Types of Herbal Tea

herbal teaMost people today have been in a pursuit for healthy living, as we believe that living healthily can make us live longer and maintain our strength and glow. People would try on any method to keep themselves in shape, from exercise to diets and now herbal teas.

Herbal teas have been developed since ancient times, even dating as far as the Egyptian Civilization.

What is an herbal tea?

Unlike the traditional tea, herbal tea (or "tisane") is an infusion of dried flowers, leaves, seeds, bark, fruits, and roots of plants other than the tea bush. Each herbal tea has different claims of medicinal benefits. Herbal teas can also consist of different herbs, spices, and fruits, brewed in combination to create a specialized flavor.

There are several types of tea that are prepared by mixing other plants along with tea leaves, but they are considered varieties of tea and not tisane. Example of which include Earl Grey, a combination of black tea leaves and bergamot.

What are the different types of tisane?

Types of tisane vary from the type of plant it comes from. Here are the most common herbal teas and their medicinal benefits:

Anise – This is a flowering plant found in eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Its leaves are brewed to treat digestive problems, as well as to relieve toothache.

Burdock – This wild plant grows throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The tea brewed from its roots is used as a diuretic, a blood purifying agent, and promotes sweatiness.

Catnip – This plant is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, with most of its species found in the Mediterranean and eastern China. Due to the fact that catnip promotes sweating when used as an herbal tea, it is used for treatment of nervousness, colds, influenza, and fever. Catnip tea is also used as relaxant, sedative, and has a calming effect.

Chamomile – This flower can be found all over Europe and temperate Asia. As a plant, chamomile has a lot of medicinal effects, while as an herbal tea it is taken by people with sore stomachs, irritable bowel syndrome, and insomnia.

Chrysanthemum – This tea made from chrysanthemum flowers is popular in East Asia, usually taken with dim sum. It aids in recovery from influenza, prevents sore throat, and treats circulatory disorders like varicose veins and atherosclerosis.

Cinnamon – The tea boiled from cinnamon bark improves circulation, eases cold symptoms, relieves stomach upsets, reduces menstrual cramps, and regulates blood sugar and insulin.

Damiana – A shrub commonly grown in Central and South America. The tea brewed from damiana leaves is used to treat coughs, constipation, and depression.

Dandelion – Although farmers consider this plant as a weed, its has benefits in your body. Ground roasted dandelion root can be used as a coffee substitute and stimulates digestive functions. Meanwhile, the tea brewed from its leaves can be used to treat anemia, jaundice, and nervousness. It may also reduce the incidence of gallstones.

Fennel – Commonly grown in Southern Europe and Southwestern Asia, the tea brewed from its dried flowers, leaves, and seeds, is consumed treat chills and stomach problems. It also improves appetite, eliminates flatulence, and soothes sore throats.

Ginger – The ginger root tea improves circulation, relieves cold and flu symptoms, eases stomach cramps and nausea, reduces menstrual cramps, and regulates blood sugar. It is also used by several singers to "heal" their vocal cords.

Ginseng – This popular medicinal root crop in East Asia is claimed to increases the body’s resistance to stress, although a concrete scientific study is yet to confirm this. 

Hibiscus – Several species of hibiscus flower claim to have health benefits when taken as tea, including prevention of constipation, bladder infections, and nausea. It is said to have also decreased blood pressure.

Hawthorn – The tea from the dried fruits of Chinese Hawthorn is used as digestive aid. Meanwhile, the tea from the leaves and fruits of Midland Hawthorn is believed to strengthen cardiovascular function, lowers blood pressure, and treats some heart-related diseases.

Kava – A traditional plant of the islands in Western Pacific, the tea from the dried roots of the Kava is used to ease the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. It also relaxes the muscles, promotes sleep, and improves urinary tract health. Recent research have found kava is effective in treating ovarian cancer and leukemia.

Lemongrass – This citrusy-smelling grass is bruised and brewed into a sweet, lemon-smelling tea often mixed with honey. Its main health benefit is that it is a diuretic.

Licorice – This legume is native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia. Its roots can be brewed into a tea to relieve cough. It is also a mild laxative.

Nettle – The tea from the Nettle leaves cleanses the blood, improves kidney and liver functions, eases cough and other respiratory problems, as well as relieving disrrhea and constipation.

Peppermint – It is said that peppermint tea helps against upset stomachs, inhibits bacterial growth, relieves headaches, and relaxes the muscles.

Raspberry – The leaves of the raspberry plant can be brewed and drank to regulate the menstrual cycle. Aside from this, raspberry tea also eases diarrhea.

Rooibos – This African plant is also called "red bush," making its tea called "rea tea." Its tea from its leaves has high levels of antioxidants.

Rosehips – The tea from its dried seed pods (which are the "hips") is said to have antioxidant properties and prevents bladder infections. It is often mixed with hibiscus.

Roselle – This hibiscus specie is found in parts of Africa, India, and the Caribbean. Known in the U.S.A. as "Flor de Jamaica," the tea from Roselle flowers is high in vitamin C and it is believed to reduce cholesterol levels. It is also a mild diuretic.

St. John’s Wort – The brewed tea from this plant’s leaves relieves anxiety and irritability, improves mood, and a relaxant as well.

Valerian – Native to Europe and parts of Asia, the tea that you can brew from its roots has a sedative effect. It also promotes sleep and relieves stomach cramps.

Yarrow – This Californian plant can be into an herbal tea by brewing its dried flowers. It reduces cold symptoms and improves digestion as well as appetite.