Over the past few years, I have become very interested in using essential oils and other natural remedies for myself and my family. I love that I can treat many common ailments with simple, natural ingredients that don’t have the risks of traditional over-the-counter and prescription medicine.
I’ve never been much of a tea-drinker, but in search of effective, all-natural remedies, I decided to give it a try!
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Types of Tea
There are many varieties of tea, but here’s some information on the most common types:
Green tea has been used medicinally for thousands of years! It’s packed with antioxidants, has a powerful influence on cancer cells, helps to regulate blood sugar, promotes faster metabolism, is good for teeth and gums, can ease the symptoms of allergies, and can soothe arthritis pain.
Black tea has quite of few of the same benefits (antioxidants, regulating blood sugar, healthy digestion…) and the taste is much richer and darker. It’s a great replacement for morning coffee!
Herbal teas vary quite a bit, because each type of herbal tea is a different blend of flowers, fruits and herbs! While green and black teas have a lot of general health benefits, you can really pinpoint specific ailments with herbal teas.
Check the Ingredients
When you’re picking out a tea, you can choose “loose leaf” tea or sachets. I prefer buying sachets, because the tea is measured, ready to go, and the blend has been crafted for me. You want to be sure to choose a good tea, especially if you’re drinking tea for it’s health benefits. Check the ingredients to make sure that you are just getting tea leaves, flowers and herbs.
If you choose a loose leaf tea, measure out one teaspoon of dried tea per cup. You can use a tea pot, a special mug, an infuser, or you can make your own tea packets! Each type of tea requires a different brewing time, so check the label or do a little research.
If you prefer iced tea, brew your tea in about 1/3 cup of water, allow it to steep, and then pour the strong tea over a glass of ice. Add a lemon slice, some fresh mint, and enjoy!
Treating Specific Ailments
- For an upset stomach or nausea, reach for ginger or peppermint.
- For stronger bones, go with dandelion tea.
- For menstrual pain, choose raspberry leaf tea.
- For stress, insomnia or anxiety; relax with lavender or chamomile.
- For a stronger immune system, look for a tea with rosehips.
- If you prefer to use essential oils, check out this post for tips about how to use each one.
Stash some tea bags in your purse or backpack for a mini medicine cabinet that goes wherever you go. You only need to add boiling water to access their healing powers!
What’s your favorite kind of tea?