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Benefits of Herbal Tea And Its Side Effects

Nowadays, despite preferring a regular tea with sugar and milk, people are often seen sipping on herbal tea, because it is far more beneficial for the body than the regular tea. Also, as it has several varieties, the choice of flavors is never limited for a person. According the taste he or she likes, or the nutrition he or she is willing to get, they can choose one flavor or expand their horizon. Some of the most popular herbal teas are, Chamomile Tea, Ginger Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Dandelion Tea, Echinacea Tea, Fennel Tea, Ginseng Tea, and Gingko Tea. All these can help you relieve certain body ailments, such as, battling sluggish digestion, easing arthritis pain, and enjoying a sound sleep.

Benefits of Herbal Tea And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Herbal Tea
Nutritional Value of Herbal Tea
Health Benefits of Herbal Tea
Curing cough and cold
Reducing infections
Boosting iron in the body
Showing anti-inflammatory effects
Treating insomnia
Rejuvenating tissue cells
Soothing stomach issues
Promoting flawless skin
Maintain proper kidney health
Relieving stress
Blood Sugar Regulator
Busting nausea
Uses of Herbal Tea
Side-Effects & Allergies of Herbal Tea
Origin And Cultivation of Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea comes under the list of beverages with aroma, taste, and healing properties. In the ancient times, herbal tea was coined “Tisane”, which is derived from the Greek word ‘ptisane’ that means ‘ crushed barley.’ However, when we move towards China, they call it ‘Liang Cha,’ which means ‘Cooling Tea.’ According to Chinese people, herbal teas are meant to provide a cooling effect on the body by balancing the body temperature. When people fall sick, they usually consume herbal tea to heal.

The benefits of consuming herba tea include relaxing the body, cooling the body temperature, easing the bad stomach, and reducing the fluid retention in the body.
Herbal tea is cooked by adding different plants in water, which can be served ‘hot’ and ‘cold,’ depending upon the user’s preference.

Nutritional Value of Herbal Tea

No matter which herbal tea you are sipping on, it has a huge nutritional value. As said earlier, herbal teas come loaded with nutritional value. as The criteria for the nutritional value is 1 mug of an herbal tea, which is approximately 8 fl Oz or can say 100 g. Its nutrional value is defined below.

Nutritional Value:

List of nutritional content in 100g or an herbal tea-

  • It has a saturated fat up to 0.005g which is nearly 0%.
  • It has monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat up to 0.012g and 0.002g.
  • The cholesterol level in herbal tea is 0mg which is 0%.
  • Sodium and Potassium found in herbal tea are also in very small quantity, which is roughly up to 2mg and 21mg, respectively.
  • Herbal tea does not contain dietary fiber and sugars.
  • It contains Vitamins A and C.

Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Herbal Tea
Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

Curing cough and cold

Cough and cold is a common issue, and you can healt it by drinking herbal tea made of ‘elder tree.’ It reduces the decongestion in the nasal cavity, reduces throat soarness, and cures cold & cough. Other herbal teas which are good for cold & cough are Clove Tea, Ginger Tea, and Licorice Tea.

Reducing infections

If there is an early stage infection, then Ginger Herbal tea is good to consume. A study conducted in 2013 indicates that ginger has anti-fungal qualities, and it can fight against infections mainly yeast infection. Another study shows that ginger also has anti-microbial potential and hence, any infection due to microbial growth can also be reduced by sipping on ginger herbal tea.

Boosting iron in the body

Both men and women need iron to manufacture red blood cells (RBC) to maintain adequate hemoglobin level. So, as herbal teas contain a good amount of calcium, iron, silica, essential minerals for the body, these are the best to boost mineral deficiency. A regular cup of Nettle Tea (Iron content is maximum) is good for healthy bones, teeth, nail, and hair.

Showing anti-inflammatory effects

The herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory properties to relief rheumatic aches caused due to widening of blood vessels. Patients suffering from arthritis can use ginger herbal tea to fight inflammation.

Treating insomnia

People who suffer from insomnia can easily go to sleep by sipping on a hot cup of Chamomile tea a few minutes before their bed time. As this herbal tea contains Tryptophan, a type of amino acid that relaxes the body and makes it fall asleep. However, Chamolie tea is effective in mild insomnia.

Rejuvenating tissue cells

Herbal Tea is a boon for cell rejuvenation and growth. It makes the tissues of the body stronger and as it is rich in anti-oxidant properties, it prevents cell damage; be it due to pollution or effect of free radicals. It is even said that herbal tea is good for lowering the aging process.

