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What are the Different Kinds of Soothing, Healthy Herbal Teas?

What are the Different Kinds of Herbal Tea?
Tea and coffee are the most preferred beverages, but a healthy drink that can cure different ailments and has a calming effect on the mind is herbal tea. There are umpteen number of herbs, so the array of herbal teas is equally diverse.
HolisticZine Staff
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2018
A lot of fuss has been made about herbal teas and tisanes, as a 'healthier' option to drinking traditional tea. For starters, what are herbal teas? Any brewed hot concoction, made from a plant other than the tea bush, can be called a herbal tea. Unlike tea which uses the leaves of the tea bush, herbal teas can be made from seeds, fruit, peels, roots, branches, flowers, etc.
Extracts and tea bags of various herbs are produced for commercial use. Taste, texture and aroma can vary from tea to tea, depending on the ingredients used. Herbal teas have many benefits to their consumption: they are caffeine free and have great medicinal use. In this article, the different types of herbal tea are listed, with their respective benefits.
Types of Herbal Tea and Their Benefits
Anise
Anise Tea
Main Ingredient: Seeds or leaves of the anise plant.
Benefits:
  • Reduces flatulence
  • Aids in treating an upset stomach
  • Used as an expectorant to reduce phlegm congestion in the throat and lungs
Caraway Tea
Fennel Tea
Main Ingredient: Caraway fruits or seeds plant.
Benefits:
  • Relieves pain due to gas in the stomach
  • Soothes irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
  • Cleanses the digestive tract
  • Can be used as a breath freshener
  • Relives digestion issues like colic, cramps and gas
  • Increases the flow of breast milk
  • Stimulates the appetite
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Reduces the pain of menstrual cramps
Chrysanthemum Tea
Chrysanthemum Tea
Main Ingredient: Chrysanthemum flowers
Benefits:
  • Cleanses the liver
  • Helps with conditions like influenza, sore throat and eye problems
  • Helps treat varicose veins and atherosclerosis
Cinnamon
Winter Black Tea With Spices
Main Ingredient: Cinnamon bark
Benefits:
  • Eases menstrual cramps
  • Lessens the impact of a cold
  • Comforts an upset stomach
Chamomile
Chamomile Tea
Main Ingredient: Chamomile flowers
Benefits:
  • Acts as a mild and natural sedative
  • Aids in digestion and acts as a laxative
  • Helps with irritable bowel syndrome
  • Can be used as a gargle to rinse a sore mouth
  • Eases cold and fever symptoms
Dill
Dill Seed Food
Main Ingredient: Dill seeds
Benefits:
  • Helps ease coughs, flu and colds
  • Improves digestion
  • Stops flatulence, soothes an upset stomach
  • Eases colic in children
Elderberry
Brewed Elderflower Tea
Main Ingredient: Dried elderberry flowers
Benefits:
  • Aids in treating allergies
  • Helps treat mucus-related diseases like colds and bronchitis
  • Encourages recovery from viral infections like chickenpox or measles
  • Useful in treating pain from arthritis and rheumatism
  • Helps in flushing out toxins from body
Fennel
Herbal Tea
Main Ingredient: Fennel seeds
Benefits:
  • Helps in breaking down kidney stones
  • Can be used as a mouthwash
  • Eases symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough
  • Aids in digestion and reduces a bloated stomach
  • Acts as an anti-depressant and can treat jaundice
  • Effective in hastening weight loss
  • Reduces feelings of pain and fever
Ginger Tea
Ginger Tea in White Cup
Main Ingredient: Ginger rhizomes (root)
Benefits:
  • Home remedy for colds
  • Eases vomiting and nausea
  • Soothes an upset stomach
  • Helps ease morning sickness
  • Gets rid of bad breath
Ginseng
Ginseng Tea
Main Ingredient: Ginseng root
Benefits:
  • Increases the libido, cures sexual dysfunction in men
  • Eases feelings of stress
  • Improves appetite and digestion
  • Strengthens the immune system
Hibiscus
Hibiscus hot tea
Main Ingredient: Hibiscus flower
Benefits:
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Strengthens immune system
Hydrangea
Colorful Tea Cups
Main Ingredient: Root of the hydrangea plant
Benefits:
  • Reduces size of kidney stones and eases their passing
  • Cleanses the urinary tract and prevents infections
  • Is thought to be effective against gout, malaria and prostate issues
  • Acts as a diuretic and flushes out toxins
  • Encourages the body to sweat and hence cools down
Kava
Plant Root In The Garden
Main Ingredient: Kava roots
Benefits:
  • Mood enhancer, eases the mind and gets rid of stress
