Herbs have been used for centuries to enhance the flavor of foods and beverages and as a potent means of physical and mental healing. These herbal remedies can be traced as far back as the 17th century BC in Southwest China when they were used by the Shang dynasty for their medicinal properties.
Since then, the art of using herbs teas to improve health and well-being has passed down from generation to generation.
Keeping up with the tradition, we have continued to reliably capitalize on these soothing, delectable and aromatic teas to treat a never-ending list of ailments including insomnia, depression, digestive irregularities, weak immunity and obesity among others. Here are some popular teas and the umpteen health benefits that they provide as you sip on a warm, satiating, sweet-scented and savory concoction:
- Chamomile Tea
The calming chamomile tea, which is unarguably one of the most widely consumed herbal brews in the world, is consumed by more than 1 million times each day. The reason for the raging popularity of this cure-all tea is the sheer abundance of benefits packed in a single serving.
Chamomile or ‘ground apple’ is a tisane (non-caffeinated tea) and is most loved due to its unique flavonoids that offer numerous healing benefits including the following:
- Chamomile tea is excellent in expediting the healing of wounds and cuts due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- It helps alleviate the symptoms of diabetes and hyperglycemia.
- The regular intake of chamomile tea can also help prevent and treat bacterial-related infections.
- It is known to relieve muscle spasms such as menstrual cramps by increasing the level of glycine in urine.
- The tea soothes the muscle lining of intestines and leads to improvement in digestion.
- Chamomile tea is one of the most commonly used remedies for insomnia as it promotes sleep by soothing the nervous system.
- The anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile effectively clear up skin irritations such as acne, allergies and eczema.
- Applying brewed chamomile tea to hair also leads to natural sun-kissed glow to light brown or blonde hair.
- Cinnamon Tea
The spicy and warm cinnamon tea is easy to concoct and has numerous benefits for the body as well as the mind. A few its most potent benefits include:
- It helps reduce blood sugar and consequently lowers the risk of conditions like obesity and cardiovascular ailments. This regulatory effect on blood sugar then leads to lowered levels of insulin in the body causing it to store less fat and, therefore, lose weight at a steady pace. In order to reap the weight loss merits of cinnamon tea, it is advised to consume 1-2 cups per day.
- Cinnamon tea has also been found to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attack/ stroke and coronary heart disease by reducing the concentration of LDL cholesterol levels and increasing the level of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body
- There are multiple organic compounds in cinnamon that have anti-fungal, anti-septic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and, hence, make it one of the most effective herbs for enhancing immunity. The antioxidants present in cinnamon tea actively seek out, and neutralize infections causing pathogens. It therefore reduces the propensity of chronic ailments and even certain types of cancers.
- Cinnamon tea is also ideal for the treatment of degenerative cognitive diseases like dementia as it improves concentration, cognitive speed and focus and triggers the development of new neural pathways, particularly in older people.
- Lavender tea
Possessing the exotic floral flavor of the beloved lavender flower, this unique beverage also offers a heap of benefits that include the following:
- The tea has been found to alleviate the symptoms of nervous intestinal disorders and indigestion via its soothing effects on the stomach.
- It releases fragrances that help in relieving depression, insomnia and migraines.
- Lavender tea blocks calcium channels in the central nervous system, thus, reducing the chances of convulsions.
- Hibiscus Tea
This slightly sour tasting and aromatic tea is made from the calyces of hibiscus and is chock-full of health merits such as:
- It lowers blood pressure owing to its anti-hypertensive and cardio-protective effects.
- The hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic properties of this herbal green tea effectively reduce bad levels of cholesterol and are, therefore, beneficial for people suffering from disorders like diabetes.
- The antioxidant and anti-tumor properties of this tea have also been documented to be effective in treating liver diseases as well as cancer.
- The flavanoids present in the tea have antidepressant properties and are used to cure anxiety, depression and mood swings.
- Hibiscus has diuretic properties due to which it helps in regulating the digestive system and overcoming constipation.
- Peppermint tea
This famously delectable tea offers an astonishing array of health benefits making it the ideal beverage to consume on a daily basis. These merits include:
- Peppermint contains menthol which helps to relax muscles and this relaxation then curbs stress. So, the next time you feel mentally or physically exhausted, try having a hot cup of peppermint tea to calm down your nerves. The menthol content of this tea has also been found to facilitate a good night’s sleep and increase concentration by stimulating the hippocampus region of the brain.
- It also possesses diet suppressing qualities due to which it is ideal for people looking to drop those extra pounds.
- Peppermint tea is known to relieve sinus infection, sore throat, skin problems such as acne and stomach issues like constipation and bloating.
Herbal green teas offer you a reliable and time-tested way of improving your physical and mental well-being and it is for this reason that they are becoming an increasingly popular substitute for conventional medicines.