Yet, despite their name, herbal teas are not true teas at all. True teas,
including green tea, black tea and oolong tea, are brewed from the leaves
of the Camellia sinensis plant. On the other hand, herbal teas are made
from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. This means herbal teas can
come in a wide range of tastes and flavors and make a tempting alternative
to sugary beverages or water.
In addition to being delicious, some herbal teas have health-promoting
properties. In fact, herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a
variety of ailment for hundreds of years. Interestingly, modern science
has begun to find evidence supporting some of the traditional uses of
herbal teas, as well as some new ones.
Here are some examples
of herbal teas and their benefits:
Chammomile is relaxing. It helps calm the nerves and is
perfect before bed time. It also has great anti-inflammatory effects.
Fennel is great against bloading and cramps.
Furthermore, it offers instant relief for colds.
Malve helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Ginger is good for the stomach - soothing and reducing
nausea. It also reduces all kinds of pains and prevents colds.
Damiana has relaxing effects. It is often used to cure
anxiety, and also to boost libido.
There are hundreds of different blends varying in taste and benefits. Even simple herbal teas from the supermarket can have healing powers. If you would like to use herbal teas for more lasting effects, see an expert who will help you with your own customized blend.