A hug in a mug. Here at PlantX, that's how we feel about herbal tea. It’s comforting, warm, and always there when you need it - the grandma of hot beverages. You simply can’t not love it.
Herbal teas are infusions of herbs, spices, and other plant parts (such as flowers or fruits), mixed with hot water. Herbal teas are simple, delicious, and straight from mother nature. And, as the variety and combinations of herbs, spices and plants available are countless, the variety of herbal teas are too!
So, whether you are fond of trusty chamomile before bed, devoted to a piping hot mug of peppermint after dinner, or a fan of all teas fruity and fragrant, stick around and have a browse. Here at PlantX, our amazing array of herbal teas, all brimming with different health benefits, is bound to have something to get your mouth watering...
What is the difference between Herbal Tea and regular tea?
When people say ‘regular tea’ they often mean what is known in the tea world as ‘true teas’. True teas are all brewed from tea leaves, (or more specifically, the tea leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant!) For example, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea are classed as true teas. Herbal teas are infusions of herbs, spices, and other plants, rather than pure tea leaves, and that’s the difference!
How is Herbal Tea made?
Herbal tea is made with infusions of herbs, fresh or dried flowers, fruit, leaves, seeds, and roots mixed with boiling water. So, the process is as you would expect - simple! Boiling water is poured over the plant materials and the mixture is left to steep for a few minutes. The mixture is then strained and served.
When you buy herbal tea in tea bags, the plant materials have already been picked, matched, and parcelled together for you. All you have to do is soak the tea bag in hot water, take it out once the steeping process is finished, and enjoy!
Does Herbal Tea contain caffeine?
No, most herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free. This makes herbal tea a great alternative to coffee and standard teas if you are looking to lower your caffeine intake. What’s more, herbal teas are usually brimming with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to give you the caffeine-free boost you need! If you’re cutting the caffeine, double-check that your herbal tea doesn’t contain any green or black tea leaves as part of the blend.
Is it okay to drink Herbal Tea every day?
Absolutely! It is perfectly safe to drink herbal tea every day. Herbal tea does not normally contain any caffeine. This means you avoid any of the possible negative side effects that are associated with drinking too much caffeine-filled tea, like anxiety, headaches, digestive issues, and disrupted sleep patterns.
Not only is it okay to drink every day, but a cup of herbal tea every day is good for you! Herbal tea is brimming with health benefits, they can aid digestion, help you sleep, or even boost your immune system. So, if you are ready to press pause on the normal tea or coffee addiction, herbal tea might just be the answer.
What are the health benefits of herbal tea?
Herbal tea has been prized for its healing powers for centuries in many countries around the world. Today, we still tend to reach for a cup of steaming hot tea when we are feeling a little run-down. Why? Because herbal tea is special. Not only is it delicious, but it is powerful, soothing, and comforting.
The health benefits you may experience from herbal tea could include relaxation, pain reduction, and the improvement of digestive and immune systems. Of course, the benefits of your herbal tea depend on what mixture of mother nature’s goodness you are drinking.
Here are a few examples to show you just how fabulous herbal tea can be:
1. Relaxation: Herbal tea can help you calm down and unwind. For example, peppermint tea contains a naturally occurring muscle relaxant called menthol that can encourage total body relaxation.
2. Healthy Immune System: Herbal tea can boost the immune system. For example, ginseng tea supports the reproduction of white blood cells, giving your immune system a good boost.
3. Pain Reduction: Herbal teas can help to reduce pain and soreness. For example, turmeric tea has anti-inflammatory powers that can soothe the aches and pains from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. It can also help alleviate more minor aches such as soreness from tough workouts, or period pains.
4. Disease Prevention: Some studies even suggest herbal tea can help prevent chronic diseases. For example, our friend the deep red hibiscus tea is high in minerals and vitamin C and has properties that have been shown to help lower cholesterol, fight bacteria, and even help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
5. Helps Digestion: Herbal tea is beneficial for your digestive system. For example, ginger tea contains phenols that help stimulate digestive juices to help your body break down food. To aid your digestion, drink ginger tea before a meal or a small cup during your meal.