6 Healthy Herbal Teas and Their Benefits

By: Nicole Liza

Chinese legends attribute the invention of tea; it is where earliest written records came from. They began to boil tea leaves and herbs using these as medicinal concoction and stimulating drink. Tea was widely popular in Southern China that it has been a primary practice.

Long before uncertain period, India has been using tea for medicinal purposes. Until tea was introduced to British that it became a beverage. British drinkers would prefer adding milk and sugar to black tea overtaking green tea in popularity.

Variety and processing of teas were being developed all throughout the time- steamed, pounded, loose-leaves, pan-fried, rolled, dried.

The cup of tea you’re drinking may tell a story about the state of your health ahead. On top of that, studies have shown teas can reduce risks, signs and symptoms of sickness.

Among these 6 Herbal Teas, which one would you prefer?

1. Green Tea for Metabolism – loaded with antioxidants and bioactive substances. It contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) that inhibits the breakdown of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a hormone of  the nervous system and is responsible for the breakdown of fats.

2. Chamomile for Sleepless Nights – also known as the “sleep tea”, Chamomile contains apigenin. It is an active compound that exerting anxiolytic and slight sedative effects.  Thus allowing calmer body to more restful sleep.

3. Elderflower for Common Cold-  rich with bioflavonoids that are responsible for protecting Vitamin C oxidation in the body.  Widely used due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Counting colds, flu, sinus infections and other related respiratory conditions.

4. Lemon Balm for Stress- contains high amount eugenol and rosmarinic acid that has positive effect on memory, thinking, and calmness, research suggests lemon balm protects the physical brain from damage. Eugenol neutralizes free radicals before they can attack brain cells.

5. Ginger Tea for nausea – promotes the secretion of various digestive juices/enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid. It also contains phenols that relax stomach muscles and act similar to a sedative on irritated stomach tissue, reducing over activity of the stomach.

6.Peppermint for Bloating- with its antispasmodic properties, peppermint can help relieve cramps and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. This improves the passage of both food intake and gas through the digestive tract, allowing them to go through smoothly and without discomfort.