From the earliest days of tea, drinkers have praised its health benefits. Vegan fans of the #tealife can attest to the warm feeling they get with their favorite beverage and the spiritual sensation that tea provides. A recent update on Healthline even tracks down the science behind herbal tea’s health claims, showing how many tisanes affect the body. These seven herbal teas have proven they can help you feel better and get a good night’s rest, leaving you ready to face the challenge of any new day.
1. Rose Hip Tea
One of the most delicate and delicious teas around rose hip tea is often sought after for its purported ability to protect cells and stop inflammation. Joints swollen from heavy use or old age may benefit from a cup a day of the delicious blend.
The antioxidants in rose hip tea are also known to help prevent oxidation, a common cause of the signs of aging, helping drinkers maintain youthful good looks and strength longer. Lycopene in the tea may also be responsible for weight maintenance, and even weight loss, for those who regularly enjoy the subtle treat.
Another tea famous for its subtle flavor and exotic fragrance, jasmine is best known for its soothing qualities. The sleep experts at Nectar confirm jasmine’s effectiveness as a natural cure for insomnia, making it one of the best choices for a relaxing moment later in the evening as you wind down for bed.
One of the most surprising benefits of jasmine is its effects on the heart. It not only soothes the senses, jasmine tea actively reduces the heart rate and calms cardiac muscles. Jasmine also fights the effects of stress and anxiety on the body. This makes the herbal blend a potential preventative option for healthy blood pressure.
3. Hibiscus Tea
One of the few herbal teas that is every bit as enjoyable when served cold, hibiscus tea comes from the ability of the vibrant hibiscus flower to fight all types of hypertension. Like jasmine tea, hibiscus blends have a soothing effect can help reduce stress, but some studies have also shown it may affect lipids in the bloodstream for even greater stabilizing effects on blood pressure.
Another health benefit of hibiscus tea is its effect on the appetite. For countless years, proponents have used it when recovering from flu or other illnesses to promote a return to healthy eating and ease any lingering cough.
4. Echinacea Tea
When it comes to fighting off coughs and the common cold, few herbal teas have the storied history of echinacea. Tea lovers switch to the potent blend at the onset of a cold, and many swear by its ability to shorten the duration of illness, though the effects have not yet been clinically proven. Similarly, it may also help ward off infections.
Where echinacea does shine in the medical field is in thinning and thickening of the blood. Teas brewed with coneflower, the common name for echinacea, work with the body’s natural blood-thinning and -thickening mechanisms to allow quick clotting during injuries and help prevent bleeding. This can make the tea tricky for use with prescribed anticoagulant medications, however, such as those used to treat heart-attack or stroke victims.
5. Ginger Tea
The robust flavor of ginger lends itself well to tea blends, and it finds harmony with tens, if not hundreds, of other taste sensations. The proven health benefits of ginger tea include its ability to relieve and even prevent nausea, as well as its powerful effects on inflammation and the nervous system.
Used regularly, ginger tea blends can reduce inflammation, and Healthline also notes that this type can even reduce pain as effectively as many popular over-the-counter drugs. This gives tea drinkers an alternative to medication for minor aches and pains.
6. Peppermint Tea
Simultaneously soothing and refreshing, peppermint tea also delivers many benefits to its drinkers. The tea effectively relieves indigestion, and some of the symptoms of GERD, making it easier to deal with an upset stomach.
Peppermint tea blends also soothe stomach pains and, much like ginger, it can help ward off or alleviate nausea. Vegan sufferers of GERD, or those with irritable bowel syndrome, benefit greatly from the anti-spasm qualities imparted by peppermint oils in the tea.
7. Rooibos Tea
Tea makers brew South African red bush, or rooibos leaves as part of their herbal blends to impart medicinal effects that have been seen in that region for decades, if not centuries. The rich, earthy flavor of rooibos leaves have been found to be responsible for promoting bone health and density.
While the study of the benefits of this tea remains ongoing, drinkers report some heart-healthy benefits. These include the tea helping reduce bad cholesterol levels in blood and normalize good cholesterol levels. The tea is undergoing studies for its apparent ability to prevent constriction of arteries, which is a desirable effect found in most modern heart-attack medications.
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While the science continues to support tea’s natural healthful properties, it is worth including the standard disclaimer that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Instead, it’s far better to see for yourself how different teas affect you and determine if the benefits are right for your #tealife.
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