Many people wonder where to begin when they decide to drink herbal teas. Tea has long been known for its good health effects, but many tea drinkers eventually find themselves looking for teas without caffeine products. However, herbal teas are more than just decaffeinated teas. Herbal teas use all parts of the plant in making their infusions. Tea uses the leaves of one particular plant. Herbal teas usually include the flowers, bark, roots, leaves to provide more products from the herb forming the tea.
Thus, herbal tea often has more beneficial compounds than teas made out of leaves. To start your journey into the herbal tea world, here are some great teas to try. As always, you should be careful using new products if you are pregnant, and check with your doctor if you use medicine on a regular basis. You don’t want your tea to reduce the effects of medicines that you need.
- Peppermint Tea
This is one of the most popular herbal teas. Peppermint tea is useful for increasing your metabolism and reducing the effects of bloating and nausea. This tea is not good for persons who have indigestion problems, however, as it can increase these issues. Peppermint is easy to grow and many people learn how to make their own at home.
- Ginger Tea
This tea is popular with those who like a tea that helps take away the chill of winter and adds calming effects on the stomach. Ginger tea is a know remedy for traveling sickness and can be helpful to drink while traveling to reduce this problem. Ginger teas are made from ginger root and can take up to 15 minutes to steep. This is not a tea to rush.
- Chamomile Tea
A historical favorite among herbal teas, chamomile has been long known for its medicinal effects. This tea helps with insomnia and with clearing congestion in the lungs and sinuses. This tea is can be sedative, so this tea may not be a great choice to wake up in the morning. However, for those moments you need to relax and calm down, this is a great choice in a herbal tea.
- Rosehip Tea
This herbal tea is made from the fruit of the rose plant (yes, it has fruit) and has a wonderful flavor. The rosehip has a high level of Vitamin C and helps protect against colds and other infections. It also helps calm the stomach and has been known to aid the digestion. Plus, this tea is quite flavorful.
- Dandelion Tea
Tea made from the dandelion plant has the properties of binding with compounds in the liver. This helps remove chemicals that could damage the liver and keeps the liver in good condition. The liver essentially functions to remove the poisons from our body and some of these compounds can eventually lead to liver dysfunction or failure. Dandelion tea also helps with the production of bile in the liver, needed to properly digest fats in the body.
Once you become familiar with these common herbal teas, you will then be able to try some of the more exotic teas available from all over the world.
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