For thousands of years, people around the world have trusted a variety of herbs for the specific wellness benefits they are believed to provide. Wellness teas are beautiful because they combine multiple botanicals – usually herbs, sometimes spices or flowers – to provide targeted benefits for your body. From green tea to hibiscus, from white tea to chamomile, teas are chock full of flavonoids and other healthy goodies.
Whether you’re looking for a tea to help soothe seasonal ailments or just want to bolster your everyday wellness, there’s probably a combination of herbs that can help. They help relieve a variety of issues, including sore throat, sinus pain, cold and flu symptoms and more.
Varieties include ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea. Limited research has been done on the health benefits of herbal teas, but claims that they help to shed pounds, stave off colds, and bring on restful sleep are largely unsupported.
Let’s look at some of them
Drinking peppermint tea is known to relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat. If indigestion or heartburn are problems, however, then avoid peppermint altogether. Peppermint tea can also be made using fresh herbs from the garden-and it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow
Another great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes-add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination. Beacon also suggests making tea from powdered ginger to ward off a chill.
A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers, chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. Huska recommends chamomile in cases of cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.
High in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has all sorts of health benefits. An easy drinking tea, it’s largely grown in South Africa and has been touted for its antioxidant properties-which may in turn help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help with common skin concerns, such as eczema.
An easy-to-grow plant, lemon balm is helpful for lifting the spirits. ‘It’s good for the winter blahs,’ says Deacon, ‘and it can help improve concentration.’ She adds that lemon balm is safe for children and may help prevent nightmares when consumed before bed. This herb also makes a refreshing iced tea, and can be flavoured with lemon or maple syrup.
DANDELION & MILK THISTLE TEA
When consumed as a tea, milk thistle or dandelion are gentle liver cleansers. They help the liver regenerate and function at a higher capacity and can also assist in the production of bile, which can help with our digestive process.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for rosehip tea next time you need a health boost
Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. Puerh Tea has long since been associated as a detox tea which aids weight loss
A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels
There’s nothing nicer on a monsoon day than a soothing cup of herbal tea. But besides being a tasty, warming, caffeine-free pick-me-up, herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits. From soothing a troubled tummy to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals. We hope this list got you curious enough to check out our very own Karma Kettle teas.
Yours, one cup at at time,
The Karma Kettle Team.