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15 Health Benefits You Never Imagined You Could Get From This Beverage
Don’t waste your time drinking pot after pot of coffee, plain, boring water, or those sugar-filled energy drinks! You can get hydrated, get an energy boost and get nutrition all at the same time by drinking herbal tea!
The difference between herbal tea and regular tea (such as black tea) is that herbal tea is made by infusing different parts of plants (such as the leaves, flowers, or roots) in hot water, whereas a true tea comes from the leaves of tea plants.
Besides containing water, herbal teas have tons of health properties, can help you slim down, fight disease, and more! You can serve them hot or cold, depending on the season, and there are so many varieties that you simply cannot get bored!
Want to know more? Keep reading and find out the top 15 benefits of drinking herbal teas!
1. Lowers the Risk of Parkinson’s
Studies have linked the consumption of herbal teas with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Of course, there are plenty of other factors involved in this disease, such as weight, physical activity levels, age, and smoking habits, but several studies have shown that those who consumed herbal teas regularly had a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s.
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2. Amazing Aromatherapy
Herbal tea is perhaps the only beverage you can drink and get a boost of aromatherapy at the same time. Obviously, different herbal teas will have different scents, but there is nothing to equal the pleasure of sipping on something warm, tasty, and comforting to the body while having a delightful scent that can offer you energizing properties, soothing properties, or appetite suppressing compounds at the same time. The aroma alone will help you find peace and comfort in a natural, cleansing sort of way.
3. Slimming Capabilities
If you want to lose weight, or maintain the weight you have, then herbal teas are for you! There are dozens of natural teas that can help you lose weight by increasing the metabolism and/or by suppressing the appetite. Some of the best teas for this purpose are mint tea, green tea, or red raspberry leaf tea.
4. Heart Healthy
If you want to fight high blood pressure, or if your doctor has told you that your cholesterol levels are too high, herbal teas can help you fight both of these. Hawthorn tea, nettle tea, and hibiscus flower tea are some of the best varieties that can bring down both high cholesterol and blood pressure. Green tea is also a good choice, although it is technically not an herbal tea.
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5. Safe During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant, you want to do everything possible to stay safe and healthy, as well as to ensure the health of your baby. Pregnant women are limited in the things they can eat and drink, so it can be comforting to know that herbal teas can be consumed during pregnancy without any risk to you or your baby. Many women find that lemon balm tea, nettle tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea and raspberry teas are very soothing while they are pregnant, especially ginger tea, as it can stop nausea and vomiting.
6. Eases the Common Cold
Head colds are so uncomfortable and there is really not much you can do about one once you catch this virus. However, herbal teas are well known for easing many of the symptoms and can even shorten the duration of a cold. Hot herbal teas can clear congestion, relieve nagging coughs, ease sore throat pain, and reduce fevers. Echinacea tea can help prevent you from catching a cold to begin with as it improves the immune system. Once you come down with a cold, however, try chamomile tea, thyme tea, ginger tea, elderflower tea, or lemon balm tea with some honey and lemon to help ease the worst of the symptoms.
7. Support a Healthy Liver
Liver problems can be very stressful to the body and difficult to live with. Luckily, Mother Nature provides us with some teas that can give us much needed support for the liver. Dandelion tea, rosemary tea, and milk thistle are all terrific ways to help the liver regenerate itself and function at a higher capacity. Milk thistle in particular makes a splendid cleansing tea and has been used for hundreds of years to help with liver problems.
8. Calm Feelings of Anxiety
For overcoming feelings of anxiety or panic attacks, lemon balm tea is a real miracle worker. Chamomile tea is another great herb that goes a long way towards easing rattled nerves. Try these teas at home if you have not used them before, as some people find they make them sleepy.
9. Fight Depression
Depression is one of the worst demons of the 21st century. Millions of people are consuming dangerous anti-depressants. Our modern day lifestyle is mostly to blame, but for some people, it is simply a matter of genetics. You should not go off your prescription medication without talking to your doctor first.
10. Get Your Vitamin C On!
One of the best vitamins for supporting your immune system is vitamin C. It also gives you beautiful skin. Many vitamin C supplements are synthetic and are not easily absorbed by the body. Also, when you take high doses of vitamin C, whatever your body cannot use at that time is simply removed through your urine. By drinking your vitamin C through herbal teas, you get a natural source that your body can use and not so much that it is simply wasted. Some of the best vitamin C herbal teas are hibiscus flower, rose hip, nettle, and yellow dock tea.
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11. Relief from Bloating
Bloating is a terribly uncomfortable feeling, and ladies, if this happens to you during certain days of the month, take comfort in knowing that relief is just a few cups of herbal tea away! Even when bloating occurs due to other reasons, you don’t need to go to the pharmacy, all you really need is a nice cup or two of peppermint or dandelion tea to relive those uncomfortable cramps, constipation, and bloating.
12. Relief from Insomnia
If you have ever suffered through a time in your life when you simply could not fall asleep or stay asleep, you don’t have to suffer from this problem or resort to pills. Chamomile tea or valerian tea are two of the best herbal teas that offer serious relief from insomnia or feelings of stress or anxiety that are keeping you awake.
13. Improve Energy Levels
You don’t need those sugary soft drinks, sports drinks, or energy drinks to get that needed boost of energy in the afternoons. Turn to herbal teas for a natural burst of energy. Some of the best teas for improving energy levels are ginger tea, nettle tea, or green tea. All of these teas will not only give you more energy, they will improve your concentration levels as well!
14. Delightfully Detoxifying
Before you head down to your local health food store and pay big bucks for some detox program, check out herbal teas. Fennel tea is a terrific diuretic that detoxifies the body and removes these toxins via urine. Dandelion tea is also a good choice for detoxification. For a double detox treat, sip a cup of the herbal tea of your choice while soaking in a bath filled with detoxifying Epsom salts.
15. Natural Cancer Fighter
Herbal teas are all high in antioxidants, which can help to protect you from a wide variety of cancers including oral cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the small intestine, and more! This is because antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause damage to the body on a cellular level. When cells become damaged, they can turn into precancerous cells. Avoid this by adding more herbal teas to your healthy lifestyle!
Keep in mind that all teas are not created equal. Be certain that you are buying organic teas from a reputable source.