Tea is a popular beverage in many countries. Aside from the classic kinds of black tea we rely on, there are plenty of varieties of herbal tea with unique health benefits. We tell you about four of our favourites.
Sipping on a hot cup of well brewed tea upon waking up, is a ritual for many. Indeed, we Indians rely on tea more than any other beverage, to keep us energized.
Though black tea has well proven benefits, read about 4 other varieties, that are both delicious and healthy.
#1 Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is an infusion made from peppermint leaves, and should be consumed without milk. Aside from being delicious and soothing, peppermint tea has the following benefits
- Provides relief for headaches caused by stress and poor diet. A cup of peppermint tea relaxes the blood vessels in the brain, in the manner of a pain killer.
- Useful for cold treatment: if you have a sinus infection or are suffering cold or seasonal allergy, hot peppermint tea can act as a decongestant.
- Soothes stomach ailments: aches, cramps, indigestion, and diarrhea.
- Improves brain function. Drinking peppermint tea improves alertness, and improves memory retrieval.
#2 Lemongrass Tea
Lemongrass grows as a bush, with a distinct lemony fragrance. In fact, this plant is used for cooking, and also a popular aromatic oil. You can enjoy the citrusy flavor of lemongrass by brewing it in tea too.
- Lemongrass is believed to keep your digestion in check, since it contains an element called citral. So, many drink this tea brewed with this grass, after meals.
- Rich in antioxidants, and a great source of Vitamin A & C.
- Useful for high blood pressure control, with a metabolism boosting impact
#3 Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is made from the flower heads of the chamomile plant. It was used by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians in the ancient times because of it’s special flavonoids and therapeutic impact.
- Several studies suggest that chamomile tea can reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.
- Lowers blood sugar in people with diabetes.
- Relaxes the nervous system, therefore helps you to sleep better.
- Boosts your immune system.
- Clears up skin problems like acne, eczema, and allergies.
#4 Nettle Tea
The stinging nettle has been used medicinally for ages, the world over. Another way to get health benefits, is to dry the nettle root and drink an infusion.
- Nettle tea is a powerful diuretic, which improves kidney health.
- Contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron, that fight osteoporosis.
- Controls allergic reactions, as the chemicals and organic compounds in nettles work as antihistamines, if consumed in form of a tea.
- The high flavonoid, carotenoid, and vitamin C content, makes this beverage an effective immunity booster.