From Weight Loss to Relaxation

The Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

Proper hydration is key to staying healthy. While drinking plain water is a great way to meet your hydration goals, herbal teas can be a delicious, calorie-free alternative. Here 5 teas to try:

Hibiscus Tea*

This fruity tea has a sour note and a refreshing taste. It’s not only tasty, but it also provides many health benefits:

According to a study by the Institute of Medicine of the Chung-Shan Medical University, consuming hibiscus extract for 12 weeks can help to reduce weight, body fat, and waist-to-hip ratio. The same study also suggests that Hibiscus extract might be beneficial in preventing fatty liver disease.

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that daily consumption of hibiscus tea can help to lower blood pressures in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults.

Apart from that, hibiscus tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, which can help to decrease inflammation and to prevent cell damage.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of health conditions including hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, or and hemorrhoids. (1)

Chamomile is also a well-known herbal remedy for stress and anxiety. A recent study found that the regular consumption of chamomile tea can reduce the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

Chamomile tea is rich in antioxidants, including apigenin, which is believed to help insomnia. The anti-inflammatory effects of apigenin might also be beneficial to prevent cardiovascular diseases or cancer.

Apart from that, research published in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences suggests that chamomile tea can lower blood sugar levels and might thus be beneficial to prevent or manage diabetes.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea has always been my go-to remedy for an upset stomach. And while research proves that there is truth to this, the health benefits of peppermint oil or tea go far beyond treating nausea:

review published in Phytotherapy Research showed that peppermint tea can aid relaxation.

Another study found that peppermint oil can help to improve cognitive functions and memory.

Also, peppermint can be beneficial in relieving headaches and is linked to improving IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is a herbal tea made from the ginger root. It has been used in traditional Asian medicine for centuries.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, ginger can help to improve insulin sensitivity and decrease inflammation in patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

Other studies have shown that the consumption of ginger (tea) can help to decrease muscle pain and prevent migraines.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ginger is used to treat atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, nausea, headaches, and colds.

In India, ginger is called “Vishwabheshaja” (the universal medicine) and is used for digestive, respiratory, and circulatory disorders.

Rooibos Tea*

Rooibos tea is a herbal tea that does not contain caffeine. It is made of the Aspalathus linearis plant. It is grown mainly in South Africa.

Compared to black or green tea, its taste is relatively sweet and has a nutty flavor with hints of vanilla.

The antioxidants contained in Rooibos tea have anti-inflammatory effects that also help to reduce pain.

Apart from that, Rooibos tea is a source of minerals such as calcium, manganese, and fluoride, which can improve bone health and thus aid to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.

A Japanese study from 2013 suggests that polyphenols might help to regulate blood sugar, which can support to prevent insulin resistance.

Apart from that, a Korean study suggests that aspalathin can help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and vascular inflammation, which can help to improve heart health.

Another study with overweight individuals showed that the regular consumption of Rooibos tea could decrease LDL cholesterol, which can also reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A word of warning: Rooibos tea can increase estrogen production, which might cause a risk for people suffering from hormone-sensitive diseases such as breast cancer.

In good health,

Find more ideas for improved health and happiness on my Medium publication Wellness Decoded.


*If you’re suffering from any chronic condition and are taking medication, please check in with your healthcare provider whether any of the teas interfere with your medicine.

Rike Aprea

My name is Friederike Aprea. Most people call me Rike. I'm German-born and have lived and worked in Japan and Korea before I moved to the US. I coach individuals and companies using the principles of Kaizen. Whether you want to live a more purpose-driven life, improve your health, or change the business model of your company: Kaizen can get you there. Step by step. Day by day.

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