There are few things greater in this world than the feeling of sitting down and relaxing with a hot cup of tea. It’s delicious, calming and best of all, it’s good for you! Not all teas are created equally and while they all have their benefits, there are definitely some teas that far outrank others as being healthy. The three healthiest teas you should be drinking is chamomile, rooibos and buchu tea.
Chamomile is well known for its ability to help even the most restless of sleepers get a good night’s sleep, but there are many other benefits to this delicious tea. The benefits of chamomile are so great in fact, that chamomile hydrosol is often used as well. Besides the calming effects that chamomile has, chamomile also helps to relieve pain. Chamomile tea has been used to treat things like swelling, inflammation, cuts and burns topically and drinking chamomile tea has proven to relieve internal pain as well. Women who suffer from menstrual cramps can relieve this pain with chamomile tea and stomach cramps of all kinds would benefit from a good cup of tea as well. Chamomile tea can also be used to steam the face to help combat acne and some women even use the teabags on their eyes to help relieve puffiness and dark circles. Overall, chamomile is the feel-good tea that will help your entire body get relaxed.
Rooibos tea is the perfect bedtime drink as it contains absolutely no caffeine, unlike most other teas that still contain trace amounts of caffeine. This tea gets a beautiful deep red color once it is brewed. Its name, rooibos, translates literally to red bush which refers to the plant that the tea leaves are derived from. If you’ve been sipping green tea all your life for the anti-oxidants, you should switch over to rooibos. Not only does this tea contain fifty times more anti-oxidants than your average green tea, it also tastes a lot better. Rooibos tea is naturally sweet and can be consumed without adding any sugar, though many people find that a small amount of honey does add to the flavor. This tea is perfect without milk but can be drunk with milk as well. Many parents give their young children lukewarm, milky rooibos tea once they stop drinking breast milk as rooibos tea helps to keep their immune system strong while having a taste that children love.
Buchu used to be referred to in England as “Nobleman’s tea” since only the extraordinarily wealthy could afford it. Fortunately, this natural antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic tea is now much easier to come by. The indigenous Khoisan of South Africa used this tea for centuries as a medicine and modern research backs up the claims that buchu is indeed a miracle herb. The American Food and Drug Administration have also classed buchu as being a natural weigh loss supplement.
Everybody should have rooibos tea, buchu tea as well as chamomile hydrosol and tea in their households.