Herbal Teas and Honey…One of my fav (guilt free) hot drinks to sip on. Ok well it’s basically a case of, if you’re going to be munching on junk food then the rule is, have a cheat so you can counteract all those Krispy Kremes, Thorntons, Pizza etc etc. My cheat is herbal teas. I love the stuff, mainly because it’s not just about keeping slim and trim, it’s good for you and has so many healing effects on the body. So I’ve compiled a list of all the teas I’ve sipped on and used to cut a few ‘health corner’ plus a bit of useful information on all the good things they can do for you.
As with all remedies herbal teas are not for everyone and some of the herb manufacturers should always explain when you should avoid taking them, (pregnancy, hypertension etc) just as in conventional medicines. I’ve also come to realise that a lot of the time when people try certain herbal teas they say it doesn’t work, it’s just a case of knowing that the chances are if you were not drinking it at all the issue would probably be worse.
Healing with herbal teas can be a slow process but it is safer due to the minimal side effects or damage to other organs if taken long term (as chemical drugs can do) BUT as with everything…too much of anything is bad for you! So please don’t overload the minute you discover a tea that you can’t get enough of.
Peppermint is best known for improving digestion by calming muscle spasms within the digestive system. It can also relieve headaches and nausea. The FDA ( Food and Drugs Administration ) has gone so far as to approve the marketing of peppermint as a cold remedy due to it’s effectiveness of a cold cure (in it’s early stages).
Studies have shown that peppermint can also significantly reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, and may even help prevent the formation of stomach ulcers. Peppermint tea has been used to treat colic in infants due to it’s mildness and superb effects on the digestive system. Other benefits include heartburn, indigestion, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
This is a popular one for me, especially after a big meal that been eaten late at night. No one likes to sleep on a full stomach so I drink this to aid the process of digestion and prevent feeling heavy and bloated.
WHEN TO AVOID! According to qualified Complementary Therapists peppermint may worsen acid reflux and shouldn’t be used by those who suffer with hiatal hernia.
GINGER (Best with Lemon)
This combination of herbal tea is a good source of vitamin C (protects your body from free radicals, which may cause heart disease and cancer, as well as keeping our gums healthy) and vitamin B6 (helps reduce PMS symptoms and prevents the risk of heart disease).
Ginger tea is well known for treating motion sickness by calming a queasy stomach. Before taking a trip and during, sip on a cup of ginger tea it will take away that horrible feeling of nausea. In one study on the benefits of this tea explained that ginger is said to be more effective than prescribed anti-vomiting drugs (which can be harmful) when treating severe cases of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Most people are likely to know ginger for it benefits of relieving a sore throat but less known for it ability to minimize symptoms of allergies and people who suffer from hay fever have found it relieves some of their milder symptoms.
As a tea, ginger can also decrease blood sugar, freshen bad breath and can increase the libido ( Like I said, small doses please ladies!). I should add that of course ginger tea bags are always very convenient, but I tend to go for the fresh option when I can as it’s much more effective.
WHEN TO AVOID! Limit intake of ginger if you suffer from ulcers, bowel diease or heart burn.
I would say fennel tea is a great herbal tea because I find I can drink without honey as it doesn’t have that bitter taste that some of the other herbal teas can have. This tea is best known for its cure of feeling bloated and good the thing is you are likely to see the effects on this work pretty quickly
Fennel not only improves digestion effectively, but can also reduce bad breath and body odour that originates in the intestines. Fennel tea is also used to help alleviate symptoms of whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis and other upper- respiratory infections.
This tea has also been known to relieve constipation, abdominal cramps and most upset stomachs. Another added benefit of this herb is its use in reviving a loss of appetite and because it is quite gentle it can also be used for infants and children (for the colic).
WHEN TO AVOID! Pregnant or nursing women should avoid consuming fennel tea without their doctor’s approval.
Funny enough I didn’t realize that nettle tea was the very same nettle plant I use to get stung by as a child. I never would have thought that such a pain-inflicting plant could do any kind of good let along drink as a tea. However I have since found that the sting of the nettle is nothing compared to the pains and ailments this plant can heal.
