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Last Guide to Herbal Teas You’ll Ever Need – Part 2

Many of us are looking for natural ways to improve health. In our Guide to Herbal Teas – Part 1 we explained how herbs can make your skin look glowing, how your digestive system can improve or how you can heal your anxiety. But we wanted to share more knowledge with you. Below some more astonishing facts about the benefits of herbal tea. 

Herbs Can Help You With Sleep Disorders

Many different factors cause sleeping disorders including stress, physical and mental tensions, overthinking, wrong diet etc. Studies show that “insomnia patients are more likely to visit hospitals and physicians, have increased absenteeism, make errors or have accidents at work, and have more fatal road accidents.” [1] Other risks that are associated with insomnia are: depression, anxiety, substance -use, suicide and possible immune dysfunction.

If you are someone who is suffering from insomnia or any other type of sleep disorder then drinking herbal tea can be very beneficial for you.

Why herbal tea can help you sleep better? Well, as opposed to “true tea” prepared  from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis – herbal tea is caffeine- free. Why is it important? Caffeine contained in tea will keep you awake. 

For instance, a cup of black tea contains up to 59 mg of caffeine per cup

What Type Of Herbal Tea to Help You Sleep Better

If you want to try out natural herbal remedies for sleep deprivation, we suggest the below. 

 

  • Valerian Tea – with its high potency and sedative nature valerian tea can help you sleep better. This herb increases the brain’s levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical which calms the body.
  • Chamomile Tea – this tea has an abundance of antioxidant by the name of apigenin. Apigenin is a chemical that is known to induce sleep. Chamomile tea has been used for centuries as a remedy for sleeping disorders like insomnia
  • Lavender Tea– a study showed that among new postnatal mothers, the participants who drank one cup of lavender tea for two weeks had lower rates of depression and fatigue. This effect however, diminished after they stopped having the tea.⁠
  • Magnolia Bark –”popular in Chinese and Japanese traditional medicines for the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, but also to treat anxiety, depression, nervous disorders.” [2]
  • Lemon Balm Tea – we all know this herbs for its relaxing properties. You can recognise high quality lemon balm when the leaves smell lemony.
  • Passion Flower – studies show that “the extracts obtained from Passiflora incarnata (passion flower) can be considered as appropriated sleep inducers.” [3]
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Natural Remedy to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is like a shield that saves your body from both internal and external threats. People with weak immune system are more vulnerable to diseases and medical conditions. Therefore, if we want to live a healthy life, we should regularly try to maintain a strong immune system.

The stronger your immune system, the better chance your body has to fight infections and bacteria. There are natural ways to boost your immune system with the power of herbs

Become Stronger with the Power of Plants

You can mix up any of the below mentioned herbs to create a herb infusion that would help in boosting your immunity system.

Dandelion Tea – to begin with, consuming large quantities of dandelion tea will help you detoxify your body. Secondly, this tea is a miracle for acne symptoms

Licorice Tea – this amazing plant helps in reducing the phlegm and mucus from your body.

Ginseng Tea –  did you know that ginseng helps in boosting the growth of white blood cells? White blood cells are essential for a strong immune system. 

Elderberry – “known in folk medicine as analgesic, antivirus, anti-inflammatory and heart disorders, haemostatic, antitussive, antiparasitic and to soothe burns.”[4]

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Herbal Tea for Cold and Respiratory Problems

It’s winter again and you caught a cold again…Does your grandma recommends to “just drink some good herbal tea”?

Now you know why.

“Several studies demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects of flavonoids of different plants in experimental asthma treatment.” [5]

We suggest below several herbal teas capable of curing asthma and other lung related medical conditions.

Mullein Tea– this very effective herb that has anti inflammatory properties. It can help in curing asthma and other lung related medical conditions.

Sage Teanot only used in anti-aging, you can infuse sage with small quantities of other herbs. This herbal infusion can help you get rid of a lot of respiratory problems.

Eucalyptus Tea – “eucalyptus plant used traditionally as antiseptic and for the treatment of respiratory tract infections. The herb is, in fact, very helpful for colds, flu, sore throats and chest infections including bronchitis and pneumonia.” [6]

Echinacea Tea– also knows as coneflower, excellent herb to treat common cold.

Chamomile Tea in addition to helping you better sleep, this is one of the best choices when it comes to treating sore throat.  