Soothing stomach issues

Due to poor eating habits and poor food quality, often our stomach gets upset. However, there are several herbal teas that are known for their stomach soothing properties. Herbal tea like Fennel Tea helps in relieving stomachache, flatulence, colic, and constipation. It also promotes better digestion of food, and reduces gastric problems.

Promoting flawless skin

Regular use of herbal tea helps detoxify the body and cleane it from inside. This cleansing property, thus, helps in getting flawless and supple skin. The daily use of herbal tea promotes acne-free skin, curing psoriasis, preventing eczema, reducing pimples, redness, swelling and oxidative damage. Spearmint Tea, Green Teas, and Chamomile Tea are best known for such remarkable properties.

Maintain proper kidney health

As herbal teas are known to detoxify the body, they flush out the toxins and promote good health. Marshmallow Tea, Parsley Tea, Chamomile Tea, and Goldenrod Tea are known for such great benefits.

Relieving stress

The ultra-properties of herbal teas are also known to relieve stress and in many cases, work as an anti-depressant. Herbal teas calm the mind and release chemicals in the brain that fight stress and depression. Chamomile tea is best known for its relaxing property.

Blood Sugar Regulator

Patients suffering from mild diabetes or are not dependent on insulin have noticed a significant improvement upon consuming specific herbal teas like sage and bilberry. Both these teas help lower blood sugar levels and hence widely used in diabetic neuropathy.

Busting nausea

Although it is an orthodox remedy, yet it works wonders. Herbal teas are known for relieving morning sickness and nausea. Ginger tea is the best example.

Uses of Herbal Tea

Herbal teas come under the category of beverages that are made by infusing different herbs in hot and cold water. The ingredients of herbal teas can range from herbs to spices. Moreover, it does not contain Caffeine and thus is healthy for the body. All around the world, people use different types of herbal tea to detoxify their bodies and rejuvenate their senses. People also sip on herbal teas to make body free of many health ailments, such as, cold & cough, bad digestion, inflammation, and infections.. Nowadays, herbal tea has become a huge brand statement for healthy skin, as it reduces acne and cleanses the skin deeply.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Herbal Tea

Although there is not enough evidence on the side effects of consuming herbal teas, yet here are certain possibilities that may occur. Well, as there are different herbal teas, there are different side effects related to them. However, the common side effects can be headache, flushing of skin, soreness in mouth, heartburn, dermatitis, antiphylatic shock, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and hormonal imbalance.

Origin And Cultivation of Herbal Tea

Although there is not enough evidence on the side effects of consuming herbal teas, yet here are certain possibilities that may occur. Well, as there are different herbal teas, there are different side effects related to them. However, the common side effects can be headache, flushing of skin, soreness in mouth, heartburn, dermatitis, antiphylatic shock, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and hormonal imbalance.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi there. Tell me Is tea good for health? How much amount one should consume tea? Actually I do not drink tra at all and want to start to drink it in a healthy way so I asked it. Regards.

Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Moderate tea consumption is good for health since tea's are rich in antioxidant and reduces stress levels. One can have 2 Tsp of Milk Tea / Coffee alongwith 2-3 Cups of Green Tea / Jasmine Tea / Herbal Tea. Team Nutrihealth.
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My husband is having cold and stomach heaviness he took dompan, emset and combiflam for three days still every evening he feels cold and stomach heaviness he is having light food. Please suggest medicine he is at a place where not much medical facilities are available we can visit physicians on Friday till then if anything can help.

M.D.(Ayu.) Basic Principles, B.A.M.S., I.P.G.T.& R.A., GAU
Ayurveda, Ajmer
Hi lybrate-user You can use Ajwayan 10gm two times a day and a herbal tea made by using 1 long, 1kalimirch,1 elayachi and one fourth tea spoon dry zinger to get rid of cold and stomach heaviness as you mentioned till Friday you don't have too much medical facilities. Tc Thank Regards!
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I am an Indian vegetarian trying to lose weight. My new diet is: 1. Morning: lemon water, Sprouts and Milk at intervals 2. Afternoon: 3 roti and one sabzi, papa salad 3. Evening; snacks around 300 calories 4. Dinner: Soup and bread am I lacking any nutrition?

Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
You should include more of proteins, soaked nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables in your diets. Have herbal tea such as green tea/jasmine/cinnamon/ginger tea after the meals. Have less of breads but include whole wheat or multi grain flour chapatis in the diets. Regular exercise is very important in order to boost the metabolism. Daily water intake should be around 10-12 glasses (2-2.5 litres).
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I am a male, 64 years old, with 153 cm height & 81 kg weight, non-diabetic, vegetarian with the slight spurt in BP occasionally, leading an almost stress free sedentary life with the steady income from the corpus and pension, but attending on my Ischemic stroke affected wife for almost 24 hours whose temperament is uncertain. I am having Asthma, sleep apnea, urine bladder cyst and knee joint pain. I am treated on by the specialists in the respective fields. All of them advise me to lose weight, which is difficult for me since I don't do any physical exercise and temperamentally I hate walking and socializing with people. Especially my Urologist tells me that my obesity is just because of my eating habits. Consequently, I have stopped having my breakfast almost for the last 2 years and take one or two cups of coffee with normal sugar and one or two bananas till 12 noon. I take my lunch consisting of almost 50 ml- made- of- boiled white rice, sambar, rasam and curd with cooked country vegetables and a deep-fried outsourced Vada occasionally. I take a cup of coffee in the evening with one or two biscuits or one banana. My dinner usually is three or four doses or 5 idlys. I take a cup of milk at bed-time but not regularly. Kindly advise me a diet chart if this food - routine is not okay. (I have to tell you that I don't have any diet restriction on the occasions of marriage feast and other rare occasions of buffets, not exceeding 15 days in a year.) kindly advise me how to reduce at least 10 kg of my weight in the year 2018 My new year greetings!

Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
It is not only the weight you need to reduce. You have nutritional deficiencies as well. Your diet schedule is giving you higher calories than you need, with very low nutrition level. In general I can tell you what to do and what not. For detailed plan it is better to contact directly. 1. Do not have coffee empty stomach. Have herbal tea by boiling household herbs & spices without sugar. Have heavier breakfast with more fruits upto afternoon. 2. Have 1 serving of raw/steamed vegetables. If possible replace white rice with brown or red rice. 3. Have low or no carb dinner. Dosas and idly are very high in carbs 4. Avoid dairy - milk and curd, they are difficult to digest without physical activities. 5. Take 30 mins of sunlight between 11 - 2 PM. All the best.

I want to know empty stomach drink in morning for being healthy I am taking antidepressants nd taking clox 0.5 inderal 10 mg. Please suggest

Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Take lukewarm water with either amla juice or lemon. After that you can take herbal tea / green tea without sugar.
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Popular Health Tips

Kidney Dysfunction - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Valsad
Kidney Dysfunction - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

The bean-shaped organ kidneys in our body is one of the most important parts that helps in eliminating waste products from the body and also for maintaining the hormonal balance. But due to various reasons such as stress or wrong diet, often the kidneys may face irregular working disorder.

Of course, there are a number of medicines today and also medical treatments to cure various kidney diseases. But if you are not pretty sure of taking such treatments and wish to have something much secure, then trying the home remedies can be the best thing. Ayurveda has a list of remedies that help in curing such kidney issues.

Things To Avoid

  1. Reducing Salt Intake: When the condition of the kidney is not feasible, consuming salt over it can make the situation even worse. If you are urinating, again and again, this means that your body already have an excess amount of potassium and the kidney failure is may be due to an abnormal balance of hormones in the body fluid. Hence, it is the best thing to take a low salt diet. Consuming frozen food items may also add extra salt to the body and hence an ideal practice is to go for fresh fruits, vegetables and meat items.
  2. Lowering Protein Intake: Now, this is a tricky thing and you need to cross check this. There are many times when kidney problems take place due to the high amount of protein intake while some other times it takes place due to lack of protein in the body. So, lowering the protein intake can be done to cross check whether the condition is improving or not.

Remedies To Follow

  1. Herbal Tea: Among various natural remedies that can be started to cure kidney ailments, one of the best one is to include herbal tea in the diet. There are a number of herbal tea options that can be included in your daily diets such as dandelion tea, blueberry tea and marshmallow tea, but the one that is said to affect the most is the green tea. Green tea is said to be high in antioxidant properties and hence they are great in curing kidney ailments.
  2. Aloe Vera Juice: This one plant helps in curing a number of issues both externally as well as internally. Whether it is skin issue or intestine issue, aloe vera juice can be of great help. Aloe Vera has an anti-oxidant property and hence it is great in treating kidney infection and then curing the diseases of the kidney completely.
  3. Water: This can be the simplest way to treat any kind of kidney problem. If you are in the initial stage of any kidney ailment, then the best way is to treat it with water. Drink at least about 6-8 glasses of water each day that will allow you to urinate more and hence the problem may get cured.
  4. Yoga: Pranayam, suryanamaskar and meditation should be followed everyday. 

