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Iced herbal tea is great any time of year but especially during the heat of the summer months. Drinking iced tea is a refreshing and health-filled way to increase your water intake too. Here are five herbal iced teas to help keep you chill in mind, body and spirit.

1. Mint

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Mint is high in essential oils, which give mint its characteristic smell and taste as well as its healing properties. Medicinally, mint is calming to both the digestive and nervous systems. It helps ease indigestion after a heavier meal plus it cools you down when the temperature outside is hot.

2. Lemon balm

Lemon balm, another member of the mint family, makes an herbal iced tea that’s both calming and citrus flavored. It relaxes the nervous system and has been studied for its use in easing both anxiety and insomnia. Lemon balm also has antiviral properties specific to herpes, so it’s a great iced tea to choose if you get cold sores, especially if they are triggered by stress.

3. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a herb used in traditional Chinese medicine and taken as a tea to help cool down in the summer heat. When brewed, the tea has a pale yellow color and a delicate floral taste. It’s commonly served in restaurants in China, both for its flavor and its medicinal qualities.

Known as Ju Hua in Mandarin, chrysanthemum flowers are traditionally used to cool the liver and nourish the eyes. Drink chrysanthemum tea to help soothe dry, red eyes or if you have a tendency toward heat rashes and headaches in the sun.

4. Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers make a beautiful and delicious ruby-red iced tea that’s both cooling and heart-healthy. Various medicinal teas and drinks made out of hibiscus are common in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Sour in taste, hibiscus has been shown in research studies to maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. High in vitamin C with loads of antioxidants, hibiscus tea is anti-aging, preserving the health of everything from blood vessels to skin elasticity.

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