You may have seen a little infographic that was on our Facebook page recently, about a range of teas for your mental health, so we decided to do a blog post just about the reported health benefits of some of our teas. It’s important to point out that none of us at Seibiant are herbalists, so we can’t prescribe any herbs for you, but we are happy to provide herbs, so long as you’ve done your research. The benefits of all of the tisanes in this blog are well known. We’re not even going into the benefits of the camellia siniensis proper teas in this blog – we’ll save that for another day.
One of our best selling teas at Seibiant is Bedtime #2, so we’ll start by talking about a range of herbs which are known to help with insomnia. Several are featured in this infographic. There’s a lot of evidence that camomile is useful for mild to moderate anxiety, and we find that lots of people use it to aid sleep. Add to that some lemongrass, or lime flowers, and you get even more benefit. Bedtime #1 contains these, together with hibiscus and liquorice, hibiscus is reputed to lower blood pressure, but liquorice is to be avoided if you have raised blood pressure. Both our current bedtime teas have oatstraw, which is traditionally used to relieve stress, anxiety and depression, but as an adaptogen, it is also believed to have benefits for several systems of the body. Rose and lavender are common floral teas which are often added to teas for insomnia – lavender is well known in aromatherapy to be relaxing, but as a tea, on it’s own, it doesn’t taste pleasant and can be quite bitter, so we use very little of it. The main active ingredient in our Bedtime #2 is valerian root, a stinky herb, but very effective, reducing the time it takes to fall asleep, and improving the quality of sleep. It is a natural analgesic, and muscle relaxant. We’re currently working on Bedtime #3, if we can stay awake long enough …
Hibiscus is a flower used in several fruit teas, because it brews with a bright colour and sour flavour. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, it is helpful for managing high blood pressure, common colds and urinary tract infections. It is rich in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc. The best hibiscus comes from Egypt, where they drink it constantly. We have two grades, full calyx and cut, and we use it in a blend with rosehips, as well as in our Bedtime #1. Rosehips actually have 6 times the amount of vitamin C than oranges – does anyone remember having Rosehip Syrup as a kid?
Mint teas are very popular, and we have quite a variety, depending on your needs. Peppermint tea is very well known, good for the digestion, but did you know that Spearmint tea is milder, and actually gentler on the tum. A little known apparent benefit of Spearmint is that it’s good for reducing hairiness! We have a blend of peppermint, liquorice and fennel which we call Millie Mollie Mintie, and is very popular for the digestion – each of these spices and herbs are well, and are used in traditional chai for their specific benefits.
We’re big fans of chai at Seibiant, and at home, we play around with the spices for specific health benefits – ginger for anti-anflammatory, anti-nausea, cinnamon for memory and brain function, cardamom and black pepper for digestion (did you know there’s a shortage of cardamom at the moment – the price is likely to shoot up!) and cloves – superspice – said to have anti-viral, anti-tumour qualities.