We know summer ended like, erm, yesterday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to the colder months ahead. To us, colder weather equals tea (and loads of it). Herbal tea comes in a whole range of various flavours and tastes, and lucky for us it’s not only known for its relaxing properties, but it’s got a whole ton of health benefits for our bodies, too. So, whether you’re getting the sniffles, feeling stressed or just need some time out, the solution lies in the herbs of nature and a cup of hot tea. Here are 8 types of herbal teas and their bountiful healing properties.
Chamomile, just saying it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, no? Chamomile is one of the most popular infusions in the entire world. Not only does this wonder herb help you relax naturally, as well as aiding a better night’s sleep - it’s actually proven to help relieve pains in the stomach and reduce swelling. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and carminative properties, all of which make it perfect for soothing stomach pains, cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and indigestion.
Keep calm and drink lavender tea. Often used as an aromatic herb (or in your oil burner at home), lavender has been used for its therapeutic properties for centuries. Infused in your tea, lavender helps you feel calm and relaxes and can almost guarantee a good night’s sleep. It also helps improve stomach pains, fights colds and coughs, bronchitis and asthma.
Feeling tropical? Go hibiscus! Another popular tea, hibiscus has the most amazing exotic taste and smell, but it’s also beneficial to your health. Hibiscus has been proven to lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system thanks to its high content of vitamin C. But that’s not all, this exotic plant also helps reduce hypertension and cholesterol, while some studies show that it’s also rich in antioxidants.
The tiny white flowers from the cardamom plant are the ones that are dried and used to make this delicious spiced tea. Sweet in taste and potent, you can sued cardamom as a caffeine substitute as it helps eliminate caffeine from your body. Cardamom also contains antioxidant compounds that help protect cells from damage and prevent inflammation in your body. It also helps fight nausea and reduces stomach pains, too.
We’re no stranger to our proclaimed love for green tea. But who can’t love this health-punch of a tea? One of the most beneficial types of teas available, green tea is high in antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure and fight cholesterol. It’s also a great choice for heart and brain health. Bonus: research shows that green tea can fire up your body’s fat-burning capabilities by speeding up your metabolism.
As previously stated, cold weather equals tea. But, in most cases, cold weather equals getting fking sick. Enter: Echinacea, a plant with infinite healing properties. This powerful herb contains active substances that boost the immune system and reduce inflammation, oh and of course fights your nasty cold. It’s also full of antioxidants to help fight free-radicals and promote healthy blood cells.
Lemongrass and Ginger
You’ve popped both in your broth and your curry, but what about your tea? One of the reason lemongrass is served after a meal is because it helps with digestion and is beneficial to gut health. If you’re not a huge fan of it on its own, you can combine lemongrass with ginger. Ginger tea stimulates the bowel and boosts the digestive system, it also has anti-inflammatory properties to helps ease the gut. In short: they’re both gut-loving friendly!
Tummy active up? Seek peppermint tea. Menthol, the active oil in mint (and peppermint), is responsible for the antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make mint a perfect choice for improving digestion. It helps soothe pain and relieve discomfort from digestive gas, bloating and acidity. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are recommended to have mint tea at least 3-4 times a day to help heal the gut. Peppermint also helps in aiding weight loss, reduced heathburn and has been found to help make your skin glow.