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The most popular herbal teas and their health benefits.
Drinking plenty of water can be relatively easy when it is warm outside – you naturally reach for more ice cold water when it is hot; we notice ourselves sweating more and outdoor socialising lends itself to drinking more in general. Fast forward to the cooler autumn and Winter months and it is not so natural to reach for our water bottles. So if you are struggling to reach your daily water targets, maybe herbal tea is the way to go to help boost your total fluid intake.
Unlike regular tea and coffee which contain the stimulant caffeine, the truth is that herbal tea is not technically tea, rather it is a drink made from a specific plant in which leaves, seeds, roots or even bark are infused in hot water. Not only will the fluid we consume via herbal tea help to hydrate us but in some cases we can also enjoy the associated health benefits the plant source of the tea offers.
So if you could benefit from drinking a little more in general, and when you have filtered boiling water on tap thanks to your Zip HydroTap, here are some of the most popular herbal teas you can make at home, and the potential health benefits they offer.
Ginger is most commonly known for its ability to help manage nausea and aid digestive comfort and specifically for anyone battling morning sickness or motion sickness, ginger tea is worth a try. You can easily make your own ginger tea simply by placing a small piece of ginger root in boiling water along with some lemon and a little honey. This mix also works wonders for any throat and nasal congestion when winter strikes.
Perhaps the best-known herbal tea, it is the refreshing nature of peppermint tea that makes it one of the most popular. It is most commonly used to help relieve bloating although should be avoided by anyone who may suffer from heartburn. Peppermint tea also works wonders in helping manage food cravings as it changes the taste in the mouth quite dramatically.
If you have spent any time in South Africa you will be very familiar with Rooibos, a slightly sweet flowery tea that is very easy to drink. My personal favourite, rooibos is high in antioxidants, and in particular Vitamin C, and as such rooibos is a herbal tea that will offer a daily immune boost along with a subtle sweet hit with no calories or caffeine. And if you prefer your tea chilled, one of my favourite refreshing options is to add a rooibos tea to some instantly chilled, filtered water from my Zip HydroTap, served with ice if you like it particularly chilly.
With a distinct taste, dandelion tea is not always one that springs to mind but its powerful diuretic properties make it a powerful option when you are feeling bloated. Known in naturopathy circles as a liver cleanser, the only concern with drinking dandelion tea frequently would be if you were taking any medications that alter fluid levels in the body.
This aromatic brew is a favourite for those wanting a calming effect before sleep and in general for anyone dealing with stress and anxiety. Made from the chamomile flower, chamomile appears to be a source of the phytochemicals flavonoids but it should be noted that chamomile is not appropriate for children or for anyone with a pollen allergy.
Well known in the US, cinnamon tea is an aromatic and flavoursome tea that is a perfect alternative to sweet foods after dinner. Cinnamon has also been shown to help regulate blood glucose levels, which makes it a perfect low sugar yet sweet beverage choice.