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Published May 3rd 2013
Time to ditch the caffeine?
We often reach for a cup of caffeinated tea or coffee first thing in the morning, perhaps make ourselves a mug of Milo at night, but is this really the right choice to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Of course, we shouldn't completely reject a cup of our favourite hot beverage, but if we were to substitute the caffeine with a herbal tea once in a while, our bodies might thank us for it.
The following five herbal teas are easily brewed at home, and range in medicinal properties which are good both for the mind and body:
Whilst green tea is historically consumed in Asian culture, it has become a popular choice of hot drink in Western society. Known for its many health benefits, green tea is rich in antioxidants, which are known to combat a variety of health issues, and known to prevent heart disease, anti-ageing, and obesity amongst others. According to Harvard Medical School: "In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties."
A tea that can potentially protect us from the damage of pollutants we are exposed to; embrace the green!
Peppermint tea is perhaps the most refreshing of all herbal tea's listed in this article. The smell of peppermint reaching our sinuses can be effective in reducing the symptoms of the common cold or flu.
Peppermint tea is known to be a muscle relaxant therefore helpful to relieve stress, and has been traditionally used to remedy nausea and vomiting.
Lastly, peppermint tea has been known to alleviate some of the problems associated with Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).
Chamomile tea is perhaps best known for its calming properties. Suggested as a wise choice of hot beverage before sleep at night, chamomile tea is particularly recommended for those suffering from insomnia and sleep disorders. Chamomile tea is also known alleviate stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, migraines, and IBS.
Once you are done with your tea, pop a cold chamomile tea bag on each eye to reduce dark circles under your eyes!
Lemongrass and Ginger Tea
As well as being one of the better tasting combination herbal teas, lemongrass and ginger are both associated with various health benefits. Ginger is known as a powerful digestive, and lemongrass known for its anti-fungal properties. Put the two together, and you have a remedy for an upset stomach, relieving nausea, diarrhea and gas.
There are also suggestions that lemongrass and ginger tea can benefit those suffering from anxiety, plus act as a remedy for motion sickness.
Lemon and honey
Lemon and honey tea can be prepared at home without the need of a tea bag. Simply squeeze a fresh lemon into hot water, add your desired amount of beautiful bee's honey, and you have yourself a great tasting drink, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Lemon and honey tea has been used to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold for many years, and is particularly soothing for a sore throat.
The health benefits associated with lemon and honey tea mean you do not have to suffer from a common cold to drink it.
As with any medicinal remedies, a general guideline would be to drink herbal teas in moderation. It is also important to seek prior medical advice if you are prone to allergies, you are pregnant, or are taking any other form of medication.