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Many people love a cup of tea containing herbs because they can enjoy the great taste while at the same time, they are doing something good for their health. Tea is the most common beverage in the world after water, and is consumed not only at mealtimes, but at all hours of the day. In some cultures, herbal teas are served not only as hot drinks, but also as cold beverages.
Where traditional tea is made just from tea plants, herbal tea can be made not only from flowers, leaves, bark, roots, stems, seeds and berries. The most common herbs used in herbal tea are mint, lavender, lemon verbena, camellia sinensis, chamomile, rosemary, sage and thyme. Each herb has its own healing properties and can be used for various ailments. Some of the most popular teas include rooibos tea, green tea, ginger tea, black tea.
Herbal teas are often used to promote and maintain health. Many of the herbs used in herbal tea have anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Herbal tea is also a great source of fibre, which can help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels, in turn helping with blood pressure. Peppermint tea for example acts as a muscle relaxant and pain reliever, so may diminish certain types of headaches.
Herbal tea is an excellent way to receive the benefits of herbal medicine; some herbs, such as St. John’s Wort, are known to be more effective when taken in tea form. And yes, herbal tea may help you with weight loss, because teas have a type of flavonoid called catechins that may boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more quickly. Herbal teas are caffeine free, so they are especially popular with people who cannot consume caffeine, such as pregnant women.
With so many different types of herbal teas out there, and you might be wondering what is the best herbal tea? Our bestselling teas are carefully selected 100% natural herbal teas. All our herbal teas are made with passion, using the finest natural high quality ingredients with no artificial flavourings, colourings, or preservatives, and come in aroma-sealing packaging that keeps the tea fresh for months. Here we look at just four of our extensive range:
Honey Heaven’s Organic Refresh Tea is made with organically grown ingredients; this flavourful brew will stimulate the taste buds and refresh the body and mind with its delicious blend of peppermint, rosehip, lavender, hibiscus.
Give yourself the best start to your day with our Morning Time Tea. This zesty, zingy wake-up call contains a delicious blend of rosehip, hibiscus and calendula. The three key ingredients are supported by hundreds of years of use in traditional medicine, together making an unbeatable combination.
We’ve taken the finest natural ingredients to produce our naturally caffeine free, organic Night Time Tea designed to help soothe after a stressful day and aid peaceful, healthy sleep so you awake refreshed and ready to go in the morning. We have created peace of mind and well-being in a mug! And the magic ingredients? Hawthorn, hop, chamomile and lavender.
Kids’ Fruity Immunity Support Tea is a 100% natural fruit tea – the perfect choice for health-conscious parents for them to enjoy with their children. Made from real dried blackcurrants, black rowan and rosehip, it’s a delicious and healthy choice, containing no added sugar and no artificial flavourings, preservatives, or colourings. Instead, it is packed full of flavonoids, vitamins and minerals and so could help support the immune system.
View Honey Heaven’s full range of herbal tea products which you can buy individually or as a gift set. The benefits are endless! Especially if you team with our amazing premium high quality natural organic honeys!
Hops are the female flowers from the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They’re most commonly used in brewing, but hops have a long history in herbal medicine, dating back to the 9th century in Europe, where they were traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments ranging from indigestion to leprosy.
Lavender studies suggest 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, which is also thought to boost sleep.
Hibiscus is rich in powerful antioxidants and may therefore help prevent harm and disease caused by the build-up of free radicals which cause damage to your cells and can lead to serious illness such as cancers, so perhaps our ancestors were right.
Hawthorn berry is a rich source of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidant compound found in plants. Antioxidants help neutralise unstable molecules called free radicals that can harm your body when they are present at high levels. These molecules can come from poor diet, as well as environmental toxins like air pollution and cigarette smoke.
Chamomile has some unique properties that may benefit the quality of sleep thanks to an antioxidant it contains, apigenin. The antioxidants found in chamomile tea have also been linked with a lower incidence of certain types of cancer. Apigenin has again been shown to fight cancer cells, especially those of the breast, digestive tract, skin, prostate, and uterus.
How do you go about herbal tea blending?
Herbal teas, whether they are loose leaf or tea bags, are best stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Store teas in glass jars to preserve their freshness. The recommended shelf life of herbal teas is around two years, before they loose their taste.
If you have any health concerns, it’s always best to check with your doctor before adding any new products into your diet. Herbal teas can be enjoyed in moderation as part of an overall healthy diet. As with anything, if you’re using the teas to replace or eliminate the need for other medications, it’s important to check with your doctor and make sure there are no risks involved. Herbal teas are safe for most people.
For our Night Time Tea, we recommend drinking one cup during the day and one in the evening before going to bed (do not drink more than three cups a day). If you are on any medication, talk to you doctor before taking our Night-time tea.
Caution: Not to be drunk by children under 14 years of age, or pregnant or breastfeeding women. Drivers and workers handling machinery should not consume this tea before or during working hours.