All About Herbal Tea
If you’re craving a warm, comforting cup of tea, but are looking for a caffeine-free alternative, herbal teas are an excellent choice. Herbal teas—also known as tisanes—are technically not true “teas” at all. “True” teas like green tea, white tea and black tea are all derived from a tea plant (Camellia sinensis) while herbal teas can be made of dried fruits, flowers, spices, or herbs. Keep reading for herbal tea benefits from our favorite varieties, plus a recipe for you to make your own herbal tea at home.
Used as a traditional folk remedy for reducing inflammation, lowering blood sugar, and treating mild cold symptoms, chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal teas. Made from dried chamomile flowers, this herbal tea might cause sensitivity in people with some pollen allergies and should be enjoyed in moderation.
Perfectly delightful especially during the holiday season, peppermint tea has been known to soothe mild upset stomach symptoms and nausea in some people. Best served with a sprig of mint and slice of lemon, peppermint tea should also be enjoyed in moderation, alongside your favorite tea cookies and cakes—also in moderation of course!
Another tea great for soothing upset stomach symptoms, ginger tea is a smooth and spicy herbal tea option. Add a dash of honey or maple syrup to tone down the spice and add a bit of sweetness.
While there is no definitive best tea for illness, echinacea is commonly known as the best tea when sick. Even though there is conflicting data on whether or not echinacea really does boost immune systems and lessen symptoms of the common cold, staying hydrated with warm, soothing liquids is beneficial for most ailments and can ease discomfort associated with colds and the flu.
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