Herbal Teas and Their Benefits

A visit to a well-known tea parlor in old Delhi opened a whole new world of tea infusions, flavored teas and herbal teas called Tisane. The world of herbal teas extends much beyond our realms of imaginations, and there is a variety of aromatic teas available, which not only have health benefits but also delectable flavors.

Tisanes, as herbal teas are known, resemble the common tea and are similarly brewed in boiling water, but they do not have the tea leaf from the Camellia Sinensis bush. For over 5000 years, herbal teas have been part of cultures and traditions around the globe.

Tisanes can be made from the mixture of fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, grasses, nuts, barks etc., according to their health benefits and tastes.

The common health benefits of drinking herbal teas are:
  • A calm and relaxed state of mind
  • A healthy heart
  • Aid in stomach and digestive problems
  • Tisane also cleanses the body of toxins and promotes positive energy and wellness
Tisanes, Herbal infusions and their Health Benefits

Chamomile tea, Jasmine tea and Ginger tea are some of the common herbal teas. Each one of them has a distinctive taste as well as health benefits. Apart from these, some of the spices that go into making a great herbal infusion are:

1. All Spice - to soothe the common cold and relieve upset stomachs
2. Chrysanthemum - to help reduce body heat during fever and to help protect against liver damage and in neutralizing the effect of toxins in the body
3. Lemon grass - for its calming properties
4. Parsley - for its diuretic effect and to help with kidney function
5. Peppermint – that acts as a great stress-reliever and also helps with stomach and digestive ailments. It also acts as a breath freshener.

One can choose from a wide variety of ingredients, depending on the need. Given below are some details of the three herbal teas mentioned above.

Chamomile Tea

The Chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flower petals. It is a part of the daisy plant family.

Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help relieve and keep away a variety of maladies, including painful bothersome cramps during menstrual cycle. Chamomile tea is a favorite sleep inducer and a natural cure for people suffering from sleep-related problems.

It is found to be useful in treating and relieving morning sickness, restlessness, rheumatic problems, skin ulcers, stress-related flatulence, teething problems, ulcerative colitis and wounds. It is also a good muscle relaxant.

Chamomile, with its calming attributes, is often used to help relieve anxiety and is rich in essential oils that help the digestive system function properly. It is also good for the skin. Dip a ball of cotton wool in the tea and use it as a skin cleanser or compress. One can use it to comfort tired, strained eyes by putting chilled Chamomile tea bags or Chamomile ice cubes as compress.

So Chamomile tops my list of herbal teas.

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea is made with a special blend of high quality loose tea leaves with jasmine flower petals.

Jasmine herbal tea has an exotic aroma and flavor and all the wonderful antioxidant properties of a green tea. It has been known for centuries due to its relaxing and warming qualities and soothing effects on the digestive system.

Jasmine tea eliminates the free radicals, preventing some forms of cancer. It also helps in arresting the aging process. It connects with cholesterol, blocks it, decreases its level in blood, as well as prevents bad cholesterol.

Jasmine tea is believed to prevent brain strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis and arterial sclerosis, thus proving highly beneficial for our circulatory system. It prevents diabetes and reduces high blood pressure.

Jasmine tea helps in fighting viruses and bacteria. It prevents influenza, cavities and food poisoning, cholera, dysentery, mouth bacteria etc. One of the most important health benefits of Jasmine tea is that it improves intestine conditions by blocking the development and growth of bad bacteria and strengthening good bacteria in the intestines.

This gentle fragrant tea is a storehouse of medicinal properties and very delicate in taste.

Ginger Tea

Ginger is a natural spice and known world over for its medicinal properties. It is an underground stem and highly sought after for its health benefits. It has a calming soothing flavor with just a little bite to it which makes it even more delicious.

Sipping ginger tea before starting on a journey relieves one of motion sickness, as it helps to calm a queasy stomach. It also helps to boost the immune system and promotes cardiovascular health.

It prevents nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women and aids digestion. It also acts as an appetizer. It stimulates blood circulation and thus gives relief from rheumatoid arthritis and joint pains. It helps cure flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea.

A little Ginger tea a day can slow production of triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LTL) in the liver. Ginger tea is very effective in treating nasty common colds as it loosens the phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling in the body. It is also helpful in curing headaches and migraine.

Ginger tea can be made by peeling and grating fresh ginger root, and then boiling it in water. The tea can be simmered for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the desired strength.

So now that we know the benefits of Tisanes or herbal infusions, brew your own cup of these delicious healthy drinks and stay healthy.

Article by Tikuli who blogs at Tikulicious.

comment 6 comments:

Vidhu .. !! on September 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM said...

Very Informative :)Thanks for sharing ! But could you not provide more information as to where we can get these ?

Anonymous said...

Hi Vidhu I am in Delhi and I buy from any of the upmarket stores. Also there is a shop called Aap ki pasand in daryaganj. I think they have a website too and one can order from there .

Thanks for liking the article

Philip Verghese'Ariel' on September 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM said...

Hi,Tukuli, good to visit this blog, great and useful information here, i am following this blog now
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kavita on September 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM said...

Very informative and interesting .

Anonymous said...

Awesome. More excuses to drink more tea! :-)

BK Chowla, on September 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

Good.I have tasted only Jasmine tea.

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