Herbal teas date back thousands of years and, in places such as ancient China and ancient Egypt, they were used mainly for medicinal purposes.
More recently, the popularity of herbal teas has surged in Europe and more people are turning to herbal teas to help support good health.
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (Jan 2020) suggests that people who drink tea three or more times a week may live longer and suffer a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than their non-tea drinking counterparts.
Brew yourself better
Pukka asked Medical Nutritionist Dr. Naomi Newman-Beinart PhD to pick her five favourite teas for good health…
1. For lifting energy and mood – Tulsi Tea (morning or afternoon)
“Tulsi, also commonly known as holy basil (a plant with adaptogenic properties), is thought to work by relaxing the central nervous system, thus calming nervous tension whilst also helping mental clarity.
“This means that Tulsi tea can be great option if you feel like you need a boost in mood and energy, but without adding to your daily caffeine intake.”
2. For calming a busy mind, relaxing the digestive system and supporting sleep – Chamomile Tea (afternoon or evening)
“It’s no surprise that chamomile tea is on my list to boost health. This popular wonder-tea is known for its relaxing qualities and many of us have tried and tested it with great results – in fact, authors of a recent book discussing research on the chamomile plant found that over one million cups of chamomile tea are consumed worldwide every day.
“As well as relaxing the nervous system and relieving tension, chamomile tea has also been found to relieve bloating and indigestion, of which is ideal if you have overindulged a little too much on rich and fatty foods.”
3. For healthy and radiant skin – Nettle Tea (morning or afternoon)
“The constant changes in temperature during the winter months can wreak havoc on your skin, especially if you already suffer from issues, such as, dryness or oiliness.
“Nettle is one of my favourite ‘nutritional’ herbs for the skin as it contains vitamins A and C and minerals, including iron, calcium and magnesium, to name a few.
“Not only that, but nettle is said to be anti-inflammatory and is also a natural diuretic, making it a great tea to help beautify your skin and bring out that inner radiance.”
4. To ease bloating and sluggish digestion – Aniseed and Fennel Tea (anytime)
“Bloating is the main symptom of sluggish digestion. In this modern age, we are all faced with many social events that tend to include delicious meals and lots of alcohol.
“This is a naturally supportive digestive tea that contains aniseed, fennel, and cardamom which help to reduce gas and bloating and relieve other digestive discomforts.”
5. To boost immunity – Elderberry (anytime)
“Finally, the tea that will keep you feeling well, support immunity and keep those sniffles away, is elderberry tea.
“Elderberries contain vitamins A and C, anthocyanins and flavonoids, which are antioxidants that protect your body from damage caused by free radicals.
“This wonder-berry has been shown to reduce the symptoms and length of a cold, so it’s well worth taking in its many forms”.