Benefits of Herbal Tea
Great Taste & Healthy Benefits
Research has been abundant recently into the benefits of routinely drinking herbal teas. Herbal teas, as they do not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant are not true teas, strictly speaking; rather they are tisanes or infusions. Often these beverages are prepared using the same methods as preparing tea: brewing and steeping in hot water until the flavors infuse into the water resulting in the tea.
Typically, the tea is placed in an infuser, using about 1 teaspoon per 6 oz. serving and cover with boiling water. The tea is allowed to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on taste- longer steeping times resulting in a stronger flavor.
Instead, tisanes are made from carefully planned and measured mixtures of plant parts.
An herbal infusion may contain select dried leaves, pieces of ripe fruit, flowers, grasses, nuts, barks, seeds, or other plant bits that give them their flavor, aroma and contribute to an array of traditional and researched-based herbal tea benefits.
Here are some of the suggested benefits of herbal tea when consumed daily: Usually it is recommended that to achieve maximum benefits three to five cups or mugs of tea should be consumed every day.
- A calm relaxed state of mind and being
- Supporting heart and cardiovascular health
- Help with stomach and digestive issues
- Help cleanse the body of toxins
- Promote energy and wellness
There are countless combinations of herbal blends to choose from. They can be found in grocery stores, specialty tea stores, or online. In addition to having health benefits often just the acct of drinking them and taking a few moments for ones’ self and sanity is helpful and enjoyable.
Herbal teas are usually safe for everyone to consume. To be safe, research the ingredients, familiarize yourself with the properties of the components. If you are taking any other herbs, supplements, or medicines, consider asking your doctor about the tea you plan on drinking or consult with a trained herbalist to make sure there will be no unexpected or dangerous interactions.