Herbal tea, though the term has the word ‘tea’ in it, is not really tea in the way that we understand it. It is not the tea that comes from the Camellia Sinesis plant.
Rather herbal tea is tisane or an herbal infusion that is made from anything other than the leaves of the tea bush. Herbal tea is generally made from flowers, fruit, or roots of certain plants, from spices, and medicinal herbs.
These preparations are collectively referred to as herbal tea, and could be used for their sedative, stimulant, relaxing, or therapeutic effects.
Some popular herbal teas are:
Chamomile tea is among the most popular of herbal teas, and is known to be a natural sedative, which can help one relax and sleep better.
Ginger tea is a fragrant, spicy tea which can help with symptoms of nausea and help in digestion. Many pregnant women find this tea to be very helpful in combating morning sickness.
Gingko Biloba is an herb that is known to have several beneficial impacts; most particularly as a memory enhancer and tea made from it is also know to offer several benefits.
Peppermint is known to aid digestion and cure minor stomach problems. In tea form can ease stomach discomfort and indigestion and the clean sharp scent and taste are an added bonus.
Sage tea is known to have certain therapeutic properties, and can help to soothe a sore throat of help cure laryngitis. Additionally it also helps in digestive processes.
Hawthorn tea is thought to help in reducing bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the system.
Rosemary Tea can help with a head ache and also is known to have natural antiseptic properties.
Raspberries and Blueberries are themselves known to be good for health and herbal teas made from these fruits are also known of offer health benefits.
Raspberry tea can help to detoxify one’s system and blueberry tea is known to aid healing, can help in the functioning of the kidneys, liver, etc. Blueberry tea and also help in making a person feel rejuvenated and help with feelings of tiredness.
Cardamom tea and even chewing the spice itself can help to relieve gas and constipation, and help with digestion.
Cinnamon tea and also adding the spice itself to ones diet is very good health. It helps control blood sugar and insulin as well. It is known to be very good for the heart, and may even help relieve cold and menstrual cramps.
Rooibos herbal tea or red tea is obtained from a particular kind of bush native to South America. It is known to have a lot of antioxidant benefits and is also devoid of caffeine.
Sassafras tea is natural anti blood clotting aid, and can help with respiratory problems.
Though herbal teas can have a lot positive benefits, they can affect different individuals in different ways and to different extents. Also some herbal teas may be dangerous to take when a person has certain medical conditions or is taking certain prescription medicine.
Some herbal teas are associated with premature labor and even abortion and so must be taken only under guidance when pregnant.