Herbal teas contain a variety of nutrients and antioxidants, and usually contain little to no caffeine. Herbal teas are effective in treating many ailments, from PMS symptoms to headaches, and everything in between.
Below are some of the most popular herbal teas and the way in which they can benefit you.
1. Dandelion Root
Yes, this tea is made from the weed the dandelion. Dandelion root is effective in treating arthritis, gout, skin infections and inflammation, high blood pressure, and liver issues. Many herbalists also consider dandelion root tea to be effective in cleansing the blood of toxins and therefore helping treat some chronic inflammatory diseases.
Peppermint is a member of the spearmint family and is one of the most popular herbs used for tea. This herb is especially effective for treating indigestion, stomach cramps, sour stomach, and bloating. It is also able to relax the respiratory tract and can lower fevers. You can usually find peppermint teabags in any grocery store, or you can make it fresh using the herb.
Turmeric gets more credit being used as a culinary aid and is a key component in many types of curry. However, this herb can also be enjoyed in tea form and can provide many health benefits. Turmeric tea can help regulate blood flow throughout the body, which can help regulate menstrual cycles and address PMS symptoms.
Turmeric also improves digestion, dissolves gallstones, and supports the healthy function of the liver. Early research has shown a correlation between turmeric consumption and a prevention of gastric and colon cancers in rats; if this research translates to human subjects, this would be groundbreaking news in the world of cancer treatments.
Another very popular herbal tea, chamomile is known to be very soothing and is great for inducing sleep. Chamomile is also effective in treating digestive issues, and has also been used to treat ulcers, menstrual cramps, hemorrhoids, allergies, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Chamomile tea also helps reduce stress and anxiety and induces a feeling of calm and relaxation.
5. Lemon Balm
As its name would imply, lemon balm has a strong lemon flavor and taste. It is especially effective when taken to reduce stress and anxiety. Lemon balm tea can also help address headaches, abnormal heart palpitations, and digestive issues.
Lemon balm is frequently used to address hyperthyroidism and to treat the many symptoms that accompany it. Also safe for children, studies have shown lemon balm to be effective in improving sleep quality and reducing restlessness.
6. Ginger Root
Ginger root tea is very effective in treating digestive issues, such as nausea, excessive gas, constipation, and colic. Some studies suggest that ginger root tea can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea as well as nausea associated with morning sickness.
Because ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, it is also effective in treating inflammation throughout the body and reducing arthritis pain. Ginger root tea also helps treat symptoms associated with the common cold and flu viruses.
All in All
There are many more herbal teas out there, but this is just a handful of some of the most popular and beneficial ones available. Herbal teas are safe to drink, and you can even have 2-3 cups per day. Enjoy a nice hot cup of herbal tea before bed, or swap out your coffee with your favorite tea selection, for a healthier, less-stressed you.