Getting to know herbal teas and their uses and benefits can be so interesting, enjoyable, and a delight for your palate!
But, if the vast selection of herbals ever makes you feel a bit overwhelmed or even intimidated at times, just keep it simple. Choose one or a few herbal teas that appeal to you and offer beneficial properties you're looking for. Many herbal tea blends are scrumptious ways to try a variety of new flavors and benefits, too.
Let's take a look at more best-loved herbal teas and the goodness they can provide. (If you missed the beginning of our look at herbal teas and their uses, you can start here.)
Raspberry leaf tea is a favorite amongst women of all ages to aid in balancing hormone-related mood swings. This herbal tisane provides many other wellness benefits in addition to regulating mood... It may also help with colds, sore throats, canker sores, brittle nails, dental concerns, and skin problems.
Made from the dried blossoms of the perennial red clover plant, red clover herbal tea is especially well-known for its ability to lessen the symptoms and discomforts of menopause. Brew a cup of red clover tisane to reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes, improve sleep, strengthen bones, lessen anxiety, and much more.
This colorful tea has many other physical and mental wellness benefits, too, such as helping to ease colds and coughs, lessen arthritic aches and pains, calm skin irritations, and improve your mood.
A favorite in South Africa for centuries, Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This fruity sweet herbal tea can also enhance the immune system, support heart health, alleviate occasional sleeplessness, soothe a headache, and more. But, Rooibos is perhaps most well-known for its ability to aid in soothing an upset stomach quickly and effectively. Delightful hot or cold, Rooibos herbal tea has a distinctive, pleasant flavor.
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Holy Basil tea is another effective immune system booster. This herb, which has been valued for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for its countless healing properties, is an "adaptogen herb," which means it helps the body to protect itself from stress, fatigue, and illness.
Choose Holy Basil tea when you're battling a cold or fever, have an upset stomach or headache, or just need some help improving your mood.
Turmeric is an ancient spice that has been much loved in India and other parts of the world for thousands of years. It's one of the best sources of anti-inflammatory properties available to us (making it a very effective fighter against arthritic pain, stiffness, and swelling). Add turmeric to your day to increase immunity, protect against sickness and disease, fight skin irritations, and improve brain function. Turmeric supports heart, prostate, bowel, and breast health, too.
Valerian root tea acts as a natural mental and nervous relaxant. This herbal tea is best for having before bedtime, as it soothes the mind and calms the central nervous system.
A favorite with tea lovers in South America for centuries, yerba mate has a satisfying, rich taste and a wealth of health benefits. Choose this tea to lessen fatigue, boost energy, and increase mental focus and clarity. It's brimming with antioxidants, can relieve occasional sleeplessness, and is a heart-healthy drink, too. Yerba mate may also help with weight management. And, it's so delicious served hot or iced, and even in a yerba mate latte. Keep in mind, while herbal teas are generally caffeine free, yerba mate is an exception - this tea is a natural source of caffeine.
As you get to know more about lovely, beneficial herbal teas and their uses, you'll discover countless ways to incorporate herbal tisanes into your day. What is your favorite discovery about herbal teas and their uses? We'd love to hear - drop by The Tea Talk on Facebook to share your comments.
Herbals are lovely served hot or iced (get some tips for making perfect iced tea here). Herbal teas make an amazing liquid base for healthful tea smoothies, and why not freeze some herbal tea into tea cubes for a pretty, tasty iced tea garnish?
Many herbal teas have topical benefits, as well - used, for example, in tea baths, compresses, and facial steams. Drop by our Tea Recipes page for more ideas and inspiration.
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