5 Teas To Improve Your Health
Drink Herbal Teas To Improve Your Health
Many herbs make deliciously flavoured teas, which are relaxing, refreshing or invigorating. A great thing about herbal teas is that you can take them hot in winter or cool in summer. If you are adventurous enough you might also use herbal teas to prepare desserts like dry fruit salads.
If taken on regular basis, herbal teas can be a valuable addition to your diet as they are a very healthy alternative to industrial fruit juices and caffeinated and carbonated drinks.
While many herbs are taken for their therapeutic effects by most people, I simply enjoy drinking herbal teas because they are pleasant to drink. There is an endless variety of herbal teas as you can buy them ready made or you can create your own herbal teas mixing fresh or dried herbs.
Some of my favourite teas which I would recommend are:
- Peppermint tea.
- Chamomile tea.
- Ginger tea.
- Green tea
Herbal Tea In A Glass Teapot And Glass Cup
Do You Drink Mint Tea?
1) Peppermint Tea
This is very soothing for the digestive system. I also drink it as a good morning “pick me up” tea. If you want to drink it at night time you can make yourself peppermint milk instead of tea. Peppermint milk is made by pouring ½ a pint of boiling milk over 1 tablespoon of crushed peppermint leaves.
Taken after a meal, Peppermint tea can also help to keep bad breath away. So next time you are at a restaurant instead of finishing your meal with a black coffee (which often contributes to bad breath) finish up with a cup of Peppermint Tea to clear up your breath and help healthy digestion.
If you are watching your weight you can also try drinking a big cup of unsweetened mint tea before your meals. Not only you will feel fuller before eating, but actually the aroma of peppermint can help to reduce your appetite.
I like to make peppermint tea with freshly picked leaves from my garden, it makes for a very intense flavour and it is very easy to grow.
Peppermint Leaves and Flowers
2) Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is one of the world’s most popular herbal teas and about a million cups are consumed every day.
This is a very delicate flavour tea made from chamomile flowers. The quality of your tea depends on the quality of your chamomile and the time you steep your tea. If not made properly, chamomile tea can be bitter. To make a good cup of chamomile tea, do not allow your flowers to steep for more than 3 to 5 minutes.
A cup of chamomile tea before bedtime should guarantee you a good night sleep. Current scientific studies support this tea's long-time reputation as a stress reliever and nerve relaxant, showing it to be an effective way to reduce anxiety and depression.
It is perfect even for children for those periods when they are restless or worried about something.
Chamomile Tea May Not Be Safe During Pregnancy
3) Ginger Tea
Ginger tea serves to calm the digestive system, expels gas and sooths nausea. Ginger tea is also a good option for a winter tea as it is very warming. I like to mix it with lemon juice or lemon peelings for a tangy twist. To make a cup of ginger tea, chop up some pieces of fresh root ginger and steep for about 10 minutes in hot water.
Dried ginger root is also used to cure a whole range of ailments like coughs, colds, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammations of the joints, flatulence, motion sickness, colic, cholera, asthma, headaches, and even anorexia.
Ginger Tea Can Increase Fertility
Some studies show that regular intake of ginger may increase a man's sperm count and help with erectile dysfunction.
4) Rose Hip Tea
Rose hips have a tangy, fruity flavour similar to that of cranberries. Rosehip tea is made from very finely crushed dried rosehips. It contains vitamin C, D and E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
During World War II, the British used to gather wild-grown rose hips and make a Vitamin C syrup for children.
You can use Rosehip tea to soothe cold and flu symptoms.
Rose hip has also been shown to be useful for its anti-inflammatory properties for the treatment of patients suffering from knee or hip osteoarthritis.
The rose hips of Dog Rose are a traditional diuretic and laxative and it is also useful in the treatment of urinary tract disorders.
Rose Hip Tea
6) Green Tea
Green tea is known for its antioxidant and weight loss properties. It has been proved that green tea actually boosts the metabolic rate, thus, increasing fat burning. So why not try a few cups of green tea a day to help maintain your weight? or even better, match it up with some exercise and you will be on the way to lose those extra pounds. However, to get the "weight loss" effect scientist agree that you need to drink at least 7 cups of green tea a day.
Green tea comes from the same plant as ordinary tea, but its leaves are treated differently; instead of being fermented they are pan fried or steamed. Green tea has less caffeine than ordinary tea and it is believed to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.
Green Tea 3 Appearances
Green Tea Leaves
Tips For Making A Good Cup Of Tea
If you want to buy dried herbs to make your tea, make sure you store them properly in dry airtight containers preferably made of dark glass or pottery because dried herbs deteriorate in bright light.
To make an average strength cup of tea use one teaspoon of your chosen dried herb per tea cup. Add hot water and cover the cup and leave to stand for 5 minutes before straining and drinking.
If you prefer to use fresh herbs, you follow the same procedure but you use 3 tea spoons of your chosen fresh herb and crush the leaves before adding the hot water.