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Natural Healing; Five Therapeutic Teas

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DISCLAIMER

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the tea recipes do not use them!

Camomile may trigger allergic reactions in anyone who is already allergic to ragweed or other members of the daisy family. It’s advised to avoid this tea.

Peppermint is not recommended for people suffering heartburn or stomach issues due to GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease as it can worsen symptoms. Do not give to infants or small children.

Green tea contains caffeine and too much caffeine can increase heart rate, restlessness, and insomnia. So be cautious of how much you drink.

Dandelion is a plant that contains a milky sap that should not come into contact with you if you are allergic to dandelions. If you think you are allergic be cautious if you choose to drink dandelion tea.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile

People wrote about this tea as far back as the nineteenth century. This tea has many medicinal properties and, can be used on a daily basis. The Romans also used it for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was also used for its anti-bacterial properties as well.

It’s believed this tea can alleviate stomachaches, insomnia, sore throats and, cramps. This herb is gentle enough that it can be used for children and adults. The variant that has the highest concentrate of oils responsible is the Matricaria Recutita or German Chamomile.

How to prepare this tea;

In a teapot, place 1 tsp of chamomile flowers per cup of water. Boil the water and let it cool slightly. Do not boil continuously as it can cause the compounds to evaporate. For best results steep the tea for less than5 minutes.

Besides being drunk, this tea can also be added to bathwater or used in a compress. You can add 1 qt of chamomile tea to a bathtub full of warm water. This can help fight insomnia if done just before bed, but it can also help provide quick relief from skin inflammations and, restlessness.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint

The true peppermint plant is called Mentha Piperita and has the highest active medicinal properties. Many people plant peppermint for the scent it gives off, and it’s relatively easy to take care of in your home or garden. Peppermint includes the active essential oil, menthol, which gives this plant its healing properties.

This herb is highly prized for its ability to help prevent convulsions and flatulence along with being a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. It can also help alleviate headaches and migraines and, it stimulates the liver and gallbladder functions.

Seeing as the primary active ingredient is menthol, it’s ideal for helping ease nausea, colic, diarrhea, headaches, gastritis, and cramping. Other properties of this tea are potassium, calcium, and vitamin B.

How to prepare this tea;

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tbsp of dried peppermint leaves and steep for 10 minutes. If desired, sweeten with honey or brown sugar. Drink this tea in small sips after meals.

This tea can also be an additive to the bath to help you relax and to treat skin eruptions triggered by stress. Steep 5 or 6 tbsp of peppermint leaves in 1 qt boiling water and add to a bathtub filled with warm water Soak for 15 minutes.

Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea

Popularly used for thousands of years in Asian countries, green tea has been shown to have medicinal as well as therapeutic properties. Green tea or, Camellia Sinensis, is steamed, dry leaves and can sometimes be lightly roasted. The minimal processing helps retain the green color and flowery aroma. This method also retains its fresh flavor and preserves the active ingredients giving it its health benefits.

Some things this tea is said to do is help prevent tooth decay, help lower high blood pressure, help lower the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer. It can also help improve your concentration and invigorate the body. Green tea can also benefit your liver, blood circulation and has been known to detoxify the blood.

How to prepare this tea;

Place 1 rounded tsp of green tea leaves per cup in a teapot. Heat water until it’s simmering, not boiling, and pour it over the tea leaves. Boiling water can destroy the gentle taste of the tea leaves. Let the teapot sit, covered for 2-3 minutes for a mild flavor, for a stronger flavor steep for 4-6 minutes.

This tea is also good for giving up coffee as it contains high levels of caffeine but is natural and still lower doses than coffee.

Fennel Tea

Fennel Tea

Fennel Tea

This plant is native to the Mediterranean region where it grows wild in fields. This is one of the oldest plants used in herbal medicine and is now cultivated for medicinal purposes all around the world. It’s best known for its antispasmodic and anti-cramping properties but can also be used to stimulate appetite, promote good digestion, and is a remedy for gas. This tea is made from the dried crushed seeds containing active ingredients like anethole, fenchone and, estragole. This makes for digestive tract health as it removes toxins and inhibits excessive intestinal fermentation, thus reducing gas.

How to prepare this tea;

Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over 1-2 tsp of freshly crushed fennel seeds and allow the mixture to steep on a hot stove for 5 to 10 minutes. Do not allow it to boil again as it can damage the health properties. Drink this tea for relief of digestion issues. The recommended dose is one cup of tea three times a day between meals.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion

Dandelion comes from “dent de lion” which is French for Lions Tooth. This is a reference to the sharp-pointed leaves of this flower. You can actually use the entire plant including its strong taproot, to make tea. Dandelion plants contain potassium, calcium and, abundant vitamins and minerals. This tea is said to help purify the blood, act as a diuretic, and improve metabolism. It also is said to strengthen the stomach and help treat arthritis symptoms as well.

Drinking this tea after a meal can help stimulate the entire gastric, biliary tract and pancreatic system to help aid in digestion. It can also relieve indigestion.

It’s advised to get your dried dandelion leaves from a commercial source so as to avoid harvesting them from areas that might have been sprayed with herbicides.

How to prepare this tea;

Pour about 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 tsp of dried, crushed leaves. Steep for about 10 minutes, drink one cup of this tea two times a day. Small early-spring leaves make for a less bitter tea.

You can also add dried apple slices or orange slices to this tea, or adding some honey can sweeten it as well.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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