Refreshing Exotic Teas…!

By: Pallavi Vathiar. Practicing Clinical Nutritionist, Mumbai.

Email: fihealthie@gmail.com

Everyone loves a good cup of coffee. But when it comes to a beverage that’s both comforting and refreshing, nothing beats a hot cup of tea.

Lavender Tea

Lavender tea is made by brewing the purple buds of the Lavandula angustifolia plant with water.

This tea is thought to calm nerves, lead to better sleep, improve skin health, and provide many other benefits.

  • Fatigue and Depression

A study on “Effects of Lavender Tea on Fatigue, Depression, and Maternal-Infant Attachment in Sleep-Disturbed Postnatal Women” observed that 80 new mothers in Taiwan who drank 1 cup (250 mL) of lavender tea per day for 2 weeks along with taking in the fragrance of lavender, reported less fatigue and depression, compared with those who didn’t smell or drink the tea (1).

  • Boosts Brain Function

A study suggests that compounds in lavender may stimulate activity in certain areas of the brain and influence the transmission of impulses between brain cells in ways that boost mood and produce a calming effect (2).

  • Soothes Menstrual Cramping

A study in 200 young adult women in Iran found that smelling lavender for 30 minutes per day in the first 3 days of a menstrual cycle led to significantly less painful cramping after 2 months, compared with the control group (3).

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea that’s made with parts of Hibiscus plant. There are several species of hibiscus but the specie named Hibiscus Sabdariffa is most commonly used to make hibiscus tea.

  • Lowers Blood Pressure

A study of 65 people with high blood pressure were given hibiscus tea or a placebo. After six weeks, those who drank hibiscus tea had a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure, compared to the placebo (4). Another review study found that hibiscus tea decreased both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 7.58 mmHg and 3.53 mmHg, respectively (5).

  • Reduces Cholesterol and Triglycerides

In a study, 60 people were given either hibiscus tea or black tea. After one month, those who drank hibiscus tea experienced increased “good” HDL cholesterol and decreased total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (6).

  • Promotes Weight-loss and Liver Health

Hibiscus sabdariffa extract inhibits obesity and fat accumulation, and improves liver steatosis in humans. A study found that the consumption of Hibiscus sabdariffa extract reduced obesity, abdominal fat, serum FFA and improved liver steatosis. Hibiscus sabdariffa extract could act as an adjutant for preventing obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver (7).

Eucalyptus Tea

Eucalyptus tea is made from the ground leaves of the eucalyptus tree, native to Australia and known in that region as the fever tree due to its medicinal properties. Eucalyptus leaves can be made into a tea that’s safe for consumption. Additionally, the leaves can be made into essential oil for topical use or inhalation.

  • Enhances Respiratory Health

Eucalyptus leaves are used for generations as a cure-all for respiratory issues, particularly in removing catarrh from the respiratory tracts. It helps remove excess phlegm and mucus from the sinuses and respiratory tracts. Eucalyptus leaves and extracts are often recommended for people looking for herbal or natural remedies for bronchitis, common cold, and flu (8).

  • Anti-bacterial Effects

The powerful effects of eucalyptus tea has its direct impact on the respiratory system, it is recommended to protect the body from a wide variety of bacterial infections. Some of them include E. coli and Candida albicans, the latter of which can cause yeast infections (9).

  • Skin Care

A study in Egypt was done with Eucalyptus globulus (camphor oil) against the zoonotic scabies, Sarcoptes scabiei with the success of camphor oil in treated human demodicidosis, it was applied for treating human scabies. Camphor oil with or without glycerol dilutions gave complete cure, with concentrations (100%, 75% and 50%) within five to ten days (10).

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs and a member of Asteraceae/Compositae family and represented by two common varieties viz. German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to its medicinal properties.

  • Sleep Cycle

In one study, postpartum women who drank chamomile tea for two weeks reported better sleep quality compared to a group that did not drink chamomile tea. They also had fewer symptoms of depression, which is often linked with sleeping problems (11).

Another study found that people who consumed 270 mg of chamomile extract twice daily for 28 days had 1/3 less night time awakening and fell asleep 15 minutes faster than those who did not consume the extract (12).

  • Enhances Digestion

Drinking chamomile tea is soothing to the stomach. Traditionally, it has been used to treat several digestive ailments, including diarrhea, stomach ulcers, nausea and gas, likely due to its anti-inflammatory effects (13).

  • Control Blood Sugar

Drinking chamomile tea may aid in lowering blood sugar levels. In one study of 64 diabetic people, those who consumed chamomile tea daily with meals for eight weeks had significantly lower average blood sugar levels than those who consumed water (14).

  • Protect Against Types Of Cancer

The antioxidants found in chamomile tea have been linked with a lower incidence of certain types of cancer. Additionally, one study of 537 people observed that those who drank chamomile tea 2–6 times per week were significantly less likely to develop thyroid cancer than those who did not drink chamomile tea (15).

Lemongrass Tea

Lemongrass, also called citronella. It has a fresh, lemony aroma and a citrus flavor. Lemongrass essential oil is used in aromatherapy to freshen the air, reduce stress, promote sleep, relieve pain, and boost immunity.

  • Antimicrobial Properties

Lemongrass tea may help treat oral infections and cavities, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. According to a 2012 in vitro study published by the National Institutes, lemongrass essential oil showed antimicrobial abilities against Streptococcus bacteria, the bacteria most responsible for tooth decay (16).

  • Menstrual Cramps

Lemongrass tea is used as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps, bloating, and hot flashes. Its stomach-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties may help. Additionally, according to an article published in the Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research, lemongrass oil is useful in helping to cool the body (17).

  • Promoted Healthy Digestion

A cup of lemongrass tea is a go-to alternative remedy for upset stomach, stomach cramping, and other digestive problems. A 2012 study published by the National Institutes showed that lemongrass may also be effective against gastric ulcers (18).

References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26523950/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5405632/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20018807/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25875025/
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19678781/
  7. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/FO/c3fo60495k#!divAbstract
  8. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0367326X99000830
  9. https://academicjournals.org/article/article1380823069_Ghalem%20and%20Mohamed.pdf
  10. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12739800
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26483209
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3198755/
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/
  14. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25194428/
  15. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25842380/
  16. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22430697/
  17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217679/
  18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3326778/

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