Herbal tea benefits for good health and wellness turn this beloved beverage into something more than simply a soothing, delicious beverage to enjoy with friends or over a good book. From helping to relieve occasional sleeplessness or calm an upset stomach, to easing aches and pains and so much more, beneficial herbal teas can support us in a multitude ways.
Herbal teas are commonly referred to as "herbals," "infusions," or "herbal tisanes." Herbal teas don't contain tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (which gives us our traditional teas) - instead, naturally caffeine-free herbal teas are made from the roots, leaves, seeds, flowers, and/or bark of various other plants.
There are literally hundreds of different herbal teas and herbal tea blends to choose from! No matter what your taste preferences are, you're sure to find one - or many - herbal teas to suit you.
Herbal tisanes have a long history of medicinal and therapeutic use around the world. And, while the many herbal teas available to us vary greatly in their flavor, fragrance, and healthful properties, herbal teas in general can provide these important wellness benefits:
In many cultures, herbal teas have been used for centuries to ease digestion, boost immunity, reduce stress, encourage relaxation, and so much more. Whatever ailment you are looking to ease or relieve - an upset stomach, restlessness, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, arthritic pain and swelling, a cold or stubborn cough - chances are there are one or more herbal teas that may help.
Are you looking to try a new herbal tea, or interested in herbal tea benefits? Let's look at some of the goodness provided by several favorite herbal teas. Browse through our site to learn more about these much-loved herbal teas, or read more below about some of the more popular herbal teas and a taste of the benefits they can provide.
Chai's rich flavor and many warming, beneficial spices (such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel, peppercorn, star anise, nutmeg, and ginger) make it an ideal autumn or wintertime tea or when you're craving a spicier flavor. Enjoy this tea for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, to boost your immune and digestive systems, and to feel calmer and restored.
Remember, chai can be caffeinated if it's made with black tea, so be sure to check the label before purchasing if you'd prefer a caffeine-free herbal tea.
One of the most popular herbal teas, chamomile tea can help us in so many ways. Fragrant chamomile relaxes the body and mind, making it a perfect tea before bed or to help you unwind after a stressful day. Chamomile is a common ingredient in "night-time" herbal tea blends and in some children's teas, too.
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Research tells us that "apigenin," an anti-inflammatory agent found in chamomile tea, may help to prevent cancer and stop cancer cells from spreading. To ease aches and pains, encourage healthy digestion, or find relief from irritated skin, steep a comforting cup (or pot) of this age-old medicinal cure-all tea.
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With its naturally sweet taste, chrysanthemum tea reduces food cravings and the urge to snack. And, this tea is good for heart health, promotes a healthy immune system, and may help to ease a headache. Chrysanthemum tea can also work to lower excess body heat from illnesses, such as a feverish flu.
Wonderfully aromatic cinnamon tea is simple to make from scratch and has many wellness benefits, from boosting immunity and warding off chills to soothing an upset stomach and easing arthritic aches and swelling. Cinnamon tea is also good for your heart and your mood, and may ease menstrual cramps and help with weight management. You'll find some tips here for choosing the best cinnamon and how to store cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon, as well.
These are just a few of the wonderful herbal tisanes available to us... Keep reading here about more well-loved herbal teas and herbal tea benefits.
Herbal teas are lovely - fragrant, delicious, beneficial, and enjoyable. Savor the pleasurable experience of choosing a new herbal tisane and building a tea cupboard filled with favorite herbals for every mood!
And remember, tea smoothies are another tasty way to incorporate more herbal tea benefits into your daily routine.
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