Herbal teas contain zero calories, so are completely diet friendly. They are known for their fragrance and antioxidant properties. Flavoured teas are usually made up by adding other plants to an actual tea for example fresh/dried flowers are used in jasmine tea. The tea’s I mostly frequent are Rooibos, Green, Peppermint, and Jasmine and here is a little info on those:
First off Rooibos is completely pure and natural; it contained no additives, preservatives, colourants or caffeine so it has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. It can be drunk all day as a pick me up in the morning or a thirst quencher during the day, it can even relax you in the evening so you sleep better. It is low in tannin; therefor does not have a negative effect on the absorption of iron or proteins into the body. If you are experiencing stomach or indigestive problems like nausea, vomiting or constipation, your symptoms can be relieved by drinking Rooibos. In addition, Rooibos has a soothing effect on the skin and can relieve itchiness, eczema and pimples if directly applied to the area of skin. The effect of free radicals in the process of aging is limited by antioxidants present in Rooibos (50 times more effective than Green tea). Rooibos supplements the daily amounts of calcium, manganese and fluoride needed for the development of strong teeth and bones and contains zinc which promotes healthy skin.
Its health benefits are largely due to the high content of flavonoids (plant derived compounds/antioxidants). Green tea contains a group called catechins which are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells, in short, this keep us younger for longer. Green tea appears to have other disease fighting properties for example reduced risk for several cancers, and for regular consumers, reduced risk for hypertension and heart disease. Green tea maybe even improve cholesterol and artery function.
Dried peppermint leaves are used to make this refreshing tea. It is caffeine free and other than its flavour, peppermint tea can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting. Peppermint tea is knows to improve digestion and reduce heartburn. It can dissolve gallstones, controls muscle aches and clears congestion and coughing related to colds and allergies. Peppermint tea fights bad breath, stress as well as mild asthma.
Jasmine tea has been proven to reduce inflammatory conditions so jasmine tea drinkers can expect less joint and back pain as well as fewer muscle aches. In addition, it enhances the immune system and improves concentration and level of energy. Jasmine tea reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, cholesterol, allergies and stress levels.