Herbal tea

What is herbal tea? 

Herbal tea is a brew-tea-ful beverage made by infusing plants, flowers, roots, or fruits in hot water. You may be surprised to hear that it isn’t a true tea at all, though! That’s right: “true” tea refers to Green teaBlack tea, White tea, and Oolong tea. They all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. But herbal brews involve a whole range of different plants and spices. And that brings a whole range of benefits as well! 

herbal tea

Brief History of Herbal Tea 

There are so many different types of herbal tea, and each comes with its own rich history! 

Chamomile tea, for instance, has been popular since ancient times. Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks all used it for its medicinal properties. It has been used since the age of Hippocrates, who was the father of medicine. Egyptians believed the Chamomile plant was sacred. They regarded it as a gift from the Sun God, Ra! Ancient people drank it as tea, and they also used chamomile in creams and incense.  Its popularity continued to spread through Medieval times. The Chamomile plant was incorporated into plasters, ointments, pouches, and medicinal baths. 

Rooibos tea, another popular herbal infusion, originated in South Africa. Indigenous people in the area used to harvest the leaves for tea and medicinal purposes. They introduced rooibos to 18th Century European Explorers, who spread it across the world! Today it is amongst the most popular teas in the world. But the plant from which it is derived, the Rooibos Shrub, can still only be grown in the mountains of South Africa.

herbal tea

Red bush baby, in scoop, Leafy Bean Company, loose leaf tea, London Tea Company

Rosehip tea was used in prehistoric times. Traces of it have been found in Switzerland’s Pile Dwellings. Old-Iceland mythology mentions its medicinal uses as well! Meanwhile, Goji Berries have been used to make tea in China and Tibet for more than a thousand years! In North America, Native Americans used to brew teas made from a varie-tea of infusions. Often they used rosemary, ginger root, licorice root, oak bark, and blackberry leaves! 

You can truly get a taste of history (and travel the world!) in each sip of herbal tea. But it’s so much more than just great taste and a rich past. Read on to find out the world of benefits waiting for you in each brew! 

Types of Herbal Tea 

We offer three tea-licious herbal infusions at Leafy Bean Co. We of are an independently-owned company. This means we can choose to work only with suppliers who care about sustainability and quality as much as we do. Our teas are made from the finest ingredients. They come loose-leaf or in fine silk tea bags, to maximise great taste. Every part of our packaging is recyclable! So, without further ado, here are our fine herbal teas: 

herbal tea 

Chamo(S)Mile is a caffeine-free herbal infusion. It’s made with real Chamomile flowers and a touch of rose and lavender. This is a sweet and delicate floral tea. It will completely soothe you and have you floating through each day in a meadow of bliss.

herbal tea

Red Bush Baby is a caffeine-free Rooibos infusion. It has a sweet creamy taste, accentuated by subtle lavender floral notes. A hint of blue cornflowers makes it the perfect blend for relaxing. 

herbal tea

Berry Nice Indeed is an absolutely delectable forest of fruits! It is made using whole freeze-dried berries and apple pieces. There is rosehip, hibiscus, and blue pea flowers as well! Plus freeze-dried blackcurrants, orange peel, and raspberry pieces. Yum! This berry delicious infusion will leave you rosy-cheeked and tickled pink.  Plus, it has all the rich flavours of summer …all year ‘round. So if you’re missing seasons of ripening fruit, simply steep a cup of Berry Nice Indeed. 

Is herbal tea good for you? (benefits) 

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free. This means they are amazing brews to help promote sleep. Besides their relaxing qualities, there are several other benefits specific to each flavour. 

Chamomile

Chamomile is a soothing antidote to insomnia. It has been used throughout history to boost the immune system and reduce pain. Chamomile may also help with digestive health. Its anti-inflammatory effects helps protect against diarrhea, stomach ulcers, nausea, and gas. 

Like many herbal teas, Chamomile is rich in antioxidants. One of these, apigenin, has been linked to a lowered risk of cancer. It also is rich in an antioxidant called flavone. Flavone may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, leading to improved heart health. It also lowers the chance of heart disease! 

Herbal tea

Rooibos tea

Rooibos tea is also rich in antioxidants. Quercetin and Luteolin, two antioxidants present in Rooibos tea, can kill cancer cells. They’re also able to prevent tumor growth. Do you suffer from a runny nose? Itchy eyes? Rooibos could come to the rescue! Quercetin works with immune cells to manage allergic reactions. This antioxidant is known for suppressing histamines. (These are the pesky chemicals that cause itchy eyes, runny noses, and other symptoms). 

