Herbal teas have a wider variety of health benefits. Some teas are thought to be detoxifying, while others have antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties. You can pick your teas based on the flavors you enjoy or your individual health goals.

I enjoy the following four teas regularly.

1. Nettle tea
Nettle tea is a rich source of calcium, B-vitamins and iron. These essential nutrients serve a variety of functions, including promoting bone health, deriving energy from the food you eat, and carrying oxygen in the blood. Nettle also has anti-inflammatory properties, which may make it helpful in treating conditions like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. This tea has a mild flavor on its own, or you can blend it with green tea and peppermint.

2. Hibiscus tea
Made from the brilliantly colored hibiscus flowers, this tea is a rich source of the potent antioxidant vitamin C. Antioxidants are essential for neutralizing damaging free radicals. Vitamin C is also important for keeping the immune system strong and for collagen formation.

3. Fennel tea
Fennel is a carminative, meaning it helps the body get rid of gas and prevents gas formation. In other words, fennel tea is an excellent digestive aid, and indeed, drinking fennel tea (or eating fennel seeds) is a traditional remedy for indigestion. Fennel’s therapeutic effects may be due to its ability to mildly speed up movement through the digestive tract, making it especially helpful for constipation.

4. Dandelion root tea
Surely everyone is familiar with dandelions, but did you know that tea made from the flower’s roots is thought to have diuretic and liver-detoxifying properties? Research indicates that dandelion root may also have anti-inflammatory activity and is a rich source of antioxidants. Serve dandelion root tea with honey and lemon.

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