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Looking for easy ways to boost your health and feel fab? Drinking herbal tea is a great way to do it. But how much is too much of a good thing? If you're worried and want to know how many herbal teas you can drink safely in a day, keep reading ...
More and more people are turning to herbal teas because they're such a delicious and easy way to tap into the health benefits of herbs.
They're great for all sorts of things from calming your nerves and relaxing your muscles to providing clarity and helping to invigorate you so that you can perform better in your life.
They can also help with a range of physical ailments within the body, like helping to boost circulation, lowering bad cholesterol and even reducing menstrual cramps and muscle spasms.
No wonder people are drinking up all the goodness! But is there a limit? Are there side effects? Let's take a closer look and see.
How much herbal tea should you drink a day?
How much you personally are able to drink will depend on your own health and individual circumstances. If you have a health condition or you're pregnant you may need to be more careful which herbs you choose to infuse into your tea blends.
Also, everybody is unique, which means we all react differently to different things. Valerian, for example, is known for its sedative properties, but studies have shown that while it can make some people feel relaxed and drowsy, it can have the complete opposite effect on other people, increasing restlessness and agitation. (Now that's tea for thought!)
How much herbal tea you can drink may depend on what kinds of herbal teas you drink.
Here are some general guidelines:
Safe Herbal Teas to Drink in Large Amounts
- Peppermint tea
- Rooibos tea
- Chamomile tea
- Lavender tea
Herbal Teas to Drink in Moderation
- Black tea
- Green tea
- Hibiscus tea
- Licorice root tea
If you want to experiment with different types of herbal teas it's always a good idea to talk to a healthcare professional for advice if you're thinking of adding new herbal teas to your diet – especially if you have a health condition or you're pregnant.
Is herbal tea good for hydration?
Everybody knows that it's important to drink plenty of water throughout the day (around 8 glasses) but it's easy to forget that the different foods and drinks we consume also contribute to our daily water intake – and that includes herbal tea.
What are the health benefits of drinking herbal tea?
The health benefits of herbal teas are vast, and depend greatly on which herbs you choose to drink.
This refreshing herb can freshen your breath, but it's good for so much more than that! It is known for its unmistakable flavour and turned to for its medicinal properties ...
- its good for indigestion and bloating, relieving upset stomachs and gas
- its menthol vapours help to clear nasal congestion
- it may be able to soothe headaches, helping to ease tension when inhaling the aromas
- it reduces stress and anxiety
- use it as a home remedy for menstrual cramps
Chamomile is known as the calming tea, and a go-to when feeling stressed or wanting to wind down in the evening before bed.
- it promotes relaxation, making you feel calm and soothed
- it helps to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression
- it helps to lower blood sugar and can be a supplement to aid treatment for diabetes
- it reduces inflammation
- it's good for period pains
- it is linked with cancer treatment and prevention
Spicy ginger tea is a firm favourite for anyone who likes their tea to have a bit of a kick! Ginger also packs a punch when it comes to health benefits ...
- Aids digestion helping to calm an unsettled tummy
- ginger is known for helping with travel sickness, morning sickness in pregnant women and even helping during chemotherapy by reducing nausea and vomiting
- it can help to ease menstrual cramps and muscle soreness
- it helps to manage blood pressure and support heart health
- it may help to manage weight and blood sugar levels
Can herbal tea be harmful?
Generally speaking, most herbal teas are known to be safe for most people to drink – although, side effects do exist and they can affect you negatively if you drink herbal tea to excess.
Ready to start your tea journey?
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