This is great weather for a hot cup of tea! Not only does tea warm you up, but it can also contain some important health benefits. If you choose herbal or lesser processed teas, these are some of the primary benefits of many popular teas.
Pronounced ROY-boss, this tea comes from Africa and is known as red tea. It contains alpha hydroxy acid which is used to regain youthful looking skin. It has anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory properties which help to alleviate pain caused by inflammation. Rooibos contains ingredients which work as a broncodilator to help with allergies and asthma. The Quercetin in Rooibos can even prevent allergies from triggering in the first place. This tea also has been shown to help control diabetes and support heart health.
This herbal tea has a number of uses. It helps with insomnia. It boosts our immune system. If you get a cold, a cup of this tea can relieve your symptoms. Chamomile is known for relieving digestive issues such as indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, and nausea. Applying it to the skin can treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or dandruff.
Even though there hasn’t been much research done on this herb, it has been used for years to settle an upset stomach, relieve a headache, soothe irritable bowel syndrome, and to help with breathing.
Ayurveda refers to ginger as the universal medicine because it is good for so many things. It helps the body absorb nutrients. IBS and stomach pain can be alleviated with ginger. It is also used for weight loss, to fight cancer, and to help diabetics manage their glucose levels. Ginger is helpful for better circulation and digestion. It can protect against Alzheimer’s disease. One of the benefits it is most known for is its ability to reduce inflammation.
This herb fights the flu. It lowers blood sugar. Research is promising that it may lower blood pressure. It is also known for reducing inflammation.
Those with osteoarthritis find a friend with nettle in reducing their inflammation. This herbal tea is also a good blood cleanser. It helps the body to rid itself of stored toxins. Nettle also helps to lower blood sugar and reduce allergic rhinitis.
Although it is not an herbal tea, green tea has been shown to improve brain function in the short term as well as lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s in the long term. Green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost metabolism. It also kills bacteria which can cause bad breath and dental carries. It also shows promise of lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Herbal teas are powerful medicine. As with any other herb, be sure to check with your health professional before adding them to your diet. Some of them can also cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. It is wise to begin slowly and give your body time to react to the tea before you drink additional cups.
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.