Most herbalists swear by herbal teas to solve issues such as indigestion, weight loss and insomnia. I’ll admit though that it’s difficult to come across research that proves these findings but if you’ve tried sipping any of the herbal teas, you must have felt the refreshing, soothing, calming and emergency effects that are different from your regular teapot. The beauty though with herbal teas is that you can make your own blends to suit your preferences. I enjoy ginger, rosemary and lime blends or ginger and cinnamon, so it’s up to you to select what makes you feel great. I discovered that there are over 1,000 types of teas. But I’ll stick to the common ones I know and the benefits you can tap.
If you want to sleep better… go for chamomile tea which is very calming. It also has a sweet taste and what’s more, you can it to your children as a good bedtime drink.
If you want to soothe indigestion … try a blend of peppermint, cardamom, ginger and chamomile which helps in calming the gastrointestinal tract.
If you want to care for your skin … try Rosehip, dandelion and nettle blends. Rosehip is rich in vitamin c and helps the body make collagen. It’s also a powerful antioxidant make it good to fight anti-ageing. Dandelion is cleansing and may help with liver functions and hormone clearance for acne prone skin. Nettle is rich in iron and has skin soothing antihistamine properties.
If you want to boost energy … try ginseng. You don’t have to rely on caffeinated drinks. Ginseng contains phytochemicals that have been found to improve stamina, concentration and alertness. However ginseng requires moderation and avoid it at night as it can keep you awake all night.
If you want to reduce inflammation … try turmeric. This yellow spice root is widely viewed in India as an anti-ageing elixir. The yellow pigment in turmeric especially curcumin has potent anti –inflammatory actions to help reverse effects of smoking, drinking, stress, joint problems, acne, eczema, dementia, diabetes, cancer and even depression. Just add 1 teaspoon to other herbal teas of choice.
If you want to lift your mood or calm mind … try rose petals, rosemary, lavender, peppermint and chamomile blends all of which have calming and soothing properties.