Health benefits of herbal teas for men and women

Introduction

Herbal tea became popular recently because of its enormous health benefits for all. Yes, herbal teas are beneficial to both men and women.

Herbal teas are made from herbs, hence the name herbal tea. Most if not all of the herbs used in making herbal teas are medicinal.

Different herbs are used in producing herbal teas. We therefore have different kinds of herbal teas out there in the market.

The health benefits of a particular herbal tea is totally dependent on the type of herb or herbs it is made of.

For instance, a herbal tea that is made from a plant called Artemisia annua will have antimalarial property as its health benefits for both men and women including children.

Now, let us itemize the health benefits of herbal teas

1. Herbal teas have antidiabetic effect

Herbal tea made from herbs that have antidiabetic property will by extension have antidiabetic effect.

Note that herbal teas with antidiabetic effect should not automatically replace your antidiabetic drugs.

Do not even think about it. With your doctor’s approval, you can use any of them as supplements but not as a replacement of your antidiabetic drugs.

This is still applicable to other herbal teas with various benefits. Yes, they are to be used as supplements not as a replacement for standard medical treatment.

Examples of herbal teas with antidiabetic benefits

The following are herbal teas with antidiabetic effects:

  1. Bitter leaf tea
  2. Abere tea
  3. Artemisia pallens tea
  4. Bidens pilosa tea
  5. Bixa orellana tea
  6. Teramnus labialis tea
  7. Aloe barbadensis tea
  8. Annona squamosa tea
  9. Averrhoa bilimbi tea
  10. Azadirachta indica tea
  11. Beta vulgaris tea
  12. Camellia sinensis tea
  13. Cassia alata tea
  14. Eclipta alba tea
  15. Eucalyptus globulus tea
  16. Euphrasia officinale tea
  17. Ficus carica tea
  18. Gymnema sylvestre tea
  19. Gynura procumbens tea
  20. Ipomoea aquatica tea
  21. Mangifera indica tea
  22. Myrtus communis tea
  23. Memecylon umbellatum tea
  24. Morus indica tea
  25. Ocimum sanctum tea
  26. Abies pindrow tea
  27. Achyranthus aspera tea
  28. Ajauga iva tea
  29. Aloe vera tea
  30. Anacardium occidentale tea
  31. Andrographis paniculata tea
  32. Capsicum frutescens tea
  33. Cryptolepis sanguinolenta tea
  34. Enicostemma littorale tea
  35. Ficus religiosa tea

2. Herbal teas have antihypertensive effect

Some herbal teas are used to help in the treatment of hypertension as they have antihypertensive effect.

Herbal teas in these category are all made from herbs with antihypertensive properties.

Examples of herbal teas with antihypertensive benefits

The following are herbal teas with antihypertensive benefits:

  1. Guan Mu Tong tea
  2. Celery tea
  3. Garlic tea
  4. Prickly Custard apple tea
  5. Buchu tea
  6. Tea (Camellia sinensis) tea
  7. Indian plantago tea
  8. Green Oat tea
  9. Breadfruit tea
  10. Karpurvali tea
  11. Black bean tea
  12. Coffee weed tea
  13. Ajwain tea
  14. Chaksu tea
  15. Swamp Lily tea
  16. Chinese Hawthorn tea
  17. Virginia day green tea
  18. Lasaf tea
  19. Pima cotton tea
  20. Soybean tea
  21. Hardy Fuchsia tea
  22. Osbeck  tea
  23. Carrot tea
  24. Black Mangrove tea
  25. Linseed or Flaxseed tea
  26. Rompepiedra tea
  27. French Lavender tea
  28. Roselle tea
  29. Umbrella tree tea
  30. Murungai or moringa tea
  31. Tomato tea
  32. Pomegranate tea
  33. Kudzu tea
  34. Maritime Pine tea
  35. Nela nelli tea
  36. Harmal tea
  37. Mistletoe tea
  38. Cat’s Claw herb tea
  39. Sticky Nightshade or Wild Tomato tea
  40. Rauwolfia tea
  41. Black plum tea

3. Herbal teas are beneficial in Cancer prevention

Remember what we said about herbal teas and how their beneficial come about.

