1. Black tea
A highly caffeinated drink and loved by many, the black tea has the antioxidants thearubigins and theaflavins, which have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and prevention of certain types of cancer. Increased of mental alertness and energy levels are also reasons why some favour the black tea.
Dr Debra Rose Wilson, a professor of nursing at Tennessee State University said, “The amount of caffeine in a cup of black tea depends on how strong you make your tea. One serving of black tea (8 ounces) can contain anywhere between 14 and 70mg of caffeine. Even decaffeinated tea can contain up to 12mg. As a result, black tea can help boost your mental alertness and concentration.”
2. Peppermint tea
This soothing tea is made from the infusion of peppermint leaves. The base element of menthol as its organic structure is of most important value as it aids in eliminating bad breath, improves digestion, helps in weight loss by suppressing the appetite and cures motion sickness and nausea.
3. Spearmint tea
Spearmint is similar to its cousin, peppermint. It is enjoyed for the same benefits of curing bad breath, improving the immune system and eliminating nausea. However, spearmint tea is considered the sweeter alternative to peppermint tea and has a lower menthol content, making it favourable to some. Studies have indicated that spearmint extract has "good total phenolic and flavonoid contents" and "excellent antioxidant activity."
4. Marigold tea
The beautiful orange-yellow marigold or calendula flowers are medicinal flowers. Tea can be made with marigold flowers to lower symptoms caused by inflammatory bowel diseases. Marigold tea is also beneficial for treating gastritis, acid reflux and ulcers, as well as reducing stomach or menstrual cramps.
In a study of marigold’s ability to calm muscle spasms, it was found that, “marigold is able to decrease cramping by improving blood flow to the painful area and lowering inflammatory responses. The florets can be consumed in tea form to help ease digestion internally and improve liver health or applied over the abdomen in ointment or extract form in order to seep into tense muscles through the skin.”
5. Hibiscus flower tea
There are 232 species of hibiscus and not all of them are used for healing or tea, like the Malaysian national flower Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. The Hibiscus sabdariffa plant however, is full of health benefits as its flowers, fruit and especially calyx are used to make the hibiscus flower, or roselle tea. This tart, cranberry-like tea is loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. It helps boost the immune system, improves digestion, reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.
6. Jasmine tea
Commonly infused with green tea, the jasmine flower offers a beautiful scent and is highly regarded for its aromatherapy properties to promote relaxation and stress relief. Other health benefits include reducing chances of colds and flu due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, while the antioxidants can combat free radicals to slow down the aging process and cancer development.
7. Saffron tea
Saffron, the most coveted and the most expensive spice in the world, makes excellent mood-boosting tea when steeped in hot water. One older study found saffron to be as effective as the antidepressant drug fluoxetine in treating mild to moderate depression. A review also suggested that saffron is a good alternative for people who are unable to tolerate antidepressant medications. Saffron tea also relieves the discomfort of menstrual pains as well as boosts the memory, which could be an alternative in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Cinnamon tea
Beyond its wide use in cooking and desserts, cinnamon offers a plethora of health benefits due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agents. Drinking cinnamon tea can help with weight loss as the fat is burned at a higher rate. It also helps to lower blood sugar, regulate menstruation and fights indigestion. For those with Type II diabetes, one cup of this tea can help stabilise blood sugar levels.
9. Lemon tea
Lemon tea simply contains hot tea with lemons and perhaps a sweetener like honey. Lemons contain astringent properties that help reduce acne and other skin disorders internally. The easiest and cheapest way to boost the immune system is to drink warm lemon tea in the morning, which prepares the body for the rest of the day. MIMS
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