Teas You Have Got To Try
Are You A Tea Drinker?
Herbal Teas have become more popular recently, leaving the “true Teas” in the dust. What is the difference between them? Well, Herbal teas are made up of dried fruits, flowers, spices and/or herbs. Whereas True teas are made up of leaves derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant… known as oolong teas, black teas, and green teas.
No that we are all caught up lets go back to herbal teas. Herbal teas can offer many benefits and are a great substitute to sugary beverages like soda.
Chamomile tea has been around foreverrr and is known for it’s calming effects. This is a wonderful sleep aid! Drinking chamomile tea has also shown improvements to premenstrual syndrome, liver-protecting effects, and is an anti-inflammatory.
INTERESTING FACT: Peppermint Tea is the most commonly used tea in the world! This baby has antibacterial properties, antiviral properties and is loaded with antioxidants.
Though there are not many studies proving that peppermint tea can alleviate this issues, many people still choose to drink it for IBS, nausea, stomach pain, indigestion, or even cramping.
If you follow me on social media then you know that I am currently obsessed with ginger tea! Fresh ginger tea is delicious and super beneficial!!
Promotes a healthy immune system, fight inflammation, disease fighting antioxidants, combats nausea, relieves constipation, motion sickness, and sooooo much more. This is a tea you should always have available. If you suffer from intense period pain I’d recommend drinking ginger tea – it has been proven to work as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Rose Hip Tea
High in Vitamin C and antioxidants this fruit from the rose plant aids in the reduction of inflammation… great for those with arthritis and osteoarthritis. More recently research is being done on the effects of aging and reduction of stomach fat with the use of rose hip oil/powder.
Made from the beautiful Hibiscus flower this refreshing yet tart tea is delicious both hot or cold. Aids in lowering high blood pressure and fights oxidative stress.
DO NOT DRINK hibiscus tea if you are currently taking a hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic medication), as they don’t mix well.
Whether you are a current tea drinker or new to this, I hope this information will help you to find the best tea for your lifestyle!
Kim Shapira MS, RD