Herbal Tea Comes with Benefits

Drinking a cup of herbal tea has been associated with slowing down, taking a break and enjoying a moment. And the good news is that drinking that cup of tea may have even more benefits.

Despite the name, herbal teas are not actually made of tea. Instead, herbal teas consist of dried fruit, flowers, spices and herbs. This means they can vary widely in flavor. And even better, they vary widely in the benefits derived from each one.

Here are just a few you may want to add to your daily tea break.


Chamomile is a delicately floral herbal tea that is quite popular for its calming effect. One study found drinking chamomile tea led to improved sleep quality. It is also believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting effects. Another study found the tea helps premenstrual symptoms and improved glucose, insulin and blood lipid levels.

Peppermint tea

This tea is well known for its flavor and ability to give a quick lift of energy. It is one of the most used herbal teas and boasts antioxidant and antiviral properties. Since peppermint oil is known to help with bloating and cramps, drinking tea is an easy way to get it.

At the very least, this tea tastes good and gives your breath a boost.


This tea has a warming, slightly spicy taste and packs a bunch of healthy antioxidants. You can make your own by grating fresh ginger into a mug or buy it as a tea.

Ginger tea is one of the best ways to relieve nausea, especially in early pregnancy, motion sickness and cancer treatments. Also, two studies found ginger to be as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen at relieving menstrual cramps.


Pronounced ‘roy-boss,’ this South African tea has a slightly sweet, woody taste, is a beautiful red color and full of antioxidants. It also contains fewer tannins than a cup of green or black tea, which allows the body to absorb more iron.

One study found that drinking six cups of rooibos tea daily for six weeks lowered blood levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and fat, while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.