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12 Herbal Teas with Healthy Benefits
Healthy Benefits of 12 Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are also known as tisanes* and herbal infusions. Herbs have long been used in traditional medicine, and as a tea, is often prescribed by herbalists. If something ails you, there may be an herbal tea for you. You may also be surprised at the antioxidant properties of rooibos.
Following is a list of 12 herbal teas and their benefits:
Alfalfa Leaf tea - the leaves and flower heads are used. It is high in vitamins and has been used to help relieve arthritis symptoms.
Birch Leaf tea - leaves can be from the black, white or yellow birch. Beneficial for headaches and rheumatism. One or two cups per day can help reduce the pain from passing kidney stones and can help reduce fever.
Blackberry Leaf tea - an all around tonic, and good as a blood purifier
Blueberry Leaf tea - can be had chilled or hot (See link below for a novel way to serve iced-tea). One to two cups per day make a good tonic and blood purifier. It can also help with inflamed kidneys.
Chamomile tea - has compounds to help end menstrual cramps. Chamomile raises glycine levels which help relieve the muscle cramps that cause cramping. Has been prescribed by herbalist for relaxing.
Hibiscus tea - helps lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and improving circulation. Also rich in anthocyanins, which are plant pigments, that help fight free radicals.
Juniper tea - helps cure urinary tract infections (UTIs) by breaking up uric acid crystals that can accumulate in the bladder and kill harmful bacteria. The tea is also a detoxifier and diuretic; it removes toxins, fats and trapped fluids.
(Note: the berries from the juniper tree have antiviral properties which are believed to protect against H1N1 - also known as swine flu).
Lemon Balm tea - helps to boost brain power by increasing acetylcholine - a brain neurotransmitter which helps with memory. Just inhaling the scent has been shown to be beneficial for clearing the head and calming the nerves.
Peppermint tea - the energizing scent of peppermint helps soothe sinus pain as effectively as 1,000 mg of Tylenol. Just the vapors of peppermint has pain relievers and natural anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also effective for eliminating Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
(Note: I often grow peppermint on the windowsill. I started using it because I read about its benefits for digestion. It is also good served chilled)
Raspberry Leaf tea - good as an all around tonic and a blood purifier.
Rooibos tea - this red tea has more antioxidant properties and minerals than both white tea and green tea. Made from the South African red bush plant, rooibos also has calcium, iron, and zinc.Rooibos also helps prevent cell damage that causes sun damage, wrinkles, and it is believed to stave off Alzheimer's.
(Note: Like most people, I've only known rooibos to be sold as a weight loss tea)
Rose Hip tea - made from seed pods, it can help reduce the pain of arthritis by easing joint aches and tissue inflammation. The pods release anti-inflammatory compounds and bioflavonoids. Rose hip tea also blocks the production of stress hormones. And it smells good!
Sassafras tea - often used as a spring tonic, the tea is a blood thinner and purifier. It can help with the symptoms of bronchitis.
*The correct name for these herbal infusions is 'tisane' because no leaves come from the tea bush. Served in small quantities, usually hot, and the same way tea is prepared and served, herbal infusions are now often called tea.
To make your iced teas more interesting and for more tea information see the links below:
Herbal Peppermint Infusion
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