Herbal teas are one of my favorite methods for consuming medicinal herbs and who doesn’t enjoy a nice healthy tasty botanical infusion.
Teas are amongst the healthiest beverages we can consume and there are so many different wonderful healing herbs, roots, leaves, mushrooms and botanicals that can be infused as herbal teas.
Some examples of popular herbal teas include green tea, chamomile tea, nettle tea, rosehip and hibiscus tea, rooibos tea, yerba mate, liquorice root tea, hemp leaf tea, mushroom teas and many others.
I have been a tea fanatic for decades now, sampling many different varities of teas in the process and drinking tea is one of the favorite parts of my day.
Anyway here are six of my favorite herbal teas of all time.
1. Nettle Leaf Tea
Nettle leaf is one of my favorite herbal teas and is a highly nutritive general tonic herb.
Nettle leaf is a great source of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals and sterols.
Nettle is said to support the adrenal and thyroid glands, kidneys, liver, connective tissue, has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties, and can lower uric acid.
With a grassy earthy herbal flavour, nettle leaf tea leaves you feeling nourished and with an improved sense of natural wellbeing.
2. Rooibos Tea
Rooibos or Red Tea as it is commonly known makes for an excellent alternative to Camellia Sinensis tea.
Rooibos is a South African plant which is 100% caffeine free and much like green tea is also a good source of antioxidants, albeit different phytochemicals.
Another benefit to Rooibos tea is that it is also low in tannins, so doesn’t adversely impact iron or nutrient absorption in the way high tannin beverages may potentially.
3. GERD/Esophagus Herbal Tea Blend
Another of my favorite herbal teas after years of having serious GERD and esophagus related problems is a blend of three medicinal herbs including liquorice root, marshmallow root and slippery elm.
This is an excellent combination of herbs for soothing and healing the esophagus, upper GI and gastrointestinal system in general.
Also a good choice for leaky gut syndrome also known as “increased intestinal permeability”. Inflammation is thought to be one of the primary root causes of increased intestinal permeability and “leaky gut”.
Liquorice root has potent steroidal anti-inflammatory properties and is an adaptogenic herb supporting the adrenal glands, which produce the bodies natural anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating corticosteroids.
Yucca root can also be added or used as a substitute for those who cannot consume liquorice root and shares similar medicinal properties but without the hypertension/potassium depletion side effects that are associated with liquorice.
Both Marshmallow root and Slippery Elm are demulcent and mucilage containing herbs, which help to coat and soothe the entire digestive system and is good for soothing the throat too.
4. Oatstraw Tea Infusion
Oatstraw (Avena Sativa) is a gentle “nervine” herb which helps to support, strengthen and tone the nervous system.
A strong Oatstraw herbal infusion left to infuse overnight is one of my favorite herbal teas overall and makes for a great night-time tea for those with anxiety, stress, nervous exhaustion and trouble winding down in the evening.
Oatstraw is good for strengthening the nervous system, has a really nice mild calming, mood boosting and anti-anxiety effect and is very effective for boosting the libido/sex drive both in males and females.
Nervine herbal tea infusions such as skullcap, valerian, passionflower, hops and chamomile are also some of my favorites herbs and all possess mild sedative/tranqualizer properties, making them good choices for anxiety and panic disorder.
5. Rosehip & Hibiscus
Rosehip and Hibiscus is another of my favorite herbal tea infusions and is a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Rosehip and Hibiscus tea has a sour tart taste but is very uplifting and I find it great for a natural energy boost.
Both of these botanicals are said to have numerous medicinal benefits from antiviral effects to potentially reducing hypertension(blood pressure).
I have been drinking and enjoying the health benefits of Rosehip and Hibiscus tea for many years now and it still remains a firm favorite of mine, leaving me feeling very refreshed.
6. Jiaogulan Tea
Jiaogulan tea is my go to beverage when I’m looking for adaptogenic and adrenal gland support.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum also known as Jiaogulan or “Southern Ginseng” has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of several diseases, including hepatitis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Jiaogulan is actually about 7 times higher in sterols than the popular adaptogen herb Panax Ginseng and is generally cheaper to purchase than quality Ginseng root tea also.
Personally I find Jiaogulan less stimulating than Panax and Korean Red Ginseng and is very good for a nice clean caffeine free natural energy boost.
My go to brand for Jiaogulan tea is Navi’s Premium Organic Jiaogulan Whole Loose Leaf Tea. Great quality and organically grown in Northern Thailand.
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