Herbal teas are also known (although much less commonly!) as tisanes and are beverages which are made with hot water along with an infusion of herbs, spices, or other parts of plants such as flowers or fruits.
Herbal teas are in contrast to what are known as “true teas”. True teas are teas such as green tea, oolong tea and black tea, all of which are brewed from tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, whereas herbal teas come from non-tea plants.
Being British, we know there’s nothing a good cup of tea can’t fix. But are herbal teas actually better for you than a good old English breakfast tea?
In general, all teas have a wide range of benefits and are a much healthier choice than sugar-packed fizzy drinks or coffee.
Black teas such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast do contain caffeine, although not as much as coffee. So if you are looking to cut down on this, it could be a good idea to swap to a herb tea instead.
Herbal teas offer a wide range of different benefits and taste great without milk or sugar - and so it could be time to switch.
Herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for all sorts of ailments for thousands of years due to the various vitamins some of them contain.
Perfect for a drink in the morning or if you need a pick-me-up during a busy day, there are plenty of herbal teas which will help to re-energise and revitalise you.
Dai Wang Korean Ginseng Tea
Dai Wang Korean Ginseng Tea is great for a natural energy boost and is a suitable alternative for caffeinated drinks when you need a bit of a lift.
It works with your body to gently reduce fatigue and boost your energy, helping you to get ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Whether you are chilling out after a busy day at the office or relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book before bed, there is a herbal blend to suit you.
Heath & Heather Camomile Tea Bags
Heath & Heather Camomile Tea Bags are naturally soothing to help you unwind. They are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and naturally free from caffeine, so they won’t keep you awake past bedtime.
Pukka Love Tea
Pukka Love Tea is made from rose and lavender for warming and elderflower and chamomile which relax and soothe. This tea will leave you feeling nourished and cherished. It’s a big hug in a mug, just like the name suggests!
Clipper Sleep Easy Organic Tea
Clipper Sleep Easy Organic Tea is infused with herbal ingredients like cinnamon, chamomile and valerian which can help promote and maintain healthy sleep as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. This sleep tea is naturally free from caffeine and is enhanced with natural orange flavouring.
Each herbal blend has different vitamins and minerals and therefore different health benefits.
Fennel has been used for thousands of years and Pukka have created a unique blend, using three varieties of fennel to create an abundance of flavour. This tea is deliciously sweet, aromatic and soothing.
After dinner tea
If you love having a coffee or a tea after you have eaten dinner, why not switch to an after dinner tea?
This is a lovely caffeine-free alternative to black tea or coffee and is made with fennel seeds, aniseed, chicory and cardamom for a sweet aromatic flavour. A real palate cleanser!