The Power of Tea: 5 Teas and Their Healing Properties
Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle
April 11, 2017
In the last decade, more people have taken to holistic health remedies such as oils and yoga as an alternative to drugs and medication. The idea is to heal from the inside out and learn how to fuel your body with the proper diet and liquids it needs to function. Because of this new health craze, people are putting down coffee and taking up tea as their new favorite hot beverage. But it turns out, using tea for medicinal purposes has been going on since the second century B.C. in China.
So you’re here to find your perfect tea…allow your ailments to be your guide. Having trouble sleeping? Chamomile. Need to sooth your stomach? Ginger.
Here are a few ways that many believe tea can help in your overall health care:
1. Green Tea
What is green tea? Green tea is made from minimally oxidized Camellia sinensis leaves. Green, white, and black tea share similar health benefits as they are from the same plant. What makes them so different is the process in which they are dried.
Speeds up metabolism which can help weight loss
Strengthens brain function
Lowers risk of cancer
Lowers risk of Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease
Reduces blood sugar
Prevents LDL oxidation which causes heart disease
2. White Tea
Now, white tea is completely un-oxidized. The Camellia sinensis leaves are left to dry, which explains the color of the tea. The more the leaves are oxidized (or burned) the darker and richer they become.
Boosts antioxidants to reduce free radicals – Healthy skin
Fluoride content protects your teeth
Decrease plasma glucose levels, increase insulin secretion
Flavonoids decrease blood pressure
3. Black Tea
As you could have probably guessed, black tea is the most oxidized version of the Camellia sinensis leaves. It is the darkest in color, however contains less antioxidants than green or white tea. It’s important to know this because as you decide what teas to implement in your daily routine, you have to consider what your health priorities are.
Reduces heart disease
Tannins helps intestinal issues
Helps expand your air passages if you have asthma
Reduce cholesterol level
Prevent cancer growth in breasts
Unlike the last 3 teas, chamomile comes from an herb similar to a daisy. Chamomile is well known for being an “cure-all” tea that helps with just about any ailment your body has.
Ginger tea is one of the oldest medicinal drinks. An old Indian proverb says, “everything good is found in ginger.” In liquid form, ginger settles the stomach and relaxes the body. One cup two to three times a day can reduce inflammation.
Prevents/ helps ease nausea
Lowers blood sugar
Helps with indigestion
Improves blood circulation
“Someone who eats a poor diet, is overweight, and leads a sedentary lifestyle will not see the health benefits from white tea as well as someone who already eats a well balanced diet, and who regularly exercises. The fact of the matter is, you have to take care of your body by doing everything you can to protect it from disease and illness.” Dr. Axe
While tea is an excellent way to help enhance your over all health, we cannot rely on tea alone. Whether it is modern medicine, a consistent fitness regimen, good sleep habits or overall nutrition, it takes all elements to keep you at your best!
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Great article! I loooove green tea. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all of the harmful chemical products in your life with organic ones. It’s completely changed my life and how I feel everyday :)
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