Everything to Know About Herbal Teas

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

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Herbal teas or tisanes (pronounced ti-zahns) are teas that don't contain leaves of the Camellia Sinensis the tea plant. They are brewed from the leaves, roots, berries, flowers and spices of other plants. Herbal teas are known for their medicinal properties, particularly in their ingredients. Ingredients like ginger, peppermint, and dandelion have science-backed benefits like aiding digestive issues, relieving abdominal gas, and dealing with liver issues respectively. Herbal rooibos tea also improves vascular health and lower cholesterol. All rooibos tea is from South Africa. Herbal teas are drank not only for their lovely taste, but for their many health benefits.

Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile, some spell it camomile, is an herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. The tea is brewed from the dried flowers. Chamomile tea is loaded with antioxidants that may play a role in lowering your risk of several diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

And Chamomile may aid in getting a better night sleep and help with digestion. Don't drink if you are allergic to ragweed. It’s also known to interact with blood thinners, such as warfarin, as well as some other drugs.

Rose Hip Tea

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Rose hip tea made from the seed pods of a wild variety of the rose plant. Also called rose haw or rose hep. It is the "fruit" of the rose plant. Rose hips are loaded with vitamin C. Vitamin C may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers. Some evidence suggests rose hips might ease arthritis pain.

Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), pronounced roy-bosh, is a shrub-like bush with soft needle-like leaves. The plant is native to South Africa. It’s the oxidization (or fermentation) process that causes the harvested rooibos to change slowly from green to a gloriously rich, deep red color. It’s caffeine-free and is often touted for its antioxidants.

Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint tea is one of the most commonly consumed herbal teas in the world. Peppermint, Mentha piperita, is a cross between water mint and spearmint. Studies have shown that preparations of peppermint oil, which often included other herbs as well, can help relieve indigestion, nausea and stomach pain. So it is assumed that peppermint tea would have the same health benefits. When you experience digestive discomfort, whether it be from cramping, nausea or indigestion, try some peppermint tea.

Ginger Tea

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Ginger tea is a spicy and flavorful drink that packs a punch of healthy, disease-fighting antioxidants. Ginger is the rhizome (the underground stem) of the plant Zingiber officinale, which includes family members such as turmeric, cardamom and galangal.

It helps fight inflammation and stimulates the immune system, but it’s most well known for being an effective remedy for nausea. Studies consistently find that ginger is effective at relieving nausea, especially in early pregnancy, although it may also relieve nausea caused by cancer treatments and motion sickness. Evidence also suggests that ginger may help prevent stomach ulcers and relieve indigestion or constipation.

Moringa Tea

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Moringa tea is made from the leaves of the Moringa oleifera plant. Moringa oleifera is a plant that goes by many names including drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree. Moringa has been used for centuries because of its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

The moringa tree is native to tropical areas throughout Southeast Asia. The largest cultivator of moringa is India. The tree is also grown for agricultural and medicinal purposes in the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, and Taiwan. Additional, the plant is cultivated and occurs in the wild in parts of Africa, Central America, and Oceania.

Moringa tea is an herbal tea made by steeping the moringa leaves in pure hot water. The tea can also be made using moringa leaf powder and tea bags. It is naturally caffeine-free and can be consumed at any time of the day.

Moringa contains many healthful compounds such as, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6 folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, potassium, iron

magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

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