Guide to Herbal Teas

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By: Shirley De Leon

Have you heard of chamomile or rooibos tea? Not if you’ve been basking in the world of green tea. Herbal teas, like chamomile, are made from the leaves, roots, bark, seeds and flowers of plants. These teas have been used for medicinal purposes and sleep remedies for centuries. Unlike true teas, which include green, black, white and oolong teas, herbal teas or tisanes don’t contain caffeine.

Feeling anxious about an upcoming exam? Drink a cup of linden tea before going to bed. Linden has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and boost your immune system to fight the common cold and flu symptoms. This herbal tea is just one of several teas shown in the chart below. Consult a doctor before using these teas as medicine.