Standing in the tea aisle at my local shop can be intimidating. There are so many choices! It’s difficult to even know where to start. Sometimes just going to my tea cabinet is a mind-boggling and overwhelming experience. The point is, there is a lot of tea out there, how to do make a choice?
I chose my tea variety not only by flavour, as we all have our favourites, by how the herbs can benefit by mind and body. Herbal tea ingredients including herbs, spices and fruits can be extremely beneficial for your overall wellbeing. Many are established and well documented to nourish different parts of the body and aid ailments.
At ORGANIC INDIA, herbs are such an important part of our business as wellness is our primary guiding principle. Every product we make is meticulously crafted to be potent, full of life and capable of supporting health and wellness for our customers. Here are 13 of our favourite herbal tea ingredients and how they can benefit your body, mind and spirit:
Cardamom has been known to remedy both tooth and gum infections. It is an effective tonic and stimulant, good for calming the sensations of nausea and vomiting. Cardamom also has the ability to lower heartbeat and control the rhythm of the heartbeat, both of which are good for cardiovascular health.
Did you know that cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory property that helps the body fight infections and repair tissue damage? On top of this, its anti-biotic and anti-microbial effects protect the skin from irritation, rashes, allergic reactions and infections. Cinnamon also reduces several of the most common risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Chamomile is a mild sedative which decreases the nervous tension within the body, also soothing the nervous system and promoting sleep at the same time. It can also soothe stomach aches by relaxing the muscles and lining of the intestines. Additionally, chamomile has antibacterial effects which help to prevent and treat colds, while also promoting sweating to reduce fevers.
Looking for a natural remedy to reduce bloating after eating? Ginger not only reduces bloating, it also improves digestion and can relieve the sensation of nausea. Ginger improves blood circulation, which in turn helps decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems in the future. As ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, it has the ability to help with muscle and joint problems within the body.
Healing properties of Gotu Kola include the ability to both nourish and balance the nervous system, helping to ease anxiety within the body and mind. Gotu Kola has been said to relieve mental fatigue, thus improving the mental functions of the brain. Not only does Gotu Kola improve mental aspects of the mind but it also decreases both inflammation and blood pressure within the veins. This helps treat varicose veins and blood clots within the legs.
Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that both improve digestion and energy levels within the body. The caffeine in green tea also mobilises fatty acids from fat tissue within the body and makes them available to use as energy. This improves physical performance of the body. The antioxidants mixed with the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea also help fight wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Jasmine reduces both stress and is used as an anti-depressant. It also improves blood circulation around the body to help prevent conditions such as blocked arteries, thrombosis, brain damage and blood clots. Jasmine contains catechins which have fat burning properties by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.
Lemon contains Vitamin C, which helps fight free floating radicals that contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. The Vitamin C within lemon also helps produce collagen, a protein which aids in the growth of new skin cells to give skin its firmness and strength. The anti-inflammatory properties of lemons reduce the effects of asthma and other respiratory symptoms.
With an impressive list of well documented uses licorice is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal remedies. Licorice has a reputation for healing ulcers and has anti-depressant compounds. It can lower stomach acid levels, relieve heartburn and indigestion and acts as a mild laxative. This excellent herb also supports the adrenals, reducing stress and exhaustion – a valuable quality in our fast pace lives.
Peppermint provides relief from sinus pressure related to colds and allergies, soothes sore throats and relives the pain of headaches associated with the common cold. The menthol in peppermint is a muscle relaxant, reducing stress and anxiety, helping to promote more peaceful sleep. It has also been proven to suppress appetite, increasing the chance of weight loss.
The components of pomegranate can stop prostate cancer cells from moving, while also weakening the chemical signals that promote this kind of cancer to spread in the first place. It is also rich in Vitamin C that lowers blood pressure within the body. Pomegranate can also protect against dental plaque microorganisms in the mouth.
Roses have the ability to alleviate the symptoms of menstruation, including the cramps of the body. They also contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles and skin sagging. Rose works as a natural remedy for sore throats, stuffiness and runny noses associated with the common cold by boosting the immune system.
Tulsi helps to maintain normal levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone, allowing the body to relax. It has been classified as an adaptogen which means that it can help the body react and adapt to external stressors. Tulsi also has the ability to boost the body’s immune system, to help fight common infections and sicknesses. It also increases your metabolism, encouraging weight loss.
ORGANIC INDIA is the first company to bring Tulsi to the world as a delicious tea! You can find Tulsi in every single one of our tea blends, including: