Herbal tea, also known as herb tea, is any hot-water infusion made of any plant or combination of plants other than the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Some tea connoisseurs object to the term “tea” being used to refer to herbal teas because herbal teas contain no true tea.
These people frequently advocate for the use of the term tisane, as opposed to the unwieldy and formal-sounding term herbal infusion. However, the term “herbal tea” is widely used and will be used here.
Herbal teas are incredibly diverse, encompassing the entire spectrum of flavours and aromas. Herbal teas are divided into two categories: those used primarily as beverages and those used primarily for medicinal purposes. These two groups, however, have a lot of overlap. Almost all of the herbs consumed primarily as beverages still have significant health benefits, and the line between drink and medicine can be blurred at times.
Herbal teas are most commonly consumed as follows:
Mint is one of the most popular herbs for use in beverages, either alone or in combination with other herbs. Mint comes in a variety of flavours, the most common of which are spearmint and peppermint. Apple mint, which is used in traditional Moroccan mint tea and is widely grown in temperate gardens around the world, is another important mint.
Another popular source of herbal teas is lemon-scented herbs. When infused in hot water, lemongrass, which is used as a seasoning in Thai, Vietnamese, and other cuisines, makes an excellent drink. Lemon balm, lemon verbena (native to Australia), and lemon verbena are some other lemon-scented herbs. The lemon-scented herbs are unrelated to lemon (or to one another), but they do share some aroma chemicals. Citral, one of the lemony chemicals, has been studied for its cancer-fighting potential.
Herbs for Relaxation: Chamomile, Tulsi, and Others
Chamomile is a well-known herb, and chamomile tea is a popular bedtime drink because of its relaxing properties. Tulsi is another relaxing herb that is less well-known in the West but is just as effective. Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is an Indian basil with a spicy, clove-like aroma.
Both tulsi and chamomile have been shown to promote relaxation, and both herbs have been shown to lower blood sugar, which can be beneficial in the prevention or management of type 2 diabetes. Tulsi has also been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and to have a positive overall effect on the immune system.
Other Herbal Teas
The variety of herbal teas available is virtually limitless. Countless leaves, roots, seeds, and even bark from trees and shrubs are used to make herbal teas, both on their own and in blends. You can learn more about Bush Tea classified by brand, style, and region, with a wealth of information about different varieties of tea.
Tea has been consumed by people all over the world for thousands of years, and for good reason. Numerous studies have found that a variety of teas can boost your immune system, fight inflammation, and even help you avoid cancer and heart disease.
While some teas have more health benefits than others, there is plenty of evidence that drinking tea on a regular basis can have a long-term impact on your health.