It’s likely that we all enjoy a hot cup of tea — or herbal infusion — at least from time to time, if not on a daily basis. But what are the most important health benefits that some of these soothing teas can bring us? If you are someone who measures your day in cups of tea read on to learn more about the top teas for our health.
Stress, Anxiety & Sleep
is an herb grown in South Africa that can be brewed into a delicious, caffeine-free cup of tea. It makes for a colourful and tasty addition to your tea caddy. The lower the levels of cortisol in the body, the higher the likelihood of uninterrupted sleep. Rooibos also contains magnesium and calcium – both minerals which play a role in a good night's sleep. Rooibos Tea is also famous for its anti-ageing properties, used in numerous cosmetic products including facial washes and cleansers.
Passionflower tea is made from flowers of hundreds of species in the Passiflora family. Passionflower tea offers a delicate flavour profile with sweet notes. It has a mild flavor so it can easily be mixed with other herbs such as lemongrass and chamomile, all of which are great to drink as a natural remedy for anxiety. Research shows that flavonoids in passionflower tea have modulating effects on GABA receptors. This herbal tea also contains the flavone chrysin, which was shown to be as effective at reducing anxiety as midazolam — a commonly prescribed anxiety medication).
Valerian is a herb that has been used for centuries to treat problems like insomnia, nervousness, and headaches. Historically, it was used in England during World War II to relieve stress and anxiety caused by air raids. Today, valerian is one of the most popular herbal sleep aids
Studies show that rose tea has neuropharmacological effects. Researchers in Iran found that damask rose tea offers hypnotic and analgesic effects. The tea increased deep sleep and reduced the amount of time it took to fall asleep. Scientists also found that the tea directly affects benzodiazepine receptors—the same way that prescription anxiety medications do, as the flavonoids present in the tea directly target the production of the stress hormone cortisol and help to decrease inflammation, which alleviates pain.
Lavender essential oil is renowned for its calming properties and one of the most popular herbal remedies for anxiety and stress. The plant also makes one of the best calming teas. A study of 31 individuals indicated that the scent of lavender may increase deep sleep. It can also elevate energy levels when you wake up. During the study, lavender aroma increased slow-wave sleep and REM sleep. Lavender tea may also promote the production of dopamine—the brain’s happy chemical. At the same time, it decreases the stress hormone cortisol.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm is a calming herb that belongs to the mint family. No wonder it has a natural mint flavour with a slight taste of lemon. It reduces the stress hormone called cortisol and relaxes the body without causing drowsiness. It also helps to elevate the mood.
Known as the most relaxing tea, chamomile is a herbal caffeine-free tea brewed from the leaves of the chamomile flower. With a mild, slightly sweet and flowery taste, it’s a comforting, hot beverage that is sure to calm you before bedtime.
Pregnancy & Hormones
Nettle leaf tea is made by infusing the leaves of the stinging nettle plant in hot water. The tea boasts an earthy flavour that can be bitter. A slice of lemon or dash of honey is the perfect companion for mellowing out the flavour of this tea. Research shows that nettle leaf tea offers post-birth support for female balance and women's health. In fact, research shows that nettle leaf may help to increase the flow of breast milk after birth.
Red clover is a herb used by midwives to boost fertility and improve women's health. The herb contains natural plant estrogen known as isoflavones or phytoestrogen. While technically an estrogen, this form is far less powerful compared to human estrogen. The herb is also commonly used in menopausal women to ease symptoms such as hot flashes.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Red raspberry leaf tea contains phyto-progesterone properties. This may help to increase the levels of progesterone, which may, in turn, enhance fertility. Additionally, red raspberry leaf has been shown to reduce inflammation and strengthen the uterine lining. Many fertility tea advocates argue that a stronger uterus may help to decrease the risk of miscarriage during the first trimester and lower risks of needing C-sections, plus may shorten labor durations.
Ginseng has been proven to help reduce the occurrence and severity of hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women. Recent research has even found that it can help postmenopausal women lessen their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Treat A Cold & Boost Immune System
The elderberry bush belongs to the same family as the honeysuckle. It features a delicate floral flavour that is sweet and aromatic. The berries are packed with flavonoids and antioxidants that can boost immune health. Studies show that elderberry supplementation can help ease sore throats, decrease the severity of cold symptoms and lessen their duration.
Echinacea has been identified as having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and as an immune-strengthening agent. Echinacea encourages the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses, infections, and conditions, perfect to slurp on what you have a cold!
Echinacea seems to activate chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation, which might reduce cold and flu symptoms.
For a double assault on your cold, licorice root contains antimicrobial and antiviral properties that provide immune system support while easing throat soreness. Licorice tea can also help fight the effects of congestion, which is especially great if you’re experiencing a cough.
Some of the best teas for a cold are those that include eucalyptus. Used by aboriginal groups in Australia for centuries, eucalyptus can be used to treat colds, fevers, and respiratory illnesses. We recommend this bronchial wellness tea from Gaia Herbs, which also includes healthful doses of licorice and peppermint.
Green Tea With Ginger
In addition to treating cold symptoms, green tea can help reduce the body’s susceptibility to future infections and viruses, due in large part to its antioxidant content. Double your efforts with this organic green ginger tea
Much like licorice, peppermint is an excellent ingredient for easing coughs and helping to resolve the mucus buildup that often comes with a cold. Menthol—a natural component of peppermint—is a well established decongestant, which makes peppermint one of the best teas for a cold.
Add fresh lemon to any of the above teas or opt for teas such as lemon verbena tea, lemon balm tea, and lemongrass tea as they all have high concentrations of vitamin C, know to help boost the immune system and kick colds faster!