A Cup of Tea

Writer Noch Noch Li | July 17, 2014


Herbal tisanes are a different category to tea, even though for simplicity, many of us call them ‘teas’ too. In fact, these are “different plants with completely different nutritional profiles,” says Charlene Wang, Founder of a tea social enterprise, Tranquil Tuesdays.

Herbal tisanes are without theine and come from plants other than the traditional tea plants. It could include herb plants, flowers, fruits, leaves, bark, roots and spices, both dried or fresh. Given its qualities, different herbs could do wonders for ailments and support the body’s self-healing powers to detox and rejuvenate.

Dr Stewart suggests ginger tea to facilitate the detoxification process and to reduce inflammation. “For centuries, ginger has been a natural remedy in combatting various kinds of ailments, in particular digestive problems, including nausea and vomiting, and is an excellent antidote to food poisoning. Packed with antioxidants, ginger tea greatly helps improve the immune system.”

A tea with rejuvenating qualities would be Mulberry. “[It] naturally supports the body’s production of the human growth hormone,” says Stewart. “It has a calming and soothing effect on the mind and enhances sleep quality. High in natural occurring ‘GABA’, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel alert, but calm, Mulberry tea can soothe the experience of emotional stress and nervous tension.”

Stewart adds a red tea choice: “The South African rooibos tea contains no caffeine, no oxalic acid, and is low in tannins while rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Rooibos makes a great sport drink with its high mineral content to replenish the body with minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Its high antioxidant content makes it anti- inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-allergenic. It can soothe skin problems, promote peaceful sleep and slow down the ageing process.”

Tea contains other ingredients, such as antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of heart diseases and give better skin
~ Wei Gong