Rooibos tea is the only known natural source of an antioxidant called aspalathin. Tests on animals show that aspalathin contains anti-diabetic qualities. While it hasn’t yet been confirmed, this suggests that it could manage diabetes in people, too! 

Just like any meal full of fruit and berries, berry-based tea is full of antioxidants and vitamins. Many fruit teas tend to be blended from synthetic ingredients or artificial flavouring. We’re proud that Berry Nice Indeed is packed with whole blackcurrants, zesty orange peels, and raspberries. Not to mention the rosehip, apple pieces, and hibiscus packed in! So its health benefits are all the richer. 

Blackcurrants are packed with nutrition. They’re four times richer in Vitamin C than oranges. The collagen that Vitamin C makes is essential for skincare and anti-aging! People use blackcurrants to help their blood flow, and eye, gut, and kidney health! 

herbal tea

There are so many benefits to match each different flavour of herbal tea. Lemon tea with honey is a great solution to a sore throat. Rosehip tea has been linked to improved immunity, heart health, weight loss, and skin aging. Ginger tea also has powerful medicinal qualities. It can help stabilise an upset stomach and motion sickness. It can also assist with heart disease, blood sugar control, and immune support. 

So brew a cup of your favourite flavour, and sip your way to glowing health! 

 What is the difference between Green tea and Herbal tea?  

If you’re trying to decide between Green Tea and Herbal Tea, you can’t go wrong! Both are delicious brews with a range of benefits. The main difference is that Green Tea is made specifically from tea leaves. These come from a plant known as Camellia sinensis. Herbal tea, however, can be made from any plant! Green tea has caffeine, so it can help bring a bit of a buzz to your day. Herbal teas do not contain any caffeine, so they can be consumed at any hour and can aid in relaxing. 

Check out our Info Page to hear all about the benefits of Green Tea, and Contact Us here with any questions! We love meeting the Leafy Bean Co. Communi-tea and we would love to hear from you. Besides all of the health benefits of teas, one of our favourite parts of a good cuppa is how it can bring us together! 

What is herbal tea? 

Herbal tea is a brew-tea-ful beverage made by infusing plants, flowers, roots, or fruits in hot water. You may be surprised to hear that it isn’t a true tea at all, though! That’s right: “true” tea refers to Green teaBlack tea, White tea, and Oolong tea. They all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. But herbal brews involve a whole range of different plants and spices. And that brings a whole range of benefits as well! 

herbal tea

Brief History of Herbal Tea 

There are so many different types of herbal tea, and each comes with its own rich history! 

Chamomile tea, for instance, has been popular since ancient times. Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks all used it for its medicinal properties. It has been used since the age of Hippocrates, who was the father of medicine. Egyptians believed the Chamomile plant was sacred. They regarded it as a gift from the Sun God, Ra! Ancient people drank it as tea, and they also used chamomile in creams and incense.  Its popularity continued to spread through Medieval times. The Chamomile plant was incorporated into plasters, ointments, pouches, and medicinal baths. 

Rooibos tea, another popular herbal infusion, originated in South Africa. Indigenous people in the area used to harvest the leaves for tea and medicinal purposes. They introduced rooibos to 18th Century European Explorers, who spread it across the world! Today it is amongst the most popular teas in the world. But the plant from which it is derived, the Rooibos Shrub, can still only be grown in the mountains of South Africa.

herbal tea

Red bush baby, in scoop, Leafy Bean Company, loose leaf tea, London Tea Company

Rosehip tea was used in prehistoric times. Traces of it have been found in Switzerland’s Pile Dwellings. Old-Iceland mythology mentions its medicinal uses as well! Meanwhile, Goji Berries have been used to make tea in China and Tibet for more than a thousand years! In North America, Native Americans used to brew teas made from a varie-tea of infusions. Often they used rosemary, ginger root, licorice root, oak bark, and blackberry leaves! 

You can truly get a taste of history (and travel the world!) in each sip of herbal tea. But it’s so much more than just great taste and a rich past. Read on to find out the world of benefits waiting for you in each brew! 

