“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement.” Arthur Gray, The Little Tea Book
Any wintery morning can become a cup o’ delight when you go sipping the flavoursome and the therapeutic Herbal Tea. A tea in today’s context is not just had to refresh one’s mind and wake up from sleep but also provide our body and soul with medicinal and rejuvenation properties. Gone are the days of sipping chai on traditional cots. Today, there are tea boutiques and lounges mushrooming in select malls and libraries in metro cities where the art of sipping herbal tea lies in personalised selection of the ingredients.
Besides their relaxing benefit, herbal teas are low in calorie. For academic purpose, herbal tea is not tea but a tea-like beverage that is prepared from an infusion of leaves, bark, seeds and roots. Once extracted in hot water, the benefits of the plants are savoured in a liquefied and easily digestible form. Herbal teas are acknowledged for their ability to calm the senses of tea drinkers.
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Herb Types for making Herbal Tea
Herbs are herbs but they have a classification that helps you choose specific and inherent flavour of herbal tea depending on your need or prescription.
Tasty forms of Herbal Tea: Peppermint, Chamomile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena
Spicy forms of Herbal Tea: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger
Soothing forms of Herbal Tea: Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Catnip
Medicinal forms of Herbal Tea: Ginger, Thyme, Peppermint, Red Clover, Sage, Dandelion
It is a known fact that Green Tea is popular for its weight loss properties. Originated in China, it has several benefits that include reducing blood pressure to even preventing the deadly cancer. The antioxidants present in the green tea help terminate pollutants such as bacteria and virus that become sore cause of dental ailments and throat infections. From lowering bad cholesterol, strengthening bones, lowering signs of ageing and wrinkles to improving immunity and inhibiting cell damage, the Green Tea is a miracle tea that should be consumed more than once a day in order to stay in the pink of health. Green tea can be consumed in different ways. Click here to read more.
Made from Chamomile, a popular herb that helps fight indigestion and bloating, Chamomile Tea is the perfect form of healthy herbal tea. Noted for its calm and sedative properties, this ‘night time’ tea helps fight insomnia by relaxing the mind and the body. When facing cough, bronchitis, fever, cold or mouth swelling, this wonder tea works as a medicinal tea. Rich in antioxidants, it helps fight Type 2 Diabetes, prevents cancer and rheumatoid arthritis and brings relief to painful gums. That is why Chamomile Tea is called “cure all” form of herbal tea.
A tea form straight from grandma’s kitchen, Ginger Tea is a recipe that’s known to fight cold, cough and fever. A traditional healer that has been there for many years, a cup of Ginger Tea supports good digestion, helps fight morning sickness especially in case of pregnant women, relieves nausea and dizziness, fights chest congestion and sore throat, freshens breath for that important presentation that you are racing for and makes up for a wonderful iced ginger tea. In short, a cup of ginger tea is the best form of energizer for long and tiring days.
This ‘minty’ form of tea comes of help when it comes to matters of digestion and motion sickness. Popular for fighting herpes, Peppermint Tea relieves muscle aches and pain, clears chest congestion and mild coughs that happen during season change, and helps reduce asthma and stress. Also helps fight skin problems such as acne. In fact, extracts from peppermint leaves help fight hay fever, enhance memory and increase mental alertness.
Known for its pleasant fragrance and uplifting sagging spirits, Lavender Tea is traditionally used for medicinal properties. Its soothing aroma brings relaxation and helps fight anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia. Combats migraine, bronchitis, asthma, insomnia, appetite loss, bowel infections, ulcers, cuts, wounds, vomiting, cancer and is also an effective mosquito repellent.
Cinnamon is that famous ingredient which is mixed in spices, fruits and herbs. That is what makes this versatile element much-loved in tea also! With a load of anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties, Cinnamon tea helps combat infections and chronic inflammations. Since it is naturally warming, it helps increase blood flow and fight winter chills. Other health-related benefits include improving colon function and health thereby reducing ailments such as nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and constipation. Talk of weight loss and cinnamon tea fits the bill. Since it is an excellent source of calcium, Cinnamon tea helps maintain healthy skin and bones.
Made from dried calyces of hibiscus flowers, Hibiscus Tea is known to reduce high blood pressure, particularly in diabetics. Its protective ability against chronic ailments such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis helps lessen the body ailments that crop up as lifestyle hazards. This aromatic brew scores high on weight management. Rich in Vitamin C, it helps strengthen the immune system and fight common cold.
This sweet-tasting healing tea holds a pride of place in South Africa. Rich in antioxidants, it helps fight visible signs of ageing and boosts proper functioning of liver. Caffeine-free, it is a good remedy for insomnia. A digestion boost, it soothes upset stomach. Rooibos Tea is also known to be an active player in weight management, treatment of certain types of cancer, increase blood flow in brain and stabilise blood sugar levels.
Red Clover Tea
Made from dried purplish-cum-reddish hued red clover, Red Clover Tea comes with multiple benefits. Packed with innumerable healing properties, such as lessening of arthritic pains, colds and coughs to easing of asthma, anxiety and insomnia, this wonder tea prevents Bone Mineral Density loss especially in the spinal area as we age. There is good news for men too as this form of tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
Now get ready to taste this comforting, healthy and delicious drink with your bunch of friends in a cafe bar or at home and enjoy the culture of the herbs and the spices that contribute to making herbal tea warm and visually pleasant.