Ever wake up one morning and just feel downright crummy? Or you’ve just eaten a big lunch and now you feel incredibly uncomfortable at work? Rather than run out to the nearest pharmacy or reach for the nearest OTC medicine, fill up your mug with an herbal tea that will soothe what ails you.
Herbal tea has been used for thousands of years to heal. From Ancient China to Ancient Egypt, herbal teas have been used for their great taste and healing properties. Below I have listed some common ailments that we experience on a regular basis and the best tea to help soothe the issue:
Bloated? Peppermint – thanks to the menthol that is naturally present in the tea – menthol helps relax your muscles and calm an upset stomach
Nauseous? Ginger – due to the anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, ginger makes a great companion in times of sickness. Ginger tea will help with nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness.
Can’t Sleep? Chamomile is well known for helping you catch some zz’s – make a cup 30-45 min before bed and soon you will be sleeping easy!
Congestion/Allergies? Nettle is rich in minerals and will help clear up any congestion – it helps reduce the creation of histamine in your body which gives you relief from those allergies
Sore teeth/gums? Green tea contains compounds that help with inflammation and fight off bacterial infections. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can be very helpful for gum issues you may be experiencing, and the anti-bacterial properties will help keep the bacteria commonly found in your mouth at bay
Oncoming cold? Rose Hip – thanks to the vitamin A that boosts your immune system, Rose Hip helps fight off any infections. There are also plenty of antioxidants in this tea to help your immune system fight off any viruses
PMS? Licorice has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties which can assist with PMS or menstrual cramps. Drinking it a few days before your anticipated period may help alleviate those symptoms (1) Please note: licorice tea should not be consumed for more than 4 weeks at a time and should not be consumed if you are pregnant
High blood pressure? Hibiscus can help lower your blood pressure due to its diuretic properties – it has also been shown to open your arteries and slowly release the hormones that constrict your blood vessels. It also boosts your immunity and provides you with antioxidants (2)
I personally try and use herbal tea as much as possible to treat my ailments as I have been working towards a more natural, healthy lifestyle. Try some of the above teas when you are feeling a little down in the dumps and hopefully it will provide you some quick relief!
What herbal teas do you use to help relieve what ails you?