So in the previous article we have discussed about the new variety of tea that are not actually tea but called so. Herbal teas are not true teas as they are not brewed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. They are infused from fruits, flowers and plants. However, what makes them healthy is the absence of caffeine and presence of high amount of antioxidants.
Some of the types included :
Tulsi or the holy basil is famous worldwide for its innumerable properties. It is called the “Queen of Herbs” as it is bestowed with a myriad of complex biochemical compounds including eugenol, urosli acid, carvarcol, apigenin, luteolin and other flavonoids. Moreover, its also imbued with essential nutrients like vitamin A, C, calcium, zinc, iron and chlorophyll which is valuable in healing the body and mind. Tulsi tea, infused from dry or fresh leaves has various anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidiabetic, anticancer, antimicrobial and radioprotective properties. It is also considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit.
Chrysanthemum tea is one of the most popular flowers teas in China, infused from its dried flowers. Studies showed it has a strong antioxidant activity and may help fight free radicals. It’s used for its cooling effect, especially during warm season, for potential sedative effect and lowering blood pressure. Chrysanthemum tea is rich in potassium, which helps reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. It is super rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, that helps in eliminating oxidative stress and damaged cells in organ systems around the body and promote eye health.
Eucalyptus tea is infused from its dried leaves. It a famous herb native to Australia, providing numerous health benefits. The consumption of fresh or dried leaves is considered toxic because its hard to digest. However, it can be consumed in the form of tea to tap to its various benefits. The main flavonoids in eucalyptus include catechins, isorhamnetin, luteolin, kaempferol, phloretin, and quercetin. Diets rich in these compounds are known to protect against certain cancers, heart disease, and dementia. It possesses multiple antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Hence, they can be used for different breathing and lungs related problems–from treating the common cold and flu to sore throat and pneumonia.
Blue tea has been around in the market for ages. It is infused from dried flowers called Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea or Darwin pea. However, they are becoming more easily and widely available for consumption in stores due to its popularisation through travel blogs and shows. The tea is said to have stress busting effects that may also help reduce symptoms of anxiety. It contains anthocyanin, a compound known to increase blood circulation in the head and therefore helps maintain a healthy scalp. Blue tea has more antioxidants than green tea, hence they protect the body against free radical action and promote anti-ageing.
Guava leaf tea is infused from the young leaves of the guava tree. It has in been a part of traditional medicine for centuries in Mexico and parts of South America. The leaves are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids such as quercetin. The polyphenols in guava leaf tea have been shown to regulate the absorption of carbohydrates from food and hence are beneficial for diabetic patients. The contain flavonoids (antioxidants), tannins, and acids (gallic and betulinic) that has various anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
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