I’ve also been interested in the health benefits of tea. With plant-based medicine having such a long history, over 4000 years, it’s fascinated me how our ancestors would have turned to plants to support them. For my personally herbal tea has been my go-to for such a long time, but my fascination began when I discovered green tea some 25 years ago!
It is important to understand the health benefits of herbal tea versus green tea. Both tea’s can provide powerful antioxidants that support overall health and wellness during this time. However, they both have unique benefits and properties that can be used to target specific menopausal symptoms. Let’s explore the differences between herbal tea and green tea and their impact on menopausal health.
Herbal Tea for Menopause Symptoms
Herbal teas are made from herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and other natural ingredients—none of which contain caffeine or other stimulants. These teas or tisanes as they are commonly knows, can be a great option for women who experience menopausal insomnia or anxiety as they are naturally calming. Commonly found herbs such as chamomile, lavender, jasmine and lemon balm have been known to reduce stress levels and improve sleep quality. The antioxidants in these herbal teas also help reduce inflammation which can be beneficial for women with joint pain or stiffness associated with menopause. Additionally, some herbal teas are rich in phytoestrogens which mimic oestrogen-like effects in the body and help reduce hot flashes.
Green Tea for Menopause Symptoms
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant—the same plant used to make oolong tea and black tea—and is known for its high antioxidant content thanks to its catechin content (including Epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG). Studies suggest that catechins may be effective at reducing hot flashes due to their ability to regulate hormones related to temperature control in the body. Green tea also contains caffeine but usually less than other caffeinated beverages like coffee or fizzy drinks making it a good alternative for those who need a bit of energy during this time period but don’t want an overly stimulating effect on their system. And lastly, drinking green tea regularly has been linked to improved mental clarity due to its wide range of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), iron, magnesium and zinc among others.
Herbal teas can provide calming effects while green teas can offer energizing benefits during menopause without having too strong a stimulant effect on the body thanks to its low dose of caffeine content compared to coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Both herbal tea and green tea have unique properties that can help manage different symptoms associated with menopause such as insomnia, anxiety, hot flashes or joint pain/stiffness as well as improved mental clarity due to its wide range of vitamins and minerals available within each drink respectively. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference when deciding which type of beverage would benefit your individual needs most effectively during this transitional period of life!