Herbal Tea Benefits: Is Herbal Tea Good For You?
Interested in learning more about all of the benefits of herbal tea and if it is good for you? See some of the most popular types of herbal teas and their benefits for your body, mind, and soul.
Herbal Tea vs. Lightly Caffeinated Tea
Herbal: Can be consumed any time of day, many contain healthful herbs, calming and warming.
Lightly caffeinated teas: Slightly increases wakefulness, light and complex flavor from tea leaves.
Herbal Tea Benefits By Tea Type
White Herbal Tea
Compared to green and black tea (which come from the same plant as white tea, Camellia sinensis), this herbal leaf’s flavors are delicate, floral, and (literally) fit for a queen. White tea was in fact reserved for royalty throughout antiquity due to its exquisitely mild taste. White tea also contains less caffeine than other teas— just enough to give a gentle lift, appropriate for any time of day (and that won’t keep you up). Despite less caffeine, it’s rich in compounds theanine and GABA, both shown to help relieve stress.
Hip to roses? Rose hips (or rosehips) are even better for making deliciously tangy tea. The fact that they taste like orange peel lets you in on a little secret: rose hips are incredibly high in vitamin C. They also burst with far more of these antioxidants than any other citrus fruit, too. Besides equipping you for your next sick day, rosehips’ sharp yet pleasant sourness sings a special harmony with a tantalizingly juicy and truly “brightening” blend.
Floral flavors, meet “citrusy” and “juicy”. Though rose hips come from roses— veritable blossoms of romance— the “berries” from these thorny plants taste much like orange and rose combined. Sour and sumptuous, rose hips contain more vitamin C than any citrus, even the oranges they resemble in flavor. This high vitamin C content is brought into our De-Stress tea to keep your immunity in tip-top shape— even after the most stressful work week.
A divine pairing with tangy rose hips, zesty orange peel elevates your tea experience to new and “citrusy” heights. Though savoring a delicious orange is a treat of itself, studies show even a whiff of orange’s aromatic oils helps lower stress and relieves anxiety. Not to mention: orange peel is one of the greatest sources of vitamin C, helping your body fight bugs, colds, and flus no matter how stressed or overworked you might be.
Zesty, refreshing, and a little bit precocious: all these flavors perfectly describe orange peel. Our most cheerful ingredient in Brighten, it completes a sour “trifecta” with rosehip and hibiscus to beam flavors at once fresh, cooling, and invigorating straight to your taste buds. Research shows orange peel has protective effects on the digestive system. It’s chock-full of abundant vitamin C, too—so you’re ready for your next cough, cold, or flu.
This botanical adds fresh, cool, and soothing dimensions to De-Stress. Equal parts calming and spunky, peppermint infuses our formula with both de-stressing and digestive properties— plus tons of invigorating flavor. Research shows it tempers anxiety in animal studies while easing digestive discomfort—related or unrelated to stress—in others. Nervous for job interviews, meetings, or that upcoming presentation? Butterflies in your stomach? A sip of peppermint will put you at peace. Bye bye, overwhelm!
A sprig of peppermint can freshen your breath, ease your pain, and help you keep your calm and your cool. Its trademark volatile oil, menthol, is a soothing vapor known for treating anxiety and insomnia in folk medicine. Research is starting to be fond of such uses, too, making peppermint perfect for lulling you to sleep when you need it.
It’s everyone’s favorite spice for conjuring those toasty hygge moments. Cinnamon harmonizes with cloves and ginger as if these autumnal seasonings were made for each other. Besides accenting irresistible pumpkin pie lattes, cinnamon has some other tricks up its sleeve. Research shows it comes to the aid of respiratory troubles; plus, it may have some mild virus-fighting abilities. Think of that next time you savor some chai or pumpkin spice—or, better yet, this alleviating Soothe blend.
It’s also supportive of digestive health, according to both modern science and traditional use. Besides keeping you on the level and helping you decompress, De-Stress— with help from cinnamon— may allay those stress-caused tummy troubles and complaints.
Besides taming the occasional cold or flu, licorice root may smooth over mild anxiety from a stressful day. Few people realize it has this soothing potential, which studies show improves sleep quality, too. Licorice appears to do all this because of how it affects GABA receptors— parts of the brain that govern calm moods and deep slumber. With subtly sweet flavor and immune boosting as bonuses, we couldn’t think of a more delightful herb to keep you healthy, happy, and sane—and as far from run down as possible.
It’s the perfect complement to white tea’s floral-herbal profile. A pinch of rose petals also accents the rosehips while imparting an amazing perfume fragrance while you brew, too. For an extra bit of color and flavoring, rose petals are included, but also bring their own soothing properties to the mix. In studies, aromas of rose petals have been shown to improve sleep quality. In folk medicine, the rose as a remedy has long been associated with calm, peace, and tranquility.
Alongside rose petals, cornflower petals—in bright blue and indigo hues—are included to add color, beauty, and floral taste to De-Stress.
