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Herbal Teas For The Uninitiated

Apr 07, 2022 ByMarc Gordon

Herbal Teas have been around for centuries, with civilizations throughout history understanding the many benefits they have to offer. There are various herbal teas, including ginger, chamomile, and hibiscus tea. Interestingly, herbal tea is not actually “tea.” Since these beverages do not contain tea plants’ leaves or leaf buds, herbal teas are made from tisanes, blends of flowers, spices, or herbs in water. 

Ginger Tea 

Ginger tea has a characteristic spicy flavor, which is very effective in treating nausea. Ginger contains an antioxidant, gingerol, known for its disease-fighting abilities in various illnesses. Ginger also contains minute amounts of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B3 and B6, iron, and vitamin C. Ginger has also been shown to boost the immune system and combat inflammation while also helping treat a range of conditions, gastrointestinal function, and inflammation. 

Chamomile tea

Chamomile is an herb taken from the flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. Chamomile contains a variety of bioactive phytochemicals, mainly flavonoids, which function as antioxidants. As opposed to ginger, chamomile only contains small amounts of minerals and vitamins, such as potassium, calcium, carotene, and folate, among other nutrients. The tea is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects and serves as a remedy for PMS. 

Woman holding cup with chamomile tea

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Hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea is made from flowers of the hibiscus plant. Dried calyces, which are the part of the hibiscus plant that protects the bloom, are used in hibiscus tea. This part of the plant is what gives the tea its tart flavor. The tea contains antioxidant properties and small amounts of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals. This tea assists in reducing blood pressure, as well as bad cholesterol.