Most of us have heard about the purported benefits of drinking various herbal tisanes.  Now, after examining science-based evidence of health benefits from drinking chamomile, peppermint and hibiscus infusions, researchers say that evidence is compelling enough to warrant further clinical studies.


In the March 2011 Agricultural Research magazine, researchers at the Antioxidant Research Laboratory at Tuft University's USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging describe the following:  chamomile has anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-platelet-clumping activity; hibiscus tisanes significantly lowers blood pressure; and peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and anti tumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential - not to mention the well-known calmative and digestive functions.


It seems there may be some truth to those "old wives' tales."