Types of Herbal Tea 

We offer three tea-licious herbal infusions at Leafy Bean Co. We of are an independently-owned company. This means we can choose to work only with suppliers who care about sustainability and quality as much as we do. Our teas are made from the finest ingredients. They come loose-leaf or in fine silk tea bags, to maximise great taste. Every part of our packaging is recyclable! So, without further ado, here are our fine herbal teas: 

herbal tea 

Chamo(S)Mile is a caffeine-free herbal infusion. It’s made with real Chamomile flowers and a touch of rose and lavender. This is a sweet and delicate floral tea. It will completely soothe you and have you floating through each day in a meadow of bliss.

herbal tea

Red Bush Baby is a caffeine-free Rooibos infusion. It has a sweet creamy taste, accentuated by subtle lavender floral notes. A hint of blue cornflowers makes it the perfect blend for relaxing. 

herbal tea

Berry Nice Indeed is an absolutely delectable forest of fruits! It is made using whole freeze-dried berries and apple pieces. There is rosehip, hibiscus, and blue pea flowers as well! Plus freeze-dried blackcurrants, orange peel, and raspberry pieces. Yum! This berry delicious infusion will leave you rosy-cheeked and tickled pink.  Plus, it has all the rich flavours of summer …all year ‘round. So if you’re missing seasons of ripening fruit, simply steep a cup of Berry Nice Indeed. 

Is herbal tea good for you? (benefits) 

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free. This means they are amazing brews to help promote sleep. Besides their relaxing qualities, there are several other benefits specific to each flavour. 

Chamomile

Chamomile is a soothing antidote to insomnia. It has been used throughout history to boost the immune system and reduce pain. Chamomile may also help with digestive health. Its anti-inflammatory effects helps protect against diarrhea, stomach ulcers, nausea, and gas. 

Like many herbal teas, Chamomile is rich in antioxidants. One of these, apigenin, has been linked to a lowered risk of cancer. It also is rich in an antioxidant called flavone. Flavone may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, leading to improved heart health. It also lowers the chance of heart disease! 

Herbal tea

Rooibos tea

Rooibos tea is also rich in antioxidants. Quercetin and Luteolin, two antioxidants present in Rooibos tea, can kill cancer cells. They’re also able to prevent tumor growth. Do you suffer from a runny nose? Itchy eyes? Rooibos could come to the rescue! Quercetin works with immune cells to manage allergic reactions. This antioxidant is known for suppressing histamines. (These are the pesky chemicals that cause itchy eyes, runny noses, and other symptoms). 

Rooibos tea is the only known natural source of an antioxidant called aspalathin. Tests on animals show that aspalathin contains anti-diabetic qualities. While it hasn’t yet been confirmed, this suggests that it could manage diabetes in people, too! 

Just like any meal full of fruit and berries, berry-based tea is full of antioxidants and vitamins. Many fruit teas tend to be blended from synthetic ingredients or artificial flavouring. We’re proud that Berry Nice Indeed is packed with whole blackcurrants, zesty orange peels, and raspberries. Not to mention the rosehip, apple pieces, and hibiscus packed in! So its health benefits are all the richer. 

Blackcurrants are packed with nutrition. They’re four times richer in Vitamin C than oranges. The collagen that Vitamin C makes is essential for skincare and anti-aging! People use blackcurrants to help their blood flow, and eye, gut, and kidney health! 

herbal tea

There are so many benefits to match each different flavour of herbal tea. Lemon tea with honey is a great solution to a sore throat. Rosehip tea has been linked to improved immunity, heart health, weight loss, and skin aging. Ginger tea also has powerful medicinal qualities. It can help stabilise an upset stomach and motion sickness. It can also assist with heart disease, blood sugar control, and immune support. 

So brew a cup of your favourite flavour, and sip your way to glowing health! 

 What is the difference between Green tea and Herbal tea?  

If you’re trying to decide between Green Tea and Herbal Tea, you can’t go wrong! Both are delicious brews with a range of benefits. The main difference is that Green Tea is made specifically from tea leaves. These come from a plant known as Camellia sinensis. Herbal tea, however, can be made from any plant! Green tea has caffeine, so it can help bring a bit of a buzz to your day. Herbal teas do not contain any caffeine, so they can be consumed at any hour and can aid in relaxing. 

Check out our Info Page to hear all about the benefits of Green Tea, and Contact Us here with any questions! We love meeting the Leafy Bean Co. Communi-tea and we would love to hear from you. Besides all of the health benefits of teas, one of our favourite parts of a good cuppa is how it can bring us together!