Tisanes or herbal teas are often consumed for their physical or medicinal effects, especially for their stimulant, relaxant or sedative properties. Available as pure or blended samples, they are popular because of their fragrance, antioxidant properties and therapeutic applications, Did you know herbal teas are not only used to drink? There are many ways to use herbal teas to reap the benefits of these life giving plants.
Depending on the source of the herbal ingredients, tisanes, like any crop, may be contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals. All herbal preparations should be checked for toxic chemical residues to allay consumer fears of exposure to pesticides
Herbal teas make for wonderful, low calorie and relaxing drink hot or cold.
Herbal teas are fragrant and appealing, and have a beneficial effect on health. Let’s look at which teas are good for which symptoms…
- Digestion – Tea is a popular digestive aid. It has been found to help relieve abdominal gas, bloating, and muscle spasms, also reduce feelings of nausea.
- Hydration – Caffeine increases dehydration which commonly causes tiredness and headaches. As herbal teas contain no, or little, caffeine they effectively hydrate the body and improve many conditions, including the health of the skin.
- Immunity – Antioxidant ingredients can help to help to support the immune system. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that helps to improve circulation. Honey is often added to immunity teas to help soothe sore throats and coughs.
- Detox – Fennel and lemongrass are common herbs added to popular detox teas. Many also include extracts from berries with high antioxidant content
- Relieves Joint Pain – Autoimmune joint disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may be caused by an over-reactive immune system and inflammation in the body. Several potent anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat joint pain, but they may bring on a wide range of unwanted side effects. Research conducted by the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicates that green tea contains many anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
- Calms Anxiety – MayoClinic.com advises that psychological and related disorders such as anxiety, nervousness, depression, lethargy, fatigue, low energy and headaches may be treated with herbal tea, such as green tea and yerba mate. This health benefit may occur partly because these herbal teas contain low concentrations of caffeine, which stimulates brain receptors to boost energy, calm anxiety and relieve headache pain.
- Relieves Nausea – Herbal teas such as ginger, lemon balm, red raspberry leaf and peppermint leaf teas are recommended by the American Pregnancy Association to relieve nausea, particularly during pregnancy or as a result of taking medication. These herbal teas help to relieve morning sickness as well as other signs and symptoms of pregnancy, such as sleeplessness, fatigue, body swelling and irritable mood. Though these teas do not contain caffeine and are considered safe for pregnant women, it is important to consult a doctor before consuming herbal teas regularly.
- Helps Reduce Cholesterol and Weight – According to the Cleveland Clinic, many herbal teas may help decrease high cholesterol and even reduce weight. This is particularly beneficial for patients who have diabetes or heart disease or are obese. Herbals teas that contain green tea, cinnamon, ephedra, garlic or hawthorn are thought to particularly improve blood circulation, decrease unhealthy levels of cholesterol and increase fat-burning in the abdominal area.
1. Nettle – Nettle is made with the leaves of stinging nettle, named for the tiny hairs on the fresh leaves which can sting the skin. Despite it’s rough exterior, nettle is one of nature’s best remedies for an assortment of ailments including anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs and colds, congestion, urinary tract infections, and kidney and bladder problems.
2. Chamomile – Chamomile is a popular herb that’s used in teas worldwide. Chamomile soothes the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion. Chamomile also calms the mind and helps people relax and deal better with their stresses. Some people are allergic to chamomile and should avoid taking the tea. People who find it hard to go to sleep should drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is known to fight insomnia by relaxing the body and the mind, enabling the person to fall asleep naturally.
3. Ginger – Ginger is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and soothes the digestive system. Ginger has been known to aid people experiencing nausea. Arthritic people have found ginger tea helpful since it has anti-inflammatory properties.
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