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Various Benefits of Herbal Tea for Health

With unique flavors and aromas, herbal teas can be an interesting choice for drinks. Besides being delicious, herbal teas have even been drunk since hundreds of years ago as traditional medicines to maintain health and help overcome various diseases.

Although there is the word "tea", herbal tea is actually not made of tea leaves at all. Herbal tea is obtained by brewing dried herbs, flowers, fruit, leaves or plant roots. However, herbal tea has a taste and benefits that are no less delicious than ordinary tea.

Various of Herbal Tea and Its Benefits

The following are some types of herbal teas that have long been used to maintain health:

1. Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is preferred because of its distinctive and soothing aroma. Traditionally, these herbal teas are often used to relieve anxiety and help sleep soundly. These benefits have been proven in various scientific studies.




Not only that, but some research also shows that chamomile tea contains many anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants that can reduce pain and regulate the stability of blood sugar levels.

2. Turmeric tea

Although there is no scientific evidence, turmeric has been widely used to prevent bloating and treat kidney stones. Studies in animals show that turmeric can prevent cancer and reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, research on these benefits has not been done to humans.

3. Fennel tea

Traditionally, fennel seeds are used to treat digestive disorders, such as stomach ache, bloating, and constipation. Even so, the various benefits of fennel herbal tea still need further study.

To make fennel tea, you can brew 1-2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds with a glass of warm water, then let stand for 10-15 minutes before drinking.

4. Ginseng tea

Ginseng which is widely consumed in Korea is now also popularly consumed as an herbal tea. Ginseng herbal tea is thought to reduce blood pressure, maintain the flexibility of blood vessels, and inhibit the formation of clots or plaques in blood vessels. This effect is considered good for heart health.

5. Ginger tea

Ginger tea is rich in antioxidants that help stimulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. Ginger tea is also known to be effective in treating nausea, especially nausea due to travel sickness, morning sickness, or side effects of cancer treatment.

Not only that, ginger is thought to be able to relieve constipation and menstrual pain and prevent stomach ulcers. Even according to research, ginger tea is as effective as ibuprofen drug (NSAID) in relieving menstrual pain.

6. Rosella tea

According to the study, drinking rosella tea for 2-6 weeks can reduce cholesterol levels, even if only slightly. Routine drinking rosella tea is also able to reduce blood pressure, which is even thought to be as effective as taking drugs captopril and hydrochlorothiazide.

Therefore, if you are taking blood pressure-lowering drugs, or have low blood pressure, you should limit your consumption of these herbal teas because of the risk of causing low blood pressure (hypotension).

7. Chrysanthemum flower tea

Chrysanthemum tea or chrysanthemum tea is a popular herbal tea taken in China. The aroma is unique and soft, and the taste is not too bitter making this herbal tea favored by many people.

Chrysanthemum flower tea is also consumed as a traditional medicine because it is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect, can strengthen the body's resistance, and can relieve flu symptoms. Unfortunately, there is not much scientific evidence that can ensure this benefit.

8. Peppermint tea

If you feel your stomach is full of gas or bloating, all you need to do is brew a cup of peppermint tea. This tea is also an ideal medicine for relieving headaches. Take 1-2 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves. Add hot water to the leaves, then cover your cup and leave it for about 10 minutes. After that, strain the mixture and you can enjoy homemade peppermint tea.

9. Juniper tea

Juniper (a type of berry fruit) can help the detoxification process which not only removes toxins but also excess fluids. This is very important for women, considering the body tends to maintain

water in several periods of the menstrual cycle. In addition, this tea can also function as an antiseptic that can prevent inflammation in the bladder. Even some people also believe that if one herbal tea can cure swine flu.

Even though herbal teas have been consumed by people in various countries because they are believed to have health benefits, most of these benefit claims do not have sufficient scientific evidence. In addition, the dose, side effects, and the level of safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, and sufferers of certain diseases are also unclear.

Therefore, if you want to enjoy the various benefits of herbal tea, you should consult with your doctor first, especially if you suffer from certain diseases or are taking medication from a doctor.





References

References

1. Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School (2018). Flavonoids: The Secret to Health Benefits of Drinking Black and Green Tea? 

2. McCulloch, M. Healthline (2019). 8 Herbal Teas to Help Reduce Bloating.

3. Chang, S.M. & Chen, C.H. (2016). Effects of an Intervention with Drinking Chamomile Tea on Sleep Quality and Depression in Sleep Disturbed Postnatal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing.


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