Herbal tea is a common terminology given for tea made from various herbs other than the common tea plant (Camellia sinensis). Herbal tea is also termed as “tisane,” which denotes that the herbal tea is not prepared from the common tea leaves. Almost all available herbs are used in the preparation of herbal tea. The plant parts used to prepare herbal teas are fresh or dried leaves, flowers, roots and seeds. Some herbs are wholly used with all parts.
Popular herbs that are commonly used in the preparation of herbal tea are Anise Hyssop, Arabian Jasmine, Common Sage, False Roselle, German Chamomile, Jamaican Tea Hibiscus, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Mints, and Roman Chamomile. Each herbal tea has different properties and it is specifically used for different ailments.
Blackberry tea is prepared from the blackberry bushes (Rubus from the family Rosaceae). This tea is used for various health benefits, especially to get rid of diarrhea.
Blueberry tea is made from the dried leaves of the blueberry plant (Vaccinium from the family Ericaceae). This tea is consumed to get rid of kidney inflammation and to ameliorate the flow of urine.
Dandelion tea is prepared from the leaves of the dandelion herb (Taraxacum from the family Asteraceae). The tea is believed to be very effective for improving the functions of the liver, getting rid of gallstones and in improving skin ailments.
Essiac tea is made from four important herbs which are Burdock (Arctium from the family Asteraceae), Indian Rhubarb (Darmera peltata from the family Saxifragaceae), Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra from the family Ulmaceae) and Sorrel (Rumex acetosa from the family Polygonaceae). The tea is renowned as an herbal cancer treatment. It is believed that the tea prevents the growth of new carcinogenic cells.
Ginseng tea is prepared from the aromatic tuberous roots of the ginseng plant (Panax from the family Araliaceae). It is believed that the tea greatly improves the resistance power of our body against stress.
Kombucha is a sweetened tea prepared from a group of microorganisms, known as kombucha colony, by using a fermentation process. The kombucha colony microbes consist of bacteria and yeasts; they are Acetobacter, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Torulaspora delbrueckii, Candida stellata, and Zygosaccharomyces bailii. A chemical compound present in this tea seems to help the liver for detoxifying the body.
Persimmon tea is prepared from the dried and crushed leaves of the tree (Diospyros from the family Ebenaceae). The tea is believed to be rich in Vitamin C, and it seems to prevent scurvy.
As you can see there are many Natural Herbal remedies available to keep your body in optimal health without the side effects. This is just a small sample of herbal teas. There are literally thousands of varieties available. Don’t be afraid to sample different kinds. You just might find that special taste and wonderful aroma that you just can’t live without.