After a workout or a very hot day, sometimes we need to cool off and cool off. Drinking refreshing iced tea is a great way to help keep your body cool. Many herbal teas are packed with nutrients and bioactive plant phytochemicals that have beneficial health properties, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-allergenic, and anti-aging. Here are the drinks:
Lemon Balm is a mild sedative herb that can help with nervousness, tension headaches, sleeplessness, and indigestion. Many postpartum women use lemon balm to combat the “baby blues,” and it’s also a delicious and gentle herb for children.
Shatavari is a powerful rejuvenating herb commonly used in medicine to support all stages of the female reproductive cycle. Although clinical research is lacking, traditional uses of this herb cover a wide range of issues on which hormonal balance is based, for example PMS, mood swings, irritability, and hot flashes.
Fannel is a sweet tea with a licorice flavor. In animal (rat) studies, Fannel supports liver function and is also used for digestive problems such as indigestion, nausea, gas, and bloating.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) and peppermint (Mentha x piperita) both contain menthol, which interacts with cold sensitive receptors in the mouth and causes a refreshing cooling sensation. Since this refreshing sensation often helps open the sinuses, mint tea can be soothing when dealing with stuffy nose situations, such as a cold. However, having a positive effect on the digestive tract, it can help relieve gastrointestinal symptoms (stomach discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, etc.) and nausea.
Elderflower has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, with polyphenols shown to combat oxidative stress. Although clinical research is lacking, elderflower is used by herbalists for respiratory problems such as sinus infections, allergies, colds, and flu. If I’m not feeling well can combine peppermint and rose hips with elderflower.
Rose hips are an excellent source of antioxidant polyphenols and vitamin C, making them a powerful immune-supporting herbal strategy. Research shows that it can help reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis. Rose hips have a slightly sour, slightly sweet taste that is delicious and goes well with lemon balm or hibiscus.
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Hibiscus is another plant that is rich in the antioxidants anthocyanins and vitamin C. It has a tart, sour berry flavor and clinical research shows its ability to support metabolic health by lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure, increasing blood lipids, and supporting liver health. .
Chickweed contains phytochemicals known as saponins, soap-like substances that are traditionally used to make natural detergents. This herb has not had human studies, but has been shown to exhibit antiviral activity in cell studies and anti-obesity effects in animal (rat) studies.
Used as a diuretic since antiquity, a large glass of cold nettle tea helps relieve water retention. In studies, this diuresis has been shown in rodents. Nettle is best known for its positive impact on metabolic health, through its anti-inflammatory properties and proven ability to reduce blood glucose.
Although stevia is not classified as cooling, it is a natural, non-caloric plant for those who enjoy sweet teas. Be sure to use pure stevia powder, which is bright green in color. (Packaged white stevia products can contain MSG and other additives and preservatives.) If stevia isn’t your thing, other natural, plant-derived sweeteners you might consider include honey, monk fruit sweetener, and coconut sugar or nectar.