There are different medicines and also herbs available to treat kidney dysfunction. But these above mentioned can be the easiest methods of all. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sugar - Can You Control Your Intake?

Wellness Coach, Diploma In Diet & Nutrition, Diploma In Weight Loss
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Sugar - Can You Control Your Intake?

Sugar (cane sugar) is not only a big industry but has been a part of many of our traditional foods. Somehow, today sugar has been given a tag of being an 'unhealthy' food. What we don't realize before we demonize a food the reason for it to suddenly become unhealthy. Sugar in small required amounts does not cause any health issue. What we don't realize is the amount of sugar that we are unknowingly consuming through foods like packaged cereals ,juices , health drinks , pastries, burgers and even the so called 'low fat' packaged foods marketed as healthy foods. Excessive sugar in these forms can definitely become harmful. So, rather than banning sugar from your diet, try to make better food choices.
The steps you can take to reduce sugar intake in a week are -
1. Stay hydrated and avoid health drinks and packaged juices - 
Replace so-called health drinks and packaged juices with fresh drinks like lime water, coconut water, herbal teas and home-made fruit drinks like raw mango juice / aam panah and Water. The natural electrolytes will stop any craving for excessive sugar laden foods.
2. Limit caffeine intake - Drinking coffee in the morning causes caffeine kick which spikes the energy levels in the body. As soon as this spike wears off, there is an intense sugar craving in the body.
3. Eat more complex carbohydrates - Increasing consumption of complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and yams helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels in the body. This happens as they are digested slowly and help in controlling sugar cravings.
4. Restrict salt intake - Excessive salt consumption can increase cravings for sugary foods. Eating too much salt can cause the body to balance out the flavors thus leading to increased sugar cravings.
5. Exercise - Exercise causes perspiration in the body which helps in flushing out the salt and making the body alkaline thus reducing sugar cravings.
6. Limit processed food intake - Eating naturally occurring foods such as grains and fruits are healthier than eating packaged foods. Packaged foods generally contain both added sugar and salt which tend to increase sugar cravings and promotes weight gain. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Benefits Of Garlic Tea

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur

You likely know the benefits of garlic in your diet, but garlic tea is another important natural remedy that can provide a number of health benefits. However, before adding any powerful herbal tea to your health regimen, it is important to understand how to properly prepare it, as well as what potential benefits it holds.

What is garlic tea?

Garlic tea is a warm brew made with garlic cloves, and while that may not sound like the most palatable beverage, it can be very beneficial to your health. Garlic is scientifically known as allium sativum and contains high levels of vitamins a, b and c, as well as sulfuric compounds, allicin, variousantioxidants and other active ingredients. When you eat garlic cloves or include them in your diet, you benefit from these components, but the concentration is often quite low.

For thousands of years, garlic tea has been a trusted natural remedy, dating all the way back to the ancient greeks. If you can get over the initially unpleasant flavor, you will be surprised by the additional energy and overall wellness that a daily cup of garlic tea can give.

There are some potential side effects that should be considered, such as heartburn, nausea, vomiting, general gastric distress, and a higher risk for bleeding disorders. These side effects are typically only experienced if you consume a large amount of garlic tea, or due to allergies. You should be able to avoid side effects if you practice moderation when drinking this specialty tea.

Garlic tea benefits

There are a number of notable benefits of garlic tea, such as aiding weight loss efforts, boosting immunity, soothing the respiratory system, lowering blood pressure, and increasing energy, among others.

1. Boosts immunity

Packed with antibacterial and antifungal compounds, such as allicin, garlic tea can give your immune system a major boost by protecting against a wide range of infectious pathogens, particularly those that are ingested along with your food.

2. Regulates blood pressure

Studies have linked garlic’s active ingredients with lower blood pressure, and garlic extract has also been shown to lower serum cholesterol levels. This can reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke, as well as coronary heart diseases.

3. Improves respiratory system

If you are suffering from a cough, cold, sore throat or sinus congestion, a single cup of this tea can help clear out congestion and reduce inflammation in your respiratory tracts. It also helps in speeding up healing and eliminating the underlying infection.

4. Weight loss

Garlic tea is able to stimulate the metabolism, which can increase passive fat burning and aid in weight loss efforts, while also partially suppressing the appetite!

5. Provides energy boost

Drinking a cup of garlic tea every morningmay not pack a caffeine boost, but it can increase overall energy levels at the start of the day.

