Delicious Herbal Teas – Physical Benefits

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Herbal Teas

The people of China became enchanted with tea more than 5000 years ago for the multitude of physical benefits.. According to legend, Shen Nung, a skilled early Emperor, decreed that all water be boiled as a hygienic precaution and one summer day while visiting a distant province, while his servants were boiling water some dried leaves from a bush fell in the water, And, you know the rest of the story. Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The mixture is then strained, sweetened if so desired, and served. Many companies produce herbal tea bags for such infusions.

Anise tea: Anise has long been used by western cuisines as a moderately poplar herb. In some sensitive individuals, anise can cause inflammatory skin conditions, including rosacea and acne. Large doses of anise can also act as a narcotic in the system. So anise tea is best taken in moderation. Anise Tea makes an excellent expectorant as it helps loosen phlegm in the throat and lungs. It is good for people with colds, pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis. Anis tea make help enhance a mother’s mild, It may help with colic. It can be effective in treatment of an upset stomach and may reduce flatulence. Anise seeds can also be steeped in boiling water at home to produce a natural mouthwash; many mouthwashes and tooth pastes sold in natural foods stores also contain anise. Anise tea may help get rid of hiccups. Anise contains trans-anethole, a phytoestrogen, which gives it the strong fragrance.. It is a mild anti-parasitic and its leaves can be used to treat digestive problems, relieve toothache and its essential oil to treat live and scabies. It can also be used for menstrual cramps.

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Chai tea:  It has steadily grown in popularity over the past decade. According to ancient Indian health practices, the deliberate mix of spices helps to calm the mind and revitalize the spirit. In addition, Chai is said to promote healthy digestion. There are several teas made using the Chia leaf along with other ingredients, such as fennel, anise, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, etc.

Chamomile tea:  It comes from the Nile River Valley of Egypt. It promotes calmness and relieves anxiety. It is also used fro insomnia, back pain, rheumatism, and neuralgia. It also calms nervous stomach and menstrual cramps. It can be used externally for reducing inflammation of the skin, soothing hemorrhoids and to relieve a toothache. It can be mixed with bittersweet and used as an ointment to rubbed on the skin to treat bruises, calluses, corns and sprains. This caffeine free herbal is delicious. If you are allergic to ragweed, however, you should avoid this tea

Echinaea tea:  It is one of the most popular herbs in America coming from the Native American medicinal plant called Echinacea. The Indians have used this for 400 years to treat infections and wounds, and as a general cure-all. It has been used to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Echinacea Tea may be used to supply the boost required to maintain the body's resistance to infection, to mend injured tissue, and to stimulate healthy body functioning. It can be used to treat the common cold, sore throats, influenza and it has antiseptic properties hence it can be used to treat septicemia and other blood impurities.

Fennel tea:  It is a traditional element of Chinese, Arab, Indian and Western pharmacopoeias due to the health benefits imparted over the centuries. It comes from the fennel seeds that are a common cooking spice. The main active constituents of fennel, which include the terpenoid anethole, are found in its volatile oil. Fennel tea can aid in treatment of dyspepsias such as mild, spastic gastrointestinal afflictions, fullness and flatulence. It can fight catarrh of the upper respiratory tract. It helps in stimulating milk flow in women. It also acts as an antispasmodic and it has been shown to prossess diuretic, choleretic and pain-reducing, fever-reducing and antimicrobial actions

Herbal Tea With Extra Flavor

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Hot Tea from a Wild Plant

Since while food is free, take advantage of its availability and tasty flavor even now during the winter months. A comforting cup of hot tea made from fresh pine needles may be the soothing tonic your raspy throat needs. While food is not just food but it's also a medicine and it hasn't been tampered with genetically which is the good news.

These plants are concentrated in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can keep you healthy instead of buying food supplements and it's more fun to grow and harvest your own or find a while patch where it's permissible to harvest. Plants growing cycle and you will learn what to eat and when to gather it if you do some reading or attend a workshop on how to forage for wild edibles. You will find in the late winter and early spring there are greens that are cleansing, and sweet juicy berries are available in the late spring into the summer. In the fall there are starchy roots followed by nuts and seeds. It is a way of connecting with nature using all your senses and enjoying the pleasure in good health of these various edibles.

Pine Needle Tea

  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh pine needles 1 teaspoon maple syrup or to taste
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Pour hot water over pine needles. Cover and let steep for about 10 min. Sweeten with maple syrup. Had a couple of lemon slices if you prefer. This tea is rich in vitamin C and will help boost the immune system

Sassafras tea

  • 6 to 10 Sassafras roots, pencil size or larger 1 quart of water
  • Bring water to boil. Add Sassafras roots and reduced heat to medium low. When water has turned a deep red, it is ready to strain and serve. Sweeten to taste.

