What is herbal tea?
Some teas are harvested from the camellia sinensis plant, like delicious black tea, green tea, oolong tea, white tea and pu-erh tea. Herbal teas – also known as herbal tisanes, fruit and floral tisanes - are naturally aromatic teas not borne from the camellia sinensis tea bush.
Herbal tea’s claim to fame is that they are the unique individuals in the wide world of tea, borne from the leaves or flowers of a variety of plants. They don’t share tea-siblings like the close-knit camellia sinensis family - they are only-children in small families with distinct parentage.
When we think of everyone’s favourite herbal tea brews popular peppermint comes to mind, its fresh and zesty features and refreshing aromatic quali-teas simply widely favoured by tea drinkers. Drink peppermint tea after dinner, during the day, or any time you need its sweet minty flavour to refresh the palate and soothe a bilious belly.
Chamomile tea is another much-loved brew. The gorgeous golden chamomile flowers in Just Chamomile loose leaf herbal tisane have been picked and dried to create a soothing, snoozing brew which paves the way to the land of nod with restful properties. Chamomile tea would probably win the people’s choice award for the most popular herbal tea for sleep.
When the chilly winters settle into your bones and put a dampener on your mood, herbal teas can help! Since ancient times all-powerful herbie blends have been used to cure winter ailments like the sniffles and sore throats using naturally healthful properties.
A hot and delicious brew of ginger tea, including our Lemongrass & Ginger loose-leaf herbal tisane is everyone’s go to when winter germs run rampant, especially with a dash of super-healthy honey to sweeten the palate.
So, what is herbal tea? Delicious, unique and totally healthful tea brews plucked from specific herbs or flowers, packed full of personality and sensational aromatic flavours!
What are the benefits of herbal tea?
Herbal blends have been revered for their health benefits dating back to ancient Chinese and Japanese civilisations, when aromatic herbs were extracted, ground, brewed in hot water and drunk for their natural health-giving properties.
Natural herbs and flowering plants are bursting with immune-boosting properties and are rich sources of:
- Anti-inflammatory compounds
The best herbal and organic teas for keeping us healthy have these properties in abundance, and are also some of the best tasting herbal teas. When it tastes lip-smackingly good and it’s good for you, you know you’re onto a winner!
While studies have shown herbal teas are great for helping us to fight disease, inflammation and infection, the benefits of herbal tea don’t stop there.
Herbal tea – the mind/body brew!
Some types of herbal tea may also aid weight loss, reduce fatigue, improve memory function and quality of sleep, and also increase alertness – without the use of caffeine!
There are many reasons to enjoy a uniquely-flavoured, subtly-sweet or bold and brew-tiful cup of herbal tea. Your healthalicious herbie cuppas are doing lots of good by helping to:
- Support immune strength
- Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress which lead to cancer
- Lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure
- Decrease the risk of heart disease
- Support weight loss
- Improve digestive health
- Support bone health
- Lower triglycerides and the risk of type 2 diabetes
Some studies have shown that the aromatic and flavoursome qualities of particular herbal tisanes such as spearmint tea can support mental health by reducing fatigue, curbing anxiety, increasing mental alertness, and enhancing memory performance.
The zesty goodness of power-packed ginger tea wages war on inflammation in the body, while helping to reduce the pain associated with muscle soreness, period pain and osteoarthritis. Ginger tea has long been recognised for its anti-nausea properties, so it is also a great herbal tea for pregnancy.
Which herbal tea is best for you?
Take your pick, if you’ll pardon the pun! The leaves and flowers of many plants deliver a variety of benefits.
A robust cup of rooibos tea, also known as red bush tea, comes from a plant native to South Africa. It is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds thought to improve digestion, bone health and weight loss. Rooibos contains iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, and magnesium.
A healthy hibiscus tea blend is a rich source of antioxidants including polyphenols which can help to fight cancer-causing free radicals. Hibiscus tea is also a good weight loss herbal tea, may boost good HDL levels while lowering bad cholesterol, boost liver health and fight bacteria!
With so many wonderful herbal teas to add to your repertoire, you can relax and enjoy the variety of herbalicious flavours knowing they’re all doing good in some way!
Does herbal tea contain caffeine?
Not a drop! All camellia sinensis teas contain varying degrees of caffeine, but tea-licious herbal and floral tisanes do not.
How to make herbal tea?
Every T2 tea bag and loose leaf tea is packaged with brewing instructions – how long, how hot and how to enjoy it!
Is herbal tea hydrating
While caffeine in black tea and other teas may cause dehydration, herbal teas can do the opposite, providing you with additional hydration to support your water intake throughout the day.
Is green tea herbal tea?
It’s easy to assume that green tea with all its greenie goodness and mega health benefits is herbal tea. But in fact green tea is harvested from the camellia sinensis plant along with black tea, white tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea, so it is actually a member of the tea family, not the herbal tea family.
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