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Natural Tea Remedies You Didn’t Know
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No matter what time of year it is, there always seems to be a reason to make us all sick. During the winter time, our bodies are working extra hard in order to keep ourselves warm, making it difficult for our immune system to fight off illness. During the warmer seasons, we are tapped on the shoulder then slapped in the face with allergies. That being said, there are several remedies to help soften the blow of sickness and one of them is tea!
Tea has been around for a very long time. An old legend goes back to 2737 BC in China where water was boiled before drinking it. An emperor was sitting in the forest drinking his bowl of hot water when a few leaves fell in changing the flavor of the drink. Enjoying the change in flavor, the emperor then took it upon himself to test out different types of herbs. Time passed all the way to present day where tea changed from just being a flavor to remedies.
An antioxidant that has several benefits including producing collagen keeping skin and various tissues tough but flexible and highly concentrated in immune cells that quickly deplete infections. It can also be used as a natural antihistamine. Long story short, it helps prevent sickness while also helping deplete it once you have it. It also is recommended to add fresh fruit to the tea given that most fruit teas are black teas with fruit infused.
Hibiscus Tea – an herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-coloured calyces of the roselle flower is packed with Vitamin C, and helps you relax
Rosehip Tea – Containing the seed of the rose plant, it is rich in Vitamin C and also helps with stomach problems
Whenever a commercial pops up on the screen about inflammation, it is usually discussed as a something negative that could permanently injure you. Though in some cases that may be true, a majority of the time it is false. Inflammation is your body’s defense mechanism from an outside threat like stress, infection, toxic chemicals or even unhealthy foods. When body tissues are injured or infected, the damaged cells release chemicals to activate proteins that protect the body. In some cases, prescribed anti-inflammatories can be either detrimental to that healing process or be of not use. Here are some natural remedies to reduce inflammation.
Ginger Tea – Made from the Ginger root, its Anti-inflammatory properties helps boost immunity and relieves muscle pains, loosens congestion, and also reduce nausea
Black Tea – Made by plucking the tea leaves and raising room temperature, humidity, and physically breaking leaf epidermis. It improves your immune system, relieves swollen nasal passages and calms an upset stomach
Green Tea – Made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas. It has multiple benefits, but when it comes to sickness it has anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties
Yarrow Tea – Made from a long-stemmed member of the sunflower family, it encourages sweating to reduce fever and inflammation, also a natural sedative to reduce anxiety
Turmeric Tea– Made from the turmeric root, it is a bright yellow-orange spice commonly used in curries and sauces. Improves immune function with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
Relax and Soothing Effects
When sickness appears, a lot of discomfort comes as well. Whether it is a sore throat or an upset stomach, here are so remedies to help that discomfort.
Clove Tea – Made from the the dried flower bud of an Indonesian tree. Relieves an upset stomach and encourages sinuses to open up.
Chamomile Tea – Made from the chamomile flower, it contains a compound called chrysin, which experts believe has a relaxing effect on the nervous system. It is good for digestion, relaxing, rheumatoid arthritis, relieves back pain, soothes skin irritations, and sunburns
Peppermint – From the peppermint leaf, the menthol gives a numbing effect helping with headache, nausea and congestion along with breaking down mucus. It also relaxes the stomach muscles and eases bloating
Valerian – Made from the Valerian perennial flowering plant. It increases a brain chemical that helps induce relaxation and sleep
White tea is harvested before the tea plant’s leaves open fully, when the young buds are still covered by fine white hairs, hence the name “white” tea. It Destroys pathogenic bacteria, is high in immune-boosting antioxidants, great for skin and contains anti-aging benefits and relieves symptoms. It can also help protect the skin from ultraviolet light.
More than Teas
In addition to teas, there are also several other natural remedies to help with sickness.
Lemon – rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, fights constipation and indigestion, reduces phlegm and fevers by increasing perspiration
Honey – rich in Vitamin C, helps reduce irritation in throat, coughing and can strengthen the immune system
Garlic – The enzyme alliinase, which converts alliin into the beneficial allicin can improve immunity speeding up the recovery process.
Stinging Nettle – Known to be harmful when touched, the leaves from this plant can be very beneficial when used as tea. When it comes to allergies, stinging nettle leaves are known to be a natural antihistamine.
Pineapple – the well-known fruit contains a compound called Bromelain that is effective when treating inflammation, respiratory distress and breaking down mucus.
Thyme – used for respiratory illness, while a study suggests the essence extracted from the leaves mixed with ivy can help relieve coughing and short-term bronchitis. The leaves contain compounds called flavonoids that relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and can lessen inflammation. It can also help treat diarrhea, stomach aches and increase urination.
Sage – with drying and slightly heating effects, sage is perfect for colds. It’s antimicrobial and antiviral effects help gently reduce swollen lymph nodes.
Marshmallow – made from a perennial flower, the leaves and roots of the herb have been used since ancient times to treat sore throats and suppress coughs. It contains mucilage, which coats the throat and soothes irritation.
Cold and Flu Tea
When it comes to taking care of your sick self, it is good to include several different remedies rather than just drinking tea. Here is a combination of natural ingredients that will work together to kick start the process of getting back to health. Ginger anti-inflammatory properties, cayenne powder boost in defense against infections, and garlic improving immunity; this combination drink will fight more than just one symptom.
3-4 slices ginger
Garlic clove, chopped
Tea of choice (black, green, oolong, herbal)
Honey to taste
Bring 3-4 slices of fresh ginger (skin on) and one clove of chopped garlic to a boil and simmer for approximately 20 minutes
Use ginger water to steep tea (black, green, oolong or any herbal tea)
Add cayenne powder as hot as can be tolerated to induce sweating
Honey to taste
Add milk or dairy alternative (almond, soy or other)
Drink 3-4 cups per day
Drink before bed and bundle up to induce sweat
- 3-4 slices ginger
- 2-4 chopped garlic cloves
- 3-4 slices ginger
- 2-3 lemons