Herbal teas, in addition to being delicious, have many beneficial properties: here are the best ones to digest well and stay healthy
What's more beautiful than sipping a good hot herbal tea when it's cold outside, enjoying a few minutes of pleasant relaxation? In winter – but not only! – it is an excellent home remedy for many small health ailments: from difficult digestion to colds. Let's find out some herbal teas that you absolutely must try.
- Chamomile tea
- Hibiscus herbal tea
- Sage herbal tea
- Rosehip herbal tea
- Echinacea herbal tea
- Ginger tea
Chamomile is one of the main natural remedies for insomnia. There are many studies that have shown its effectiveness, finding in participants an easier fall asleep and a better quality of sleep. In addition, an experiment conducted on guinea pigs and published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research highlighted its beneficial properties against gastric ulcers, since it helps reduce stomach acid secretions.
Hibiscus herbal tea
In addition to being a very popular drink for its strong flavor, hibiscus tea boasts numerous properties. It has antiviral effects and counteracts hypertension, it also appears to have antioxidant powers. However, it is good to pay attention to any interactions with drugs (especially with aspirin and diuretics): consult your doctor to find out more.
Sage herbal tea
Sage is well known for its medicinal properties, particularly with regard to brain health: some studies have shown its effectiveness in improving cognitive functions and in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's, but also in controlling symptoms in those already suffering from the disease. It also seems to have positive results for mood and memory.
Rosehip herbal tea
Rich in vitamin C and other substances important for health, rosehip has anti-inflammatory properties and is useful in reducing pain in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. A study published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity has shown how the intake of some of its extracts helps to keep weight under control, reducing visceral fat. Although more scientific evidence is needed, rosehip appears to be a promising choice to combat obesity.
Echinacea herbal tea
Several researches have found a correlation between the intake of echinacea and a reduction in symptoms in colds. It has also proved to be an effective remedy for strengthening the immune system, so as to help the body fight viruses and infections. Finally, drinking a good hot herbal tea at the first symptoms of a cold allows you to relieve the annoyances related to it, such as sore throat and stuffy nose.
Ginger is undoubtedly one of the most famous natural remedies for digestive problems: it is used to reduce nausea (even during pregnancy) and to relieve the discomfort due to slow digestion, such as abdominal pain and swelling. According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, it is also an excellent help against menstrual pain – its effectiveness was equal to that of ibuprofen.