Wax Myrtle Tea

  • 10 wax Myrtle leaves 1 tablespoon honey or to taste
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Pour hot water over wax Myrtle leaves. Cover and let steep about 5 to 10 min. Starting in sweeten to taste.

Continued List of Herbal Teas

Ginger tea: It has a wonderful aroma is fantastic on a cold winter day. Prized for its healing properties and for adding flavor to dishes, this ordinary looking brown spice has been used for ages in eastern cultures. It’s this very fiery characteristic of the ginger root that gives it much of its medicinal properties, both in its dried as well as raw form. The dried ginger root is a thermogenic, an expectorant, laxative, appetizer, stimulant, as well as an effective cure for stomach disorders. Hence, the dried ginger root is ground and used to cure a whole range of ailments like coughs, colds, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammations of the joints, flatulence, motion sickness, colic, cholera, asthma, headaches, and even anorexia.

The active ingredients in ginger oil are oleoresin and terpenes, which are responsible for its lymph cleansing, antiseptic, mild constipation relief, and circulation-stimulating qualities extensively in aromatherapy. An essential oil is extracted from steam distilling the unpeeled, dried and ground ginger root. According to research it has been found to cause absorption of cholesterol in the liver and blood, thereby lowering blood cholesterol.

Furthermore, the ginger blocks the effects of prostaglandin, which is a substance that is responsible for the inflammation of the blood vessels inside the brain, which is what causes migraine. Ginger’s property of being a digestive aid is largely due to the shogoals and gingerols that it contains. These help to neutralize the acids in the stomach, stimulate the secretion of digestive juices, and tone the digestive tract’s muscles. Ginger tea has been used as a remedy against flu and colds for centuries, both in India and China, as well as other countries in the east. According to Chinese culture, its powerful yang energy is what warms the lungs and stomach. Ginger tea has been used in China for 2,500 years to treat sore throat, nasal congestion, and sinus pain. There are several ways people like to drink ginger tea, one with a fresh 2” piece of ginger with lemon slice and honey. Lemongrass added to the tea with a piece of fresh ginger root is also popular.

Green tea: Green tea is extremely popular. More than 500 studies have been conducted in recent years to determine the potential health benefits of green tea, which is probably the best known and most popular herbal tea. Green tea has a high content of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B and C, plus magnesium, potassium and manganese. Scientific findings have linked green tea consumption to the slowing or prevention of conditions including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune disease and liver disease. Some studies indicate that tea may have cancer-fighting properties for the bladder, colon, esophageal, stomach and pancreas. The health benefits of green tea have been proven to prevent tooth decay and aid in dieting, which is linked to rich concentration of catechin polyphelosls.. A 25 year study of people drinking more than 8.5 oz. of tea daily has a lower risk of heart disease. Several studies have shown a lower cholesterol level with this amount of consumption. Scientist at Case Western found that in mice teas decrease the onset and severity of arthritis.

Peppermint tea: It has menthol as its active ingredient. It helps ease diarrhea, headaches and colic in babies. It contains B vitamins, calcium and potassium. It is known to promote digestion and help prevent gall stones. It soothes the lining of the stomach, thus preventing cramps.

This List Could Go Even Further

Rooibos tea: It grows in the mountains and valleys of South Africa. This tea was unheard of for centuries except to a tribe of Southern African Bushmen. They used this tea for a variety of ailments. It was rediscovered in 1772 by a botanist and it’s enjoyed by many. It is becoming more popular in the Western countries particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such aspalathin and nothofaing. Roobios also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones. Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems

White teas: Its benefits have become more recently known. It is a delicate tasting brew with natural properties that can naturally boost the immune system, prevent dental plaque build-up, possibly provide colon cancer protection and helps guard against skin cell damage. It’s possible that white tea can be used to treat some forms of skin cancer and serve as an agent in cosmetics to protect against signs of aging from damaged skin

Wu-long (oolong tea): It originated in China and is a fruity medium bodied tea. It is recognized as the most fragrant. There are different types of Oolong tea graded according to the harvest season, handling and the quality of the leaves. Oolong tea has more polyphenols than black or green tea varieties. Polyphenols have strong antioxidant properties to help protect against a variety of health conditions and diseases. In addition, they help improve the metabolism to facilitate weight loss and promote healthier skin. A cup of oolong had about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee.

There are many more types of teas consumed, but I attempted to limit the list to some of the more popular herbal remedies.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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partisan patriot 6 years ago


I do believe you are the first Tea Aficionado I’ve been exposed to; great hub. What about Obama Lai Tea from ancient china; it has been known to put an entire population under a spell until the evil wizard is able to make their economy disappear!

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I do love that ginger tea. YUM!!!!

Nice post, Pamela!

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow! You did one heck of a job on this, Pamela! Your list kept on going and going. I bet you could open up a tea store and recommend a specific tea for every ailment for every one of your customers! I'm bookmarking this one for reference! What a thoroughly examined hub you have here!

