What is herbal tea?
There appears to be a lot of confusion around exactly what constitutes a herbal tea. From my understanding, herbal teas are infused from spices, flowers, herbs, roots, dried fruits. And sometimes there’s other parts of the plant thrown in for good measure. Making them naturally caffeine free and tecnhically speaking, not a tea.
What is green tea?
Green tea on the other hand is brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. Green tea is also less processed compared to other types of tea (black tea, red tea, white tea), as it’s made from unoxidized leaves. The general rule of thumb is the darker the tea, the more oxidised the leaves.
Herbal tea vs. Green tea
Herbal teas also differ to other teas – particularly green teas – in their nutritional content, as the antioxidant content is much lower. As is their health-promoting benefits. That being said, herbal teas are extremely delicious and a lot better for your body, both inside and out. Especially when you compare it to, say, a soda drink that’s full of sugar or loaded with artificial sweeteners to make it taste ‘nice’.
Years of research has uncovered countless health benefits of a wide range of herbal teas, some that I’ve never even heard of. But here are just a few of the health benefits for the most popular herbal teas:
Top 10 Herbal Teas & Their Health Benefits
Chamomile tea – calming
Ginger tea – fights nausea
Peppermint tea – aids digestion
Hibiscus tea – anti-viral
Echinacea tea – boosts immunity
Rooibos tea – helps lower cell toxicity
Sage tea – promotes brain health
Lemon balm tea – helps repair DNA damage
Rose hip tea – anti-inflammatory
Passionflower tea – relieve anxiety
My favourite herbal tea?
My personal favourite brand of herbal tea is one called Yogi Tea. They have everything from green tea to bedtime tea, to tea that aids digestion. What I love the most about this brand of tea is the little messages that come on each and every bag (the Lemon Ginger tea I’m currently drinking says “a relaxed mind is a creative mind”).
As with everything, double check the label if you have allergies. I had their Calming tea the other evening and later discovered that it contained barley malt. So please always remember to check the ingredients, even in the least suspecting of items.