
Ginger tea has many healing properties! It is full of natural antihistamine, perfect for allergies and colds, and its anti-inflammatory properties can help sooth stomach upsets, relieve tired muscles, and ease menstrual cramps. Ginger tea is also amazing for easing motion sickness.
You might not be too pleased at the idea of drinking stinging nettles. Thankfully they are not painful in tea form! Nettle tea can help calm seasonal allergies and the various symptoms that accompany them.
Yerba Mate is a very popular tea from South America, with natural caffeine. It can help to open up breathing and up oxygen intake through producing corticosteroids, which act as an anti-inflammatory response to allergens. Yerba Mate can also help lower lipids, which helps reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood pressure levels.
Lemon balm is actually in the mint family, but gets its name from its lemony scent.The tea is known for its calming effects, and it can help ease common cold symptoms and respiratory issues.
Chamomile has been used as a sleep and digestion aid for centuries. In addition to this, it can also soothe puffy eyes, and even be used as mouthwash!
Hibiscus tea is lovely to cool off with in hot weather, and is very refreshing. It can also help lower blood pressure, is high in vitamins like vitamin C, and is a natural diuretic.