The benefits of drinking herbal teas for the elderly

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Did you know the nation’s favourite brew, tea, is good for your health? You can read our blog post all about it here.

Herbal tea

But, if you’re not a fan of traditional teas with milk, then herbal teas can also be very beneficial too, especially for the elderly.

Ginger tea

Ginger has been used for digestive relief for centuries, so a cup of ginger tea is ideal for stimulating the gastric juices that are essential to healthy digestion. It can also help relieve bloating, heartburn and nausea.

Green tea

Green tea contains antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage that comes with ageing. It also helps to lower cholesterol levels, boost metabolism and increase bone density.

Eucalyptus tea

Eucalyptus has antibacterial properties, so if you’ve got a cold or flu, a cup of eucalyptus tea can help kill off bacteria. It’s also great for elderly people who have asthma or respiratory problems as eucalyptol, a compound found in eucalyptus oil, reduces symptoms associated with respiratory issues and helps dissolve mucus.

Chamomile tea

This herbal tea is most commonly associated with drinking before bedtime as it can aid sleep as it has mild sedative properties. Chamomile tea is made from the blooming plant of the daisy family and helps sooth anxiety, insomnia and helps calm an upset stomach.

If drinking herbal teas isn’t your thing, then you can still get all the benefits by incorporating dried herbs into your diet. Here’s some handy advice on which herbs can help keep you healthy and if you’re up for a challenge, why not try growing your own herbs too?