What is Herbal Tea?
Herbal tea isn’t actually a tea as they don’t come from the camellia sinensis, the actual plant that ALL real or ‘true teas’ are made from. Black tea, Green tea, White tea, Yellow tea and Oolong tea are the most common of ‘true teas’. They contain chemicals called ‘polyphenols’ that give the tea its anti-oxidant properties to ward off harmful free radicals. Which basically means your cells are protected from invaders that don’t belong in your body!
The word ‘herbal tea’ from the French word ‘tisane‘ which literally means a blending or an ‘infusion’ of dried leaves, roots, flowers, fruits, bark roots, stems or seeds used in a beverage or for medicinal purposes. Put simply, a mixture from a plant other than the camellia sinensis. They can be drunk either hot or cold and must be brewed in hot water first if drunk cold. But be careful, not all teas can handle boiling hot water as this can ruin it!
Why Drink Herbal Tea?
Drinking and blending herbal tea dates back almost 3000 years ago (!) to the ancient Egyptians and Babylonian times, where it was used for both a refreshing drink or for medicinal purposes. The Greeks, the Romans and ancient Chinese also used it for its obvious health benefits.
Today, they remain a popular choice for people of all ages due to its continued health and well-being benefits. Likewise, with the revolution of science and technology, there is now a huge choice in terms of flavors. So, don’t be put off if you didn’t like one that you tried as there’s hundreds to choose from!
There are herbal tea benefits for pregnancy, for weight loss, herbal tea for colds and headaches and even herbal tea for high blood pressure and arthritis. Whether you’re young or old this powerful drink has many cures for many ailments and you’ve come to the right place to learn more!
There’s no fancy equipment needed to make them, as long as what you’re using has a cover or lid to steep or infuse it and is non-metallic as metal can interfere with the purity of the tea. Being a big fan of it myself, I like to use my bone china cup as it has a fancy lotus flower on the lid to keep my beverage nice and hot!
Side Effects of Herbal Tea
My motto has always been “everything in moderation” and that goes for herbal teas too! Depending on the strength and its purposes, too much herbal tea can have some bad side effects including inducing insomnia, increasing heart rate and causing kidney stones. However, don’t let this alarm you as I stated before, blending herbal teas have been used for centuries and the right way of benefiting from it is knowing the facts!