Herbal Teas: The Health Benefits of Herbal Teas

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Herbal Teas and Their Health Benefits

Herbal Teas are possibly one of the most over-looked and underrated remedies sitting right there in your kitchen or growing in your garden.

We have all at least heard that drinking Chamomile tea before going to bed can help to promote relaxation and sleep. That lemon tea with honey is great to help overcome a cold or that peppermint tea can help sooth an upset stomach. But did you know that damiana tea is the herbal equivalent of Viagra? That hawthorn berry tea can help with heart disorders or that dandelion tea can help clean out your liver?

That’s right, herbs drunk in the form of tea have many of the medicinal properties that herbal extracts have. Herbal teas might not be as strong in many cases, but herbal medicine using teas instead of extracts has been a long established, and by some herbalists preferred, form of treating disorders and diseases.

Herbs used in the form of tea have the same nutritive and therapeutic benefits as those added to our natural and organic skin care products. Unlike our skin care products however, herbal teas can affect our bodies systemically. That is they can treat underlying health problems ranging from nervous disorders to cardio-vascular diseases.

Here are some examples of the types of disorders and diseases specific herbal teas can treat:

Chamomile Tea

The benefits of Chamomile tea are widely recognized and have been acknowledged for centuries. They include:

  • Boosting the immune system and fighting infections associated with colds;
  • Relieving muscle spasms and menstrual cramps in women;
  • Relaxing the nerves;
  • Soothing an upset stomach;
  • Reducing inflammation;
  • Improving liver function;
  • Relieving back pain, and
  • Relieving rheumatism.

Obviously, chamomile may need to be combined with additional herbs to treat various conditions, but just on its own it packs quite a punch.

Ginger Tea

Ginger has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and still plays an important role in Chinese medicine today. Its benefits and medicinal applications are many, too many to list and discuss here, but include:

  • Relieving nausea;
  • Reducing motion sickness;
  • Improving digestive processes;
  • Reducing inflammation;
  • Alleviates symptoms of the common cold, allergies, and other respiratory conditions;
  • Reducing pain of muscle aches and rheumatoid arthritis, and
  • Helps with controlling chronic pain.

Rosemary Tea

Rosemary is a powerful antioxidant and has been found to be a stimulant as well as a mild analgesic. The following health benefits are attributed to the rosemary tea:

  • Relieves headaches and fever;
  • May be used to help treat epilepsy;
  • Improves circulation;
  • May help improve memory;
  • Stimulates the liver, and
  • Eases joint pain and headache pain.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion root is often used as a coffee substitute, being slightly bitter and not dissimilar to coffee. However, its health benefits are much greater than that of coffee.

The bitter compounds in the leaves and root help stimulate digestion and are mild laxatives. These bitter principles also increase bile production in the gallbladder and bile flow from the liver, which aid the digestion.

As a consequence, dandelion tea may be used for:

  • Most liver complaints;
  • Problems associated with the gall bladder, such as cholecystitis;
  • Digestive disorders
  • Rheumatism

Damiana tea

Damiana is native to America and has been used by Native American Indians for thousands of years. Damiana can be found growing throughout the southern United States, Mexico, and well into Latin America. Yep, they too needed some help under the hides occasionally.

It looks much like oregano. The whole stems are harvested when the plant breaks into bloom. Once dry, they are stripped of their leaves and buds, and the result is the product you use to make damiana tea.

Apart from its aphrodisiac qualities, the health benefits of damiana include:

  • Useful as a diuretic and laxative;
  • Used as a stimulant, and
  • Helpful during menstruation.

If you find that your herbal tea could do with a little honey, just go ahead and ad a spoon. Not only is honey good for you, it will take some of the bitter qualities out of teas such as dandelion and rosemary tea.

To make a herbal tea, use 1 teaspoon of the dried herb to a cup of boiled water, let it sit for 10 minutes then sit back and enjoy your herbal tea.

Now nobody is saying these are some of the finest tasting liquids you've ever tasted, some taste, well, let's say 'earthy', but others are very nice indeed. Chamomile tea for example is quite nice and of course peppermint is great too. Damiana tea on the other hand may require a spoonful of honey to make it more palatable.

You can alsways combine different ingredients, for example: Chamomile, Spearmint, West Indian Lemongrass, Tilia Flowers, Backberry Leaves, Orange Blossoms, Howthorn Berries and Rosebuds make a very nice tea that may be helpful in getting a good night's sleep. This is actually a formula used by Celestial Seasonings 'Sleepytime tea' available at Coles Supermarkets...

There are many more such examples of how different herbs can be combined or used as singles to provide a therapeutic benefit to your health. You can experiment with them yourself. To start off, just keep it simple and experiment by mixing just 2 or 3 herbs together. As you get more confident with it, you can make more complex mixes...

Most of all have fun, don't expect too much in the beginning and soon you will be a herbal tea fan.

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