Herbal teas: Refreshing drink or health-boosting tonic?
The truth is, herbal teas are usually both; a good way to increase your water intake and delicious, enjoyable way to add extra nutrients while getting added benefits in your daily diet and increasing your sense of wellbeing.
There’s no need to hand pick the herbs and dry them or have the mess of dried leaves clogging up your kitchen sink. You don’t even need to use a special tea pot. Red Seal has taken all the hard work out of it for you by putting a selection of premium quality herbs in convenience, no-fuss, unbleached tea bags that can be readily found in your local supermarket or health food store.
Refreshing, uplifting peppermint tea is a great choice those who may need a little help with digestion, IBS or suffering from gas. This herb is best known to help with the unsettling effect of nausea and is ideal for those who are wishing to keep their breath fresh. Popular with all ages, it is great choice as an after-dinner drink but can be drink anytime.
A very traditional herbal tea chamomile is one of the most popular anti-stress teas in the world. Renowned for its relaxing, calming, soothing properties it the ideal tonic for times when indigestion or stress takes its toll. Chamomile makes a wonderful nighttime drink for those needing an aid to restful sleep.
Chamomile tea is also suitable for children who need a little settling, have colic, an upset stomach or are hyperactive.
Best known as “the women’s herb” that helps tone and strengthens the uterus. It can support menstrual cramps and discomfort, fertility and irregular period that premenopausal woman may suffer. Raspberry leaf has an alkaloid called fragrine which is believed to have a direct effect on the pelvic region. It has been the pre-birth choice of women for centuries in preparation of delivery.
An all day, every day, caffeine- free tea with a woody sweet flavour similar to ordinary black tea. This South African herb has choice that has become the drink for health conscious people due to mineral content and a powerful anti-aging antioxidant super oxide dismutase. For allergy sufferers it can also be drunk with or without milk for the lactose intolerant.
For those who love the sweet satisfying flavour of liquorice without those naughty calories! Many dieters and people concerned with health matters now realize the benefits of herbal teas. Herbal teas tend to have a lower calorie count that normal tea and coffee, as there is no need to add sugar or milk! Black Adder is a naturally sweet, sugar free tea with only 3kJ per cup! Liquorice is tonic to the adrenal glands and may help with stress, so there’s no excuse to enjoy.
There is a selection of premium green teas in the Red Seal range. The secret of green tea could lie in the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols and powerful antioxidant. Or it could be that it is just an enjoyable mild smooth pleasant flavour that can help rejuvenate your day.
Herbal teas should be left to brew longer than ordinary black tea to gain the most benefit. While some people prefer to keep the tea bag steeping inside the cup while they are drinking it for additional strength of flavour…others may like steeped only for a short time. Many herbs teas are better without milk, while others milk can be added. The reality is there is no right or wrong way to do it – just it the way you enjoy the most!