4 Herbal Teas And Their Health Benefits
The herbal tea category is rich with diversity, in flavor and in health benefits. Any leaf, bud, or petal that doesn’t come specifically from the camellia sinensis plant falls under the herbal tea banner, so to talk about health benefits, we have to specific about the plant, rather than making claims about the entire category.
Remember that, while the science behind the health benefits of many herbal teas is solid and dependable, we are not licensed health professionals, and our medical advice should be considered within your own context and lifestyle. We recommend taking up any specific questions or concerns with your regular doctor.
Let’s jump right into some of our favorite herbal teas and their health benefits!
The safflower plant has been adored for centuries in Asia where it is grown almost exclusively for medicinal use, though it’s not without a notable sweetness and pleasant floral flavor.
Well understood in Chinese medicine (and gaining recognition elsewhere), safflower petal tea is a blood circulation booster that can reduce the risk of circulatory system stasis, especially in the elderly. The flower petals are vitamin and nutrient rich, and can lower bad cholesterol levels when consumed regularly.
We love the way safflower petals and hibiscus liven our Orange Grove Vanilla herbal tea blend.
Rooibos tea is the harvested and dried product of the rooibos plant native exclusively to South Africa. It is growing in popularity, due to its rich woody and floral flavors and high concentration of antioxidants.
The Japanese consider rooibos an “anti-aging” beverage, and for good reasons. The high level of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) keep free radicals from damaging a variety of bodily systems, helping you stay healthy longer. These polyphenols are responsible for the reduction of inflammation, cancer risk, oral disease, and a slew of other health complications.
The widespread popularity of peppermint in both traditional and alternative medicine suggests that peppermint leaves are effective agents for healthy living. Peppermint tea is well documented to reduce indigestion, colon spasms, and irritable bowel syndrome. The aroma alone of peppermint can help relieve headaches, and the leaf’s menthol acts as a natural decongestant.
Essentially, if you are struggling with allergies, a headache, or gastrointestinal issues, peppermint can be a much appreciated ally.
You can find fresh peppermint leaves and rooibos in our Organic Tunisian Lemon Mint Rooibos tea blend.
Hibiscus comes from the roselle flower and produces a tart cranberry flavor when brewed as an herbal tea. It’s not only bright and delicious, but has been proven to be a companion of those who at risk of hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure).
A study published by the Journal of Nutrition found that mild and pre-hypertensive individuals can experience a rebalancing of blood pressure when hibiscus tea is regularly built into their lifestyles. Considering how common hypertension is in adults, we should all be drinking more hibiscus!
The world of herbal tea is a fun one to explore. If you’d like to experience the flavors and health benefits of herbal tea for yourself, we invite you to try a sample of one of our offerings. We only source fresh, premium ingredients for our blends because every tea experience should be healthy and flavorful.
Keep in mind that to experience the full benefits of herbal tea, we suggest you build it into your regular lifestyle in a way that suits your needs and circumstances. If we can help you do that in any way, let us know!
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- Botanical perspectives on health Peppermint: more than just an after-dinner mint
- Peppermint: University of Maryland Medical Center
- Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. Tea (Tisane) Lowers Blood Pressure in Prehypertensive and Mildly Hypertensive Adults
- Ressurgence of Safflower Utilization: A Global View