The Health Properties of Herbal Teas

Beyond focusing on revitalizing or "detoxifying" the body, relieving symptoms or preventing diseases, keep in mind that herbal teas can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
The Health Properties of Herbal Teas
Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas

Written and verified by the doctor Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

Herbal teas are natural beverages one can regularly enjoy instead of soft drinks and other industrial beverages. In addition, you can also use them to relieve certain discomforts.

Ok, so, does this mean herbal teas can provide certain health benefits? Let’s find out below.

The list of natural infusions is long

A woman holding a cup.
There are many infusions and each one of them has properties that can enhance your health under certain circumstances.

There are many natural herbal teas — as you probably already know. It’s true that the most popular are chamomile, pennyroyal mint, peppermint, lime blossom, valerian, and sage. The list doesn’t end there though, just ask grandma.

The health properties vary depending on the type of infusion. For example, chamomile is an analgesic, sedative, and anti-inflammatory. Thus, it helps relieve abdominal discomfort, soothe colics, reduce inflammation and even induce rest.

Every herb is different but, in general, herbal teas can quench thirst, hydrate the body, promote digestion and eliminate retained fluids. It’s all useful for relieving various discomforts, such as headaches due to dehydration, a feeling of fullness after a heavy meal, menstrual cramps, etc.

Herbal teas for hydration

Try to avoid soda, energy drinks, industrial juices, etc. This is because these are sources of empty calories and can lead to diabetes and obesity. So what are the alternatives?

Water should always be your first option for proper hydration. Don’t despair if you don’t like it that much though. There are plenty of healthy options out there. Among them:

  • Homemade natural fruit juices
  • Homemade vegetable “milk” (almond, oat, rice, soy, etc.)
  • Herbal teas (chamomile, mint, spearmint, ginger, cinnamon, among others)
A person pouring tea in a glass.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t drink juice and tea exclusively. They should just be complements to your healthy lifestyle. Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t absolutely have to drink two quarts of water a day. Instead, drink when you are thirsty.

People who have a hard time drinking water for whatever reason should consult their doctor so these can suggest some improvements the first can make in their lifestyle. Especially with regard to proper hydration.

Drinking a sufficient amount of water throughout the day promotes body performance.

Any natural fruit or vegetable homemade beverage is a good option to gradually increase daily fluid intake (without falling for industrial beverages) and so can natural herbal teas.

Herbal teas can relieve mild discomfort

Some teas (like chamomile) can help alleviate some mild symptoms like indigestion after a big meal. That’s because chamomile has properties that are anti-inflammatory, soothing, and promote good digestion. However, the fact that it can provide certain benefits for your body doesn’t mean that it can be used to treat illness.

Next time you’re tempted to reach for a soda or an energy drink, choose something homemade instead. The best options are always those made with fruits and vegetables. Lastly, remember not to add sugar to your concoctions (teas, juices, etc.) so as not to exceed the World Health Organization’s recommended daily amount.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.