Health Benefits of Herbal Teas

Herbal Chai

The parties are over, and we’ve started writing ‘2012’ all over our documents… which also means that New Year’s resolutions are abound. Whether you’ve decided to take up that hobby you’ve been neglecting, or spend more time with family, it’s no secret that many of us take a moment to think about our health and vow to either maintain or improve it in the new year. Of course, half the equation rests in physical activity and stable relationships, but a large part of health also rests in what we eat and drink.

 That’s where Herbal Republic comes in. As you know from our blog, there are many benefits to loose leaf tea when it comes to your health. But did you know that more than any other black or green loose leaf tea, there are multiple benefits in herbal teas? Herbs have been used for centuries as medicinal treatments and as preventative measures against disease. Benefits are varied, ranging from refreshing stimulants, soothing relaxants, digestion aides, sleep improvers and immune boosters.

Not only do traditional health care providers swear by herbs, but so do USDA-funded scientists in Boston, Massachussets. At Tufts University, researchers Diane McKay and Jeffrey Blumberg have discovered that chamomile tea has moderate antimicrobial activity and significant antiplatelet-clumping activity (which is preventative in strokes for people who have cardiac disease). The researchers also describe laboratory evidence that peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and anti-tumor actions, and some anti-allergenic potential. Finally, in a human clinical trial, the team also has found hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.

So, add Drinking Herbal Tea to your list of New Year’s resolutions – it’ll do your body good! Below you will find a shortlist of the most tasty and effective herbs to throw into your teacup every morning or evening. Visit our website store or our location on Granville Street to see all our herbal selections and some help in choosing the right tea for you.

 For Digestion: Try Ginger Fresh tea (a combination of all well-known digestive herbs, including peppermint, lemongrass, and most of all, ginger)

For Immunity: Try chamomile, peppermint, and hibiscus teas. You may also try our Ayurvedic blend, ‘Tulsi,’ for general health maintenance and prevention.

For Sleep: Try chamomile tea, and our Ginger Fresh blend.

Please note: Please consult your medical professional before adding herbal teas to your daily diet. If mixed with certain medications or with alcohol, the benefits of herbal teas can be overshadowed by harmful interactions.