The stems, leaves, flowers and roots of the nettle plant have powerful medicinal properties and possesses high iron. Nettle is said to be extremely beneficial for the kidneys, being useful in expelling gravel from the bladder and dissolving kidney stones. It is a powerful blood purifier that drives out toxins and metabolic wastes by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more water. Nettle tea is said to clean out the entire intestinal tract while activating the body’s natural defence mechanisms.
Nettle tea cures diseases and inflammations of the urinary system, and also urinary retentions. It has a slightly laxative effect, being recommended in cleansing remedies. Nettle tea can also be of great help to those who suffer from diabetes, because it leads to the decrease of blood sugar and implicitly, of the glycemic level. It is useful in eliminating viruses, and bacterial infections.
WHEN TO AVOID! People suffering from hypertension should avoid excessive consumption.
If you are pregnant, suffer from hypertension, or are taking medication, please seek medical advice before drinking this product. Avoid excessive consumption.
Dandelion tea is one of nature’s miraculous treatments for many of the ailments we sometimes deal with. From a pharmaceutical point of view, the herb has many qualities and benefits and has an amazing cleansing effect, stimulating digestion and the urinary system.
An important point to know about this plant is that Dandelion contains potassium. This mineral is highly significant because it is very effective as a diuretic which is responsible for water retention. It’s one of the reasons I decided to try the tea in the first place.
Water retention is something a lot of women suffer from. It’s effective for water retention because of the effects it has on the functioning of our liver, a cleansing organ. It is very effective for what is known as a ‘sluggish liver’. You’ll also be glad to know that dandelion also cleanses the skin and is said eliminate acne, prevent or lower high blood pressure, prevent or cure anaemia
WHEN TO AVOID! If your doctor has prescribed any drugs that have a diuretic effect then you should avoid having any form of dandelion as it interferes with the effect of the prescribed drug.
If you are diabetic and take medication you need to consult your doctor before taking any dandelion supplement as it has the potential to increase the blood sugar level thus interfering with the medication your doctor prescribed.
If you notice any rashes or see any signs of bleeding contact your doctor immediately.
If you have photosensitive dermatitis and other plant related allergies you should avoid using dandelion.
If you suffer from bile obstruction you should avoid this herb.
The dandelion tinctures contain anything between fifteen to sixty percent alcohol and hence is unsuitable for children and recovering alcoholics.
Ensure that you consult your doctor before using this plant for any purpose.
The most widely known characteristic of this herb is its distinctive smell and its sweet taste. Also widely known for its big consumption of jasmine tea, the Chinese civilization tends to drink this tea with most of their meals. I first came across tea in a typical Chinese restaurant and was being nosey and asked what it’s good for. I had two tinny cups of the tea that night and have now got boxes of the stuff. Basically, it works!
Among other properties of the jasmine flowers are the improvement of digestion, adjuvant in the toxins elimination and the loose of weight. They also help the acceleration of metabolism, they improve the blood circulation and like many of the other teas I’ve mentioned today Jasmine tea is commonly known their aphrodisiac effect.
Tip! Try and purchase the organic and caffeine free range. Also it’s cheaper and more effective to buy the Chinese Jasmine tea ( more authentic).
WHEN TO AVOID! It isn’t recommended to consume jasmine tea in big quantities, especially in cases of pregnancy.
It is also not recommended to consume jasmine tea on an empty stomach, to prevent causing high acidity.
Chamomile tea is really regarded as a ‘medicinal cure-all’. It had been considered a universal remedy by many complimentary therapists and it’s likely you’ve already tried it or you know someone who swears by its wonders. It’s probably because chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments.
Such ailments include insomnia and other sleep disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, muscle twitches, wounds, burns, and scrapes, skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash, stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers. It’s mostly effective for the stomach because of its anti-inflammatory properties which works best if taken twice a day, one in the morning and another in the evening. It’s also an effective remedy for migraine headaches if taken before they actually become severe.
WHEN TO AVOID! Potential side effects of chamomile include drowsiness, so use it with caution if you are driving or operating machinery.
High doses of chamomile can also cause vomiting and/or skin reactions in some individuals.
If you are allergic to ragweed pollen or have hay fever, you may have difficulty using chamomile.
Using chamomile during pregnancy is not recommended
Chamomile is also not recommended if you are currently taking blood thinners, since chamomile contains a substance called coumarin (which is also a blood thinner).
