Your Guide To Herbal Teas And Their Benefits
Herbal teas or tisanes have been around for hundreds of years. Originating in China, herbal teas have been used as a natural remedy for many different illnesses and sicknesses for generations. But what many don’t realise is that herbal tea isn’t actually tea at all. Herbal teas are made using herbs, spices, flowers and dried fruits. While real teas, like black, green and oolong teas, come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
With the popularity of herbal teas rising in western culture, we’ve teamed up with nutritionist Tracie Connor to take a look at some of the different types of herbal teas and how they can benefit you.
Chamomile is one of the most common types of herbal teas and is made from dried chamomile flowers. This calming brew promotes sleep quality, relieves stress and supports skin, hair and digestive health.
We all know how good of an immune booster ginger can be, so why not enjoy it in tea form. Just add a slice of ginger to a cup of hot water and reap the benefits. Packed with vitamin C, it can also help to warm cold feet and hands by increasing blood circulation as well as helping to relieve nausea.
Another very common type of tea, green teas is made from Camellia sinensis leaves but have not endured the withering and oxidation process that it’s black and oolong counterparts have. Green tea has many benefits including boosting energy levels and metabolism while helping to balance blood sugar levels. it is also high in antioxidants.
Rich in antioxidants, this deep red coloured tea is great for lowering blood pressure, suppressing your appetite and acting as a natural anti-depressant. With a delightful cranberry flavour, hibiscus tea is great to enjoy both hot and cold.
Lemongrass is a herb that is often enjoyed for its fresh citrus flavour. Popular for its calming properties, a cup of lemongrass tea can also help to strengthen the immune system, fight colds and flus, aid digestion and reduce body odour.
As the name suggests, this sweet tea comes from the roots of the liquorice plant. High in antioxidants, liquorice root tea can help relieve reflux and digestive disorders, naturally increase energy levels and help to fight viral infections.
Matcha has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years despite being around for centuries. Coming in a powdered form, matcha is slightly higher in caffeine than green tea and many people around the world are substituting the tea for their morning coffee. Although it is fairly high in caffeine, it can actually help to calm the mind and relax the body thanks to its high levels of theanine. Other benefits of matcha include balancing blood sugar levels and boosting your metabolism
While peppermint tea is often enjoyed for its fresh minty flavour, the tea actually has numerous health benefits. A cross between spearmint and water mint, peppermint tea can help to with digestion and enhance mental clarity while having a calming effect.
Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is made from the leaves of a shrub native to South Africa. Also known as bush tea or red tea, rooibos is an anti-inflammatory that contains alpha hydroxy acid, not commonly found in food. If you are suffering with acne, eczema or want to reduce wrinkles, rooibos is your tea.
While you may have rosehip oil in your beauty cabinet, rosehip can also be enjoyed as a tea. Made from the fruit of the rose plant, this bright red tea can help boost your immune system, improve blood circulation and balance blood sugar levels.
We recommend consulting a practitioner before regularly consuming herbal teas as some types of tea may interfere with medications and cause complications during pregnancy.
Tracie Connor is a Brisbane based accredited nutritionist with over 10 years experience in the industry. You can visit her at tracietalkshealth.com.au.