Tea, Anyone? (Naturally Caffeine-Free Teas)

Tea has been with us for centuries.  And it’s been brewing everywhere!  I’m a tea-lover and tea has always been a part of my daily life in any season whether I’m home or traveling. 

Have you ever wondered what its many health benefits are?  I knew one or two but that was all.  So I did some reading and thought it would be good to share them with you here (by the way, I know there are thousands of different teas but the ones listed here are just some of the most common naturally caffeine-free teas…and the first four are my favorites ü…drinking tea has a calming effect and is one of the things that works for me when I need to de-stress).

This list is not exhaustive but hopefully would help with some pieces of information that’ll somehow make you enjoy your cup of tea more or get you to try one if you haven’t already…Enjoy!

 

o Chamomile, commonly used as traditional medicine, has been claimed to have an effect on health. Brewed from dried flower heads, it is said to contain many terpenoids and flavonoids that contribute to its medicinal properties and is commonly used for inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, rheumatic pain, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders and many other ailments1.  It has also been shown to have antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory health benefits in several studies1,2

 

o Ginger is a herbaceous plant and widely used as a spice and herbal medicine.  It has been traditionally used to relieve common health problems such as pain, nausea and vomiting, and has also been reported to alleviate digestive and anti-inflammatory functions in some studies3.  Ginger rhizomes are juicy and can be steeped in boiling water to make tea.

 

o Turmeric, a flowering plant of the ginger family, has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine4.  Based on some studies conducted to investigate the health effects of one of its constituents, curcumin, it has been reported to exhibit versatile bioactivity and provide protection and benefits on human health, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune-regulatory, anticancer, antidiabetic, neuroprotective, cardiovascular protective, and hepatoprotective effects5

 

o Peppermint, brewed from dried Mentha piperita leaves, is claimed to have a calming effect in the body.  Traditionally, Mentha leaves have been used as tea in treating headache, fever, digestive disorders and other minor ailments6.  Also, studies have reported that the phenolic compounds in the leaves include flavonoids which have antioxidant and antibacterial health benefits2,7.

 

o Lemongrass, also known as Cymbopogon, is commonly used as culinary and medicinal herbs8.  Some evidence has shown that it possesses a wide array of properties that may justify its use as an anti-inflammation and anti-tumor agent.  It is widely used in traditional and in conventional medicine due to the pharmacological potential of their phytochemicals and is traditionally used in many countries as a common tea, as anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant, and for the treatment of digestive disorders and fevers9.

 

o Rosehip, the accessory fruit of the rose plant, has been used in traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of diseases owing to its antioxidant effects associated with its phytochemical composition, which includes ascorbic acid, vitamins E & B, phenolic compounds, carotenoids and healthy fatty acids among others10. It has also been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties2.

 

o Rooibos is a popular South African herbal tea.  Some studies have reported that it is rich in polyphenols and has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, and has beneficial effects for heart health.  Used as a traditional medicine in South Africa, it alleviates allergies, asthma and dermatological problems2.  It is gaining international popularity as some evidence has reported its diverse health-promoting properties including anti-aging, anticancer, antispasmodic, antidiabetic and cardio-protective activities11.

 

o Sage, a small evergreen subshrub, has been claimed to increase liver antioxidant status and has been reported to have anti-tumor, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits2,12.

o Rosemary, an evergreen aromatic shrub, has been used in folk medicine.  Rosemary tea is brewed from its leaves.  Traditionally, rosemary oil has been used for curing many diseases such as inflammatory diseases and diabetes mellitus.  The bioactivities of rosemary extracts related to its phenolic compound constituents, on the other hand, have been reported from several studies to include properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity13.

 

Relax and enjoy a cup of tea today!

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*References:
1. Janmejai K Srivastava, Eswar Shankar, and Sanjay Gupta, Published in final edited form as: Mol Med Report. 2010 Nov 1; 3(6): 895–901. , Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/
2. Anoma Chandrasekaraa and Fereidoon Shahidib, Published online 2018 Aug 9, Herbal beverages: Bioactive compounds and their role in disease risk reduction – A review. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6174262/
3. Nguyen Hoang AnhSun Jo KimNguyen Phuoc LongJung Eun MinYoung Cheol YoonEun Goo LeeMina KimTae Joon KimYoon Young YangEui Young SonSang Jun YoonNguyen Co DiemHyung Min Kim, and Sung Won Kwon, Published online 2020 Jan 6, Ginger on Human Health: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of 109 Randomized Controlled Trials. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7019938/
4. Turmeric, Last edited on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric
5. Xiao-Yu XuXiao MengSha LiRen-You GanYa Li, and Hua-Bin Li1, Published online 2018 Oct 19, Bioactivity, Health Benefits, and Related Molecular Mechanisms of Curcumin: Current Progress, Challenges, and Perspectives. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6213156/
6. Bahare SalehiZorica Stojanović-RadićJelena MatejićFarukh SharopovHubert AntolakDorota KręgielSurjit SenMehdi Sharifi-RadKrishnendu AcharyaRazieh Sharifi-RadMiquel MartorellAntoni SuredaNatália Martins, and Javad Sharifi-Rad, Published online 2018 Sep 4, Plants of Genus Mentha: From Farm to Food Factory. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6161068/
7. A. N. PancheA. D. Diwan, and S. R. Chandra, Published online 2016 Dec 29, Flavonoids: an overview. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5465813/
8. Cymbopogon, Last edited on 14 April 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbopogon
9. Opeyemi AvosehOpeoluwa OyedejiPamela RungquBenedicta Nkeh-Chungag, and Adebola Oyedeji, Published online 2015 Apr 23, Cymbopogon Species; Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry and the Pharmacological Importance. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6272507/
10. Inés MármolCristina Sánchez-de-DiegoNerea Jiménez-MorenoCarmen Ancín-Azpilicueta, and María Jesús Rodríguez-Yoldi, Published online 2017 May 25, Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485961/
11. Emily Amor StanderWesley WilliamsFanie RautenbachMarilize Le Roes-Hill, Yamkela MgwatyuJeanine Marnewick, and Uljana Hesse, Published online 2019 Mar 7, Visualization of Aspalathin in Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) Plant and Herbal Tea Extracts Using Thin-Layer Chromatography. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6429207/
12. Carla M. Sá, Alice A. RamosMarisa F. AzevedoCristovao F. LimaManuel Fernandes-Ferreira, and Cristina Pereira-Wilson, Published online 2009 Sep 9, Sage Tea Drinking Improves Lipid Profile and Antioxidant Defences in Humans. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769154/
13.  Gema Nieto, Gaspar Ros and Julián Castillo, Published online 2018 Sep 4, Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, L.): A Review. Retrieved 18 April 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6165352/
 

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