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The Origins and Positive Effects of Healthy Herbal Tea

July 20, 2021 | 15:40

Herbal teas have been around for centuries and have been used for their various health benefits, making them a much sought after drink.

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Herbal tea, not like true teas, is not made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The main ingredients of herbal tea include leaves, flowers, barks and roots of the different kind of trees. After being dried, these ingredients will be used to make a special kind of tea, or are combined together to creat extraordrinary flavour.

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Photo: Times of India

Herbal tea has several benefits such as natural use for anti-oxidant, and helps relieving pain and stress. Unlike coffee and true teas (which are also available decaffeinated), most tisanes do not naturally contain caffeine, which are suitable for people who are sensitive to caffeine.

The origin of Herbal tea

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Photo: 100% Pure

The exact origin of herbal tea is not fully known. However, scientists said it first appeared in ancient civilizations. It was used to improve physical health, easing stress, and helped cure some illness.

Camellia sinesis, the tea plant, has been grown for around 2,100 years. The plant is a member of the family Theaceae, its origins dating back to China and Southeast Asia. The habitual consumption of tea grew in Asia, and eventually European explorers brought it to Europe in the 17th century when it became a cultural staple

Over time, herbal tea becomes one of the favourite beverages and are used for its delicious and unique organic flavours.

5 healthy herbal tea you should try

Chrysanthemums herbal tea

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Photo: Getty Images

Originating from Asia and has been used for hundreds of years in Chinese medicine, Chrysanthemums herbal tea is one of the most popular tea with multiple health benefits. A few benefits include sleep improvement, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and stress reduce.

Especially, chrysanthemums tea also includes apigenin, which helps reduce the chance of getting cancer and is recommended by doctors.

Nutritionist Renee Rosen, trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, has researched chrysanthemum extensively. “One cannot expect to take chrysanthemum and have a miraculous recovery from osteoporosis or to calm nerves overnight,” she says. Rosen advises ensuring the purity and concentration of the preparation. She also recommends taking chrysanthemum for a long period of time to reap the benefits.

Blue tea

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Photo: Wikipedia

Blue tea, as the name suggests, is a beverage bearing a prominent blue colour, made from the flowers of the Clitoria ternatea plant. Common names of this medicinal shrub, indigenous to South East Asia, include butterfly pea, cordofan pea, blue pea, aparajitha and Asian pigeonwings. Clitoria ternatea is a plant from the family Fabaceae and is commonly found throughout South East Asian countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

Blue tea has several health benefits, such as anti-oxidant, improving hair growth, reducing stress, and helping with the weight loss.

Rose Tea

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Photo: Pinterest

Rose tea is also one of the most common herbal tea that is used for its health benefits.

Aside from several benefits such as anti-oxidant, digestion, reduce stress and inflammation, rose tea is suitable for women, as it can help with weight loss, easing period cramps and providing vitamin E and A for skin improvement.

Artichoke tea

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Photo: Behance

Artichoke tea is originated from Mediterranean, with the edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The budding artichoke flower-head is a cluster of many budding small flowers (an inflorescence), together with many bracts, on an edible base. Once the buds bloom, the structure changes to a coarse, barely edible form.

Artichoke tea is very beneficial for liver and heart, reduce excessive fat, improve immune system and prevent cancer.

Arhat fruit tea

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Photo: The Epoch Times

Arhat fruit tea was originated from China, and was loved for its extraordinary taste and health benefit that it brought.

In addition to the effect of cooling, providing nutrients and anti-oxidants, arhat tea also helps strengthen the immune system and reduce allergies. In particular, with ingredients containing mogroside as a natural sweetener, arhat tea will be a suitable drink for people who are undergoing diabetes treatment and need a sweet alternative.

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