Healthy Tea Guide

By Sarah Petty L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. on March 21st, 2012


Mint and Ginger Teas

Both teas aid in digestion. Mint stimulates biliary secretion and helps digestion of fats. Mint can treat diarrhea, gastric fever or toxic infections. It has antispasmodic and sedative properties and benefits all respiratory conditions. Mint can also help combat mental fatigue, stress and depression as the scent uplifts the mood. Mint is cooling, so if you are prone to feeling cold and have issues with undigested food not moving, try ginger instead.

Ginger tea is warm in nature and can relieve symptoms such as flatulence, diarrhea, stomach acids and indigestion. Ginger neutralizes stomach acids, tones the digestive tract muscles and stimulates the secretion of digestive juices. Drink it when you are sick with the flu or cold, and it will relieve a sore throat. Ginger tea has also been shown to lower cholesterol. Make this tea in hot water adding fresh slices of ginger.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) Tea

Holy Basil has been used as a tea in India for thousands of years. It is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that support a healthy immune system, metabolism, digestive system and respiratory health. It helps with vision, blood sugar, stress, and joint pain. This tea can boost stamina and mental clarity as helps detox the kidneys and liver. I usually recommend this to my patients who are feeling irritable and/or depressed.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion leaves and roots contain substantial levels of vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and calcium. Dandelion benefits the kidneys, gallbladder and liver which enhances detoxification by stimulating urination and liver function. It can help those who are suffering from Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. Dandelion cleanses the blood and can treat hepatic disorders. This is a wonderful tea to relieve diarrhea or constipation when coupled with emotional stress.

Rose Hip Tea

Rose hips are sour in flavor and astringent. The sour flavor subdues the liver, which helps strengthen the stomach. Rose hips prevent diarrhea, dysentery, colic, etc. Rose hips are rich in vitamin K which aids the body in preventing excessive blood flow. If you are prone to nose bleeds or bruising, vitamin K could benefit you. Rose hips are good for those who suffer from frequent colds, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. This tea is said to have regenerative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-aging and anti-cancer healing qualities.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is deeply relaxing which helps soothe anxiety and panic attacks. Chamomile also helps those who have trouble sleeping. Chamomile is an anti-spasmodic which can relieve menstrual cramps and stomach pain. Chamomile can also help when you feel a migraine coming on.

Strawberry Leaf Tea

Strawberry leaves are high in vitamin C and are said to be very beneficial to nursing mothers to help ensure their babies receive the nourishment from breast milk. Strawberry tea contains a natural diuretic “caffeic acid” which helps arthritic conditions by pulling water away from the joints, which can relieve pain and swelling. This tea has a good amount of iron as well which can help treat anemia. Strawberry leaves can also help restore a healthy pH level in your digestive tract.

All teas, after brewed properly, may be enjoyed at room temperature as the weather is warming up! I have found Whole Foods, Wegmans and Teavana to have excellent selections of tea. Mighty Leaf, Tulsi, and Traditional Medicinals are three brands I would recommend. Make sure you are buying organic.

Drink to your health!



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