Tea Plant List:
1) Caffeine – A stimulant that helps with concentration and alertness.
It improves memory and attention span. It’s one of the most popular ingredients used in tea.
2) Citrus Fruit – Contains vitamins B3, B5, B6, C and E which are essential for human health.
These vitamins have been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve mood. They also increase energy levels, promote weight loss and decrease cholesterol levels.
3) Ginseng Root – Ginsenosides are alkaloids found in the root of the plant.
They include ginsenoside-A (a potent antioxidant), ginsenoside-B (anti-inflammatory), ginsenoside-C (reduces blood sugar) and ginsenoside-D (promotes healthy skin). The leaves contain many other compounds such as flavonoid, terpenes, phenolic acids and tannin.
4) Luteolin – Found in the leaves of the lemon verbena plant.
It reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels.
5) Lemon Balm – Contains vitamin C, which helps prevent infections and fights off free radicals.
It also contains flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory and may help lower high blood pressure. Also contains anthocyanins, which protect against cancer cells growth.
6) Peppermint – Contains menthol, which can help treat headaches and migraines, especially those caused by tension or stress.
It’s also a muscle relaxant, promoting relief from menstrual cramps, stomach cramps and aches and pains in general. Menthol also acts as a stimulant to the brain, improving mental alertness.
7) Rose Hips – High in vitamin C and dietary fibre, both of which are anti-inflammatory.
It can also prevent arteries from becoming blocked, which can help prevent heart attacks. The vitamin C is also important for proper immune system function.
8) Sage – Contains phenolic acids, flavoniods and tannins, all of which have antioxidant activity.
Also contains iafenflavedoine, a pain reliever. Sage is believed to improve memory and concentration. It can also be used as a treatment for sore throats.
9) Thyme – The oil from the thyme plant is an antibacterial, making it useful as a mouthwash for killing off germs in a sore throat.
It also contains thymol, which can kill the viruses that cause colds and flu. It boosts memory and mental alertness.
10) Yerba Mate – Contains about half the amount of caffeine as coffee, therefore it is suitable for sensitive or more timid caffeine drinkers. It’s an antioxidant and contains vitamins A, C and E.
Tisanes vs Teas
It is important to know that not all teas are made from plants containing caffeine. In fact, most herbal teas or tisanes are made from plants that contain no caffeine at all. While some people enjoy the taste of these teas and drink them for their antioxidant content, others drink them for medicinal reasons.
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