Although coffee may be the preferred beverage for most people in the Western world today, tea is quickly closing the gap. In the East, tea is the preferred beverage and has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, better health and even for increased happiness and wisdom.
Teas not only taste great, but there’s such a great variety from which to choose. The health benefits of teas are well documented. There are multiple studies which show that teas can help with weight loss, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, preventing or managing diabetes, and may even help with cancer prevention.
Herbal teas, especially, are often used to help treat symptoms of illnesses and to promote better health. To get a double-benefit, use one herbal tea bag with a tea bag containing green, black or white tea to get all the wonderful antioxidants and flavonoids from traditional tea as well as the benefits from the specific herb you are using.
Some highly beneficial herbal teas include:
- Stinging Nettle. Stinging nettle comes from a plant that you don’t ever want to touch barehanded. It stings! But when the leaves are picked and dried, they can be used to help alleviate symptoms of a cold, urinary tract infection, kidney issues, bladder issues and even anemia.
- Peppermint: This wonderfully fragrant herb packs a double-whammy. The tea itself helps with digestive issues, muscle aches and pains, bad breath, mild asthma and congestion. But while you’re sipping this tea, make sure to inhale deeply. The aromatherapeutic benefits of the tea can relieve headaches and nerve pain.
- Chamomile. Chamomile is one herbal tea that is very easy to find. It’s a great source of magnesium and is known to promote calmness and relaxation. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, chamomile tea can help (make sure not to mix with fully caffeinated traditional tea!).
- Raspberry Leaf. This tea is especially good for women as it helps to regulate hormone levels naturally. It’s a good source of vitamin C, iron, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. It has been known to reduce muscle cramps, treat cold sores, and to help treat anemia.
- Lavender. Besides being used in tea, lavender is a great herb to use for topical solutions, aromatherapy and in recipes. Traditional folk history uses lavender tea to treat depression, gassy stomach, and respiratory infections, and it is often used to treat anxiety and stress.
- Hibiscus. This tea is often used to treat high blood pressure and unlike most prescription blood pressure medicine, has no known side effects. It can also be used as a diuretic and boosts natural immunity.
- Dandelion Root. This tea is fast becoming the giant among teas. There are studies that show multiple health benefits from drinking dandelion root tea. These include helping with weight loss, improving digestion, detoxifying the liver, detoxifying the kidney, reducing urinary tract infections, regulating blood sugar and improving circulation. It has been proven to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties.