Tea is often credited with curing a number of ailments, so it is no surprise that sales of herbal tea have soared over the past few years. As winter approaches and hot drinks become the beverage of choice, here are some herbal teas that are certainly worth considering and which include a variety of fruity and spicy flavours.
A popular tea, Chamomile (camomile) is not just easy to grow and drink, but its soothing taste often helps people with a good night’s sleep. It also has health benefits by reportedly raising glycine levels that prevent muscle cramping. Camomile tea has been the focus of many studies in the academic and scientific world and people around the world have been drinking this for centuries. In terms of taste and texture, Camomile has a flowery and very soft delicate taste and this I would atrribute in part to its popularity as a night time cuppa. This tea is also very rich in antioxidants and this helps our bodies to fight a number of ailments and diseases.
With its fruity flavour, Jasmine tea is very popular thanks to the fact that it is easy to grow. Not only does it warm the drinker, and tantalise the taste buds, but it also reportedly slows down the growth of cancer cells. Grown on the mountains of China in a number of provinces and around other parts of Asia, this tea comes from the jasmine flower. Healthy and tasty.
The smell of peppermint tea is appealing in its own right, but to drink on a cold evening it is simply glorious. Its minty flavour not only clears out the sinuses on a cold evening, but it also acts as a form of pain relief. The real beauty of this tea is that you can so easily grow it for free in your own garden and it grows fast! I actually love to use my home grown leaves from the garden and then to add them to a large teapot with a spoon full of sugar to create something akin to Moroccan mint tea.
Dubbed as one of the healthiest forms of tea to drink, green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Not only has it been proven that it can lower cholesterol, but other health benefits of green tea are reportedly preventing rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. This tea is drank by the residents of Okinawa Island in Japan, where they have the largest percentage of population int he world, who live to be 100 or older. Natural antioxidants in green tea are helpful as is the amino acid L-theanine. Green tea is also so widely available these days and can be brought relatively inexpensively compared to some other herbal teas. late at night though I would opt for Camomile because green tea is said to give you extra energy!
It may have a strong flavour, but ginger tea is incredibly popular with many people due to its soothing taste. It also has numerous health benefits as it reportedly counters nausea and soothes the digestive system. One particularly great benefit of ginger tea is that it is known to help one’s body to absorb nutrients, so this a great tea if you are eating the rights foods and want to get full benefit of your diet.
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