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The Many Uses for Herbal Tea from Weight Loss to Pain Management

Updated on March 4, 2015

The Ingredients in Herbal Teas Can Be Used for a Wide Array of Purposes

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Green Teas - A Powerful Blend of Antioxidants

Green teas have been used for hundreds of years because of their powerful antioxidant properties. Green tea has been found to improve the immune system, helping the body ward off illness. It is particularly powerful when it comes to fighting the flu virus.

Green tea can improve blood circulation and even help lower your blood sugar, making it helpful to those with diabetes. Green tea can also help regulate blood pressure and lower your cholesterol.

Just one a glass a day can greatly benefit your health!

An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away, but Tea Can Serve You Better

Sage Tea and Valerian Tea

Do you have stomach issues? Is your life anxiety producing? If so, sage or valerian tea may be just the thing for you! Both of these teas can work to help digestion issues, as well as sooth the nerves.

Sage tea improves digestion, which can relieve cramps and indigestion pains. Valerian tea works well on cramping, especially menstrual pain.

Both of these teas have a calming effect, helping sooth nerves in times of stress.

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Boost Your Immune System with Chamomile, Ginger and Licorice

Herbal tea has been used for centuries to ward off health issues of all shapes and sizes. Chamomile, ginger and licorice are just three of the many teas linked to a healthy immune system.

Chamomile is known to help soothe the nerves, but it can also be used to help with stomach pain and cold symptoms. Ginger tea can improve circulation, reduce cramps, and help prevent the flu. Licorice has been known to improve digestion and relieve coughs and sore throats.

Sage, raspberry, and green tea are other herbal blends that can improve the immune system and fight off disease and infection.

Improve Organ Function with Dandelion or Burdock Tea

Healthy organ function is crucial to a long, fulfilling life. Although many foods can promote the health of your organs, herbal teas are a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Both burdock tea and dandelion tea have been found to improve liver function. The liver is necessary to filter harmful toxins from the body.

Burdock tea, which comes from the burdock root, can also reduce pain, regulate blood sugar and cleanse the blood.

Dandelion tea is not only helpful when it comes to the liver, it is also a diuretic and a powerful expectorant.

The Many Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is commonly made from a number of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. This type of herbal tea is a traditional Christmas drink. This powerful tea has many different health benefits and is a great addition to a regular diet.

Hibiscus tea can be used as a mild diuretic for people who struggle with edema. It has also been linked to lower cholesterol. Though researchers are unsure why, hibiscus tea is believed to benefit those struggling with type 2 diabetes. This could be because it helps the body digest carbohydrates, making it a good addition to any weight loss regimen.

Hibiscus tea can also help the liver and the heart function properly, and can help promote bladder function. Many people also believe that this tea has effects on the mood, including decreased anxiety and decreased depression.

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St. John's Wart - Happiness in a Cup

People have been using St. John's Wart for ages. This powerful herb may just be the only anti-depressent with no harmful side effects.

St. John's Wart comes in pill form but it also can be found as an herbal tea blend. When drank regularly, St. John's Wart can decrease anxiety and fight off depression.

Other herbal teas that have been linked to an improved mood and decreased stress include skullcap, lemon balm, damiana, and chamomile.

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A Cup of Tea to Warm Your Heart

Kava kava, yarrow and nettle herbal teas have been linked to improved heart health. Everyone knows how essential heart health is to living a fruitful life, and these herbs are a simple way to improve your heart health every day.

Kava kava can lower your blood pressure as well as your cholesterol when it is incorporated into a daily diet. Nettle is high in both vitamin A and vitamin C, and is linked to improved organ function and improved blood health. Yarrow has been used to treat high blood pressure, as well as indigestion.

Who Knew All the Wonderful Things That Drinking Tea Could Do?

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The information in this hub is meant for educational purposes. The author is not a doctor and none of the content found in this hub is meant to replace proper medical treatment. Though she believes that herbal tea can have medicinal purposes, it has its place and time. If you are experiencing symptoms of a medical condition, you should go see your doctor as soon as possible.

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      NiaLee 2 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Great info. I will definitely try to diversify my teas and use more sage, licorice and ginger. thank you Kathleen.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      thank u genna east!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love herbal teas…it is always nice to read more helpful information about their many benefits. My favorites are green; chamomile and sage. Interesting article...thank you.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Im not sure what you mean peachpurple

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      is it applicable for any tea too? Green tea is raw but useful

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Further information can be found by googling on: studies tea chamomile (or whatever the herbal tea flavor). I'm glad to know that the herbal teas I enjoy are healthy.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you travmaj!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      A friend bought me herbal tea selection a couple of Christmas ago. I was soon addicted and like to experiment although, I confess, I still like the occasional conventional cuppa. This was interesting and informative - thank you.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Caffeine can dehydrate you so always have a glass of water when you are drinking anything caffeinated! It will still give you a peppy feeling without the crash! Thanks for commenting MsDora!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kathleen, thanks for this article on teas. I love all sorts of teas. The other day, I tried some green tea and felt energized; then I discovered that caffeine can have that effect on a person. Doesn't the caffeine in green tea have adverse effects also? Just wanting to know.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you Shauna! I didn't know that about the GMOs, so thank you for sharing that piece!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been hearing a lot lately about the benefits of herbal teas. Sad to say, I rarely drink tea. I guess I need to work on that!

      One thing I've learned is many of the pre-bagged teas contain GMOs, both in the tea itself and the bag. The best way to drink tea is to blend herbs, as noted in the video, and steep your own. Or buy organic, loose tea blends.

      All in all, this is a very useful article, Kathleen. Thanx for sharing the info.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      thank you paula :) glad to be back!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Kathleen.....! Good to see you've chosen to rejoin us! Won't even ask you where you sneaked away to...just glad you're back.

      As much as a coffee lover I am, I do also like TEA. I'm especially in favor of trying a variety of herbal teas. I'm aware they have many many uses.

      This is a wonderfully informative hub....the kind I keep for reference!

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