Teas have come a long way from your traditional Earl Grey, Black and Green. They are soothing, calming, and promote wellbeing. You can drink them hot or cold and they are full of health benefits.
Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.
Here are some more nontraditional teas that have healing powers.
Ginger: Relieves nausea, combats motion sickness, helps digestive processes, combats inflammation, reduces dizziness, limits flatulence (I need tos tart giving this to my youngest daughter), controls chronic pain, eases the pain of muscle aches and rheumatoid arthritis, minimizes symptoms of the common cold, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.
Peppermint: Improves digestion, eases nausea and vomiting, reduces heart burn, dissolves gallstones, fights bad breath, relieves stress, and acts as a pain reliever. It’s also super easy to grow!
Rosehip: One of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function.
Dandelion and chicory root: Dandelion roots act as a blood purifier that helps both kidneys and the liver to remove impurities. It is also high in potassium and helps to improve appetite and digestion. Chicory is a bitter digestive tonic that increases bile flow and decreases inflammation. It also supports the action of the stomach and liver and cleanses the urinary tract.
Pau D’arco: Great for eliminating candida, purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, protecting the liver, and beneficial while healing cancer.
Soursop: A potent healer, soursop tea (made from the leaves of the soursop tree) is very beneficial to those healing from cancer. It purifies the blood, aids detoxification, promotes clear skin, is high in vitamin C, contains rich amounts of antioxidants to fight free radical damage, is great for the liver, and improves digestive health.
Valerian: Is great for promoting deeper sleep and helps treat chronic insomnia and sleeplessness, soothes and sedates the nervous system, helps calm hysteria and restlessness, alleviates menstrual problems, soothes the digestive system, help lower the blood pressure, may inhibit the growth of tumours.
Rooibos: Rich in mineral content, promoting healthy skin, teeth and bones. High in antioxidants, and is great longevity.
Cleavers: Awesome for stimulating the lymphatic system (it’s traditionally used to treat lymph cancers), treating urinary tract infections, treating jaundice, purifying the blood, and healing wounds.
Chamomile: Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.
Echinacea: Often touted as a way to fight the common cold.
Health benefits of Green, Black and White tea:
- Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
- Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
- White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
So go ahead and have a cup…..Tea: It Does the Body Good!
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