Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Floral Teas

From jasmine to rose petals, and lavender to orchids, floral tea has been a popular choice in flavour for tea enthusiasts for centuries.  

Many of the floral teas taste great when mixed with black, green, oolong, or white tea. 

Floral teas unlike black tea are caffeine-free beverage. They are from natural flowers, rich in phytochemicals such as vitamins, terpenoids and flavonoids.

So where do you begin? How do you know which florals to select when brewing your tea? Here is a list of popular selections, along with their health benefits: 

Dandelion: Dandelion Tea have a diuretic nature and can help reduce water retention and bloatedness. Dandelion tea can also help rheumatism and as it is a mild laxative, it should not be drunk in large quantities.

Chamomile: Chamomile tea has a very aromatic and fruity flavour. Chamomile is known for helping aid with toothaches, insomnia, it helps settles digestion and can help reduce the swelling of skin irritations.

Rosehips: Rosehips contain Vitamin C which helps build resistance to colds and flus especially for those living in cooler climates. The tanin content of rosehips help to balance out the laxative content found in Vitamin C and hence can be enjoyed daily.

Chrysanthenum: Chrysanthenum tea is most popular in East Asia. It is well-known for its cooling properties that help to decrease body heat and is recommended for those with fever, sore throat, and other heat-related illnesses.

Rosebud: Rosebud tea has a very sweet, floral aroma and a light, sweet taste. It is beneficial to the heart and brain. The essential oils in rosebud tea can help aid circulation and enhance metabolism. Drink rosebud teas often for natural and glowing complexions.

Elderflower: Elderflower tea has the properties of expectorant, it helps clear catarrh and reduces fever by sweating. It makes a great thirst quenching drink and it also have the benefit of warding off colds.

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm tea act as a relaxant, it help reduces the impact of stress and anxiety on the system. It is a pleasant summer tea and is best brewed from fresh lemon balm leaves.

Jasmine: Jasmine tea is a drink that can be taken at any time of the day and it goes well with food. Jasmine tea aids digestion, it has antibacterial properties, help prevent heart disease and have anti aging component.

Peppermint: Peppermint tea is a good pick me up tea. It has antispasmodic and digestive properties hence it is a great digestive drink to consume after a heavy meal. Peppermint tea is also good for head colds.

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