Whether drinking tea is part of your daily life or you are just discovering it, few things in life are more shooting to the soul than a cup of tea. Discover these herbal infusions packed with benefits for your body and mind!
Contrary to traditional teas (be it green tea, black tea, or white tea), herbal tea comes from fruits, flowers, spices, and herbs, or a blend of those. Hence the possibilities and flavors are endless! Despite having being used in natural medicine for ages, herbal tea health benefits are only just being discovered and recognized by science.
Check out this selection of herbal teas and infusion, based on Dr. Tim Bond of the Tea Advisory Panel recommendations
1. Lemon balm tea
A lemon-scented herb from the mint family, best known for its stress-soothing properties. Lemon balm has been shown to increase chemical reactions in the brain that act as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, resulting in the reduction of anxiety. Similar to sage tea, lemon balm may also reduce menopausal symptoms of hot flushes.
2. Chamomile tea
Possible one of the most popular herbal teas in the world, it comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. Chamomile tea is usually praised for its sedative properties and is commonly a tea present in many night routines. Chamomile calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile tea.
3. Rooibos tea
Native to South Africa, Rooibos is also known as red tea or red bush tea. It is made from a shrub called Aspalathus linearis. It is usually drunk as black tea. However, Rooibos has a naturally sweet taste and is abundant in antioxidants.
‘A 2020 systematic review concluded that rooibos seems to benefit the lipid and redox profiles of those at risk of cardiovascular disease,’ claim Dr. Bond.
Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint, it contains several key essential oils, including menthol, menthone, and limonene. These oils are the secret behind peppermint tea benefits, namely its ability to ease digestive symptoms such as bloating and indigestion. A number of studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Turmeric comes from a root, called curcuma longa, which is actually part of the ginger family. Its distinctive bright yellow color is due to the presence of curcumin. It is precisely curcumin that is also responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties
‘There is documented evidence of benefit for curcumin in osteoarthritis. Some preliminary research indicates that curcumin may reduce accumulation of amyloids linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease,’ Dr. Bond says.