Over the past six years, the UK tea market has changed rapidly with sales in traditional black tea dropping by around 6%. With these sales reaching £699 million in 2010 to an estimated £654 million in 2015, it seems consumers are reaching out to a new contender in the market. Research now indicates that millions of UK households have switched to herbal tea and fruit tisanes with sales rising by 31% from £58 million to £76 million, while sales of green tea increased by 50% to £36 million due to the highly publicised health benefits of green tea.
Health Benefits of Herbal Tea
For thousands of years, herbal remedies were used as the principal healing method before the age of science and medicine came into play with the developing societies across the globe. But with ongoing studies into the health benefits of herbal teas, it seems that the ways of our ancestors are not yet obsolete with many medical professionals now endorsing its usage in the form of tea. The use of herbal teas in your day to day routine should, by no means, be used as an alternative for professional medical advice but it is now largely considered that consuming particular herbal teas for a number of ailments can have a huge impact on your health.
From indigestion to fighting infection and nausea, it is almost certain that there is a herbal tea that could aid you in your daily routine. Despite ongoing scepticism from those who question its true capabilities, the health benefits of herbal tea have developed from its spiritual origins to reach the levels of scientific reasoning. One particular tea to have been proven in its use for battling mild insomnia for example is that of Chamomile tea – a blend used for centuries to naturally aid sleep. This is because chamomile contains tryptophan, an amino acid known for its tranquilising effects. When taken as an infusion, these properties act as a relaxant in our bodies and in turn, promote the much needed sleep of its consumer.
Another example is that of elderflower tea, an element used since the age of ancient druids. The white blossom from the Elder tree is a traditional cure for colds. It is an effective decongestant because it helps clean the nasal passages of catarrh. It is also a good diaphoretic – meaning it encourages the body to sweat. Naturopaths believe that viruses are unable to breed in a raised body temperature. Peppermint tea meanwhile also has the capabilities to combat illness with its properties used to prevent nausea and vomiting. By stimulating bile production in the gall bladder, peppermint breaks down fat in the digestion system and thus, relieving the consumer of nausea, we have peppermint tea available as loose leaf tea and also our very popular Peppermint Tea Bags
The promotion of weight loss is another reason consumers are reaching out to herbal tea with a large quantity of brews used alongside a healthy and active lifestyle in today’s society. According to a 2015 Journal of Food Biochemistry study, fennel has major inflammation-fighting properties. Fennel Tea has been known and used to aid weight loss and to give to body strength. It was used by Greek marathon runners to give them leanness and the power to run long distances. It is also packed with Vitamin A, C, and E which help give the body a natural boost, also Pu erh Tea is well known for aiding weight lose which you can read more on loosing weight with Pu-erh Tea
The Olive Leaf has been used for many years for medical uses such as lowering blood sugar, boosting the immune system and lowering fevers. It was first introduced in Ancient Egypt as a symbol of heavenly power, but today drunk due to the amount of health benefits the leaves contain.
A very good drink to have throughout the day as it has been known to improve brain function and help you concentrate.
Olive leaf is the leaf of the olive tree (Olea europaea) and is harvested after the olives themselves have been taken from the tree, they are then dried and brewed as a herbal tea. The tea has a bright liquor with a subtle, natural taste and is accompanied very well with a slice of lemon or a drop of honey - Olive Leaf Tea or Lemon Verbena Tea
With herbal tea blends reaching into the thousands, science is now playing a pioneering role in its development and global consumption. In the UK alone, the titanic rise in herbal tea household purchases clearly establishes that more and more people are switching because of the health benefits. But whether you love herbal tea for the pleasurable taste alone or you are drawn to the possibility of a healthier lifestyle, the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company can provide you with.