I have always been a huge supporter of all things natural when it comes to my personal health and wellbeing. While I don’t deny the importance of modern medicine in the world today, I feel like we have become far too reliant upon it. Many people run to the pharmacy today for the smallest cough or sign of congestion when there are a TON of amazing all-natural treatment options available that our ancestors relied upon successfully for years.
I’m sitting here writing this in front of a window, watching the snow falling here. It is that time of year when the cold nips at our nose and we long to hold onto our warm drink of choice for comfort. Whether its tea, coffee, hot chocolate or hot apple cider – a warm mug can bring a smile to our face and a warmth to our hearts.
This is what sparked my topic for today – did you realize that the warm cup you’re holding could contain a number of medicinal properties? Various teas have been used for their healing properties for years! Personally, I run to the tea shelf in my pantry before I run to my medicine cabinet for almost every minor ailment. It is amazing just how effective these options can be.
The first step is to arm yourself with the knowledge of which teas can be relied upon for the different sicknesses, bugs or ailments you may be battling. As someone who has gathered this knowledge over the years, here are the teas I keep on hand at all times, and the reasons why:
Likely the most well-known and accepted of the teas with health benefits, there appear to be articles continuously circulating the internet touting the health benefits of green tea. It has been credited for everything from helping to prevent cancer, preventing the clogging of arteries, reducing the risk of stroke, improving cholesterol levels and lowering the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. Personally, I find that green tea helps me to maintain my weight by helping to encourage the burning of fat in the body (coupled, of course, with a good workout routine).
This very well may be the tea that I drink the most often, to be honest. Peppermint has been associated with a number of different health benefits, namely those associated with sinus congestion and digestion. Drinking peppermint tea can help to ease gas pains, soothe nausea, slow down incidents of vomiting and calm problems associated with indigestion. It’s also highly effective in battling congestion, head colds and other sinus problems. I swear that peppermint tea is the only reason I survive allergy season! If you are experiencing a sinus related headache, this will help to relieve the pressure causing it ultimately reducing or eliminating the headache.
Highly soothing and relaxing, chamomile is the perfect tea to enjoy right before bed. It is often the key ingredient in teas marketed as ‘bedtime tea’ or ‘sleepy time tea’ due to its ability to help relax the body and the mind, promoting a good night’s sleep. It also helps soothe stomach aches and can help in managing irritable bowel problems. Chamomile also contains a compound that helps to calm muscle spasms making it a great solution to help with body aches and pains, including back pain and menstrual cramps.
A trick well known to many women during pregnancy, ginger is an incredibly effective solution for nausea. Ginger teas should be your go-to for situations involving morning sickness, heartburn, motion sickness, stomach bugs, or unexplained nausea and/or vomiting. Ginger also helps to improve your circulation, which can ultimately help you fight off a cold faster.
Honey lemon teas are the perfect solution when you are dealing with coughing, a sore throat or if you are losing your voice. It helps to soothe your throat, reducing inflammation and giving it the opportunity to heal while providing some feelings of immediate relief.
Passion flower tea is specifically known for helping to combat feelings of stress and anxiety. It is important to note, however, that some experts caution that it could interact with sedative medications. If you are taking something like this, speak to your doctor before using this one! Passion flower tea is my go to during times of high stress, like when I was working on a major project or studying for a big test. It helps to keep me calm and centred.
Lemon Balm as an herb has been connected with a number of mental and emotional benefits. It helps to ease stress, nervousness and anxiety, making it the perfect tea before a major exam or big presentation. For those that may be feeling ‘blue’ or fighting sadness during this time of year, lemon balm helps to boost your mood. Sure, it’s not a treatment option for depression by any means, but when used in conjunction with other treatment efforts, it can provide short-term relief when you are feeling ‘down.’ Lemon balm is also great for headaches and migraines.
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Do you use teas as an all-natural remedy? If so, what teas do you always keep stocked in your house? If not, which of these do you plan on purchasing after reading this to try for yourself?