Natural herbal and fruit teas have been known to people for long time but in recent years these healthy and tasty drinks have experienced true revival. A blend of herbal or fruit tea can include a range of various ingredients, i.e. herbs, fruits, berries. As a rule herbal infusions have pleasant flavor and are distinguished with many useful properties.
Hibiscus or Sudanese Rose is one of the most popular ingredients of herbal and fruit teas. It is a bush of up to three meters high with large flowers that are used for making infusions. It is a natural source of gamma-linolenoic acid that normalizes cholesterol level in blood and increases elasticity of blood vessels. High content of vitamin C is responsible for the acid taste of hibiscus tea.
Rooibos is a drink made from the young shoots of "rooibos" bush that grows only in southern Africa, in the Republic of South Africa. When brewed rooibos produces a pleasant drink of golden orange color with natural sweet taste. Rooibos is a strong natural antioxidant and has anti-allergic properties.
Mate is the ethnic drink made from dried and ground leaves of the Paraguayan holly, an evergreen tree common in South America. Mate is the national drink of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay. In recent years it has been persistently gaining popularity in European countries.
The drink contains a rare substance called matein that has properties similar to those of caffeine. Mate activates metabolism, suppresses hunger and has strong anti-stress properties.
Rosehip is a great source of vitamins. It is rich in vitamin C, contains vitamins B1, B2, PP, K, pro-vitamin A, essential oils, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper and phosphorus.
Chamomile is a natural antiseptic and natural preventive remedy for colds.
Mint and Melissa have mild sedative effects, contribute to the relief from stress and are a folk cure for insomnia.