Herbal tea: why you should be drinking some, which are the most common herbs, and how to buy one.

Who else loves a good herbal tea? Not only are they delicious, but they are also so underrated in their therapeutic effects. In addition to the mental aspect of you slowing down, boiling water, and taking time to sit down and drink it - something we don't do often these days - many phytochemicals found in these herbs are water-soluble meaning they're extracted by water and thus, are readily available to be utilized by your body in the simple form of a tea!

To make it simple – these are the main reasons why you should be enjoying herbal tea regularly:

  • Can be an act of self-care, taking the time to slow down and drink it.

  • So many different herbs and therefore flavours, it never gets boring!

  • Can provide therapeutic benefits depending on which herbs you choose via water-extracting water-soluble phytochemicals in the herb.

  • Cheaper alternative to herbal supplements and extracts.

  • Can use the dried herbs for more than just tea (water infusion) e.g. as a poultice, as a body/skin wash, as a herbal shot (good for bitters), to make a herbal oil or to make your own herbal tincture.

  • You can mix and match different herbs to make different blends that have different medicinal actions.

  • Relatively safe and good for sensitive individuals – still recommend to always consult with a qualified Naturopath or herbalist as teas can still interact with certain drugs or be contraindicated with certain conditions (e.g., pregnancy/breastfeeding).

  • Increases your daily water intake – yes, tea counts!

  • You can have it warm or let it cool and have it chilled, perfect for all year round!

So now you know why you should be drinking herbal tea regularly.

Here are some of the most common herbal teas and a simple rundown of their medicinal actions:

🌿 Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – great for stimulating digestion, calming an unsettled stomach, reducing nausea and supporting immune function. 🌿Turmeric (Curcuma longa)– strong anti-inflammatory properties so a great addition for those with chronic inflammatory disorders or minor acute infections. 🌿Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – helps to reduce gut inflammation, irritation and bloating whilst also supporting optimal liver function, and calming the nervous system.

🌿Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – this herb not only tastes good, it is a great anti-inflammatory and great for most respiratory illnesses, whilst also providing gut and hormone support. 🌿Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) -most commonly used to lower blood pressure, it also is packed with antioxidants and has soothing and astringent properties making it a great choice for coughs and allergies. 🌿Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) – is great for soothing digestive discomfort whilst also being a strong antibacterial.

🌿Green tea (Camellia sinensis) - A potent tea loaded with antioxidants and a small amount of caffeine, has astringent qualities making it great for conditions with excess fluid or retention and is a systemically protective herb.

And now, how do you make sure you’re buying a good quality tea so you can get the most medicinal benefit?

Here's what to look for when buying a pre-packaged therapeutic tea from shops:

Ingredients: 🌟No herb flavourings, only the herbs themselves 🌟Best if botanical names of herbs are listed too, not just common names (to differentiate species and minimise the risk of contamination and substitution) 🌟Check that the herbs you want the benefits from are listed first in the ingredients list 🌟Organic is preferential but not necessary Brand: 🌿What quality control measures do they go through when sourcing and harvesting herbs? 🌿Do they support fair trade and give back to local communities? 🌿Are they a therapeutic tea company or a flavoured drink company? Packaging: 🌟If not loose-leaf, check for unbleached tea bags - bonus points for sustainably sourced material and general packaging 🌟Dark and cool container for herbs 🌟Expiration date - herbs after their expiration date may still be fine to use however may have less therapeutic value Instructions: 🌿Follow instructions/dosage as listed 🌿Recommended to also put a lid over the infusing tea to seal in volatile oils otherwise, they will evaporate (this is the essential oil component of plants) Of course, if the mental therapeutics of drinking a particular tea (even if it doesn't pass any of the above checks) outweigh any potential physical therapeutic effect of drinking another, then by all means don't stop! This is just a simple guide on how to differentiate tea brands and pick the one most suited to your needs 🤗

Let me know below if you found this helpful and do you have any additional things you look for when choosing teas? And what are your favourites?

And if you need personalized support with your own custom herbal tea blend - click here to book in for a 1:1 consult with me.

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