3 Benefits of Drinking Herbal Infusions
Herbal infusions are generally called ‘herbal teas’, despite their lack of ‘tea’ leaves from the Camellia Sinesis bush. Dilmah's herbal infusions are refreshing and offer a range of health benefits, enjoyed hot or cold.
Herbal teas are made from a variety of dried herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, while pure tea such as Green, White, Black, and Oolong tea is brewed from the leaves of the tea plant. One of the main reasons for the growing demand for herbal teas is that it is caffeine-free!
Herbal tea varieties have different combinations of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. There are numerous health benefits of drinking herbal infusions, as they can have positive effects on your mental and physical well-being.
- Herbal teas calm you down
One of the most researched areas related to herbal tea is the psychological effects of each type of tea. But the roots go back in time to ancient civilizations, Greeks, Romans and Vedics are known to have used some herbal teas as a sleep aid. Through data and scientific research, it is said that some herbal tea types play a major role in stress relief, anxiety reduction, increased attention and helping the affected with sleeping disorders such as insomnia.
The following tea types are usually associated with psychological health:
Peppermint tea: Peppermint tea contains menthol which is a natural muscle relaxant. It's not clear if menthol is responsible for any psychoactive effects, but the muscle relaxant property of the tea is well studied. A cup of peppermint tea before bed will alleviate any tension that has built up through the day and help you fall asleep easier.
Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea is one of the most researched herbal teas that has psychoactive effects. It’s not only a popular sleep aid, but studies have shown that it could help in managing Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Lemon tea: The chemical compounds in Lemon tea are found to be effective in reducing cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is secreted as a result of facing a stressful situation. Elevated cortisol levels could affect the psychological state inducing stress.
- Herbal teas help with pain and soreness
Some herbal teas are consumed as a home remedy for flu and the common cold mainly because of their pain reduction properties. Even though research is still ongoing, some studies have shown that certain compounds in herbal teas are effective in relieving pain.
The following tea type is usually associated with pain relief:
Turmeric tea: Turmeric tea’s anti-inflammatory properties could relieve minor aches and pains and soreness of muscles after a workout as well as symptoms of disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines.
- Herbal teas prevent chronic diseases
Herbal teas contain antioxidants that eliminate free radicals in the body and prevent oxidative stress. The compounds in herbal teas such as polyphenols and flavonoids may help lower the likelihood of cancerous cells developing. It may also help in controlling high blood pressure and diabetes.
Hibiscus tea: Hibiscus tea is high in minerals, Vitamin C and Polyphenols and may reduce LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart diseases and fight off bacteria such as E. coli.
Rooibos tea: Rooibos tea contains 50% more antioxidants than Green tea. It’s one of the most effective teas in eliminating free radicals in the body. And the tea is known for controlling sugar spikes making it the choice of tea for patients with diabetes.
Find the right herbal tea for you from Dilmah Arana Herbal Infusions and Teas.