What are the facts about tea as well as herbal teas? Can teas and herbals be effective in easing some illnesses?
Most individuals if they feel sick don't think of herbal cures, yet herbal teas for med icinal purposes have been around since the dawn of time. Most people think of calling the doctor or buying pills from the pharmacy.
We are however, seeing more interest in the use of herbs. Herbal teas used just as a good tasting beverage. Herbal teas to bring relief of stress related and physical problems.
Would you be interested in trying an herbal tea or tisane made from herbs, dried fruits and flowers? I've tried a lot of different tisanes, blends of things like dried apple pieces, lemon peels and hibiscus flowers. I like the combination of dried orange peel and clove (a spice). Many berries like dried cherries, cranberries and raspberries can be blended with hibiscus flowers or rose hips.
I recently enjoyed a tisane given to me by my sister-in-law that had slivered almonds in the brew. It was really different and I liked it.
The combinations can be endless here. The best thing is these ingredients are natural and good for us. Many herbal teas just plain taste good, Many find that not containing caffeine is a plus. It is good to know the facts about tea and herbal teas.
The facts about tea and herbals show that herbals and tisanes can still be used today as they were for centuries. Drinking herbal teas for medicinal purposes and for the relief of illness has benefitted many.
"Tea is nothing other than this: Heat the water, prepare the tea and drink it with propriety. That is all you need to know." - Sen Rikyu, 16th Century Oriental Tea Master
Let's start a list of facts about tea and herbal teas and the health benefits that may be enjoyed from drinking them:
Anise tea - is a mild anti parasitic. Tea from its leaves has been used to treat digestive problems, relieve toothache; can be used to relieve menstrual cramps, and is also known to freshen your breath.
Artichoke tea- is long been used to promote liver and gall bladder health.
Bee Balm tea Native American Indians, especially the Blackfeet Indians recognized bee balm has strong antiseptic properties. Tea made from the plant was used to treat mouth and throat infections. The tea is also used to address digestive disorders and decrease excessive flatulence.
Chamomile tea - has long been used to promote sleep and calm our anxious moments. If you are an organic gardener, you may be interested in knowing that chamomile tea is used to suppress fungal growth by misting the new seedlings of many plants.
Chrysanthemum tea in Chinese medicine, this tea is used to treat flu and fever. It is also used to address circulatory disorders and atherosclerosis. The tea, after is has been drunk is made into a compress and applied to varicose veins to help eliminate them.
Essiac tea this is an old Indian remedy consists of four herbs: sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm bark and rhubarb root. Drinking this herbal tea will enhance that immune system, detoxify the body of impurities and restore energy levels.
Fennel tea - is used for weight loss and to enhance vision health.
Ginger Root tea- is an aid for settling the stomach. It is very effective in treating nausea. Ginger will help with motion sickness. Ginger tea has been a folk remedy for colds and congestion.
Ginseng tea is considered an adaptogen, which means it enhances the bodys ability to fight the effects that stress has on the body. American Indians used ginseng to help with digestion. Ginseng is a stimulant and promotes an increase in energy level and mental alertness.
Green tea-is considered to help in the fight to prevent or manage many diseases. Diabetes, stroke and heart disease are all thought to benefit from the antioxidants contained in this tea.
Hawthorn tea is known to aid digestion. Hawthorn is also used in Chinese medicine as an aid to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Hibiscus tea- is a very tasty tea that is known to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels in some individuals.
Jasmine tea- is basically a blending of the flavorful jasmine flowers with either green, black, oolong or white tea. Jasmine is known for is anti inflammatory properties.
Lavender tea- will help to relax, assist as a natural sleep aid.
Lemongrass tea- Mexican folk medicine holds that the benefits of lemon grass include: aiding digestion, stomach cramps and flatulence. It is also used as a diuretic.
Licorice root tea -helps a sore throat and allergies.
Mint tea- for stomach and digestion, it is even said to help headaches.
Mountain tea- is used to prevent and aid in fighting the common cold.
Parsley tea- known to lessen the effects of menopause. Gargling with it will help fight halitosis. Acts a diuretic and is thought to lower blood pressure.
Spearmint tea- fights nausea, heartburn and indigestion.
Tarragon tea- has been used as an appetite stimulant, has antibacterial properties and has been used to treat skin abrasions when applied topically.
Valerian tea-alleviates menstrual cramps and abdominal cramping due to an irritated bowel.
White tea-Is considered to be an anti-bacterial tea. It is soothing to a sore throat.
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