If you don’t drink tea, now may be a good time to start, since a growing body of evidence suggests that a daily cup or two of herbal-healing teas may help to prevent and control a whole host of common ailments.
Green tea for instance, which comes from the same shrub, Camellia sinesis, as your regular black tea. With a minimum of processing, green tea has been shown to boost immunity, lower cholesterol levels, fight tooth decay and even ward off cancer♋
It contains EGCG, one of the most potent anti-oxidants ever discovered!
Healing Herbal Teas
Many herbal teas are surprisingly quite tasty, though some are much more drinkable with an added spoonful of honey ? or a squeeze of lemon juice. And tea is easy to make. You simply add boiling water to some fresh or dried herbs from your local grocery or health food shop.
Try this aromatic blend of cardamom and three other spices to stop cramps and painful wind, especially when you’ve overindulged during mealtimes. Drink this at the first sight of pain or even better – about 15 minutes before you start your meal. My children love this tea; and is great for children’s tummy aches as well.
In a mug, mix
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
1/4 teaspoon cardamon,
1/2 teaspoon ground caraway seeds ,
1/2 a slice of fresh ginger root
Pour in 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. A cinnamon stick can be added for extra flavor. For serving children, mix in a spoonful of honey ?. Strain and serve.
Calming bedtime tea
For occasional bouts of insomnia, there’s nothing wrong with taking a sleeping pill, but if you like me is a regular insomniac; why not try a natural substitute first? This tea is so tasty that it is almost addictive and I am tempted to try it even several times during the day. But it works great even if taken once before bedtime.
Combine 2 parts camomile flowers
1 part peppermint leaf ?,
1 part rose petals
2 parts lemon balm
1 part lavender flowers
A pinch of nutmeg
For 1 cup of tea put 2 teaspoons of the mixture in a cup and fill with boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink.
Cold and cough buster Tea
Hot tea is great for fighting colds and congestion, especially good are peppermint tea ? for fever and congestion, and a marshmallow or lemon tea for a sore throat.
Use two teaspoons of dried peppermint per cup of hot water. Add honey to offset the tingly-bitter taste of peppermint.
To make marshmallow tea, use 2 teaspoons of chopped root per cup of hot water, gently boil for 15 minutes. Strain and drink.
Queasiness calmer tea
Ginger works so well at combating nausea that some cancer specialists now recommend it as a way to counteract the severe nausea associated with chemotherapy.
Steep an inch of fresh ginger root or 2 tsps of powdered dry ginger in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
Note- The tea works better at preventing nausea than by stopping nausea once it starts.
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I need my caffeine fix of two cups a tea daily. With half as much caffeine on average as cofffee, tea offers a refreshing pick-me-up without giving you the jitters. No surprises though tea, is the world’s most popular hot drink. But drinking tea is far more than just a civilised habit; it could actually be a lifesaving one. Look for products tha have been standardised for their polyphenol content, which is considered to be the active ingredient.
A point to remember here is; if you are usually drinking tea with milk; you might be missing out on some of the health benefits of tea. This is because proteins in milk may bind to tea’s polyphenols and block their beneficial effects.
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Question of the day
What’s your favourite tea? How does your tea help you?