Ah, herbal tea. It’s been around for eons and is experiencing quite the resurgence today.
But can we let you in on a little secret? Herbal tea isn’t actually true tea at all.
All true teas, you see, are brewed from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. That includes green tea, black tea, and oolong tea.
Herbal teas, on the other hand, are often made from herbs (who’da thought?), fruits, flowers, or spices. But that doesn’t mean they’re not delicious — nor does it mean they aren’t absolutely teeming with health benefits. Far from it!
Herbal teas come in many forms, and their wide array of fragrances and flavors make them an ideal alternative to less healthy beverages and less exciting beverages alike. If you’ve been looking for a chance to kick your soda addiction, this might be it. Keep reading to learn more about our top 8 herbal teas:
- Echinacea tea
- Passionflower tea
- Sage tea
- Rosehip tea
- Chamomile tea
- Ginger tea
- Hibiscus tea
- Peppermint tea
PS: This article also contains a little tea-sourcing guide, for anyone who’s so inclined!
PPS: For those who want to get extra creative and combine their tea with CBD, this article also contains a short-but-helpful guide.
Echinacea tea has been known and loved by tea-drinkers for centuries. At one point in time the idea that it could fight off colds was seen as an old wive’s tale, but recent research has since confirmed that echinacea may help boost both the adaptive and innate immune systems. It may even help the immune system respond better to stress (1).
Interestingly enough, the echinacea plant also contains a class of compounds, the alkylamides, that seem to boost the body’s endocannabinoid levels much like CBD does (2). Could that be part of why echinacea is so good for immunity? It may be too early to say for sure, but that isn’t stopping us from enjoying the occasional cup or two in the meantime!
When it comes to passionflower, whole plant medicine is best: flowers, stems, and leaves all go into the making of passionflower tea. Perhaps that’s why this tea has a mild earthy flavor that many imbibers say does better with some added honey?
Passionflower tea has been traditionally used to instill calmness and improve sleep. Modern research has shown that these benefits are thanks to its ability to boost the brain’s GABA levels. Passionflower interact so strongly with certain neurotransmitters, in fact, that one study suggested it could be used to treat anxiety (3)! If you’re feeling anxious, a cup of tea and a little bit of downtime might be all you need.
We can’t say that sage tea will make you as wise as the sages of old, but you never know. Sage tea is indeed known for its ability to improve memory, cognition, and general brain function. It may also be great for those with ailments like bronchitis and asthma (4).
Rosehip tea is highly anti-inflammatory, making it great for your skin and joints alike. It’s also rich in vitamin C and other antioxidant phenols (5). Like hemp, rosehips are versatile: different forms (tea, powder, et cetera) have different health benefits.
Chamomile tea, as you might expect, gets its name and essence from the dried chamomile flower. It’s long been used as a popular folk remedy for a variety of ailments.
Modern science is just beginning to validate what chamomile tea enthusiasts have known for centuries: chamomile tea can help people fall asleep faster. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s even been tied to reductions in diabetes, osteoporosis, and menstrual cramps (6). Besides all that, it’s simply delicious, especially when infused with a little bit of raw honey!
Ginger tea’s delightfully spicy flavor means it’s long been used for any and all things related to gut health, including nausea, morning sickness, and more. Science has since confirmed that health and disease really do start in the gut (7).
Ginger products also reduce inflammation and muscle pain, so much so that many athletes use ginger as an ergogenic aid. It may be good for osteoarthritis, too. And did we mention that ginger tea is incredibly invigorating? If you’ve been looking for a suitable coffee alternative, caffeine-free ginger tea might be a great one.
Courtesy of the humble hibiscus plant, hibiscus tea has a crisp, tart flavor reminiscent of cranberries.
Many of the compounds in hibiscus are potent antioxidants (noticing a trend yet?). Hibiscus may also reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, help the liver process toxins, and assist with weight loss (8).
If you thought adding a hint of peppermint oil into tea was tasty, then you’ll probably love this herbal tea, which is made entirely from the stuff.
Peppermint tea also has some pretty impressive health benefits — at least based on research done on peppermint oil. It seems to be a bronchodilator, and it also increases oxygen levels in the brain and muscle tissue (9). In addition to all the biochemical benefits, even peppermint tea’s taste is likely to have you feeling more alert.
Got Tea? Paru Tea Does.
At this point you’ve probably heard enough. Herbal teas are awesome! — that’s clear enough.
So let’s move on and cover some important logistical concepts. Where does one find quality herbal teas, exactly? If you’re in San Diego, we might have an answer. Our personal favorite source of herbal tea is PARU Tea.
The fact that PARU Tea offers a wide variety of premium teas (including loose leaf, matcha, and hōjicha, and herbal teas) is impressive enough. But what’s equally impressive to us is just how dedicated PARU tea is to building up San Diego’s wellness community.
We should also clarify something: anyone can source their tea from PARU — you don’t have to live in San Diego to do so. Artisanal teas and tea-infused treats are only a few clicks away. Can’t decide which choices to choose? You could always get your tea routine on autopilot with PARU’s tea subscription box. (PARU’s offerings might also make great gifts for all your wellness-loving friends.)
Why Combining Herbal Tea and CBD Might Be A Really Good Idea
Herbal teas, on their own, are already pretty amazing. But here’s the thing: infusing CBD into them could make things even better.
Consider the many shared benefits of CBD and the herbal teas we’ve mentioned earlier. CBD and tea are both relaxing. They’re both calming. They’re both pro-sleep, anti-inflammation, and anti-stress. Why not combine them?Besides, adding a few drops of our classic CBD tincture into your next cup of tea is practically as easy as it gets. You can even play around with the various flavor combos and find the tastes that work best for you!