The benefit of herbal tea

While it may have been made fashionable by Instagram royalty in recent years, herbal tea has been used for centuries for its benefits to health and wellbeing. We chatted with food and nutrition blogger Madeleine Shaw about the benefits of herbal tea, and gathered some advice for herbal newbies.

Making yourself a cup of herbal tea is a great way to have a moment to yourself in the morning. It’s so easy to stop prioritising moments to yourself, but making a cup of tea before you wake up the kids – even if it’s just for five minutes – will give you a calm, collected start to the day. It’s also a great way to boost your hydration levels.

There are so many herbal teas out there, all with different benefits:

Herbal tea for sugar cravings 

If you’re a person that craves sugary treats, Liquorice and Peppermint is the ultimate combo as it will satisfy your sweet tooth without the calories of chocolate or ice cream.

Herbal Tea for relaxation

To combat anxiety, take the time to make yourself a cup of calming chamomile tea. The relaxing properties of the chamomile are ideal for winding down after a long day and can help to relax a stressed-out mind, making it easier to drift off at bedtime.

Turmeric Tea

Another great ingredient for giving your cuppa that wow factor is turmeric. With a wide range of proven health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, turmeric is one of the key culinary ingredients found in Asian and Indian cooking. It adds flavour and colour to dishes, but can also be super-helpful for:

Keeping joints healthy and supple

Boosting your immune system

Enhancing the clarity and radiance of your skin

For more exclusive health tips, view the full conversation with Madeleine Shaw, and be sure to keep updated with the Bensons blog for all the latest news.


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