Herbal Teas...The Brews That Renews

Healthy lifestyle

I am what is called in some circles, a "health nut." As such, I'm constantly on the hunt for natural cures, or, natural food, for any reason. Let me clarify, I have yet to go all the way with my obsession. But look out, I just saw a video on a man that was, as of 2010, 109 years old. His routine is to walk a mile and a half every morning before breakfast, and his breakfast was all natural. Check out the video on Youtube about this remarkable gentleman, Bernardo LaPallo; 109 years old and raw.

On my quest to stay healthy I've been drinking one of my favorite beverages, herbal teas. It's safe to say that I love herbal teas. Actually, I've been drinking herbal teas for years, but not to the extent I am now. I visit to my neighborhood Natural Food store and purchase my teas, I usually use the loose teas leaves. Some of the teas that I have on hand at all times are, green tea, dandelion leaves, hyssop, lemon grass, parsley, peppermint, pau de arco, spearmint, fennel, turmeric, oregano, echinacea, just to name a few of the loose tea leaves. I also use prepackaged tea bags, such as: chamomile, chai, ginger, and various exotic teas such as Organic African Nectar, by Mighty Leaf.

Of course, these are not all the teas that I have on hand, but you get the picture, when I say that I love herbal teas. Actually my beverages of choice are in this order, water, tea, juice, and coffee, besides these beverages I hardly drink anything else.

Herbal teas are said to have curative properties, and that's a primary reason they're so popular. Although, I love the taste of the teas, I mostly use them for their supposed curative, or health maintenance properties. It's with that in mind I'm writing this article.

I'm listing10 of my favorites, and their "supposed" benefits. I use the word "supposed," because I'm not a health professional, and I am not recommending any of these teas or their benefits.

My 10 Favorite

  1. Peppermint, tops my list. Peppermint is said to be the world's oldest medicine. It is used for various ailments, including stomach problems, and those related to digestive health. However, peppermint is not just for those ailments, it can be used topically for various skin irritations, itching being one. In addition to the usages on the skin, it is also used as a remedy for tension headaches.
  2. Pau d'Arco, is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It's often used for candidiasis, herpes simplex virus, influenza, parasitic diseases, ( like schistosomiasis), and certain bacterial infections.
  3. Green Tea, there are so many accolades for green tea, that I don't have space, and time to list them all, however I'll list a few. To begin with, green tea is recognized worldwide for its therapeutic properties. It contains (EGCG), which is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, cholesterol lowering, fat burning, and other beneficial properties. A little side note, to prepare green tea so that it's not bitter, instead of brewing for 3 to 5 minutes, brew only for one minute.
  4. Dandelion Leaf, is a natural diuretic, and is commonly used to aid in the removal of excess fluid, and toxins from the body, via the liver, and gallbladder. Other benefits attributed to dandelion leaf is, it's ability to relieve mild constipation, is said to be a blood purifier, and can flush antibiotics from your system. In addition, dandelion leaf contains various vitamins, and minerals, such as A, B, C, D, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.
  5. Chamomile, is commonly used as a calming herb, at least that's what I usually use it for, however I've found several other uses. First, it can be used in conjunction with other antimicrobials, such as goldenseal, thyme, echinacea as a remedy for internal infections. Also as a topical treatment for infections and inflammations. Then there's the uses related to the bowels, like spastic pain, relieving excessive gas and bloating, not to be missed, it can also be used to relieve IBS,(irritable bowel syndrome), nausea, and more. Oh, but there's more, much more, so take a look at this website about chamomile.
  6. Oolong, is considered to be a weight loss tea since it helps boost metabolism, block carbohydrates, and aids in the digestion of body fat.
  7. Parsley, is used as a diuretic, and is also said to increase blood flow to the kidneys and aids in the excretion of toxins. Other suggested uses for parsley are, itch relief for insect bites, in addition to the treatment of arthritis, and rheumatism
  8. Ginger, is commonly used to help quell a queasy stomach, however I just learned of a few other uses. One, it's said about an 8th of a teaspoon, (4 grams) of powder daily is effective for long standing arthritis. Another use, since I have Atrial Fibrillation , this is a very encouraging one, it helps prevent blood clots, as well as, or better than aspirin. This one is probably welcomed by the high cholesterol community, ginger helps reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Wondering where to get ginger, well go to your pantry, or spice section of your grocery store, for the powder, or the produce section for fresh ginger.
  9. Echinacea, is said to have antiviral, and antioxidant properties. It's commonly used to treat the common cold, it does that by stimulating the body's immune system. Other suggested uses, various infections, such as urinary tract, ear, and vaginal yeast (candida) infections. Also, athlete's foot, sinusitis, hay fever, and many, many more. I usually use echinacea at the first sign of a cold, and even if it doesn't prevent it, I get relief sooner than I would if I hadn't used it.
  10. Turmeric, is considered a wonder spice with a plethora of health benefits, some of which I'll list here. Beginning with, ailments such as, abdominal bloating, flatulence, (gas), headaches, colds. Also it's said to be useful in disinfecting cuts and burns, due to it being a natural antiseptic, and antibacterial agent. Aside from the immediate benefits, there are also long term suggested uses, like, being a natural liver detoxifier, a treatment for bruises, eczema, and ringworm. It's also said to aid in healing, and, or preventing certain forms of cancer.

Precautions

As with any medical treatments, natural or otherwise, it is always advised to do your own investigation. But most of all, before using any of these herbs, especially, if there is a medical need, the recommendation is that you seek advice from your personal physician. During my research on the herbs that I listed, I found most, if not all, had precautions. For instance, one was not to be used by pregnant or lactating women, another is, not recommended for persons with multiple sclerosis. So you can see why the advice to do your own investigation is added here.

Disclaimer

I'd like to add this Disclaimer I found on the Internet, "The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care practitioner."

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Good hub Freta. I try but I could never be considered a health nut because of things like that dreaded pig. I can't help it, I do it less but I just see no reason to stop. I can't believe I made it this far so I'm gonna' enjoy it. Everything in moderation (except fun) Hope you're doin' well. Peace!! Tom


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Great hub! I love green tea and have been trying some different types of tea lately. You listed a couple I will try.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I love herbal teas...we serve them at my Inn. Enjoyed the hub.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Great hub Freta and a big thank you for linking to my hub :)

Coffee folks just dont know what they're missing out on!!!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this hub and I am glad to know that we have the same passion in tea. I hope we always get all benefits by drinking tea. Tea is the bes. I give my vote special to you. Well done. Cheers....

Prasetio,


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks very much, prasetio30, Ashantina, alekhouse, Pamela, and Tom. Say Tom, just give it a try, who knows you might enjoy it.

And Pam, I hope when you try them you'll come back and let me know what you think.

Oh say alekhouse, do you serve any unusual teas, if so let me know, I'm always game to try new ones.

Ashantina, you're welcome about the link. Although I drink coffee too, but tea has taken a step above it.

Thanks prasetio, you're right, there are great benefits to drinking tea as I listed, but even more than those I brought out.

Again, thank you all very much for stopping, reading and taking time to leave comments.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Very nice tea list, Freda. I happen too be having a cup of Peppermint at this very moment. Just cooling out!

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Fay, while writing I'm always drinking some kind of tea. Thank you for stopping, reading, leaving a comment and rating. See you later.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

Mmmmmmmm! There is nothing like a good herbal tea!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Veronica, I agree. Glad to see you, I'll see you again soon.


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chim4real_2006 5 years ago

Very informative and educating on Herbal tea. Thanks for bring this information to my knowledge.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you very much chim4real_2006, for stopping, reading and leaving a comment.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A great detailed hub. Thank you for all these information.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Hello, hello, you're too kind. See you again soon.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Thanks for reminding me to make some peppermint tea. I have dried peppermint tea leaves from my parent's garden, and I should use these more often.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

As I read your comment SweetitPie I'm about to make a cup of peppermint tea, because I have a sour stomach. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Hahaha 'healthy nut' made me smile but you know what it is better to be a healthy nut than a sick one. :)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you QudsiaP1, I agree, you're right, and that't what I work at.


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Nice!

I like tea and really works on helping to keep me healthy.

There are so many good side effects to so many teas. Too many to keep up with so I will bookmark this page. Peppermint tea and Spearmint tea are great for flu and colds, in fact these two teas combines with Echinacea are the main ingredients to a tea that saved my cat's life from distemper(flu)and it lived even though sadly 2 died before I'd learned this recipe. Wolf Creek natural medicine site gave it to me as a emergency tea recipe as I was waiting for there's to arrive! God gave us these things for our health. Ginger is great too! Thanks for all the information! Stop by and visit me too sometime, if you like that is:).

