The benefits of herbal tea

Not only is tea one of the world’s favourite tasting beverages but many herbal teas promote wellness. Some teas help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, while others keep us alert at work.

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Regular tea has less caffeine than coffee and flavonoid compounds (antioxidants) in tea are good for heart health. Green tea, like most other teas, is made from the Camellia sinensis plant native to China and India. Green tea benefits us as it keeps the brain alert, thanks to caffeine and theanine. Made from steamed tea leaves, green tea benefits stem from its high concentration of antioxidants. Scientists say this lowers inflammation, warding off a range of nasty cancers, improving cholesterol, preventing arteries from clogging, burning fat and reducing the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.

Herbal teas are made from blends or infusions of herbs, fruits or roots and have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green and other teas. However, they still have potent properties. Favourites include ginseng, ginger, jasmine, chamomile, rooibos and hibiscus. We know they’re good for us as they can help with weight loss, treat colds, digestion and nausea. Chamomile, ginger and hibiscus tea benefits are well documented as researchers report immune system support as well as antiviral and anti-inflammatory findings. They can be steeped in hot water and enjoyed cold-infused or mixed with other teas. For those who prefer milky teas, Rooibus (red bush) is caffeine-free and tastes delicious with milk added.

Tea in the workplace

The office can be a highly competitive space and keeping alert is key to performance. Tea is already a staple in most office kitchens but there are so many more ways to enjoy a traditional cuppa. Keeping hydrated can also be a problem as dedicated workaholics tend to stay glued to their desks. Regular tea breaks and servings of caffeinated teas offer mental support and boosts brain function. Not only does it relieve stress, it also promotes good team work and communication. The added bonus is it gets people out of their seats and away from their screens. Most office workers feel tired and sluggish as the day wears on and tea offers the perfect pick-me-up.

Herbal teas are comforting and restorative as they promote relaxation and well-being – a bonus for the employee. It also means people are kept hydrated and mentally boosted, which is good for productivity.

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Cold-infused tea has become a popular all-day drink. Made by steeping tea in room temperature water for a long time, once it’s ready it can be kept on one’s desk and sipped throughout the day. Cold-infused teas can be prepared and stored in a fridge overnight. Some say less tannins are released, resulting in a more delicate flavour. In hot weather, it can be added to ice and enjoyed as iced tea.