Whenever the question "how do I adopt a healthier lifestyle?" is asked, one of the first recommendations is "drink more water". Whether you're trying to lose weight, feeling generally under the weather or getting over a bug, water is a miracle for your health.
If you're anything like me, the seemingly simple task of drinking water is difficult. I never seem to feel thirsty and let's be honest, water is boring. It tastes of nothing! So I've decided to stock up on herbal tea. Not only will it be a tasty way for me to drink more water every day, they also have a whole list of different health benefits.
Here are 10 amazing herbal teas that will change your life for the better.
I thought I'd begin with the most obvious choice on the list. Green tea is literally a super tea. It has a huge range of health benefits. It's packed with antioxidants, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, is great for heart health and has also been known to reduce the risk of cancer.
Green tea is also a great aid for weight loss. It contains caffeine which is known to help burn calories and fat and it also contains Catechin- a substance known for its detoxifying properties.
For literally thousands of years peppermint tea and oil has been used to treat digestive and gastrointestinal problems. It helps to move gas through the body which stops bloating and stomach discomfort and it stimulates the flow of bile, which improves digestion and promotes healthy bowels.
Peppermint tea is also well known for relieving nausea and vomiting and is great for the immune system. It has antibacterial properties so it's effective at both treating and preventing colds, flu, coughs and fevers.
Also known as red tea or red bush tea, rooibos is drunk the same way as black tea (with milk and sugar to taste). It contains antioxidants which prevent diseases such as cancer and slow ageing. It's also high in vitamin C.
This tea has been known to treat common skin problems such as eczema. The powerful antioxidants in rooibos also improve circulation and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
This common garden pest actually makes a very healthy tea. Dandelion tea has been shown to be purifying for the body. It raises the levels of detoxifying enzymes which are known for combating cancer causing toxins.
This tea is also great for liver function and digestion. Its detoxifying properties promote weight loss and have even been known to expel kidney stones.
While most of the teas on this list give you more of an energy boost, chamomile tea is known for its relaxing effect. It's great for combatting stress and a fantastic natural way to treat insomnia.
Additionally, chamomile tea is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial so it's good for fighting colds and even eases bloating and indigestion.
Like peppermint tea, ginger tea is very effective at keeping nausea and vomiting at bay. This anti-inflammatory tea is also known for soothing muscle aches and the digestive system, and relieving arthritic pain.
Alongside these health benefits, ginger tea relieves stress and is very purifying for the body as it cleanses it of toxins and free radicals.
Lemon balm tea is a great choice when you're feeling a bit down, it really uplifts your mood. It has even been known to relieve children of nightmares if they drink a cup before bed.
This member of the mint family has been used for centuries to treat anxiety and sleep disorders and it combats indigestion and gastrointestinal problems.
Milk thistle is a very gentle liver cleanser when consumed as a tea. Not only does it detox the liver, it also helps remove these toxins by improving digestion.
Due to it's cleansing function on the liver, it also treats skin problems and generally improves skin health.
Rosehip tea is one of the best plant sources of vitamin C so it's great for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function.
It also reduces the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis due to the fact that it's packed with antioxidants.
Those mean little leaves that stung our legs as kids are actually very beneficial to our health. It's great for a huge range of ailments including coughs, colds, urinary tract infections, anemia, arthritis and high blood pressure.
Nettles also have antihistamine and inflammatory properties, so nettle tea is very effective for treating hay fever and eczema.
Herbal tea is a fantastic healthy way to reach your daily water goal. You're getting all the benefits of the water plus the added health benefits of the herbs themselves. A few cups of herbal tea a day is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle and although many ailments can't be cured with herbal teas alone, they can help relieve some of the symptoms.
What are your favourite herbal teas?
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