Benefits of Herbal Tea for Your HealthPosted by Daniella Cippitelli on
For thousands of centuries tea has been a favorite drink for people all over the world. Many cultures drink certain teas for their medicinal properties and many for general health. And there are those who simply like a nice warm cup of tea to help relax at the end of the day. Tea blends come in many flavors and not only are they a great alternative to sugary drinks or coffee beverages, but studies also show that many have health benefits as well.
We’ve tracked down some of the more popular teas that have an impact on your wellness.
1- Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is a common and popular variety of herbal tea. Peppermint is known for its beneficial effects on the digestive tract. The tea is widely used for relieving ailments such as indigestion, nausea, and stomach aches. It also has anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral properties as well as containing antioxidants.
2- Echinacea Tea
Echinacea’s reputation as a tea to reach for if you have a cold, is built from its powerful immune boosting properties. There have been many studies done showing that echinacea can lessen the severity of cold symptoms as well as lessen the duration.
The beloved chamomile tea is best known for its calming properties and as a sleep aid. Research on chamomile tea suggests it can help with insomnia and help lessen depression symptoms. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties which can make it a great tea for arthritis sufferers. Chamomile tea has been shown to reduce acid reflux, ward off gas and bloating and contribute to gastrointestinal health. It may also contain antibacterial properties which can help fend off illness and boost your immune system.
4- Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is the go-to for nausea and vomiting. Research has shown it to be a safe and effective treatment for nausea and vomiting. Pregnant women should check with their doctor to see if ginger tea can be used to help alleviate morning sickness. Ginger has also been shown to help with motion sickness. Some research has found it to be effective in helping with blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
5- Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea offers cardiovascular and antiviral benefits. Studies have shown that hibiscus tea may help lower blood pressure. It may also help decrease LDL (this is the bad kind) cholesterol levels. It is important to note though, hibiscus tea may interact negatively with certain diuretic medications or interfere with aspirin, so be sure to check with your healthcare provider if you are on any prescription medications.
Most herbal tea blends are no or low calorie and pack a healthy punch, so next time you are looking for a bit of relaxation, reach for the herbal tea and get a dose of wellness benefits as well.