Who doesn’t love a big, warm cup of tea, especially on cold days? Did you know though that many of your favorite teas also have healing benefits? Teas can help benefit many different ailments, such as coughs, colds, and digestive issues. Before we get into the benefits of specific teas, let's talk about what tea is. Tea, which is believed to have been discovered in ancient China, has also been linked to many different countries, including England, and has been used by many cultures as a way to bring people together or to help fight illnesses. Tea, usually a hot drink, is made by infusing dried leaves into boiling water. There are many different plants and herbs that make for great, delicious, and healing teas. So, here’s the dirt on some of our favorites.
Mint, an herb with medicinal remedies, is commonly known for its calming properties including easing upset stomachs, helping with digestive issues, and retaining antioxidant properties. Peppermint tea is a common type of mint tea with healing properties such as irritable bowel syndrome relief, aiding colds and headaches, reducing stress, reducing blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and easing nausea and vomiting. Moroccan mint tea is another one of our favorites that has similar healing properties to peppermint and other mint teas. Mint grows in copious amounts throughout the country of Morocco, and it is part of Moroccan tradition to drink Moroccan mint tea throughout the day. Moroccan’s use any opportunity they get to drink this tea whether it’s after a meal or when welcoming guests into their homes. What makes Moroccan mint tea so unique? The mix of green tea steeped in spearmint leaves creates the special flavor and helps to soothe upset stomachs, relieve heartburns, fight colds and allergies, improve asthma issues, and boosts mental performance, making this the perfect tea to drink at any occasion.
Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that is known for having a myriad of health benefits. Oolong translates in English to “black dragon tea” and is derived from Camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen shrub that also produces green tea and black tea. Oolong differs from the other teas that are derived from this plant because of the partial-oxidation process that is necessary to make the tea and turn the green tea leaves into a black, dark color. Oolong is most commonly known for its healing properties such as helping with heart problems, strengthening bones and teeth which helps with tooth decay, helping combat diabetes and obesity, boosting metabolism, reducing stress, healing eczema and other skin allergies, and boosting immune systems.
Ginger, which is native to Asia, has been used for years as a spice for food and to combat certain illnesses. Ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family and contains roots that give the plants its healing benefits. Ginger tea, which comes from the roots of ginger, is an herbal tea that offers many healing benefits to consumers, such as improving immune systems, reducing nausea and digestive issues, treating motion sickness, acting as an anti-inflammatory tea, reducing arthritis, joints, and muscle pain, reducing stress, fighting colds, and helping with menstrual cramps. Additionally, a common herbal tea blend is ginger and turmeric. Read our Turmeric blog to learn all about the benefits that turmeric provides! The combination of these two herbs together can create a delicious, healing tea. This combination is more potent then either herb alone, however, the healing aspects are similar. Turmeric ginger tea is anti-inflammatory, contains antibacterial properties, manages diabetes, helps with both brain and heart health, helps with digestive issues, helps aid in weight loss, and has properties to benefit skin.
Chamomile, also known as daisies or a daisy-like plant, comes from the family Asteraceae, and is commonly used to make herbal infused tea, known as chamomile tea. It is used as traditional medicine since it contains chemicals called flavonoids, which is the nutrient rich part of the plant containing medicinal properties. Chamomile tea is known for aiding in sleep and helping to relax people’s minds. Chamomile is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal. Its other benefits includes: helping to aid digestion, reduce menstrual pain, lower blood sugar and treat diabetes, reduce inflammation and slow the rate of osteoporosis, combat the common cold and other cold symptoms, and treat different skin conditions, such as eczema.
Dandelion tea, which comes from the dandelion plant, Taraxacum officinale, is commonly known for being a ‘weed’ or a nuisance to your yard. This edible herb, however, is way more than that due to its medicinal benefits. Every part of the dandelion plant makes it a healthful tea: the roots, the greens, and the leaves. The Persians were the first to discover the benefits of the plant and use the tea to cure many ailments. The two most popular ways to make dandelion tea are by infusing the plant’s leaves in boiling water or by roasting the roots of the dandelion plant. Some of the benefits of Dandelion tea include treating diabetes, reducing high blood pressure, helping digestive health, lowering cholesterol, improving liver function, helping to lose weight, and most commonly, combating bloating.
So boil some water, grab a mug, and make a big cup of your favorite healing tea...