WHY HERBAL TEAS ARE GOOD FOR YOU
Hot, herbal and healthy.
Aperfect way to start a day is waking up to the aroma of
adrak or tulsi chai and sipping it as you flip through the newspapers. Evenings too are incomplete without some tea, snacks and gupshup. And as a long day ends, a cup of herbal tea is just right to calm those nerves and relax the mind.
Cloudy and rainy days, too, turn oddly satisfying once you have a cup of warm herbal tea in your hands. If you are physically and mentally tired, teas infused with herbs like ginger, tulsi, lemongrass and mint tend to revive and rejuvenate you in a jiffy.
Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots. They are made by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The herbal tea is then strained, sweetened, if desired, and served. With its growing popularity many companies are now producing herbal tea bags.
Herbal teas or tisanes are beverages made from herbs and spices and do not usually contain caffeine and should not be confused with true teas (Black, green, Oolong), which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant. In Egypt, herbal teas such as hibiscus tea ( karkade) are very popular and are served in ahwas or teahouses.
In China natural herbal teas are very popular in enhancing health and addressing core issues within the body – the Chinese drink it to cool down the body when it has become overheated due to weather or sickness and in Sri Lanka teas are used to treat a wide variety of ailments. Study after study have confirmed that herbal teas are good for you and your overall health – be it better skin or better sleep, tea has a comforting effect on your mind and body.
Why you should start drinking herbal tea today
Breathe easy: Herbs present in piping hot tea work as a decongestant and unblock your nasal passage, helping you breathe easier when you have a common cold or a stuffy nose. Ginger and
tulsi, herbs commonly used in tea in India, are excellent immunity boosters and can help you keep the seasonal chills at bay.
No more digestive drama: Herbal teas are great for your gut. They help improve digestion, relieve constipation and gas, ease stomach cramps and reduce heartburn. A happy digestive system will inevitably lead to a happier you.
Brain health, type II diabetes and blood pressure
Herbal teas provide relief from nerve pain, strengthen memory and brain functions. Bilberry tea and sage tea help to cure diabetes in patients not dependent on insulin. It cures type 2 diabetes and lowers blood sugar levels. High blood pressure also affects the heart and kidneys and hibiscus herbal tea can help lower BP without any sideeffects. As detoxing agents, teas also help regulate the function of the thyroid.
Early to bed: If sleep is an elusive commodity in your life, try a cup of herbal tea. A herbal tea that includes chamomile is good for those with mild insomnia. Chamomile consists of a flavonoid called apigenin that calms our nerves and relaxes the body. Say goodbye to those sleepless nights!
Stay young, live longer: Many herbal teas contain antioxidants that slow down ageing. They do so by preventing free radical damage and reducing cell ageing. Herbal teas are great for your skin, making them soft and supple, and reducing acne. Studies have also reported that people who consume herbal teas have lower levels of LDL or bad cholesterol, and reduced risk of heart attack. In addition, herbal teas are believed to better regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure and promote good kidney health.
Lose those inches: Ditch your diet drink and switch to herbal tea. Most herbal teas have about two calories, making them a perfect all-day, guiltfree drink. So, here’s to one more cup of warm, herbal goodness.
HERBAL TEAS CAN BE MADE WITH FRESH OR DRIED FLOWERS, LEAVES, SEEDS OR ROOTS. THEY ARE MADE BY POURING BOILING WATER OVER THE PLANT PARTS AND LETTING THEM STEEP FOR A FEW MINUTES. SEEDS AND ROOTS CAN ALSO BE BOILED ON A STOVE.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.