The classic calmative herb. Chamomile imparts floral flavors and aromas reminiscent of apple for a crisp yet soothing experience, and a perfect cozy tea for autumn time sweater weather. Clinical trials show that it indeed improves sleep quality. It may help mild anxiety and stress in a pinch, too. The star of this blend, chamomile helps bring in a smooth landing at the end of any long day— even if your takeoff was a bit bumpy.
A perfect citrusy liaison between chamomile and lemongrass. We include zesty lemon peel (plus natural lemon flavoring) to help make your taste buds sing—and then go right to sleep. Besides its trademark pleasant sourness, lemon has its own gentle sleep-supporting properties. In some studies, lemon aromas have been shown to allay anxiety, which can be very useful before heading to bed (and catching those elusive Zzz’s).
This herb’s smoky lemon flavor brings some zing paired with peaceful warm vibes, all helping you reach slumber just a little bit quicker. Research supports that lemongrass may help you fall asleep faster (and takes the edge off anxiety and stress while you’re at it, too).
Licorice root shares a sprinkling of unique sweetness to this sleep-forward blend. There’s strong evidence it may improve not only sleep quality, but sleep duration and length, too. Licorice also helps you slay those colds and coughs to stay on top of your wellness game. So, if you’ve got need for some shut-eye— plus an itch in your throat—licorice won’t let you down.
It’s the iconic blossom of the tropics in terms of both flavor and beauty. Hibiscus’s dried “fruits”, before becoming flowers (called “calyxes”), add gorgeous fuchsia color to steeping teas, plus a vibrant tartness reminding one of tropical citrus, sorrel, even Middle Eastern spice. If flavor alone doesn’t impress, hibiscus (also called “flor de Jamaica”) is notoriously healthy: benefits range from boosting heart health to soothing coughs or sore throats. It’s also a source high in vitamin C which can help immunity.
Enhancing Brighten’s tart and succulent nature, blackberry leaf lends slightly bitter astringency that brings the whole blend back to earth. The berry’s leaves are rich in tannins known to help tone digestion while containing good amounts of vitamin C. By rounding out the sharp flavors of Brighten’s “tangier” ingredients, blackberry leaf makes this a tea that is truly herbal, healing, and rejuvenating, through and through.
Made from the oxidized leaves of the green tea (Camellia sinensis) plant, black tea is one of the most widely enjoyed teas and beverages on the planet. Smoky and strong-flavored, it contains more caffeine than its close tea counterparts (green, white, oolong) and can give you a much-needed lift to start your day, comparable to coffee. Tea leaves are highly rich in polyphenols, antioxidants shown to help reduce cancer risk, lower chances of cardiovascular disease, forestall obesity, and more—as shown in studies.
A classic Earl Grey wouldn’t be Earl Grey without bergamot. Traditionally, oils extracted from this exotic citrus were always included in these tea formulas. We honor this tradition today with our own signature nod and tribute to the time-honored beverage. Considered a combination of grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange in one fruit, bergamot’s flavors burst forth like a melodic harmony to black tea’s richer, deeper background notes.
Calendula’s bright orange blossoms beautifully accentuate this otherwise dark-colored tea. A member of the marigold family, its smooth floral flavor and fragrance equally round out black tea’s depth with bergamot’s sharpness, tying it all together for a breathtaking brew.
It brings color, texture, and warmth to curries— and plenty of health benefits with it as well. Turmeric is a tropical rhizome containing curcumin, its signature yellow pigment but also a potent health compound. Curcumin (along with turmeric) is famously studied for helping inflammation of all kinds—it may help respiratory inflammation from coughs, colds, and flus specifically, research says. But it doesn’t just help you breathe easier when you’re sick. It could give your immunity a much-needed boost, too.
Pungent and spicy, some think ginger isn’t for the faint of heart. It might be perfect for the “faint of health” though, with an amazing list of benefits for people prone to colds and flu. Ginger soothes and supports respiratory symptoms in multiple ways: from stimulating immunity against viruses to easing inflammation of airways. Luckily, as a dried rhizome in our Soothe tea, you’ll experience the herb’s flavors at their gentlest.
This Asian evergreen botanical is the embodiment of warming spice. Its full-bodied flavor seasons ethnic cuisines all over the globe; long before that, though, it was highly valued as a traditional medicine (and still is). Clove’s role in Soothe: beating viruses, easing inflammation, and improving breathing despite coughs or congestion. Clove also adds stunning flavorful synergy with ginger, cinnamon, and licorice for an unparalleled tea sipping experience.
For a touch of sweetness (and even more immune support), licorice root finishes out our formula. This herb is a classic go-to in many an herbalist’s apothecary, helpful for soothing coughs, moving out congestion, and rallying immunity to get rid of viruses and bugs—benefits that science can vouch for.
We include safflower petals for its subtle respiratory health benefits. Studies show it may support and protect against respiratory illnesses.