Health Benefits of Herbal Tea Remedies
Although herbal tea or tisane bears the same name, it is not actually made from the tea bush Camilla Sinensis,
but has been consumed for around five thousand years which is at least as long as the genuine article. Made from a
variety of plants, and prepared by infusing hot water through the substance, the benefits of herbal tea is much the
same. They are relaxing, enjoyable, tasty and have many health benefits.
Chamomile, for example, is one of the most popular herbal tea remedies. A plant known to have medicinal
qualities at least as far back as ancient Egypt, it makes a pleasant brew. It can help relieve anxiety and act as a
mild soporific (sleeping brew). It is naturally caffeine free and has a delightful floral aroma and taste.
Dried lemon grass is another very common base used to make herbal tea. Not surprisingly, it has a slightly
lemony flavor and its spicy aftertaste brings a pleasant zing to the palate. Studies strongly suggest it has
antibacterial properties, too, and it's known to aid digestion.
Sage, though often used as an herb in cooking, makes for a superb tisane. The calming effect of sage herbal tea
is well known, but it also has a very light taste. Slightly peppery, it goes well with a variety of dishes or
stands well all on its own.
But bushy plants are not the only source of herbal teas. Rose Hips, for example, have long been used to make a
fine brew. Produced from the fruit of the rose plant, this reddish drink has a delicate taste and provides ample
vitamin C. A dried 100g sample will contain almost 2g of vitamin C.
During WWII, when imports of oranges were restricted by the war, the locals turned to Rose Hips to help
supplement their need for that important vitamin.
While the alleged aphrodisiac effect of ginseng is still up for debate, both the delightful taste and the health
benefits have been well established. It should be consumed in moderation, since drinking herbal ginseng tea can
lead to excess nervousness.
Produced from the fleshy root of the Panax plant, ginseng has a very distinctive taste. Some find it bitter, others
liken it to a mild soda pop. As with any herbal, you either like it or you don't.
Rooibos, an African word for 'red bush', while not a true tea, is closer to black tea than many herbals. It is
becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and elsewhere, thanks to its distinctive taste and red color.
The color is appropriate, since the taste is - while hard to describe - also 'red'. Tangy, flavorful and with
the clarity of a fine, light, black tea it is a wonderful addition to the tea tin.
Whether your goal is to relieve the symptoms of a cold, strive for longer life or simply to relax and have a
tasty hot brew, herbal teas are an essential part of the connoisseur's cabinet.