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Say cheers to good health with these 8 herbal teas

Brew these 8 herbal teas with great health benefits.

Herbal teas are known for their refreshing flavour and calming properties. They are prepared either by mixing herbs with tea or by simply brewing the herbs. Besides being gentle and readily available, they are also associated with number medicinal and therapeutic properties. Here is a list of top 8 herbal teas with great health benefits you can brew and enjoy. Read 10 types of flavoured green tea with 20 health benefits.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is mild and is very refreshing. The main component of the tea is peppermint oil which contributes to all the therapeutic effects. The tea is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium and contains very low calories. It is best known for its properties to soothe the stomach and promote digestion. A warm glass of peppermint tea can also help to effectively relieve nausea[1]. You can easily find dried peppermint leaves in ayurvedic stores and even in some drug store.

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Steps to brew - For 1 cup peppermint tea:

  • In boiling water, put 2 tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves
  • Let it steep for 15-20 minutes and then strain
  • You can add some sweetener according to your taste and enjoy your hot cup of tea

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is mild and reviving. It is found very powerful to treat a number of maladies. It has sedative properties that can relieve both sleeplessnessand anxiety. Here's how you can deal with anxiety disorders. It has also been shown to be helpful in relieving skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema[2]. Dried chamomile flowers can be found in most grocery stores.

Steps to brew - For 1 cup chamomile tea:

  • In a cup of hot water, put 2-3 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers
  • Allow it to infuse for a few minutes
  • With the help of a strainer, strain the liquid into another cup
  • You can add some honey or lemon juice according to your taste

Lemon balm tea

This herb belongs to the mint family and has been used for centuries to treat indigestion, anxiety and sleep disorders. This herb is good for the digestive system and is helpful in reducing flatulence and indigestion. Being antispasmodic in nature, it is also effective in easing menstrual cramps. Lemon balm is a medicinal plant and can be found in any ayurvedic store. You may also want to read 4 yoga poses to beat menstrual cramps.

Steps to brew - For 1 cup lemon balm tea:

  • Add a teaspoon of the dried herb into boiling water
  • Now steep it for 10-15 minutes and remove the leaves using a strainer
  • You can sweeten the tea with honey

Ginger tea

Ginger tea is known for its prized medicinal benefits. It is best known for its ability to fight nausea. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve muscle soreness after exercise. Drinking ginger tea during periods can also be helpful in reducing menstrual pain.

Steps to brew - For 1 cup ginger tea:

  • Slice ginger into thin pieces
  • Now bring a cup of water to boil and add the ginger slices
  • Let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain the water to remove the ginger
  • Add honey or fresh lemon juice, as per preference

Alternately, you can also add some ginger to your tea leaves, steep for a few minutes and then strain.

Lavender tea

Lavender is known for its bright purple flowers and pleasant aroma. Lavender is an antidepressant, expectorant analgesic and an antiseptic. Lavender tea is primarily used to ease anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression. The tea is also good for relieving indigestion and nausea [3]. Many nurseries in India grow lavender plant and they are available in their dried form in ayurvedic stores. You can also find tulsi lavender tea in stores or for purchase online.

Steps to brew - For 1 cup lavender tea:

  • Bring a cup of water to boil and put 2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers
  • Now allow it to steep for good 4-5 minutes
  • Strain and serve the lavender tea with honey or sliced lemon

Lavender tea bags are also a convenient way to enjoy lavender tea.

Lemongrass tea

Lemongrass tea has a strong lemony fragrance. Lemongrass contains a lot of volatile oils that are rich in antioxidants and can protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce pain in conditions such as arthritis. Lemongrass tea leaves are easily available at grocery stores. Dried lemongrass can also be found in ready-to-use tea bags from stores.

How to brew - For 1 cup lemongrass tea:

  • Add 2 tablespoons of tea leaves in boiling water
  • Steep it for 10 minutes until the tea becomes golden-brown in colour
  • Strain and add honey to the tea if you have a sweet tooth

Rosehip tea

Rosehip is the fruit of rose plant that is typically red or orange in colour. It not only has beauty benefits, but it can also ward off many diseases. Being rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, rosehip tea has good antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can play a role in preventing arthritis, heart diseases and cancer. It is also a richsource of vitamin A which is an immune system booster [4]. You can find rosehip fruit in stores.You can also directly brew the Lipton rosehip tea if you can't find the fruit.

Steps to brew - For 1 cup rosehip tea:

  • Boil a cup of water in a bowl and place a handful of dried rosehips in the bowl of boiling water
  • Leave the rosehips in the boiled water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes
  • Strain the water and drink the tea immediately before it gets cold

Cardamom tea

Cardamom is often added in teas for a strong and refreshing flavour. Cardamom tea has been used as a digestive aid for centuries. It is also an effective herbal remedy for treating worms in your intestine. Cardamom can help you detoxify your body and flush out toxins from your digestive and circulatory systems. Here are more reasons why cardamom is great for your health.

Steps to brew - For 1 cup cardamom tea:

  • Crush a handful of cardamom seeds
  • In boiling water, add tea leaves, the crushed cardamom seeds and some milk
  • You can add a little sugar to sweeten
  • Boil the mixture for five minutes so that the flavours infuse
  • Strain and enjoy your delicious cardamom tea. Also read why a cup of good chai is good for your health.

If you do not find these dried herbs or teas, you can also opt for flavoured tea bags that offered by various brands.

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