Curl up On a cold winters day with a hot herbal tea warming your hands, spirit and health. But besides being a tasty, warming, caffeine-free pick-me-up, herbal tea has lots of wonderful medical health benefits too. From soothing a troubled tummy to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals.
We might get more benefit from a good organic tea than from a vitamin pill,’ says herbalist Marianne Beacon of Elderberry Herbals in Peterborough, “You’re getting the benefits of hydration. There’s the social element: Tea is something that you can share with people. And when you’re drinking herbal tea, you get aromatherapy at the same time ’and that’s something you don’t get from a tablet!’
That’s why Toronto-based herbalist Marcia Dixon of Medical Wonders of Herbal Tea says always steep herbal tea in a covered vessel to contain the beneficial essential oils. ‘Otherwise, your room smells nice but you aren’t retaining the medicinal properties.’
How to choose a herbal tea
When it comes to choosing a herbal tea, it’s important to look for a well-sourced product made from high-quality ingredients especially from Sri Lanka the land of spices.www.orbitherbz.com If you’re drinking tea for the medical benefits, then definitely steer clear of products that add things like essential oils or flavors. And to really get the full medical health benefits from drinking herbal tea, make sure you steep your loose tea or tea bags long enough’ in some cases, as long as 10 to 15 minutes’ to really extract all the medicinal properties.
‘Anytime you’re ingesting something, you’re giving your body the building blocks it needs to manufacture tissues and hormones. ‘If you drink herbal tea every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy.’
Drinking peppermint tea relieves the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and relieves muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea and for heating up the body and making it sweat. If indigestion or heartburn are problems, avoid peppermint altogether. Fresh peppermint leaves should be harvested in the morning when the leaves are still dewy for maximum health benefits. Hang the leaves until they dry completely and then store in an airtight jar until brewing.
- Soothes Upset Stomach. The cooling effects of menthol in peppermint tea help to soothe an upset stomach.
- Improves Digestion.
- Treats Bad Breath.
- Combats the Common Cold and Flu.
- Reduces Fever.
- Improves Mental Awareness and Focus.
- Prevents Nausea.
- Reduces Stress.
Another great digestive aid, ginger a medical wonder spice can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes-add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
Some of the health benefits of Ginger.
- lower blood pressure
- treats inflammation
- prevent blood clots
- relieve heartburn
- lower cholesterol
- improve blood circulation
- Nausea caused by pregnancy
- Motion sickness
- Menstrual cramps
- relieve pain from osteoarthritis
A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers. chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. Orbit herbs recommends chamomile in cases of cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.
Some of the health benefits of Chamomile tea.
- Reducing menstrual pain.
- Treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar.
- Slowing or preventing osteoporosis.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Cancer treatment and prevention.
- Helping with sleep and relaxation.
- Treating cold symptoms.
High in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has all sorts of health benefits. It is largely grown in Sri Lanka and is touted for its antioxidant properties-which help ward off disease and signs of ageing. It is also known to help with common skin conditions, such as eczema.
Some of the health benefits of rooibos tea.
- Aids Weight Loss
- Improves Appearance of Skin
- Alleviates stomach cramps
- anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
- Helps Build Strong Bones
- relieves Digestive disorders
Lemon grass tea
An easy-to-grow plant, lemon grass is helpful for lifting the spirits and it can help improve concentration. lemon grass is safe for children and may help prevent restless sleep when drunk just before bed. This herb makes a refreshing iced tea, and is can be flavored with lemon or orbit bee honey.
Some of the health benefits of Lemon Grass tea.
- helps relieve stress.
- help reduce anxiety.
- boost cognitive function.
- ease insomnia and other sleep disorders.
- treat cold sores.
- relieve indigestion.
- treat nausea.
Milk thistle and dandelion tea
When consumed as a tea, milk thistle or dandelion are gentle liver cleansers. ‘They help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity, ‘They can also assist in the production of bile, which can help with our digestive
- Good for Digestion
- Detoxifies the Liver
- Reduces Water Weight
- Powerhouse of Antioxidants
- Fights Diabetes
- Treats Urinary Tract Infection
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for rosehip tea next time you need a health boost.
Health benefits of Rosehip Tea.
- Rich in antioxidants.
- Support a healthy immune system.
- Protect against heart disease.
- Aids in weight loss.
- Protect against type 2 diabetes.
- Reduce inflammation and pain.
- Fight skin aging.