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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela


I love tea! Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Asians in general cannot be wrong! Green tea is one of my favorites. there is a special vibe about it! Great hub with quite a detailed information! I truly liked it!

warmest regards and blessings,


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks to all of you for your comment. I like teas and drink them a lot especially in the winter. I plan to try a couple I wrote about also.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


When I was a little boy my mom always made us drink sassafras tea every spring. She dug the root herself and ground it up with a fine grater. Once the FDA announced sassafras did liver damage and caused cancer she stopped making sassafras tea, soda makers also removed it from root beer. That's why root beer doesn't have the kick it used to have.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

This subject was right up my street. I love herbal tea. Thank you for such a lot of information.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I'm not a tea drinker but you are right, Pamela. These do sound delicious!!!!!!! Great job!

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Tea is fantastic for you and I appreciate the information. Where does one purchase the tea partisan patriot was referring to?

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I hadn't heard about a couple of these teas you listed, so I've written them down to look for in the store. Thanks.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for all your comment. I love hot tea and I am going to try some new ones also.

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Very interesting article. There was a time when I drank a lot of herbal tea, mostly rosehip and green tea and some peppermint and lemon-zing. I did not know that there was an Echinacea tea. I practically swear by Echinacea. At the first sign of a cold, I'm takin' an Echinacea. Now that I know it is in tea form I will look for it. It has not failed me yet, in one - three days, all cold symptoms are usually gone (that's how it works for me anyway, not saying it will be that way for everybody). As you said there is much to choose from so if we don't like one, there is another for the same purpose. Have a good day!!!!!!!!!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I didn't know that about sassafras in root beer.

Support Med, Thank you for your comments. I know a lot of people find Echinea very helpful.

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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

Great hub Pamela!! I love info on things like this. Green tea is a daily ritual with me and has been for years.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tubbs, Thanks for dropping by. I drink it daily also but may experiment with a couple of others now.

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JannyC 6 years ago

Great job Pamela! I love Tea's too. Green tea and chamomile is my favorite. Chamomile knocks me out. If I drink it Im out in a sound sleep a few moments later and I never drink get to finish the whole cup. Lol

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Janny, Thanks so much for your comment

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast

I agree with your post Pam, herbal teas are one of the best things natural things to drink. I've never had rubois tea and I'm gonna try it.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Flightkeeper, I want to try that one also. Thanks for your comment.

alanben8 6 years ago

its great, well done, this hub is as good as tea, and im irish, i LOVE tea

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Alanben, Thank you for your comment.

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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Wow, look at all the tea choices! This is a great hub for reference and ideas. Thanks!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katrina, Thanks for your comment.

Handmade Jewelry 6 years ago

Tea made from oregano leaves is great to sooth sore throats and helps breathing when congested.

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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

I didn't know that green tea had so many vitamins in it. Thank you for an informative hub.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your commetts.

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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

This was a great hub on herbal teas. It was very informative.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, Thank you so much for your comment.

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Cassidella 6 years ago

This hub was a pleasure to read and pretty too. I really like herbal teas and favorite is oolong. Glad it is high in the AOXs. Also,I have noticed your kind remarks on lots of hubs, including mine,so I know you spend a lot of time reading the work of others and just being supportive. Thanks a bunch for that and glad to be fan!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cassidella, Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub on teas.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Tea is one of my favorite things I can never get enough knowledge and or the drink itself. My this is a grreat hub... Thanks for the great research! Peace :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, I love tea also. Thank you for your comment.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I guess I need to try a few of these!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, I've tried several and they are very good. Thanks for your comment.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

What a super hub - and I am a full time tea drinker. Didn't know about the acai which I can look forward to trying. Just the idea of having a cup of tea...well, it makes me so happy.

Wonderful hub! Rated up of course!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

BK, I enjoy a cup of tea also in many varieties. Thanks for your comments.

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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

Pamela, this is a nice guide to herbal teas, and a good reminder to me to mix it up a little bit! I drink black iced tea almost every day, and a hot cup or two of either green tea or peppermint tea almost every day.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

PrettyPanther, Thanks so much for your comments. It sounds like you have definitely already made a healthy choice.

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YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

Very informative . . . I have been drinking green tea for many years, just recently added white tea and lemongrass. Voted up and awesome.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

YogaKat, I think you are making some very healthy choices. Thank you for your comments.

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Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Pamela, I love drinking herbal teas on a cool night and turn them to iced tea for hot summer days. Great hub on the many benefits of herbal teas. Voted up!

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Pamela99 15 months ago from United States Author

Kristen, I love them also. Lately, if I wake up and night when I have trouble sleeping a drink a cup of hot tea, and it helps put me back to sleep. Thanks for your comments.

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