Tea drinkers often prefer herbal tea, herbal tea blends or herbal infusions as alternatives to traditional tea such as green tea or oolong tea. Herbal teas have their own unique health benefits which are different or complementary to the health benefits that traditional tea offers. For more information on these, please see the "Health Benefits" section below.
Technically speaking, herbal teas are not actually "tea" in the sense that they are not based on the camellia sinensis plant. Having said that, some of our teas here at LUPICIA are herbal blends which contain traditional tea as well. A classic example is our Mint Tea which is a blend of quality black tea and peppermint tea.
Whatever type of tea you may be into, we are confident we have many teas ready for you to discover, especially if you are into healthy non-caffeine teas.
When it comes to true herbal teas, we have you covered with all the classics including the following teas, most of which are available in both loose leaf and tea bag form.
- Chamomile Tea which we blend with elderflower: Elderflower & Chamomile
- Rooibos Teas and Rooibos Blended Teas. Rooibos is a plant native to South Africa and is very popular as a caffeine-free tea alternative. We have many Rooibos tea blends for the discerning herbal tea drinker, including: Piccolo, Jardin Sauvage, Peach Melba all of which contain traditional rooibos tea or green rooibos tea blended with other herbs and flavours.
- Hibiscus Tea and Hibiscus Blended Teas such as the wonderful La Vie En Rose which contains not only hibiscus but also rosehips as well as rooibos.
- Ginger Tea. Ginger is well known for its health benefits which we will cover below. At LUPICIA we offer a lovely blend of ginger tea with lemon myrtle, rooibos and honeybush: Ginger and Lemon Myrtle. - an especially tasty caffeine-free herbal blend, with all the benefits of ginger as well as the health benefits of rooibos, honeybush and lemon myrtle (see below).
- Chai Teas. Whilst not strictly considered "herbal teas", chai teas contain healthy herbal components such as ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Cinnamon is well known for its anti-inflammatory and low blood pressure properties which are mentioned below in the Health Benefits section. Interested in Chai teas? Check out our range of Chai Tea Bags here.
- "Tisanes" which are French-style herbal infusions. Here at LUPICIA we have a special line of fruit-flavoured Tisanes infusions called Jus' T'aime. We welcome you to check out and order your choice of these beautiful fruity herbal blends.
* see its health benefits listed below.
The following should not be considered as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if in doubt, however the below information is all based on traditional medicine and in most cases supported by scientific studies.
Chamomile is known as a traditional herb that can help relax and calm you, as well as help give you a good night"s sleep. Additionally, it can reduce inflammation, aid in the treatment of cold symptoms and be used as a treatment for mild skin conditions.
Well known as a front-line remedy for a sore throat, ginger has a very large range of health benefits including aiding in digestion, reducing nausea, and helping to fight the flu and common cold.
Studies suggest that ginger also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Furthermore, scientific studies have concluded that ginger can significantly aid in weight loss. Related to this, ginger can help lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors, particularly with those who have diabetes or are at risk of getting diabetes.
Ginger can also be of benefit to those with osteoarthritis and also may help aid in chronic indigestion.
Some studies indicate that ginger may help to lower bad cholesterol levels and the active ingredient gingerol may even help to prevent cancer.
There is evidence that ginger may also help to improve brain function and thereby offer a degree of protection against Alzheimer's disease.
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process.
Studies suggest that cinnamon is a great natural anti-inflammatory. Further studies have shown it may help reduce blood pressure and also have beneficial effects which may prevent heart disease.
Hibiscus can help boost your immune system and may help to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. This can reduce your risk of developing many significant health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Hibiscus, as an ingredient in herbal tea contains many types of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins.
Studies have shown that lemon myrtle has high levels of calcium as well as vitamin E, zinc, magnesium and immune system-boosting antioxidants.
A member of the mint family, lemon balm is traditionally known to aid in reducing anxiety and stress, promoting a good night's sleep as well as improving appetite and digestion.