Feeling under the weather? Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee, opt for the right kind of tea instead. This popular drink has been around for centuries, and it has been bringing millions of people various benefits, depending on the type of tea. Many people know the more common types, black, white, green, and herbal. The last type is known for their medicinal properties.
Popular Herbal Teas And Their Advantages
Echinacea Purpurea/Purple Coneflower
Originally drank by the Native Americans, it has also been adopted in the 1800s by Western medicine. It is widely known to help the immune system. In comparison with antibiotics, echinacea does not attack the bacteria. Instead, it enhances the immune cells so that the body can fight the infection better. Drinking up to two to three time a day is recommended during flu season to keep the immune system stronger. However, avoid drinking it for more than 2 months as it may suppress the immune system or it might become dependent on the compound.
These yellow flowers taste a bit like apple and bring a whole lot of health benefits. Chamomile fights against inflammation, helps with cardiovascular issues and is great for restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia. It is also helpful when you have digestive complaints and menstrual cramps. There are many forms of chamomile, from vapors, oils, pills, extracts, and others but drinking it as a tea is easy to do every day.
Like chamomile, hibiscus is a flower that creates a red-colored tea. It is effective in lowering blood pressure, much better than black tea and just as effective as hypertensive medication. They are also known to prevent LDL cholesterol oxidation.
Hibiscus is easy to plant at home and it can be easily drank as a tea, so long as you have your own loose tea infuser at home. You will find yourself saving a lot of money from buying hypertensive drugs. It has not been tested for intake beyond 4 weeks, so it is best to discuss with your doctor or do some research before taking it longer.
Peppermint is a popular tea during colder months but it is also a very good choice when you feel nauseous, lethargic, or bloated. It is also great when you are suffering from pain and inflammation and can lower body temperature through sweating when you have a fever.
Making tea is easy from the dried and crushed leaves and served with a bit of honey. The hot tea will warm your throat and also calm your stomach, so you can stay comfortable during those cold and dark days.
Ginger is another alternative for peppermint and chamomile when you are suffering from stomach problems. Moreover, it helps with nausea, morning and motion sickness, menstrual cramps and flu symptoms like sore throat and fever. It has an effect on the body’s blood circulation and helps with inflammation. It is important to note that more than 2 cups of ginger tea daily is not recommended because it might lead to some irritation.
Another winter staple, cinnamon is typical for snowy and dark days. It works with gastrointestinal conditions and urinary tract infections. Older people can drink this tea to improve circulation when suffering from arthritis. Additionally, because it is a painkiller, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial tea, you should make a cup when you are suffering from flu. In fact, it became very popular when the Bubonic Plague hit, as it can effectively kill bacteria and viruses especially when mixed with ginger.
You can easily grow this herb on your kitchen counter and you have something to make as a tea when you feel anxious, cannot sleep or concentrate. It is also an antioxidant and can help regulate the thyroid’s hormone levels. As a citrus oil, it is relaxing but also has awakening properties.
While many people believe in the science behind western medicine, older cultures and tribes are not wrong to reach for these teas to treat their usual complaints. Beyond being effective, they are also all-natural and can be easily grown at home or in your small garden. In fact, it would not hurt to try them out first before grabbing some medicine. So make drinking tea, especially these beneficial ones, a part of your routine and enjoy a better sense of well-being.