Usually, thinking of the health benefits of herbal tea brings to mind how these delicious, refreshing beverages can help to ease or relieve all sorts of physical ailments (like encouraging a sound sleep, boosting sluggish digestion, or easing achy arthritic joints).
But... beneficial herbal teas can enrich emotional, mental, and spiritual health in countless ways, too. Even the soothing ritual of pouring hot water over a favorite loose or bagged tea and quietly waiting while it steeps can bring a few moments of blissful calm into a busy day.
The beautiful simplicity of herbal teas makes them so easy and pleasurable to add to our daily routine. Enjoyed hot, iced, in a tea latte, or even in a nourishing tea smoothie, herbal teas are a stress-free way to add some goodness to our diet and boost health.
Here are more best-loved herbal teas that can encourage and support wellness (if you missed our first page of health benefits of herbal tea, you'll find it here).
This colorful little flower - although considered by many to be a bothersome weed - is actually bursting with vitamins and minerals. Dandelion tea is so delicious made from scratch using the plant's leaves, flowers, or roots, or any combination of these. This tart herbal tea provides many health benefits - it can help to gently cleanse the liver, ease constipation, stimulate digestion, reduce fluid retention, and relieve the pain and swelling of arthritis. Add some dandelion tea to your bath to enjoy this tea's topical benefits.
Echinacea's remarkable ability to stimulate the immune system to combat disease and infection make this herbal tea a very effective cold and flu fighter. Add some Echinacea to your day to help prevent cold and flu, or to aid in reducing the severity and duration of a cold or infection you already have.
Choose fennel tea, a digestive powerhouse, to ease bloating or acid reflux (fennel is in the same family as dill, which is another beneficial digestive herb). Fennel tea can provide additional wellness benefits, too, such as helping to relieve sinus problems or respiratory symptoms related to illness, and soothing a cough or sore throat. Naturally sweet fennel tastes like licorice, yet it contains no sugar. If you like the aroma and taste of licorice candy, you will love fennel tea! Fragrant fennel tea is so easy to make from scratch using fennel seeds, too.
Another herbal tea that is easy to make from scratch, oh-so-warming ginger tea is the perfect drink when you're feeling chilled or think you may be coming down with a cold. Ginger tea also stops nausea in its tracks, eases the pain of arthritis and rheumatism, supports healthy cholesterol levels, and can help with weight management. You'll enjoy ginger tea's many topical benefits, too.
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With its ability to enhance brain function, improve concentration, stimulate the nervous system, and combat feelings of fatigue, ginkgo tea is the ideal herbal tisane to enjoy before going to work, exercising, or tackling a challenging task.
Ginseng tea is a natural way to stimulate vitality, lessen fatigue, and slow the aging process. This flavorful tea enhances mental focus and improves memory, alertness, and concentration. Another immune system booster, ginseng also reduces stress and encourages relaxation.
There are many more favorite herbal teas... Keep reading here to learn more about health benefits of herbal tea.
When you're first getting to know herbal teas, it may feel overwhelming to choose amongst the seemingly countless options of teas and tea blends, let alone teabags or loose tea, which brands, organic or not, and so on.
But, it's perfectly all right to keep things very simple, especially when you're just starting with tea!
Choose one or two herbal teas that appeal to you - the aroma, for example, or a tea that targets the particular health benefits of herbal tea you're looking for (like a sleepy-time or cold-fighting herbal tisane). Then, when (or if) you're ready, simply repeat to find another couple of herbal teas to add to your tea stash.
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