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Herbal Tea Benefits

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Herbal Tea Benefits

To start with, we are not medically approved doctors or practitioners, the following information is all available from the web, we have just gone through and brought it all together for the products we supply. It is by no means complete as some of the herbs below have been used for thousands of years and we still don't know all the benefits to them?

Please consult your doctor before taking any of the following herbs.

Chamomile Tea: It is a herb that people have used for centuries. People know it as a tea to calm an upset stomach or to help with sleep.

Chrysanthemum Tea: Is used to treat chest pain (angina), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache, dizziness, and swelling. In combination with other herbs, chrysanthemum is also used to treat prostate cancer. As a beverage, chrysanthemum is very popular as a summertime tea in southern China.

Dandelion Leaf Tea: In the past, roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.

Elderflower Tea: Elderflower is used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding. It is also used as a gargle and mouthwash for coughs, colds, hoarseness (laryngitis), flu, and shortness of breath. It is used on the skin for joint pain(rheumatism), and pain and swelling (inflammation).

Fennel and Lemongrass Tea: Through the ages, many health claims have been made for fennel, and drinking fennel tea is an established practice in traditional medicine throughout the world. Although Western science has not verified all these benefits, humans have used fennel to:

  • relieve flatulence              encourage urination                  boost metabolism
  • treat hypertension            improve eyesight                       prevent glaucoma
  • regulate appetite              clear mucus from the airways
  • stimulate milk production in nursing women                  speed digestion   
  • reduce gas                            reduce stress                             detoxify the body

Hibiscus Tea: The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to cure liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants, while also helping in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.

Lavender Tea:

  • Relieves Indigestion           Insomnia Relief
  • May Treat Migraine             Convulsions

Considerations: While lavender tea is beneficial to your health, a study published in the January 2007 issue of the “New England Journal of Medicine” indicates that lavender oils may induce breast growth in boys. This condition is known as prepubertal gynecomastia. According to the MedlinePlus website, ingesting lavender may also lead to constipation, headaches and increased appetite. If you are scheduled for a surgery, avoid drinking lavender

Lemon Balm Tea: Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia. Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves' disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.

Lemongrass: Is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.

Lemon Verbena: The fascinating health benefits of lemon verbena include its ability to protect muscles, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, calm the stomach, reduce fevers, soothe nerves, and clear up congestion. It is also popularly used for weight loss.

Lime Flower: Herbal medicine has been around for centuries, and despite the success of modern medicine, plants are still frequently used in the home treatment of a variety of ailments. Flowers from the linden tree, commonly known as the lime or basswood tree, is one such traditional folk medicine. Historically, linden flower tea, derived from the species Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos, has been used to treat a variety of ailments including high blood pressure, migraine, digestive complaints, headaches, colds, flu and anxiety. However scientific evidence proving these health claims is lacking.

Liquorice root: Licorice is taken by mouth for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis). Some people take licorice by mouth for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Licorice is also taken by mouth for Addison's disease, a type of diabetes caused by a hormone deficiency (diabetes insipidus), menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), liver disorders, malaria, tuberculosis, high potassium levels in the blood, food poisoning, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a condition in which there is too much muscle tone (hypertonia), abscesses, recovery after surgery, rash, high cholesterol.

Nettle Leaf Tea: Some people use the above ground parts of stinging nettle for internal bleeding, including uterine bleeding, nosebleeds, and bowel bleeding. The above ground parts are also used for anemia, poor circulation, an enlarged spleen, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, stomach acid, diarrhea and dysentery, asthma, lung congestion, rash and eczema, cancer, preventing the signs of aging, “blood purification,” wound healing, and as a general tonic.

Peppermint Tea: For some headache sufferers, pain killers are surprisingly unnecessary. You might be one of these lucky folk. The next time you have a killer headache, try reaching for some fresh or dried peppermint leaves instead of an aspirin or other pain killers. After a few minutes of steeping and sipping, you might just find that your pain has been alleviated without any side effects or unnecessary medications!

Raspberry Leaf Tea: It is somewhat well known for its benefits during pregnancy, but it is beneficial to women at all stages of life. It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labour.

The tannins in raspberry leaf give it astringent properties which make it soothing both internally and externally. A strong raspberry leaf tea or tincture will sooth sunburn, eczema, and rashes when used externally. Swishing with a tincture or infusion of Raspberry Leaf is great for the gums and can help alleviate the symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease.

The high concentration of Vitamin C in Raspberry Leaf makes it great during illness and I also use it as a base for homemade energy drinks.

Many women claim that it helped ease the symptoms of PMS, endometriosis, and it is helpful for couples who are trying to conceive, but it is wise to consult a midwife or doctor before taking any herb while pregnant.

Red Sage Tea: When you're dealing with a serious, chronic issue, there are countless alternative and complementary medicines that claim to be able to manage symptoms. Are any of them right for you? According to a study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, most traditional uses for danshen are for heart-related problems, such as:

  • angina                       myocarditis
  • heart attack

Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea: With a refreshing, sour taste and a pleasant pink color, you can enjoy a tea made from rosehips and hibiscus hot or iced. Rosehips are the fruit from a number of species of wild and cultivated rose plants, while hibiscus is a flashy, tropical flower. Both herbs contain high levels of flavonoids and other antioxidants, and rosehips are an excellent source of vitamin C. A tea made from rosehips and hibiscus may help lower your blood pressure, support your immune system and treat cancer.

Rosehip Tea: Rosehips are the round portion of the rose flower just below the petals. Rose hips contain the seeds of the rose plant. Dried rose hips and the seeds are used together to make medicine. Rose hips are used for stomach disorders including stomach spasms, stomach acid deficiency, preventing stomach irritation and ulcers, and as a "stomach tonic" for intestinal diseases. They are also used for diarrhea, constipation, gallstones, gallbladder ailments, lower urinary tract and kidney disorders, fluid retention (dropsy or edema), gout, back and leg pain (sciatica), diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, chest ailments, fever, increasing immune function during exhaustion, increasing blood flow in the limbs, increasing urine flow and quenching thirst.

Yerba Mate: 5 Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba mate benefits are certainly plentiful and range from preventing and treating cancer to boosting energy levels in a more balanced way than other caffeine sources. Its consumption has been scientifically proven to do the following:

  • Kill Colon Cancer Cells        Stimulate the Immune System
  • Increase Daily Nutrient Intake      Reduce Cholesterol Levels
  • Promote Healthy Weight Loss

We hope you find the information interesting and if you have anything to add, we would be pleased to hear from you so we can elaborate on each of the herbs in future blogs.

The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company Ltd.

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