Unlike ‘real’ teas, herbal teas don’t contain caffeine, but they do host a myriad of other health benefits. Hailed as ‘medicine in a mug’, they were even used to cure many medical ailments in the past.
Herbal teas aren’t actually ‘real’ teas made from the leaves of the tea plants you see growing in Cameron Highlands. Instead, herbal teas are healthy beverages made from the infusion of certain fruits, roots, spices or other parts of plants. Herbal teas we might be familiar with include ginger tea, cinnamon tea, and hibiscus tea.
The health benefits and medicinal values differ from herb to herb. The most common ones are: high in antioxidants, having calming properties, and providing temporary relief for colds or the flu.
Did you know there are also herbal teas that are especially healthy for women as well?
1. Yarrow Tea
Since the 17th century, the yarrow plant has been used as a medical cure for bleeding, diarrhoea, asthma, and more. Yarrow tea is great for relieving painful menstrual cramps and preventing heavy bleeding due to blood stagnation. Its medicinal properties encourage the normalisation of menstruation by stimulating circulation in the lining of the uterus.
Besides, yarrow tea is also beneficial for women suffering from mastitis. Mastitis is the painful inflammation of breast tissues, common in breastfeeding mothers. Yarrow tea has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to relieve the pain and heal infections.
2. Fennel Tea
Greek doctors made fennel leaves and seeds into a tea to help stimulate milk production by breastfeeding mothers. Fennel tea has mild oestrogen-like properties. It helps to stimulate and promote a healthy menstruation flow.
It is also a diuretic that encourages urine flow and prevents the formation of kidney stones. Besides, drinking fennel tea after meals may help with acid reflux as it balances the pH level in your stomach as well.
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger is no stranger to women as it is a herb that is commonly used for menstrual pain relief. Ginger tea is touted as a nausea reliever, especially for women in early pregnancy, by getting rid of ‘wind’ and warming up the body. Also, ginger tea is a great immunity booster, especially for women at their most vulnerable, preventing stomach ulcers, indigestion, and constipation.
4. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is famous for its calming and relaxing properties, but did you know that it also has other benefits like reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome? Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile tea helps to reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. Combined with its calming properties, you can fight PMS depression symptoms and still expect a good night’s sleep despite being on your period.
Its antispasmodic properties also promote a healthy digestive system, helping prevent gas, gastric pain, diarrhoea, and colic in children.
5. Oregano Tea
You might think that oregano only belongs as a seasoning in Italian dishes, but oregano tea has other amazing properties that make it a wonder beverage for women. The best thing about oregano tea is that it helps to promote clear skin by reducing the appearance of age spots, wrinkles, and blemishes on the face.
This antioxidant-rich tea also shows anti-cancer properties, particularly being the most effective for prevention of breast cancer. Besides, oregano tea is good for treating health conditions like osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, and nail fungus.