Recently there’s been a lot of excitement over the amazing health benefits of tea which has definitely boosted its consumption. Studies have found that daily consumption of 3 or more cups of Black tea can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Research has also shown that drinking tea can help lower “bad” cholesterol. A different study showed that daily drinking more than two cups of green tea can lessen the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 22-23%. Extensive research has also found that drinking tea can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including rectal, colon, and skin cancer. With so many great things about drinking tea, it’s no wonder that a lot of people are seriously giving up coffee in favor of it. But what about herbal teas?
Herbal teas are quite different from the commercialized teas in the market today. One big difference is that these aren’t really made from tea. Herbal teas are actually tisanes which are beverages made from an infusion or decoction of plant materials such as roots, leaves, bark, or seeds steeped in hot water.
There are many benefits to drinking herbal tea, one of which is the fact that they have amazing medicinal properties ranging from relieving digestive ailments and pain to treating nausea and motion sickness. Herbal teas are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, these tisanes have a large amount of antioxidants.
So, what are the best herbal teas for healing?
Number 5: Chamomile tea
You may have already heard about chamomile tea and how great it is for relaxing the mind and soul. But there are a lot more benefits to it than just that. Chamomile tea can help treat a myriad of physical as well as emotional ailments.
This healing herbal tea can help treat insomnia as well as ease anxiety and depression. Drinking it can help prevent your diabetes or hyperglycemia from worsening. Because it increases the amount of glycine in the body, a compound that stops muscle spasms, chamomile tea is also an effective treatment for menstrual cramps. It is also effective in relaxing your stomach muscles which helps with indigestion, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Moreover, this herb has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can help in treating a cold, cough, and bronchitis.
Chamomile tea isn’t only for drinking. It can also be used as a topical medication. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can help expedite the healing of wounds such as insect bites, cuts, and burns. Chamomile tea can also be used to clear up skin irritations such as allergies, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, and even a dry, flaky scalp.
How to Brew
To make chamomile tea, use one tablespoon of 100% pure chamomile flowers for every cup of boiling water. Let the herbs steep in the boiling water for 5 minutes before straining.
Number 4: Peppermint tea
Mint is a great herb that can be used in various recipes around the house. Spearmint and peppermint and two different things and the one you should use that has healing properties is the peppermint. This is the one that contains the digestive aid – menthol. It will ease the indigestion, the gas, the sense of nausea and vomiting. Apart from the effect it has on the digestive system, it also contributes to warming the body up and increasing sweat. This will help the toxins get out from the body.
It will help you ease the herpes outbreaks and lower the stress levels that adds up on a daily basis.
How to Brew
As it is one of the most popular teas it can be found in any health food store. Take on spoon of mint leaves per cup and add boiling water. Alternatively, you can use the dried tea bags according to the recommendations on the box.
Number 3: Ginger tea
Ginger is used for various things like cooking, baking and tea. It is good for a lot of problems a person can have and thus it recently gained popularity around the world. It is a great antioxidant that can be used to heal and reduce various health conditions.
It helps stop the nausea, vomiting, allergies, muscles aches, cramps, reduce fever and as well, it is very good for the colon cleanse. It is also used for the stress and menstrual cramps.
How to brew
It is best used from raw ginger as it is the most helpful in any health condition. You have to cut at most three thin slices of raw ginger and add some boiling water over it. Take care how long you leave it brew, as the longer you leave it, the stronger the taste. And it is a very strong taste. To ease it you can add some lemon juice or honey to the tea.
Number 2: Hibiscus tea
The dried hibiscus flowers are considered a very good medicine. They are used for lowering the high blood pressure, reducing the bad cholesterol and improve the immune system. All of the above due to the fact that they are rich in antioxidants that fight with the free radicals.
It is high in vitamin C and it is also a very good natural diuretic.
Currently, in India it is studied as a complementary medicine to treat the diabetes.
How to brew
Due to the oriental origins it has, many countries boil the dried flowers adding spices and sugar or honey and transform it into a drink called “sorel”. However, it can be also used simply brewed, just add a hibiscus teabag and put boiling water over it. Leave it for 5 minutes and the tea is ready to be drank.
Number 1: Rooibos tea
Many of us drink rooibos tea because it tastes good without even knowing its healing properties. It is high in antioxidants – the aspalathin and nothofagin and minerals – zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. It is used as it fights cancer and improves the vascular health.
It helps the circulation of blood, lowers the bad cholesterol levels and the blood pressure. It can also help those suffering from acne. While it can create a feeling of relaxation and thus help you sleep naturally when the night comes, it does not put you to sleep if drank during the day.
How to brew
It has a nutty but sweet taste. Usually it is found in dried tea bags and adding boiling water and leaving it for the recommended time, is the easiest way to prepare it. If you go in special tea houses, you may find it dried leaves and infusing them in boiling water.
Though the teas above can help in many health conditions, it is best to know their risks and treat yourself with the prescribed medicines for your conditions as well. Make sure you consult your doctor if combining so that they do not interact with each other.