High in antioxidants and low in caffeine, herbal teas are a healthy beverage you can enjoy every day. Give yourself a boost by getting to know the health benefits of herbal tea. You’ll feel the difference in no time.
Ever heard of Tulsi?
Widely used in India since ancient times, Tulsi, which has been dubbed ‘the queen of herbs’, is a principal plant in Ayurvedic practice. Because it’s used in religious ceremonies and rituals, it’s also known as holy basil. Tulsi can help you increase resistance to stress.
Agents that improve the body’s ability to adapt to stressors are called adaptogens. Some herbal teas contain beneficial compounds called phytochemicals which protect your cells from free radical damage. When free radicals attack your cells, excess oxidation occurs, harming cells and tissues throughout your body.
Antioxidants, found in herbal teas like Tulsi and Rooibos, help counteract this process. Other benefits of Tulsi include strong antiviral, antibacterial and pain-killing properties. It’s also good for reducing blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
Health benefits of herbal tea
Since herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark extracted in hot water, by drinking a well-steeped herbal tea, we get all the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible form. Unlike other forms of tea, herbal teas contain no caffeine.
Herbs are associated with different benefits, such as:
- Aiding digestive problems
- Promoting energy and wellness
- Nourishing the nervous system
- Strengthening the immune system
- Boosting energy levels
Top tips to brew your own cup
- Use fresh, cold water to make your herbal tea.
- Don’t use aluminium cookware as it affects the taste; rather use glass, stainless steel or porcelain.
- A tea strainer is essential as it stops the leaves and flowers from escaping into the drink.
- Once the water has boiled, add one heaped teaspoon of herbs for every cup of water. Cover and let the herbs steep for 10 minutes. Don’t over-steep the herbs as the flavour may become too strong and medicinal as opposed to light and pleasant.
- To enhance the flavour, add honey or lemon.