Herbal tea is a delicious blend of boiling water mixed with dried fruits, nuts, leaves, flowers, roots, or herbs. Herbal tea is not made from a tea plant; instead it is an infusion of various plants, grasses, and roots. The different kinds of plants that make up herbal tea all offer a wide range of different chemicals and health benefits. However, in this article I will provide a broader overview of this popular beverage.
Herbal tea has long been used as traditional medicines, having been used for treating just about any ailment throughout the ages. Herbal tea is not still used as a form of primary health care in non-industrialized countries where pharmaceuticals are not readily available to the mainstream public — nor could they afford it. However, herbal tea does have some healing affects that make it a practical option for those seeking health benefits from a drink.
There are many different types of herbal tea, and each has its own unique benefits. Herbal tea in general provides the consumer with a soothing and relaxing effect. As with most teas, herbal tea also aids in digestion and helps to cleanse the body of toxins, cholesterol, and other waste. Herbal tea is also known for providing the body with a natural source of energy that does not spike or dip like other energy drinks. The most popular herbal teas are ginger, chamomile, and jasmine. However there are many different types such as licorice or even rose tea. Ginger herbal tea, especially is popular for its relief of muscle pains and stomach irritation, plus it freshens breath.
A few herbal teas that are not so common are the slippery elm tea, peppermint, cinnamon, and lemongrass. These types of tea can help promote kidney function, act as a diuretic, and help fight stomach cramps and other intestinal related issues. Many people prefer an herbal tea with a combination of plants such as lemon ginger or raspberry peppermint. Another blend that is taking on popularity is chocolate herbal tea, which is hot cocoa mixed with one’s favorite flavor of tea. Not to mention that this mixture is a tasty and soothing treat on cold winter mornings.
Pregnant or nursing woman can benefit from herbal tea, as long as it does not contain high amounts of caffeine. Raspberry leaf tea is especially recommended to pregnant woman. Studies have shown that raspberry leaf tea drinkers have shorter labor, and may actually help them prevent preterm labor or even postpartum hemorrhage. Most herbal tea brands are safe and suitable for pregnant and nursing women, but it is important to check with a doctor first.
Herbal tea is a popular and healthy beverage that has the potential to replace the sugary sodas and energy drinks that people rely on for energy throughout the day. However, by weary of exaggerated claims of herbals teas as a “wonder” drug, and make sure to drink only in moderation. Too much herbal tea can harm the kidneys and liver.
However drinking a few cups of herbal tea a day is definitely a great idea for a healthy diet.