The term “Herbal Tea” may be matter of debate as some may find it inappropriate since many literatures considered “Tea” as beverages made from the other plant materials as well. The more appropriate term could be tisane. (1)
In contrast to the true tea which is prepared with the cured tea leaves of the tea plan, herbal tea is made by the uses of herbs, spices, and other plant materiel in the water. It can be either served with or without sweeteners.
There are varieties of beverages are available in the market, some are caffeinated, and some are decaffeinated which have their implication on human health. However, herbal tea doesn’t contain caffeine naturally and found to be heathy over caffeinated beverages. (1)
Due to spread of the infusion materials, herbal tea can appear in varieties of taste and flavor and can be a very healthy alternatives to other caffeinated drinks. (2)
Traditionally, herbal tea is being used as medicine for more than thousands of years in different parts of the South-Asian regions. But now the modern science has started to recognize the medicinal values of herbal teas. (1, 2)
Health Benefits of Various Herbal Tea
Here are lists of healthy herbal tea you should try at home.
Peppermint plant belongs to the mint family and it doesn’t contain caffeine in it. It is the most used herbal tea across the world.
In traditional and ayurvedic medicine it has been widely used to cure indigestion and digestive tracts disorders. In addition to theses it has other medicinal uses due to its antioxidants, antibacterial and anticancer properties. (2)
In addition to these, peppermint have calming effect on human body and its consumption can help in relieving headaches, improving sleep quality and reducing menstrual cramps. (6)
Chamomile has the calming effects which makes it the most popular herbal tea across the world. For centuries it has been used to treat upset stomach, diarrhea, insomnia and anxiety disorders. (7)
Several studies have been conducted to understand the role of chamomile in relieving insomnia and the result were very encouraging. The studies conducted on postpartum women shows that the chamomile tea was efficient in relieving depression and improving sleep quality. (8)
In one of the studies the consumption of chamomile tea helps in reducing the intensity of premenstrual symptoms (PMS). (8)
Apart from the effectiveness of chamomile tea in relieving insomnia and depression it also has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. (2)
Lemon Balm Tea
In traditional medicine, this herb has been used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders which is also having strong modern medicine back up. (7)
Lemon Balm team has a light lemony flavor with incredible medicinal properties. Some of the studies have also found evidence of those miraculous claims. (2)
Arteries stiffness is one of the major causes of vascular diseases mental disorders. Study conducted over small group have found out that the use of lemon balm tea helps in relaxing the arteries improves its elasticity. (9)
Ginger is a popular spice with very rich flavor and multi-purpose uses. It is loaded with various health benefiting medicinal properties and disease fighting antioxidants. (13)
The anti-inflammatory properties helps in fighting inflammation and at the same time improves the immunity of the body.
Studies have found out that ginger intake helps in relieving nausea caused by the early pregnancy and by the treatment of cancer. However, pregnant women should consult doctor before taking ginger as it may cause miscarriages. (14, 15)
Some of the research claims that it helps in preventing stomach ulcer and relieving indigestion and constipation. (16)
Apart from being the flavorful herbal tea, it has other medicinal properties. Some have modern science back up while other claims are rejected.
Several researches have been carried out to ensure the effective ness of hibiscus on high blood lipids levels. Some of the studies found it effective while other studies found it ineffective. (17)
Several studies related to effectiveness of hibiscus tea on high blood pressure found it effective however more quality work needs to be carried to generalize its uses in normalizing high blood pressure. (18, 19)
Hibiscus herbal tea is full of antioxidants which helps in reducing the oxidative stress. Some of the studies also validated the effectiveness of hibiscus tea in removing the oxidative toxins. (20)
Rose Hip Tea
Some of the studies found out effectiveness of rose hip tea in reducing inflammation among people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It also observed that it is effective in reducing the pain associated with inflammation. (21, 22, 23)
Some of the benefits of passionflower herbal tea is also supported by the modern science research studies.
Several studies carried out to understand the effectiveness of passionflower herbal tea in reducing the anxiety. The result shows that the consumption of this herbal tea is as effective as medicines in reducing anxiety. (28)
Passionflower tea in general have a soothing effect on human and can be considered as right choice achieve calmness.
Various studies support the miraculous health benefits of this herbal tea especially towards improving the cognitive function. (2)
In few of the studies it is found out the oral sage drops, or sage extracts helps in improving the cognitive function in people with Alzheimer’s diseases. It also has positive impact on healthy adults in improving the cognitive functions. (29, 30)
This herbal tea is prepared from the rooibos bush which is native to South Africa. Historically this have been used for varieties of medical purposes. It can be good substitute for caffeine free beverages loaded with antioxidants. (2, 7, 6)
In one of the studies it is concluded that the consumption of rooibos tea along with green and black tea might have positive impact on bone health. It stimulates the cells responsible for bone growth and density. (32)
Though there are very limited research support about the health benefits of this herbal tea. But it is believed to have positive impact on blood lipid markers. It reduces the LDL and at the same time improves the HDL in body. (33)
Preliminary studies look promising moreover, more studies need to be carried out on human to understand its behavior on human body.
Turmeric tea is prepared from the roots of turmeric plant which belongs to Zingiberaceae or ginger family. This is native to South-East Asia. Traditionally it has been used as herbal remedy in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. (7, 34)
The compound curcumin present in turmeric has several health benefits. This compound helps in reducing the chance of neurodegenerative conditions. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the cell damage, inflammation and other condition associated with these. (35)
In addition to the above, turmeric also helps in reducing symptoms of arthritis, boost immunity, reduces CVD complications and managing irritable bowel syndrome. (34)
Herbal tea can be found in variety of combinations with various flavonoids and color. Every tea has its specific health benefits, where some are supported by medical research while other need more studies. Its prudent to use these herbal teas to improve the health conditions however if you do have any pre-existing medical conditions, it is wise to ask medical professional before including in your routine. As some of the compound may reduce the impact of medications. “Stay Heathy, Stay Happy”.