How to make garlic tea?

Making your own garlic tea at home is quite simple, and is much easier than finding a coffee shop that offers it on the menu! follow the simple recipe below and you’ll be sipping on this beneficial beverage before you know it!

Ingredients

4 garlic cloves3 cups of water1/2 cup of lemon juice2 tablespoons of honey

Step 1 – peel the cloves and remove any papery layers.

Step 2 – add the cloves and water into a saucepan or pot.

Step 3 – bring the water to boil, then turn off the heat.

Step 4 – add honey and lemon to the tea and stir it well.

Step 5 – strain the tea into a cup and enjoy 1-2 times per day.

Step 6 – store extra garlic juice in the refrigerator and reheat for use within 2 days.
 

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Take Care of Yourself In Winters

MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Take Care of Yourself In Winters

Winter is a period of cloudy skies and cold, damp, heavy atmosphere. This is vata- kapha dominant season. Hence a vata- kapha pacifying measures or lifestyle should be followed to remove dryness and to maintain good health:

    •    Plenty of herbal teas and warm spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper should be consumed in foods and drink.
    •    Herbs like turmeric and pippali are very good during winter as they fight against infections and strengthen the immune system.
    •    Avoid faulty food combinations such as fruit

Health Benefits Of Peppermint Tea

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

1. Caffeine free

The fact that peppermint tea does not contain caffeine may be a boon or a bane.

If you want to enjoy a cup of tea that won’t add to your caffeine content, peppermint tea is a good choice as is any other herbal tea.

But if you need a tea that keeps you awake at night, you need to go for your traditional cup of tea or coffee. In fact, peppermint tea has a soothing effect and is said to be good for a good night’s sleep.

2. Relieves gas and bloating

If you are suffering from gastric problems, you should immediately add a pack of peppermint tea to your kitchen shelf.

Peppermint tea removes gassiness and relaxes muscles, thus facilitating the movement of gas curing flatulence problems.

3. Reduces heartburn and indigestion

The ability of peppermint to relax muscles also improves the flow of bile juice in the stomach, thus improving digestion.

It acts like acid reflux and thus can cure indigestion.


4. Nausea and vomiting

As already mentioned above, it makes you feel comfortable at night and thus help fight morning sickness. Morning sickness is common among pregnant women.

Peppermint tea is antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory in nature. It relaxes muscles and thus reduces instances of vomiting and nausea.

5. Respiratory issues

As an antispasmodic, it also relieves you from that irritating sensation that makes you want to cough, thereby improving your respiratory condition by relaxing the muscles of the throat and chest, it can eliminate that aspect of cold and flu symptoms.

Peppermint tea is said to be a natural decongestant. It can also help in providing sinus relief.

The season of constant colds and flu has begun, so let peppermint tea become part of your evening routine.

6. Immune system

Bacteria are the cause innumerable diseases which include fever, cough and cold and the worst part is that unknowingly we are exposed to millions of them. Be it in the air, water or the food we intake.

But don’t you worry. Peppermint tea will come to your rescue as it is said to have anti-bacterial properties. It builds immunity against a variety of illnesses.

It is a mild source of vitamin b, potassium, calcium.

7. Bad breath

While peppermint tea being anti-bacterial kills the bad odour causing germs, the strong mentholated flavour represses the foul smell leaving your breath fresh and clean.

8. Weight loss

Peppermint tea can help you shed kilos. It may sound unbelievable, but the aroma of peppermint and some of its organic compounds can help you cut on your diet and subsequently obesity.

9. Curbing stress

The new talk of the town is “stress”. It is an indispensable part of the busy and ambitious lives we live these days. In fact, a certain level of stress is required to keep you going. But when stress starts interfering with your lives in a negative way, something somewhere has gone gravely wrong and needs to be paid attention.

Peppermint is an excellent stress buster especially because of the menthol it possesses. Being anti-inflammatory, it reduces blood pressure and body temperature which are the consequences of stress and thus allows you to relax.

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Table of Content

Herbal Tea
Nutritional Value of Herbal Tea
Health Benefits of Herbal Tea
Curing cough and cold
Reducing infections
Boosting iron in the body
Showing anti-inflammatory effects
Treating insomnia
Rejuvenating tissue cells
Soothing stomach issues
Promoting flawless skin
Maintain proper kidney health
Relieving stress
Blood Sugar Regulator
Busting nausea
Uses of Herbal Tea
Side-Effects & Allergies of Herbal Tea
Origin And Cultivation of Herbal Tea