Herbal teas are delicious, and they seem to come in an endless set of permutations. You can enjoy them any time of day. You may even know that herbal teas can give you some health benefits, but the odds are good you don’t know much about those benefits. Today, we are going to take a look at five of the possible pleasant surprises that you may just find at the bottom of your next cup of herbal tea.
Chamomile Tea May Not Relax You, but it Could Help Lower Your Cholesterol
Many people turn to chamomile tea as a way to relax at night, but as it turns out research in this area is not well proven. If you’re having problems with your cholesterol however then choosing a cup of chamomile tea may help you sleep better off at night. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research showed that this tea might be able to help with high cholesterol, as well as having antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some research showed antispasmodic effects as well, but they are not well enough supported at this time.
Mint Tea May Have an Anesthetic Effect
If you’re in pain then you might want to consider a cup of mint tea. This popular herbal tea has been associated with a number of health benefits. In a study entitled A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea researchers found that, “…peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Animal model studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal (GI) tissue, analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system…” So next time you have a headache consider reaching for a cup of mint tea instead of a set of pain killing pills.
Yerba Mate Tea Can Help You Lose Weight
Yerba Mate is popular in South America, and is growing in popularity in other parts of the world. It may also be an important part in the fight against the growing global obesity epidemic. One study showed that the tea could help with weight loss efforts by reducing the urges to eat. It has also been shown to have benefits for the cardiovascular system.
All Herbal Teas May Help You Prevent Dental Problems and Bacterial Infections
Don’t like the teas on the list? For some benefits of herbal teas the type you drink is not a factor. One journal article suggested that any herbal tea could have some benefits against bacteria because of the flavonoids they contain. This effect is more potent when you are dealing with oral health issues because the tea spends some time in your mouth. The regular consumption of any herbal tea can help your oral health. Some of the other benefits of flavonoids are in the limiting of kidney stones and helping to reduce the chances of several types of cancers.
Mixing It With Green or Black Tea Can Add Benefits
If you like your herbal teas, but you want them to be a bit stronger in the morning, feel free to mix your bag type. By mixing your favorite herbal tea with a green or black tea bag you can actually add to the health benefits. Researchers in a study publish in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine said, "Theanine in green tea may play a role in reducing stress. Oxidized catechins (theaflavins in black tea) may reduce cholesterol levels in blood." So if you want to mix up a custom blend, then feel free to do so.
There you have it. What are you waiting for? Get out there and brew yourself up a nice big cup of your favorite herbal tea.
John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet, a site dedicated to helping consumers with savings.