There are many flavours of herbal tea however they are actually not tea at all. This is because they do not come from the Camellia Sinensis bush which is where all types of tea come from. Herbal teas are actually infusions and are seen as healthy alternatives to caffeine fuelled black teas or coffee. They have a variety of health benefits. Here are some of our favourites.

Camomile tea calms the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion.

This type of tea has mild sedative effects helping to relax the body and mind, relieving stress and promoting a good night’s sleep. It has an ability to boost your immune system and has also been found to ease anxiety and depression.

Raspberry leaf tea is an anti-inflammatory helping to relieve pain associated with gout and arthritis.

It is also an anti-oxidant, protecting cell membranes from free radicals and soothing the mucus lining of bodily tissues. Raspberry leaf tea is often used by women during pregnancy as a way of strengthening the uterus and to help strengthen contractions when in labour.

Peppermint tea helps to digest food better and reduces flatulence and digestive issues.

It eases nausea and vomiting, freshens breath, controls muscle aches and chronic pain, clearing of congestion, mild coughs, mild asthma and stress.

Rosehip tea can help boost levels of vitamin C and provides minerals such as calcium, iron, silicon, selenium, natural sodium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and zinc.

It enhances the immune system, increases energy levels and can help to heal tissues and cells. Rosehip tea can help to ease stomach spasms, prevent stomach irritation and ulcers, and can also be used as a "stomach tonic" for intestinal diseases.

Echinacea tea is anti-bacterial and is widely use to fight infections such as the common cold, urinary tract infections, gum disease and tonsillitis.

It also helps to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant effects and enhances the immune system. Cold Echinacea tea is sometimes applied to the skin to treat abscesses, skin wounds, eczema and minor burns.

Lemon balm is an effective tonic to calm nerves and anxiety.

Cold lemon tea bags help relieve cold sores, regulate the thyroid and reduce nerve pain. Lemon Balm can also help strengthen the memory and brain functions and has been found to lengthen attention span in those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. This type of tea can also uplift the mood.

Cinnamon tea is anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, and is a wonderful source of immune-boosting antioxidants.

It can help to increase blood flow and improve circulation, reduce nausea, ease stomach discomfort such as bloating, gas and indigestion, reduce cold symptoms and soothe a sore throat.

Ginger tea stimulates and soothes the digestive system and aids nausea.

People suffering from arthritis have found ginger tea helpful as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also energise the body and mind, relieve congestion associated with the common cold, restore and improve blood circulation and strengthen your immunity due to its high levels of antioxidants.

Lavender tea can soothe the body and mind and help to induce sleep.

It also treats flatulence and soothes colic and bowel infections and an upset stomach. Lavender tea can be used as a wash on the chest to help reduce a cough, bronchitis, asthma, colds and other respiratory issues. A wash of lavender tea can help heal wounds, cuts, ulcers and sores.