Samir Becic and the Health Fitness Revolution team have put together a list of the “Top 10 Teas for Good Health”
Herbal teas are a delicious and easy way to up your fluid intake and sneak in some extra nutrients. Unlike coffee, whose health benefits are highly debated and often grown using pesticides, herbal teas offer the benefits and nutrients without the caffeine. The fun thing about herbal teas is that they can mix and matched to each palate! While the benefits of Green Tea, which we wrote about here, are now widely known, we have made a list of 10 other teas that are good for your health:
- Chamomile: one of the most consumed teas in the world behind regular black tea. Chamomile flowers have a naturally sweet taste with a hint of an apple flavor that reduce stress because it has soothing and sedative properties. Chamomile is a good herbal source of Magnesium, and is known as a soothing and relaxing herb in addition to being an effective cure for pinkeye.
- Raspberry Leaf: It is highly nutritious and especially beneficial for women as it helps balance hormones and is good for the skin. It is often consumed during pregnancy as it can strengthen the uterus and is a good source of Magnesium, Potassium and B-Vitamins (all important during pregnancy).
- Peppermint: peppermint tea relieves the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, in addition to stopping muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat.
- Ginger: great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes—add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
- Rooibos: Known to help common skin concerns such as eczema, it is high in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has many health benefits. An easy drinking tea, it’s largely grown in South Africa and has been touted for its antioxidant properties—which may in turn help ward off disease and the signs of aging.
- Milk Thistle and Dandelion: both teas are gentle liver cleansers. They help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity while also assisting in the production of bile, which can help the digestive process.
- Rosehip: comes from the fruit of the rose plant and is one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function.
- Lemon Balm: lemon balm is good at lifting your spirits, helps with concentration, and prevents nightmares in children when consumed before bedtime!
- Cranberry: excellent to drink down to help treat urinary tract infections because of the anti-bacterial properties in it that help cleanse the urinary tract from any harmful germs. In addition, cranberry tea is loaded with antioxidants that help treat gingivitis and kidney infections.
- Echinacea: boosts the immune system because of the polysaccharides and echinaceoside properties in it. It can even help ease allergy symptoms such as wheezing, runny nose and eyes and itchy throat.