Guayakí Yerba Mate - A Powerful Rainforest Experience
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By: Marcie Fraser
Herbal teas are becoming more popular. You are seeing them everywhere. People are drinking bottles of green tea or hot tea and people are doing it for various reasons.
"I love ginger tea. I like the flavor but it also has medicinal benefits for the digestive system. If you feel nauseas it is definitely great," said Lynn Monroe.
Lynn Monroe has been drinking herbal teas for fifteen years.
"Herbal teas have been used for centuries for millennium. There is good reason for it. Because if you let food be your medicine and medicine be your food, you will find that the medicinal benefits from tea are certainly going to keep you healthier and make you feel better," Monroe said.
"It's a trendy drink but it is a very versatile drink. You have have it hot. You can have it cold. You can take it with milk or without,” Monroe said.
Teas can be sweetened and there is a tea for everyone, with or without caffeine.
"Within the tea spectrum, the blacks have the most caffeine, next are the greens, and whites have very little caffeine in them and then there is a whole spectrum of herbals that do not contain any caffeine," said Jill Lyons of Wild Thyme Whole Food & Tea.
For the perfect cup of tea, steeping time depends on the type of tea. For green tea, no more than two minutes, some teas steep for just 30 seconds. Teas to choose from include this Whoo Yee Oolong tea, which claims to cleanse the palate and reduce cravings. The rooibos is one of the best antioxidant teas and is sweet, and if you need an energy boost, the Yerba Mate is a good bet. "It does have three different types of caffeine in it that does kinda work symbiotically and give you that feel of energy without the high and then crash of coffee," Lyons said.
Keep in mind that some herbal teas could contain properties that can affect your heart rate. The best advice for consumers is to do research and ask questions.
To reduce the chance of a medical risk, especially if you are taking medications, there's a guide book that lists medications and potential interactions.