Tea is not only an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring boiling hot water over a tea bag or dried leaves of herbs. When combined with different herbs and spices, herbal tea may aid in the healing process of many illnesses. For example, peppermint leaves can provide relief to a variety of ailments such as stomach discomfort, irritable bowel syndrome, hay fever, headaches, nausea and many more.
Green tea is loaded with flavonoids and other polyphenols that work as an antioxidant reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome, cancer and heart diseases. Green tea also boosts metabolism to target fat stores and assists in weight loss.
Benefits of common herbal teas:
Lemon balm: Carminative - useful for stress & anxiety.
Dandelion: Liver cleanser & detoxifier. Dandelion has a similar taste to coffee so why not substitute?
Nettle: Useful for hay fever, high blood pressure, arthritis and a great nutritive.
Rosemary: Circulatory stimulant, calming effect on digestion, cramps & memory.
Chamomile: Beneficial for insomnia, digestion and relief of menstrual cramping.
Rosehip: Rich in antioxidants & vitamin C.
Liquorice: Lung and bronchial demulcents and soothing for dry coughs.
Cinnamon: Reduces sugar cravings and regulates blood sugar levels.
Fennel: Beneficial for colic & indigestion.
Sage: Cooling herb beneficial for hot flushes and menstrual discomfort.
Tea does not only need to be consumed as a hot beverage, but iced tea is an excellent alternative, especially in summer. Iced tea contains more antioxidants, very minimal caffeine & is sugar-free and is a better choice than soda, sweetened fruit juices & energy drinks.
Preparation of iced tea:
- Infuse 1-2 tea bags in hot water, add 1 teaspoon of Stevia or Xylitol
- Allow the tea bag to steep for at least 30mins at room temperature
- Remove tea bag add ice and slices of lemon and fresh mint (if desired).
When choosing your herbal teas, choose wisely! Use brands that provide exceptional quality of organic herbs in unbleached teabags to ensure goodness and maximum potency delivered in every cup of tea. Click to the see the range of herbal teas we stock and recommend from Pukka Herbs, Hilde Hemme and Tea Tonic.
Written By Cherihan Zaydan
Naturopath at Evelyn Faye Nutrition Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000.