What is herbal tea?
Herbal tea is a brew made from herbs other than tea leaves. Usually they are formulated for therapeutic affect but often have a bonus of a pleasant taste.
What does herbal tea do in the body?
Herbal tea is a nice way to take herbs and flavour hot water. When we use boiling water on herbs, some of the active ingredients get dispelled into the water. Herbs can have a therapeutic affect in the body. Here is a list of the most popular and their benefits.
Chamomile- Helps protect the mucus membranes of the gut and helps to reduce digestive discomfort such as flatulence and indigestion. It is also useful for soothing a sore throat and helping with respiratory conditions such as coughs.
Peppermint- helps to reduce the digestive discomfort and support the function of digestive system and help to eliminate digestive discomfort. It also helps with indigestion and flatulence.
Green tea- helps to maintain the health of the cardiovascular system. It also increases metabolic rate and the breakdown of fat. Green tea is tooth friendly and promotes healthy teeth and gums, as well as protecting against the development of plaques. It also helps to reduce the absorption of cholesterol. Green tea also helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and support good flora. Green tea is also an antioxidant.
Fennel- A very mild tea with soothing properties. It supports the body’s detoxification system and promotes the functions of the kidneys and urinary elimination. It also helps to support lactation in nursing mothers. Fennel is often used in the case of sore throats and irritation of the vocal chords due to its soothing properties. Teas also come in blends which are complicated for specific health conditions and flavours. Herbal tea makes a great hydrating liquid and is the perfect swap for squash or juice.