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The Health Benefits of 6 Popular Herbal Teas

Did you know that warm water is extremely beneficial to your body?
According to Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, drinking warm water can heal our bodies, provide digestive power and reduce metabolic waste. Warm water also helps your body burn calories and lose weight by increasing your body’s temperature and metabolic rate.
There are many more health benefits to drinking warm water, but most of us would rather drink something flavorful. Luckily, herbal teas provide flavor along with the health benefits of warm water and tea leaves. Adding herbal teas to your diet can make a positive difference in your health and wellness.

Here are the health benefits to 6 delicious herbal teas:


1. Green Tea

Green tea has an earthy, bitter taste so many people add lemon or honey. Green tea contains caffeine, so avoid it in the evenings for restful sleep.

  • The catechins in green tea have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses – which can prevent infections
  • Reduces bad breath and can be used as mouthwash
  • Can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Boosts your metabolic rate and increases fat burning to aid in weight loss

To find out more benefits about green tea, check out 15 Reasons to Drink Green Tea Everyday.

2. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has a delicate, flowery taste that’s complimented nicely with a bit of honey. This is a great tea to drink while cozying up with a good book before bedtime.

  • Has an anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and swelling
  • Helps relax the stomach muscles, improve digestion and soothe irritable bowel syndrome
  • Soothes the nervous system, promotes restful sleep and can help ease insomnia
  • Helps keep skin healthy and reduce eczema and acne
  • Can help prevent and/or soothe cystitis and bladder infections


3. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea has a very strong flavor that can get more intense the longer it steeps. Echinacea tea can also be combined with mint and elderberry to provide even more benefits.

  • Supports healthy immune system function
  • Helps treat urinary tract infections, ear infections and vaginal yeast infections
  • Promotes healing of joints and arthritis
  • Promotes healthy skin and reduces appearance of wrinkles, psoriasis and eczema
  • Echinacea is a natural remedy to help with mental health ailments such as anxiety, depression and ADHD
  • Relieves pain from headaches, sore throats, toothaches and more
  • Helps calm the stomach and entire gastrointestinal tract and can act as a mild laxative for constipation


4. Lemon & Ginger Tea

Lemon and ginger tea is an infusion of lemon and ginger. You can make a fresh infusion yourself by brewing and combining the two teas, or you can buy the ready-made blend.

  • Ginger encourages the body to release dermcidin, a natural antibiotic which fights off infections and viruses
  • Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  • Relieves nausea, upset stomach and indigestion
  • Relieves stress and tension to help boost your mood
  • Rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help your skin and hair stay healthy


5. Peppermint Tea

The leaves and stems of peppermint plants contain menthol, which not only gives peppermint tea it’s minty taste, but also provides the body with many health benefits as well.

  • Menthol is a muscle relaxant that helps the body relieve stress and anxiety. It also promotes more restful sleep
  • The smell of menthol in peppermint tea stimulates the hippocampus (memory center of the brain) and aids in concentration
  • Peppermint and menthol are natural decongestants that provides relief from sinus pressure and sore throat
  • Can help clear up acne and make skin healthier by increasing estrogen levels
  • Can help reduce nausea, vomiting, bloating, motion sickness and gas
  • Helps reduce pain and discomfort from fever


6. Redbush or Rooibos Tea

Redbush tea is described as having an earthy and nutty flavor. Redbush tea can also be combined with other flavors like blueberry and pomegranate to enhance the taste.

  • Redbush tea contains even more cancer-fighting and immune-building antioxidants than green tea
  • Can help slow down our skin’s aging process
  • Aids in digestion, relieving stomach cramps, diarrhea and soothing stomach muscles
  • Helps the respiratory system by opening airways and making breathing easier
  • Lowers blood pressure and your chance of heart-related diseases

The plant’s life cycle to be truly magical. In drinking herbal teas, we celebrate the life and healing power of our plants. I encourage you to try some of these teas and experience nature’s healing for yourself.
Is your favorite tea on this list? Did you know the many benefits herbal teas have to offer? Leave us your feedback in the comments below.

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Katie Ness

Katie Ness is an Ayurvedic Yoga teacher, Reiki teacher, Women’s Circle facilitator, belly dancer and artist from the UK. As a traveling yogini, she has visited over 20 countries. She spends her free time illustrating in her nature journal, writing poetry, and reading. Katie is currently studying herbalism and botanical illustration.

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