We’ve discussed in other articles the health benefits of drinking tea. Typically when we talk of “tea” we really are talking of the leaves of the plan Camellia sinensis which originated in China, and is the same plant from which we derive oolong and black tea, each of which are the result of different stages of fermentation.
However, tea, in its broadest definition, can also be made with a variety of different herbs. Steeping cut herbs and roots in hot water has been used for generations throughout the world to create the world’s most popular type of beverage (next to water, of course). Here is a list of some very common herbal teas which not only taste great, but pack a punch with regard to your health:
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Hibiscus Flower Tea
The enchantingly beautiful flower of the hibiscus also is a delicacy in many parts of the world. It’s tea has been used as not only a tasty drink, but also as a source for vitamins and as a natural diuretic.
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Ginger Root Tea
Ginger plays an important role in the cuisine of many parts of Asia. Today, it graces a great many dishes including our holiday gingerbread treats. However, did you know it also makes a great spicy tea that may help promote healthy digestion?
Licorice Root Tea
Another herb often associated with dessert, this naturally sweet root makes a lovely and tasty tea that also promotes digestion. Licorice Root may have some medical interactions, so talk with your doctor if you are taking medication.
Lavender Root Tea
The aromatic flowers of Lavender perfume the air in nature and do the same in our homes in potpourri. However, the flowers can also make a delicious and relaxing tea which promotes digestion in the process.
Rose Hip Tea
The fruit of the rose bush has a delicate and distinctive flavor perfect for brewing. More than its aroma and taste, however, it’s great for you because of the fact that it’s packed with Vitamin C.
Finally, lemongrass, an herb originating in India, but now found in a wide variety of culinary circles, makes a great cup of citrus-tasting tea that is loaded with vitamins and minerals.