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It’s “Herbal” Tea Time… Anytime

While they are called herbal teas, they are not teas in the true sense. Herbal “teas” are simply herbs with medicinal properties infused in hot water; notably absent are any parts of the tea bush, a.k.a. Camellia sinensis.

Historically, herbs and herbal teas have been a staple of Chinese Medicine. However, ever-increasing health care costs, especially prescription drugs, have recently fueled an interest in alternative medicine here in the U.S. In addition, consumers are being driven to explore preventative measures to avoid the long list of side effects linked to nearly all prescription drugs.

Herbal teas offer a cost-effective alternative without the side effects. In fact, most herbs actually address more than one ailment, while enhancing other aspects of health and wellness.

Chamomile has been shown to: relax nerves; soothe the stomach; improve immune and liver function, help relieve muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, back pain, and rheumatism; and reduce inflammation.

Peppermint has been used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diverticular disorders, heartburn, gallstones, herpes outbreaks, mild asthma, congestion, and halitosis.

Ginger has been shown to: combat nausea, motion and morning sickness; aid in digestion; ease inflammation, muscle aches, chronic pain, and rheumatoid arthritis; and minimize the symptoms of colds, allergies and respiratory conditions.

Thyme has been used as a mouthwash to treat sore throats or infected gums. It has been used in the treatment of rheumatic pain, intestinal problems, flatulence, headaches, bronchial ailments, coughing, and anemia. Thyme’s anti-fungal properties address athlete’s foot and skin parasites.

Ginseng has been shown to: improve circulation; enhance immune and brain function; reduce the risk of cancer and side effects of stress; and aid in controlling blood sugar levels in type II diabetics.

The list of herbal teas goes on, as do the physical afflictions they help prevent or address. Feel free to research the following herbs and their healing properties: cinnamon, fennel, hibiscus, licorice, rosehip, rosemary, nettle, motherwort, and spearmint. Our next issue of HealthLine will feature the origin and health benefits of black and green tea.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

July 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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