Which Herbal Tea Is Right For You?

Written by: Helen

Tea is a great way to benefit from a herb’s health properties.  Herbal teas are easy to make as it’s simply a case of pouring hot water over the plant material, leaving it to infuse, then strain and drink.  We call it tea but it’s not actually ‘tea’, as this comes from a specific plant.

I have been guilty of not fully utilising the benefits of different herbs.  We tend to use herbs with food, but they are mostly picked dependent on how they will make the dish taste rather than the health advantages.  However, once you know the properties of herbs you can start to gain from their natural goodness.  Whether you’re full of cold, feeling down or suffering with a bloated stomach, there’s a herbal tea for you.  I’ve picked out just 7 but there are many more.

 

herbal teas

 

1) Nettle Tea

A selection of the reported health benefits are:

  • Helps prevent allergies.
  • It is a diuretic (which means it makes us wee more), so it is detoxifying.
  • It has a rich mineral content, including iron.  Iron produces red blood cells so nettle tea is good for anaemia.
  • It is also reported to help with joint problems.
  • It is even said to promote milk lactation in breastfeeding mothers.

Nettles are a British herb, and one that most of us avoid, but they provide good all-round health benefits and, because of the mineral content, make a good tea to drink if you’re feeling run down.

 

2) Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is popular for its soothing effect.  This makes it useful for:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

This is because chamomile contains tryptophan (an amino acid).  Tryptophan is known for it’s tranquillising and relaxing properties.

Chamomile is also good for the digestive system so it may be useful to have a cup after a heavy meal.

 

3) Rooibos Tea

Some amazing health benefits of this South African tea are;

  • Antioxidant properties- antioxidants protect our cells from invading free radicals.  This means Rooibos tea helps ward off disease, even offering protection against certain cancers (some of the antioxidants have anti-cancer properties), and can help with signs of ageing (yes, a tea that makes us look younger!)
  • Shown to help with skin problems such as eczema, acne and psoriasis; you can place the tea bag directly on to the area of skin that’s affected (let it cool first obviously unless you want to swap spots for burns!)
  • It contains many minerals which are vital for our health, such as magnesium and calcium.

I could go on with the benefits of this tea.  It’s certainly one I’m going to be stocking up on!

 

4) Elderflower Tea

Elderflower is a traditional cure for cold and flu.  It helps to relieve sinus infections and is a useful decongestant.  It also encourages our bodies to sweat; herbs that do this are known as diaphoretic herbs.  Diaphoretic herbs reduce fever and eliminate waste.  Elderflower makes me think of a delicious wine my grandad would make for us as children (don’t worry, non-alcoholic), but a tea is probably easier to make.

 

5) Peppermint Tea

The main benefits of peppermint tea are to do with the digestive system:

  • It is a traditional remedy for nausea and vomiting.
  • It helps with stomach issues such as IBS, diarrhoea and constipation.
  • It eases gas and bloating problems.  It stimulates bile production in the pancreas which helps the digestive process.  Therefore it is a good tea to drink after a heavy meal.

As well as its digestive properties, it is a beneficial drink if you are stressed or having sleep problems.  It is also used for coughs and colds.

 

6) St John’s Wort Tea

This is commonly used as an antidepressant and has been shown to be effective with S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder).  It has other benefits but is a good tea to drink when your mood needs lifting.

The last herb I’ve chosen is:

7) Dandelion Tea

Find out how to make it here.  Some of the benefits of dandelion include:

  • Liver cleansing- removes toxins from the liver and improves liver function.
  • Aids in digestion by assisting in bile production.
  • It’s diuretic so helps detoxify and clear out the kidneys.

There are so many different herbs with a variety of uses and benefits.  I have picked 7 and mentioned some of the positive impacts these have on our health but you can look for others.  When you consider that two of these herbs (nettles and dandelion) we generally view as weeds and chuck on the compost heap, it is worth having a think about how herbs can help us.  If you are buying a herbal tea check the label for additives, and try and buy as pure as possible; if you can make it yourself that’s even better!

Some herbs can influence certain medications so it is best to consult a professional if you are unsure.

Let me know of any other herbs you use.  And if you want to subscribe to receive posts to your inbox then do so via the box in the top right.

 

 

  1. Veronica says:

    I’ve used peppermint and chamomile for digestion and found they do both have a calming effect although camomile smells more appetising than it tastes. The green tea they serve in Chinese restaurants is good too. Is it similar or is it actually rooibos?
    I remember my mother serving nettles once as a vegetable but not again so maybe it was just a case of ‘too much month at the end of the money’ and they were plentiful in the field next to our house.

    • Helen says:

      Chinese tea is made from the leaves of tea plants and Rooibos tea comes from a South African plant. Yes certainly using nettles and dandelions saves on money for tea bags, and it helps weed the garden too so what’s not to like?

  2. Lizardo says:

    The main herbal tea that I drink is peppermint but I also try to drink green tea however I find the taste not nice at all! Is green tea classed as a herbal tea?

    • Helen says:

      Green tea isn’t a herbal tea (it has caffeine in whereas herbal doesn’t)but it does have its own benefits. I drink green tea too, but I don’t mind the taste 🙂

  3. Andrea says:

    I’m going to buy nettle tea tomorrow when I head to the grocery store. I have no idea what it tastes like but hopefully better than the spatone I drink for low iron (aka rusty nails).

  4. Hannah says:

    I LOVE Tazo’s Vanilla Rooibos Tea!! Holy man it’s all the goodness of a vanilla latte with ZERO calories! Pure heaven! I also love “night time” teas that have chamomile & mint. It’s such a great combination and I drink it whenever I feel a bit overwhelmed to calm me. Yogi also has this caramel night time tea I really want to try! 😀 Thanks for the post!
    -XOXO Hannah
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    • Helen says:

      Yes herbal tea can be a great way to relax before bed. Caramel night time tea sounds like something I would definitely enjoy! Thanks very much for commenting 🙂

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