The Real Benefits of Tea Time

What have i got 1 million of at home? You guessed it- herbal tea! Teabags and herbal concoctions of all kinds, all sizes, all qualities, all varieties and all flavors. This pic here shows only a tiny sampling of some of the teabags I carry at home. Check out my Nettle! If you haven’t got the time to steep your nettle in loose herb form, consider the teabags. I’ve decided to feature and discuss the loose herbal blends in another blog post. In fact, i’m rather proud of my collection and if you come over, it will only take a few minutes until I offer you a cuppa tea. I’m a bit obsessed though, I must admit- I continue to stock up at every opportini-tea! We don’t drink coffee around here, nor do we drink much wine, cow’s milk, alcohol, soda or boxed juices. Our all time fave bevvi of choice is almost always a cuppa tea. Here are some reasons why you should consider making tea your top drink of choice.

Let’s define
Herbal Tea is a vague term used to describe any type of tea that is made from natural herbs and other materials. These teas are often available through commercially made tea companies, but they can also be creatively fashioned at home from a mixture of your own herbs, spices and other ingredients.

As many of you probably already know, drinking herbal tea is good for you. You may be thinking, “Its herbal, therefore its good for me”. Yes that is correct, but let’s discuss the real ins and outs of the benefits of drinking herbal tea. The Mayo Clinic has announced that tea is the most popular drink in the world due to its content of concentrated nutrients and the wide range of health benefits it offers.

Anxiety reduction & Deeper zzzzz’s
Herbal teas contain many key ingredients that can help relieve anxiety and promote better sleep. Herbal teas often contain small amounts of caffeine (unlike that of coffee), which can act as a brain receptor stimulant, and can increase energy, relieve headaches, and calm down or eliminate anxiety.
Some examples of such teas include: Catnip, valerian, oatstraw, lemon balm and chamomile. Not only do these herbs nourish the nervous system but they help to promote better quality and a more peaceful night’s sleep. Drinking a herbal tea that contains these ingredients will also help to calm anxiety.

Weight loss benefits
Herbal teas can help to increase metabolism and reduce cholesterol.
Such examples include ginger tea, Green and white teas and cinnamon teas. Teas containing Hawthorn and ephedra are also believed to increase blood circulation, decrease cholesterol and help to decrease weight.

Green tea works by naturally raising and increasing your body’s metabolism, which effectively helps with weight loss and the reduction of cholesterol. By helping to increase thermo-genesis, body heat and digestion, we find that digestive function and bowel movements improve as well. Obviously this is not a permanent solution to losing weight, and the weight will return so long as you are not subsequently exercising and eating a health diet.

Cancer fighter
Drinking herbal tea helps to decrease the likelihood of developing Bladder, Esophageal, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancers-
Studies show that drinking tea of either the green or black variety can help to decrease the chances of developing these various forms of cancer. One study indicates that women who drink 2 cups or more of herbal tea regularly are 46% less likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who don’t drink the tea.

Maintain the fountain of your youth
Green tea reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals — damaging compounds in the body that alter cells, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause premature apoptosis: cell death. polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

These are just a few examples of the benefits of drinking herbal tea but the list is endless. Stay tuned for future articles on the benefits of specific herbs. We will also be exploring how to put together your own magical herb blends that taste fantastic and keep you young and healthy. Now what are you waiting for? Go warm up a pot of tea!

Sources
•    http://www.bigelowtea.com/health/articles/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-drinking-herbal-tea.aspx
•    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html

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