Unlike the major broad varieties of tea, Herbal teas are not true teas. They are not brewed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. They are infused from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. Hence, they are also called “tisanes”.
Herbal tea however is often considered a much better option due it the absence of caffeine. The polyphenols in herbal teas load them up with antioxidants that benefit our body in several ways. Antioxidants nurture a healthy lifestyle and gives us the boost of energy we need to get through a busy day.
Diving right into the types of herbal teas:
Chamomile tea is infused from dried Chamomile flowers. It contains Chamazulene, an aromatic chemical compound that possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. Camomile tea is often known for its calming properties as it smoothens the nervous system and promotes muscle relaxation. Soothes . It relaxes the uterus and decreases the production of prostaglandins. Chamomile tea helps eliminate and prevent dandruff, soothe scalp irritation and promote healthy hair.
Peppermint tea is infused from dried or fresh peppermint leaves. The menthol in peppermint provides the cooling properties and the minty scent. This tea provides a cooling sensation that possibly eases pain. Peppermint has various antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that helps them fight cold, allergies and infections caused by a clogged sinus. It aids in digestion and soothes the stomach.
Rosehips tea is infused from the pseudo fruit of the rose plant, which gives it a delicate, floral flavour and a distinct tart aftertaste. The high levels of polyphenols, carotenoids, vitamin C and E, provides powerful antioxidant properties. The presence of tiloroside promotes fat-burning and weight-loss. The antioxidants in rosehip helps to protect the brain and boosts the formation of collagen that prevents skin from aging.
Ginger tea is infused from dried or fresh ginger. It has been used for medical purposes since the old times. Ginger contains nutrients like vitamin B3 and B6, iron, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc. It has volatile oils, which have anti-inflammatory properties similar to that of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is known to prevent the nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea can help restore and improve blood circulation, which may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems. Ginger may prevent fat from depositing in the arteries, thus preventing heart attacks and stroke.
Lemongrass tea is infused from dried or fresh Lemongrass stem. Compounds like chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin promotes to its anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, smelling lemongrass may help people with anxiety. It increase haemoglobin concentration, packed cell volume, and red blood cell count in the body. It soothens the symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by preventing water retention in body that leads to bloating.
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