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Health boosting herbal teas

Herbal teas have been around for centuries. Not to be confused with true "teas", herbal teas often do not contain caffeine and are made from dried plants, herbs and spices. Herbal teas are used for many different aliments such as headaches, nausea, and even immune system boosting!

Sometimes the best things do come in small packages, and herbal teas are a great example. Luckily, herbal teas are available in most grocery stores and markets across the world with a huge variety to choose from. Adding herbal teas to your daily wellness routine is a great way to boost your health even more. These teas can also be used for the times in which you aren't feeling your best too, due to their natural medicinal properties.

“You can't buy happiness, but you can buy tea. And that's kind of the same thing...” -Unknown

Listed below are five different types of herbal teas and the extraordinary health benefits that go along with them.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is one of my favorites. It can be used for many things, and it has a very calming effect on the mind and soul. This type of tea is made from the dried leaves of a peppermint plant, but can also be made with fresh leaves, as well. Peppermint tea has been known to reduce the symptoms of gas and bloating, and can also relieve the effects of nausea due to many different causes. Drinking this type of herbal tea can also aid in breaking fevers. A hot cup of peppermint tea causes the body to produce an external sweat, while the main component of the tea, menthol, cools down the body internally. Weight loss, natural breath freshener, and immune-boosting properties are some additional benefits of peppermint tea.

Red rooibos tea

Red rooibos tea originates out of South Africa near the mountains of The Cape of Good Hope and has been used for centuries for it's health boosting properties. Probably one of the most well-known health benefits of this tea is the amount of quercetin that it contains. Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and protects the cells from free radicals. Controlling inflammation is a huge key in preventing a multitude of diseases, which is why adding rooibos tea to your diet can be such a wonderful addition. The herbal tea is also known for preventing and treating of cancer. Studies have shown that rooibos tea suppresses malignant tumor growth by stopping the processes involved in cell mutation. Doctors have reported effectively prescribing this to some patients for the treatment of cancer in supplement form. Other health benefits of this tea include: improved heart health, digestion improvement, supports strong bones (due to its calcium content), treats allergies, and has an anti-aging effect.

Dandelion root tea

Looking for a way to detox your liver and rid of stubborn bloating after consuming a little too much booze? Dandelion tea may be the answer you are searching for! This type of herbal tea aids in helping the liver process toxins such as alcohol, junk food, and other common toxins. When the liver gets overloaded, it has a hard time keeping up with all of the cleansing that it is required to do. This is why dandelion tea is so essential for keeping your liver working at its best, especially if you are exposed to toxins often. It also contains a fair amount of calcium, which is great for bone health. The antioxidant content of dandelion tea is another great reason to drink this powerful health elixir. As mentioned above, antioxidants play a huge role in the elimination of free radicals that cause damage to our cells. Dandelion teas is a great way to add more antioxidants to your diet.

Hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea is so powerful that it has earned a status of "therapeutic agent" for many different conditions according to an article in the Journal of Experimental Pharmacology published in 2012. One of the powers of this herbal tea is it's ability to lower high blood pressure. It is used in ten different countries for the use of hypertension treatment, and has shown promising results. Another wonderful power that this herbal tea possesses is its ability to cause apoptosis in some cancer cells (leukemia), which is the "death" of these cells. While there needs to be more studies done on the effects of hibiscus on cancer cells, it does show positive anti-cancer results for adults and children living with the disease. Hibiscus tea can also be used as a natural anti-depressant. The tea contains high amounts of bioflavonoids that seem to have a positive effect on depression in animal studies. While many of the health benefits of hibiscus tea are still being studied, these are still some great reasons to add this powerful herbal tea to your diet. It not only is health-promoting, but tastes great too!

Ginger tea

Ginger tea is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories available. For people suffering from pain, this can be some great news. From headaches, to arthritis, ginger tea can help alleviate pain from many different causes due to the high amounts Gingerol

that it contains. Gingerol is a compound found in ginger that has been shown in many studies to reduce inflammation in the body, thus reducing pain. Even though inflammation is a normal immune response, chronic inflammation is the root of most disease. Ginger tea is just one of the many wonderful ways to control chronic inflammation. Another great benefit of this herbal tea is its ability to reduce moderate to severe nausea. It has been shown in studies to be especially helpful to pregnant women and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Other benefits of ginger tea include: keeping blood sugar in check, aiding in weight loss, and protecting the brains from diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

One thing to keep in mind when preparing these incredible herbal teas, is to make sure you steep them for the proper amount of time so that you reap all of the health benefits. Most boxes of tea will tell you the correct steep time somewhere on the package or box. Purchasing loose leaf tea in bulk is the cheapest and healthiest way to consume herbal teas because the tea diffuser will help you get the oils from the plants, whereas a tea bag would not. However, if tea bags are the only thing available to you, the bountiful health benefits of herbal teas are still yours! Enjoy!

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