For centuries, people throughout the world have enjoyed drinking herbal teas. There are countless health benefits to drinking herbal tea, from relieving abdominal gas to fighting viruses and infections.
This week for the 52 Week Be Better Challenge we encourage you to drink herbal tea. First thing in the morning, enjoy the taste and aromatherapy of a hot cup of tea. All herbal teas have countless health benefits and are naturally caffeine free, except for yerba maté. Yerba maté is an herbal tea from naturally caffeinated leaves of a holly tree native to the South American rainforest. If you already have herbal teas, great. If you are looking to try something new, look up “loose leaf herbal tea shops” in your area. If you have never been to an “herb tea shop” before, this would be the time to start.
What is the difference between herbal tea and tea? Herbal tea (also called tisane) is an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots and/or bark in hot water. Tea, on the other hand, is made from one specific plant called Camellia sinensis. There are thousands of varieties of teas; the only difference is the region in which it is planted, the time of year it is picked and the processing method. But anything that includes the Camellia sinensis (including black, green and white tea) is considered tea, not herbal tea.
When drinking herbal tea, make sure that it steeps for 10 to 15 minutes to maximize all of the plant’s benefits. The health properties become easily digestible ingested in tea form. Different herbal teas have different health benefits. Teavivre warns not to drink your tea too hot, because it will irritate and inflame your throat, esophagus and stomach lining.
Passionflower Tea: A great tea for anxiety, especially for people with obsessive thoughts.
Peppermint Tea: Relieves abdominal gas, bloating, nausea. Avoid peppermint tea if you have heartburn.
Ginger Tea: Curbs nausea, vomiting, motion sickness and upset stomach. You can simmer ginger root, and add lemon juice and a little honey when you have a cold.
Chamomile Tea: Sleeping aid that is calming and a sedative. It also helps with coughs and bronchitis.
Rooibos tea: Packed with vitamin C and antioxidant properties. It has been shown to help with skin problems, such as eczema.
Dandelion Tea: This is a gentle liver cleanser.
Rosehip tea: This is high in vitamin C, which helps the immune system, skin and adrenal function.