Herbal Tea from a Spaholic’s Perspective
As Emma Rose Policarpio writes in her article “Chamomile, jasmine, peppermint: A spaholic’s guide to tea”,
In the spaholic world, tea is a staple drink primarily because of its health and therapeutic benefits. It is usually offered hot or cold after a relaxing massage to rid the body of any accumulated materials in the muscles left during the massage session.
She writes an article on herbal tea from a “spaholic”‘s perspective, or someone who regularly goes to the spa. She looks at the different types of tea, whether Chamomile, Jasmine, Peppermint or other types and what it does for your body.
Chamomile tea and herbal extracts are widely used to soothe troubled stomachs, and as a gentle sleep aid.
Jasmine is a type of scented tea which absorbs its aroma from jasmine blossoms. Most jasmine tea is made from green tea, and is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body against damage and free radicals. It also calms the nerves, reduces fat and cholesterol absorption, and helps prevent cancer.
Peppermint has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Just the smell of peppermint tea can help relieve symptoms of colds and headaches, which is why it is also a popular ingredient in aromatherapy. It is likewise a muscle relaxant and helps relieve stress.
Lemongrass tea is ideal for those suffering from insomnia, as it induces relaxation and promotes sleep. It also aids in digesting food, and acts as a natural diuretic that keeps kidneys and bladders working properly.
Many other herbal loose leaf teas can have affects on the body, whether it has been steamed and massaged or not. It doesn’t just stop with this list – you can drink tea with roses, lemons, goji berries, and even tea where the flower blooms in your cup. You don’t have to be at a spa to rejuvenate and maybe some of these herbal teas can give you that spa experience, but in the comforts of your own home.