Green tea is another commercially popular herbal tea and is known for its many cures which include reducing the risk of cancer, preventing or alleviating rheumatoid arthritis and eliminating heartburn. But green tea is perhaps best known for its high levels of anti-oxidants.
This is especially of use to those with active lifestyles as anti-oxidants help reduce the level of damage caused by free radicals (organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases). Green teas have become an integral part of home remedies everywhere, from skin and teeth care to general preventative measures.
Green tea is probably most well known for its weight loss properties and many people swear by it although I personally would, like everything take it in moderation. Green Teas have been found to have positive effects in the arena of skin care. Two specific areas include acne and eczema. For acne, this tea makes a great, cheap alternative to expensive toners or astringents.
Funny enough in some countries they are so into this tea they even have it in special addition of the chocolate bar kit kat and Hagan Daz Ice Cream. No thanks!
Tips! Make sure that you do not over brew your tea. Apart from tasting bitter, it may be harmful for your intestine and digestive system as a whole.
WHEN TO AVOID: Avoid green tea if you are under some other kind of medication.
You must avoid mixing it with your alcohol sessions. This combination is harmful of kidneys and sexual functions.
Weight loss teas are formulated for helping you reduce weight. They essentially block the absorption of nutrients and fat therefore help you lose weight. However it might be harmful for people who suffer from iron deficiency.
It is not recommended for people suffering from insomnia.
Pregnant and breast feeding mothers should avoid drinking weight loss tea because the caffeine content is passed on to the child. Early exposure to caffeine may be harmful for the growth of the child.
It has been known for quite some time that tea contains antioxidants which can help slow free radicals that lead to aging, cancer, diabetes and more. When I first came across white tea and I learnt that because it is carefully harvested and processed, it contains far more antioxidants than any other form of tea I pretty much stuck to it as my main detoxing tea. It is even the highly popular green variety. Even beyond the high antioxidant content, the benefits of white tea outweigh any other tea.
Some of the additional benefits of white tea include protection of the body from damage by free radicals, profound power against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer, such as colon, prostate, and stomach cancers; studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function, It helps lower high blood pressure and maintains a healthy one.
By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea is said to guard against the ravages of stroke, lower cholesterol, heart protection, stronger bones, antibacterial & antiviral, healthy teeth and gums, healthy skin, helps prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes, reduces stress and increases energy and it also encourages the body to burn more fat.
WHEN TO AVOID: NONE CURRENT MAJOR ISSUES NOTED ( consult the Gp on this one, you never know)
RED TEA (ROOIBOS)
A lot of the herbal teas I’ve tried have been through curiosity but some are through recommendation. I was asked to try this some time ago on a lunch break and was convinced of all the benefits I’d get from drinking it. I did a bit of reading around it before stocking up and it is really different from a lot of the teas I have mentioned here.
Rooibos Tea is in fact South African word for “red bush” that comes from South Africa. Rooibos tea is naturally sweet to the taste. Many thus find it pleasant to drink in its natural state. Rooibos tea is rich in thiamine. It is a water-soluble vitamin that the body uses to utilize carbohydrates as an energy source. As such, many say that rooibos tea is a natural ‘sports drink’ as it may have the ability to provide tremendous amounts of energy to active people.
Rooibos tea, like green and black tea, has been found to be rich in anti-oxidants and flavonoids. The effect of free radicals is limited by the anti-oxidants in Rooibos tea.
Rooibos tea is completely pure and natural, as it contains no additives, preservatives or colorants. It is a soothing drink for people on a calorie-restricted diet.
Rooibos tea is also strongly recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension. Rooibos tea contains no caffeine and therefore has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Rooibos tea is also low in tannin and therefore does not have a negative effect on the absorption of iron and proteins into the body.
WHEN TO AVOID: NO CURRENT MAJOR ISSUES (consult gp)
Also referred to as a ‘super food’, the plain fact is honey is far better than what most people recognize. Honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health. This is why honey works so well with Herbal Tea as oppose to sugar! ( Even Brown Sugar ). This is also a hot beauty and skin care tips for ladies and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy, from eye conjunctivitis to athlete foot.
Its powerful healing attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations after generations.
Manuka Honey is the best quality of honey and not only fights infection and aids tissue healing but also helps reduce inflammation and scarring. In addition, it is often used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhoea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis.