Health & Wellness

NATURAL REMEDIES: Tea to the rescue

By Mariza Halliday

Tea can be a delicious and calming beverage, no matter what season you are in. Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, and its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research out there that shows that drinking certain kinds of tea can improve your health and well being. Certain herbal teas are known for their medicinal values and can treat several ailments naturally.

Here are some of the most common herbal teas, and what you should be using them for:

Green Tea
One of the lesser processed teas and very high in antioxidants. Green tea’s antioxidants may prevent the growth of certain cancers, prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce the risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels. One of the greatest benefits of green tea is its effects on healthy cell growth which have widespread advantages for our bodies, inside and out. It also has a relaxing effect on the body and mind.

White tea
It has the highest antioxidant properties. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas, it is also anti-bacterial and very low in caffeine.

Oolong tea
Often the tea of choice for weight management and is known to help alleviate skin conditions. A word of caution – oolong tea can be very high in caffeine, so if you are sensitive to caffeine, drink in moderation.

Chamomile tea
Chamomile is one of the world’s most popular teas when it comes to calming the body and relieving insomnia. Chamomile is also terrific for relieving cough and bronchitis symptoms, as well as improving the digestion. You can also use cooled tea as a gargle for sore throats or for mouth inflammation and it has excellent anti-bacterial properties too.

Hibiscus tea
In addition to being refreshing, hibiscus also has properties that help lower blood pressure, especially for those with diabetes. Other reasons to drink hibiscus? It’s naturally high in vitamins, like vitamin C and acts as a natural diuretic.

Rooibos tea
A South African herb that is fermented and naturally caffeine-free. This plant has been used for centuries. It has high levels of antioxidants and important minerals including zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. This tea is well known for treating skin conditions and can really help those who suffer from acne. Rooibos tea can also promote feelings of relaxation and can help you fall asleep naturally, but it won’t leave you feeling sleepy during the day.

Peppermint tea
Perhaps one of the best teas you can drink when you are suffering from bloating, gas or general stomach cramps or pain. Peppermint relieves muscle spasms and is also great for nausea and vomiting. Peppermint will also warm up the body and make you sweat, so it’s good for removing toxins from the body. Peppermint tea is widely used as
an appetite suppressant and acts as a decongestant.

Ginger Tea
Ginger has many amazing healing properties. When it comes to allergies and colds, its natural antihistamine is unrivalled. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory abilities can soothe the stomach, relieve sore muscles and lessen the strength of menstrual cramps. Going on a boat? Drink ginger tea to ease motion sickness. And of course, we are all familiar with ginger’s natural kick, which makes it a great flavour booster even in small amounts.

Whether you are a tea-lover or novice, give these amazing teas a try and reap the benefits.

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