Whatever the time of day, a cup of herbal tea can be a little guilt free treat that does wonders for our mood, as well as for our systems. So here are some of the great benefits of drinking herbal tea.
Herbal teas are made from plants, flowers, roots, spices and herbs which have simply been dried to create a wonderful variety of tastes and different health properties.
One of the best known benefits of herbal teas is that they are entirely caffeine free. A natural stimulant, caffeine can make us feel more awake and alert, but can also have negative effects if you have too much. We all know that traditional black tea contains caffeine, but more surprisingly, so do green teas, as both come from the camelia sinensis plan which naturally has caffeine present. Because herbal teas don't contain any tea leaves, they make a great alternative choice for children, pregnant women and those looking to reduce their caffeine intake.
Camomile tea in particular is perfect for the evenings before bed, helping to keep you hydrated without interfering in your sleep. The little daisy-like flower with its scent of fresh apples and delicate flavour is naturally caffeine free, as well as possessing many other health properties. According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, laboratory studies have shown that camomile can kill bacteria and viruses, as well as being useful for treating inflammatory conditions and relaxing muscles.
Other herbal teas are often enjoyed after meals as they contain ingredients that can help to aid digestion. A good example is mint, used for generations to help with stomach ache and also to calm muscles. Our Organic Peppermint Tea is light and extremely refreshing, deliciously soothing after a large meal.
Ginger has also been appreciated around the world for its cleansing and digestive properties and was one of the first spices to arrive in Europe from southern Asia. Our Dragonfly Lemongrass & Ginger Infusion balances the gentle spice notes of ginger with the fragrant citrus notes of lemongrass for a warming and invigorating cup at any time of the day.
Another much-loved tea which falls under the herbal category is rooibos (or redbush) tea. Made from a different plant to traditional green and black teas, rooibos tea is wonderfully gentle and naturally caffeine free. In the Dragonfly range we have combined Rooibos Tea with smooth Vanilla, with aromatic bergamot in our Earl Grey Tea, and with warming spices in our ever-popular Cape Malay Rooibos Chai.
Rooibos has been appreciated for many years for its wellbeing properties and has traditionally been used to treat a range of ailments including infant colic, asthma and dermatological problems, as well as some allergies. Whilst there is a lot of research looking into the health properties of rooibos tea that is ongoing, it is known that rooibos is low in tannins which contributes to the bitter taste in ordinary black tea, and can also interfere with iron absorption. Rooibos also contains many antioxidants, such as flavonoid antioxidants which have been linked to fighting certain diseases.
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