Whether it be black tea, iced tea, or oolong, the are many health benefits to sipping on a glass of herbal tea. Growing up as a child, if I caught a cold or was feeling down, this go to remedy was my first choice when it came to homestyle comforts.
Some of the best memories I would have during those times would be my loving mother walking into my bedroom while I’m in bed, with a warm cup of Honey Chamomile Tea! Back then, if I’d known something that tasted so good was actually beneficial to my health, I wouldn’t have touched it!
But now, it’s a totally different story! After traveling from continent to continent, from one village to another, one thing that I’ve studied is the effect different types of teas have on the people in large cities such as San Francisco & remote villages like Chantanohm. It seems everywhere you go, herbal tea is beneficial to your health in many different ways.
For your convenience, I’ve scoured the globe to search for a healthy list to this healthy & delicious practice. So sit back, put on some soothing music and sip a cup of tea!
The Many Benefits of Tea…
- Tea has many antioxidants polyphenols that help prevent cancer.
- Aids in stomach and digestive problems.
- Supports a healthy heart and lowers the risk of heart disease.
- Promotes energy & wellness.
- Nourishes your nervous system.
- Strengthens you immune system.
- Maintains skin cleansing properties.
- Relieves nausea.
- Mind booster properties.
- Soothes headaches.
- Overall wellness and many more!
Herbal Teas to find at the Tea Shop…
There are literally thousands upon thousands of different types of teas around the world. With some luck, I found the following list and imported it from Wikipedia:
- Anise tea, made from either the seeds or the leaves.
- Artichoke tea, with purported health benefits.
- Roasted barley tea, known in Japanese as mugicha and Korean as bori cha. The roasted flavor can be reminiscent of coffee.
- Bee Balm
- Boldo, used in South America to calm upset stomachs.
- Cannabis tea, used in the preparation of Bhang.
- Che Dang, very bitter tea made from Ilex causue leaves.
- Catnip tea is used as a relaxant, sedative, and to calm.
- Cerasse, a bitter Jamaican herb.
- Dried chamomile blossoms with bits of dried apple and cinnamon, to be used for tea
- Chamomile tea is used as a sedative.
- Chrysanthemum tea, made from dried flowers, is popular with Chinese Dim sum.
- Citrus peel, including bergamot, lemon and orange peel.
- Dandelion coffee
- Dill tea, often consumed to ease upset stomach.
- Echinacea tea, often consumed to prevent or alleviate the cold or flu symptoms.
- Essiac tea, a blended herbal tea.
- Fennel Traditional weightloss herb, good for the relief of vision problems.
- Ginger root
- Ginseng tea is a stimulant and can be used as a coffee substitute.
- Ginseng, a popular tea in China and Korea.
- Hawthorn , to reduce bloodstream’s fatty levels like cholesterol.
- Hibiscus. Hibiscus tea is also consumed in Okinawa, where the natives associate Hibiscus tea with longevity.
- Honeybush is related to rooibos and grows in a similar area of South Africa, but tastes slightly sweeter.
- Hydrangea tea, dried leaves of hydrangeas; considerable care must be taken because most species contain a toxin.
- Jiaogulan, (also known as xiancao or poor man’s ginseng).
- Kapor tea, dried leaves of fireweed.
- Kava root, from the South Pacific, is popular for its effects in promoting talkativeness and relaxation.
- Ku Ding tea, a bitter tisane found in Chinese herbal medicine and used to thin blood and reduce blood pressure
- Labrador tea, made from the shrub by the same name, found in the northern part of North America.
- Lapacho (also known as Taheebo) is the inner-lining of the bark (or cambium) of the Red or
- Purple Lapacho Tree which grows in the Brazilian jungles.
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon grass
- Licorice root
- Lime blossom, dried flowers of lime tree.
- Mate (or yerba mate) is a shrub grown mainly Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil from which a caffeinated, tea-like brew is prepared.
- Mate de coca (sometimes called “coca tea”), made from coca leaves. Authentic mate de coca contains very small amounts of cocaine and similar alkaloids.
- Mint, especially peppermint (also mixed with green tea to make mint tea)
- European mistletoe (Viscum Album), (steep in cold water for 2–6 hours)
- Mountain Tea, the tea (or more properly tisane) has a reputation as a cure-all, but is specifically used against colds.
- Neem leaf
- Nettle leaf
- Oksusu cha, traditional roasted corn tea found in Korea.
- Asiatic pennywort leaf, in Southeast Asia
- Pennyroyal leaf, an abortifacient
- Pine tea, or tallstrunt, made from needles of pine trees is high in vitamins A and C.
- Red raspberry leaf
- Scorched rice, known as hyeonmi cha in Korea
- Rooibos (Red Bush) is in the US it is sometimes called red tea. It has many of the antioxidant benefits of green tea, but because it does not come from tea leaves, it has no caffeine.
- Rose hip (often blended with hibiscus)
- Roselle petals (species of Hibiscus; aka Bissap, Dah, etc.), consumed in the Sahel and elsewhere.
- Rosemary Memory herb.
- Sassafras roots were steeped to make tea and were used in the flavoring of root beer until being banned by the FDA.
- Serendib tea, an anti-diabetic tea from Sri Lanka
- Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves used to make a tea by some native peoples of eastern North America
- Spruce tea, made from needles of spruce trees is high in vitamin C
- Staghorn sumac fruit can made into a lemonade.
- Stevia can be used to make herbal tea, or as a sweetener in other tisanes.
- St. John’s Wort can be used as an herbal anti-depressant.
- Sugarcane drink, in Asia
- Tan Ngan Lo Medicated Tea, a herbal concoction of a Chinese immigrant to Malaysia in the early 20th century. It was commercialized in 1963 by Foong Chow Hwey and was popular in the 1970-90s.
- Thyme Antiseptic, used in lysterine.
- Uncaria tomentosa, commonly known as Cats Claw
- Valerian Sedative.
- Verbena (Vervains)
- Roasted wheat is used in Postum, a coffee substitute.
- Wax gourd in East Asia and Southeast Asia.
- Wong Logat a medicinal tea with several herbs
- Yerba Mate Popular in South America. Scientific name Ilex paraguariensis.
- Yuen Kut Lam Kam Wo Tea Composed of thirty Chinese herbs, made in Hong Kong.
What to do while drinking Herbal Tea
Now that you know some of the health benefits of tea and are supplied with a variety of them, take a look at some of the activities people do while drinking tea:
- Nap time Preparation
- Tea Time/Tea Party
- Read a book
- Losing weight
- Sit outside and enjoy nature while having a cup of tea!
There are many different ways to enjoy a healthy cup of tea during your travels. Many people, including myself, enjoy a cup of tea while meditating. There’s something soothing in a warm cup of honey chamomile that allows your mind to relax and seep into a state of subconsciousness; to be at true peace with yourself.
It’s a great way to unwind from the day, enjoy the world around you, and find your inner self. Now go and release your mind, body, and soul by enjoying a soothing cup of Herbal Tea!
What is your favorite kind of herbal tea?