  • Eases muscle tension and pain
  • Helpful in treating gout, prostate issues and rheumatism
  • Can be used to treat depression and anxiety disorders
  • Helps treat urinary tract diseases
Lemon Peel Tea
Winter Drink Tea
Main Ingredient: Peel of a lemon
Benefits:
  • Strengthens the immune system and blood vessels
  • Reduces symptoms of varicose veins
  • Increases blood circulation especially in the extremities
  • Relieves digestive tract problems
  • Used to treat colds, flu and scurvy
Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass Tea
Main Ingredient: Fresh or dried herb
Benefits:
  • Aids in digestion
  • Calms the nerves
  • Lowers body temperature during fevers
  • Reduces cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • Possible effectiveness against cancer
Labrador Tea
Blossoming Labrador Tea
Main Ingredient: Leaves of the plant
Benefits:
  • Helps treat colds, flu and coughs
  • Relives an upset stomach
  • Reduces symptoms of a hangover
  • An ideal source of Vitamin C, for those suffering from scurvy
  • Helps treat respiratory infections and ulcers
  • Purifies and cleanses the blood
Lime Blossom
Tea From Linden Flowers In Cup
Main Ingredient: Flowers of the linden tree
Benefits:
  • Eases headaches and migraines
  • Helps treat insomnia
  • Lowers blood pressure levels
  • Calms the mind and reduces anxiety
  • Relieves urinary tract infections
Mint
Mint Tea
Main Ingredient: Dried or fresh mint leaves
Benefits:
  • Anti-bacterial properties rids the mouth of germs after eating
  • Treatsallergic reactions, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Relieves stomach pain
Rooibos
Herbal Rooibos Beverage Tea
Main Ingredient: Leaves of the Aspalathus Linearis plant
Benefits:
  • Revitalizes the skin
  • Aids with insomnia and headaches
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Eases colic and stomach cramps in infants
  • Eases digestive system issues (indigestion, ulcers, constipation)
  • Increases immune system strength
  • Helps in calming down and easing mental tension
Rose Hip
Rose Hip Teacup
Main Ingredient: Fruit of the rose plant
Benefits:
  • Strengths the immune system
  • Can treat colds and flu
  • Eases rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cleans and clears the urinary tract
Rosemary
Rosemary Tea
Main Ingredient: Leaves of the rosemary herb
Benefits:
  • Eases the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism
  • Improves a person's memory and concentration
  • Aids in relieving an upset stomach and headaches
  • Reduces skin damage such as wrinkles
Sage
Tea Sage
Main Ingredient: Sage herb
Benefits:
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Eases coughs and chest congestion
  • Eases throat pain due to laryngitis or tonsils
  • Gets rid of constipation
  • Treats sores and ulcers in the mouth
St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort Tea
Main Ingredient: Dried flowers of the herb
Benefits:
  • Very effective herbal anti-depressant
  • Helps ease insomnia
  • Relieves hangovers and after-effects of drinking alcohol
  • Helps with chest congestion, sinus, cold and flu
  • Eases the mind and elevates one's mood
Thyme
Thyme Tea
Main Ingredient: Thyme herb
Benefits:
  • Aids in digestion and relieves flatulence
  • Eases colds and coughs
  • Eases menstrual cramps
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Herbal Tea With Tulsi Leaves
Main Ingredient: Tulsi extract or leaves
Benefits:
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Increases the strength of the immune system
  • Eases the symptoms of colds and flu
  • Improves respiratory and metabolic functions
Valerian
Valerian tea
Main Ingredient: Dried Valerian root
Benefits:
  • Can induce peaceful sleep
  • Eases headaches
  • Acts as a mild sedative
  • Eases menstrual cramps
Yarrow
Yarrow Tea
Main Ingredient: Dried yarrow herb
Benefits:
  • Eases the symptoms of colds and fevers
  • Relieves stomach problems like cramps and flatulence
  • Aids the flow of menstruation
  • Acts as an appetite stimulator
From the above list, green tea, oolong tea and black tea are missing. This is because such teas are prepared by adding various plant parts to conventional tea made from the tea bush. As such, they are considered flavored teas. The extensive types of herbal tea means a smorgasbord of tastes, flavors and aromas to enjoy as well as different situations of use. Whatever your ailment, there seems to be a herbal tea for it. Keep in mind, that such brewings and beverages are not meant to replace medicines and treatments, when it comes to diseases.