Thyme Tea– has great anti-septic properties. 

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A Simple Solution To Heart Problems

Certain herbal teas and herbal infusions are great for controlling cholesterol levels in your body. High cholesterol levels are one of the biggest cause of heart diseases.

Hibiscus Tea – consuming Hibiscus tea can help you lower your cholesterol levels which consequently prevents heart related diseases. Moreover, Hibiscus rosa sinensis flowers have been reported to have the potential to control hair loss.

Oat Straw Tea – another herbal tea that can help in controlling cholesterol levels in your body in Oat Straw tea. It can also help in preventing heart conditions by lowering cholesterol levels in your body.

Tea Prevents Cancer

Cancer might still be incurable in its latest stages but many health experts believe that you can prevent cancer by simply consuming herbal tea on a regular basis. Some studies claimed that green tea has anti-cancer properties. Conversely, a cohort study in Japan in 2010  “found no association between green tea drinking and risk of breast cancer.” [7]

Below there are 2 teas you should try out:

Red Clover – Red clover is known to have very strong cancer prevention qualities.

Hibiscus Tea – “Reports indicate that hibiscus extracts can inhibit the growth of cancer cell types including mammary carcinoma, leukemia, and melanoma.”[8]

Tea For Your Mouth Ulcers

Herbal tea can help you clear your mouth from the small ulcer. Tea possesses a lot of astringent chemicals in it which can help relieve you of the pain of mouth sores.

Chamomile Tea– This is one of the best choices when it comes to treating mouth sores. It is a very effective herbal tea that can help you get rid of your mouth sores without any pain or hot sensation.

Thyme Tea – this herb has anti-septic properties. Using an infusion of thyme to gargle can help in preventing mouth sores.

Get Rid Of Nausea with Herbs

No matter the cause of nausea, you can cure it by consuming herbal tea. Whether you are feeling dizzy or continuously vomiting, no modern medication would be as effective as a good old magical herb tea.

Ginger Tea – this tea helps you treat nausea that is usually caused by morning sickness. Moreover, consuming ginger tea before your traveling expeditions will help you prevent motion sickness as well.

Mint Tea – all types of mint tea are known to possess properties that can help in preventing and treating nausea.

[1] Saddichha, Sahoo. “Diagnosis and treatment of chronic insomnia.” Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology vol. 13,2 (2010): 94-102. doi:10.4103/0972-2327.64628

[2] Poivre, Mélanie, and Pierre Duez. “Biological activity and toxicity of the Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis Rehder & E. Wilson (Houpo) and its constituents.” Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B vol. 18,3 (2017): 194-214. doi:10.1631/jzus.B1600299

[3] Guerrero, Fructuoso Ayala, and Graciela Mexicano Medina. “Effect of a medicinal plant (Passiflora incarnata L) on sleep.” Sleep science (Sao Paulo, Brazil) vol. 10,3 (2017): 96-100. doi:10.5935/1984-0063.20170018

[4] Strugała, Paulina et al. “A Comprehensive Study on the Biological Activity of Elderberry Extract and Cyanidin 3-O-Glucoside and Their Interactions with Membranes and Human Serum Albumin.” Molecules (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 23,10 2566. 8 Oct. 2018, doi:10.3390/molecules23102566

[5] Santana, Fernanda Paula R et al. “Evidences of Herbal Medicine-Derived Natural Products Effects in Inflammatory Lung Diseases.” Mediators of inflammation vol. 2016 (2016): 2348968. doi:10.1155/2016/2348968

[6] Vecchio, Maria & Loganes, Claudia & Minto, Clara. (2016). Beneficial and Healthy Properties of Eucalyptus Plants: A Great Potential Use. The Open Agriculture Journal. 10. 52-57. 10.2174/1874331501610010052. 

[7] Iwasaki, M., Inoue, M., Sasazuki, S. et al. Green tea drinking and subsequent risk of breast cancer in a population to based cohort of Japanese women. Breast Cancer Res 12, R88 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1186/bcr2756

[8]Goldberg, Karina & Yin, Ariel & Mupparapu, Archana & Retzbach, Edward & Goldberg, Gary & Yang, Cathy. (2016). Components in aqueous Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract inhibit in vitro melanoma cell growth. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. 7. 10.1016/j.jtcme.2016.01.005.

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