God Bless you Fastfreta!!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you heavenbound5511, glad to hear that you cat was okay, but sad about the other two. You're right tea does have numerous health benefits, which is why I am such a fan of it. Thank you for stopping, and taking the time to leave a comment. See you soon.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I love herbal teas! They are also much better for you than black teas, which I like as well. Very informative hub, as always!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you 2besure, for stopping. I agree, I hardly drink black tea anymore, only for dinner when eating out. I almost feel like an addict when it comes to drinking tea. I'm glad I did this research, because I found I was drinking too much of some of these teas. Anyway, again, thanks for stopping, see you soon.


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paradigmsearch 5 years ago from USA

An excellent hub and reference list. Thank you for writing it.


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

Great hub!

My oldest son loves all different types of herbal teas which I am so proud of, but I have been a little slower to take the plunge. I have really tried to like green tea for all its benefits but recently switched to a supplement of green tea extracts for the benefits. I will have to give it another try with your suggestion of only steeping one minute. Thanks for the great tips! Voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome...


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Do you think herbal tea is good in weight loss?


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

You're more than welcome paradigmsearch, glad you stopped by.

MyMastiffPuppies, your son is a man after my own heart, very few men will even give it a try. I hope you will soon take the plunge. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon.

ImChemist, a lot of the herbs are said to aid in weight loss, however, I've yet to see that it does, but I'll continue to use them for that purpose. Thanks for stopping, please come back.


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Sam9999 5 years ago

I usually drink green tea but your hub has inspired me to widen my horizons. Great information. I have given this hub the thumbs up.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Sam9999, I can honestly say you'll enjoy them. See you later.


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FranYo 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

fastfreta, I like your Hub! I've recently been buying many different 'flavors' of teas due to a health scare, and your article helps me to focus on what's what in this large aisle at the market.

One thing I just discovered, which you might find interesting, is that #3, Green tea, has loads of caffeine in it -- who woulda thought? Now I have to scrap all my recent purchases and stick to the Decaf-Green teas.

Thanks for all you have to contribute!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

You're right Fran, green tea does have caffeine, and that should be made known to the novices, so that they can, if they like, choose not to drink it. So thanks for putting that in your comment. And thanks for stopping, and taking time to leave a comment. Hope to see you again soon.


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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Although I live in World's best Tea Producing country, I never tried different flavours. Thanks for the list. I should try :)


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FranYo 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

Ah, chamilj -- I knew you must live in Sri Lanka when you said you live in the world's best Tea Producing country!

Love your country, and yes, the teas are magnificent! I'm wondering...is it now possible to once again tour the tea plantation areas? When I was there in 2000 (hoping to see this part of the island) we were not allowed due to Tamil Tiger threats. What is it like now, for a tourist, that is?


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Say chamilj, how I would love to get some of those teas. Yes, you should truly try some different flavors, especially from the rich delicious teas grown in your homeland. Thanks for stopping, please come visit me again soon.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you freta for a wonderful and healthy hub on herbal teas. God bless you. creativeone59


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks creativone59 for stopping, glad you enjoyed it. See you later.


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Ann810 5 years ago from Sunny Cali

Thanks Freta. Herb tea is the way to go. I will now be buying the echinacea tea. Voted up and useful.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Ann, and you're so right it is the way to go. Thanks for stopping, and the vote up. I'll be over to see you soon.


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

From a fellow health nut and herbal tea drinker this is a very educational hub!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks aslanlight, as I write I'm getting ready to have a cup of tea now. Thank you so much for stopping, I'll be around to see you soon.


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jessicab 5 years ago from Alabama

Great hub Fastfretta, I always rely on tension tamer herb tea for relaxation.


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

I love the tea and coffee very much but not any tea. I am very selective about the taste.

today with increasing number of coffee shops and restaurants we are able to taste different culture teas with masala belonging to Himalayan region, then Bhutan, then Australian coffee, then Brazil flavors and so much.

Above then that now I have your world horizons expanding to this teas with the additives well explained and that to with a disclaimer. But to my knowledge it is definitely time taken one but doesn't include any side effects. As I come from a region of herbs in India.

Very nice interesting hub.

I had voted this hub up & useful

With warm regards

Dinesh Nair


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks VENZKHVAM For your input, also for taking the time to read. Please come back soon for another visit.

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