For emphasis, remember that the health benefits of an individual herbal tea is solely dependent on the type of herb or herbs used in formulating it.

Herbal teas that help in cancer prevention are made from herbs that have anticancer properties.

Most of these herbs have strong antioxidant properties as they mop up free radicals from those who use them.

Examples of herbal teas with anticancer properties

The following are herbal teas with cancer prevention effects:

  1. Allspice tea
  2. Cinnamon tea
  3. Basil tea
  4. Cardamom tea
  5. Caraway or meridian fennel tea
  6. Rosemary tea
  7. Dill tea
  8. Cumin tea
  9. Coriander tea
  10. Thyme tea

4. Herbal teas help in Alzheimer’s disease

Herbal teas made from herbs that help in the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease have these benefits too.

The following are examples of herbal teas that are beneficial in Alzheimer’s disease:

  1. Common sage tea
  2. Serrate clubmoss tea
  3. Ginkgo biloba tea
  4. Lion’s mane tea
  5. Gotu Kola tea
  6. Cat’s claw tea
  7. Brahmi tea
  8. Ashwagandha tea
  9. Convolvulus pluricaulis tea
  10. Lion’s mane tea

5. Herbal teas Lower cholesterol

There are herbal teas that lower cholesterol in humans.

These are made from herbs that have blood cholesterol lowering properties.

Examples of them include the following:

  1. Artichoke tea
  2. Fenugreek tea
  3. Guggul tea

6. Herbal teas help in Weight loss

Some herbal teas are used as adjunct in weight loss plan. Remember that weight loss plan involves a whole lot. So, herbal teas should complement and support diet and exercise interventions.

Read more about weight loss plans here.

Examples of herbal teas used in weight loss plan include the following:

  1. Ephedra tea
  2. Bitter orange tea
  3. Guarana tea
  4. Cayenne pepper tea
  5. Mate tea
  6. Ginger tea
  7. Guar Gum tea
  8. Glucomannan tea
  9. Cascara tea
  10. St. John’s wort tea
  11. Dandelion tea
  12. Garcinia cambogia tea
  13. Camellia sinensis tea
  14. Hoodia gordonii tea
  15. Citrus aurantium tea
  16. Coleus forskohlii tea

7. Herbal teas calm people who are anxious

Herbal teas with anxiolytic property calms people who are anxious and help them sleep too.

Herbal teas with this benefit should be used at bed time. Note that bed time can be in the morning, afternoon or night.

Yes, any time one wants to sleep is their bed time. One is not expected to operate machinery after taking herbal teas with anxiolytic and sedating

Examples of herbal teas with anxiolytic and sedating properties include the following:

  1. Hops tea
  2. Lemon Balm tea
  3. Skullcap tea
  4. Passion flower tea
  5. Rosenroot tea
  6. Chamomile tea
  7. kava tea
  8. St John’s wort tea
  9. Lavender tea
  10. Valerian tea
  11. Golden Thryallis tea
  12. Ginkgo biloba tea
  13. Astragalus membranaceus tea
  14. Gotu Kola tea
  15. Waterhyssop tea
  16. Ashwagandha tea

8. Herbal teas help in mental alertness

9. Herbal teas are beneficial to the heart

10. Herbal teas are beneficial to the brain

11. Herbal teas help in skin care

Disclaimers:

Even though we know that herbal teas have got the above stated health benefits, do not use any of them without the approval of your healthcare provider especially for the treatment of ailments.

Some benefits of herbal teas will not be enough to help you solve the health challenges you may be facing.

For instance, a herbal tea with antihypertensive effect may not be enough to normalise your blood pressure.

So, in this case, you will still be required to continue with your normal prescription antihypertensive drugs.

Never use any health care product without your healthcare provider’s recommendation or approval.

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