Benefits of Herbal Tea
Below are 15 types of teas and all their benefits, as well as links to purchase them but first lets discuss the problems to avoid with most commercial teas: (You can also see how to make my favorite tea in part two)
Use Loose Tea: Regardless of the type of tea you choose, I recommend using loose tea leaves rather than tea bags. A cup of brewed loose leaf tea is much better-tasting than one brewed from bags and it contains more antioxidants. That's because a whole tea leaf has more surface area for hot water to extract flavor and antioxidants from the leaf.
Toxic Tea bags: Beware of tea bags made of plastic, such as nylon, thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene. Some paper tea bags are also treated with epichlorophydrin, which hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD (a carcinogen) when contact with water. Get bleach free tea bags as well. With this, your best option is to opt for loose tea and brew the tea yourself
Fluoride in tea bags: A study published in the journal Food Research International has found that cheap tea bags from supermarkets including Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco can push a person's fluoride intake over daily recommended levels and put them at a higher risk of bone and dental disease.
It is also important to buy organic since teas are heavily sprayed and most are not even washed before putting it into the tea bags. I would especially avoid these brands:
Next take a look at how your favorite tea ingredients and bag stacks up:
Here are my three favorite teas to order that come in tea bags:
You can buy loose tea leaves here:
mountainroseherbs (click product, then tea)
Remember these tips:
- Choose an organic & non-GMO
- Check the ingredient list to avoid added flavors, GMO ingredients like soy lecithin and corn starch added.
- Make sure the brand uses safe packaging material or buy loose leaf tea and use a stainless steel or glass tea strainer:
Stainless Steel Containers
- Most restaurants use some of the most pesticide ridden tea and brands that have harmful packaging like Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, Bigelow, etc. Don’t fall victim to this. Bring your own tea bag to restaurants and ask for pot or cup of boiling water. I would even do this at Starbucks.
15 Powerful Herbal teas and their many uses:
Green Tea – To name a few it can fight flu, colds, and bacterial infections, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, a powerful anti-oxidant, helps to loose weight and improve digestion, protect against cancer, anti-aging, help prevent heart disease, and more.
My favorite and most powerful is Matcha Green Tea since it is most nutrient rich and comes in stone-ground unfermented powder. it has 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries and 7 times more than dark chocolate. (click pictures for links)
Quick Tip: Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.
Ginger Tea – flu or cold, allergies, blood flow, nausea, indigestion, morning sickness, antioxidant, cleanse chemicals form the body, and reduce stress.
Chamomile Tea – Stomach ailments like acid reflux (heartburn), high blood sugar, anxiety and nervous conditions, common cold, and to relax before bed for a restful sleep.
Oolong Tea – good for beauty including curing dark spots, aging, and wrinkles. Helps treat arterioscierosis and other diseases by controlling production of free-radicals.
Echinacea Tea – Great for infections, flu, colds, and coughs.
Peppermint Tea - Relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms and nervousness. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat. If indigestion or heartburn are problems, however, avoid peppermint altogether. (click here for how to eliminate heartburn)
White Tea – Great for skin because of high amounts of elastin and collagen, also high in antioxidants.
Lemon Grass Tea – Helps kill bacteria and fungi, reduce fever and improve digestion
Rooibos Tea – Powerful antioxidant, good for energy, help to prevent cancer, strengthen immunity, and can become more potent when mixed with green or oolong tea.
Lemon-Balm Tea – Good for stomach problems, and helps to lift mood.
Rosemary Tea – Improves circulation, improve join pains and headaches. It also contains antiseptic properties so can be used as a mouthwash to alleviate ulcers and to gargle with to help relieve sore throats.
Burdock Tea – Regulate blood sugar, aids in liver problems.
Damlana Tea – Aid in relief of depression, it is a diuretic and stimulant. Helps with liver function.
Fennel Tea – Stomach cramps, increases appetite and helps to put on weight for sick patients.
Hawthorn tea – Helps with high blood pressure, eliminates plaque build-ups in the arteries and increase blood flow in the coronary arteries.
I like to add a lemon peal to my tea for flavor as well as to increase the power of the herb.
In Part Two, I show how to make my favorite tea, which is Ginger and Turmeric tea.
FYI - What Makes a Tea:
The difference between green and black tea, by the way, is based on the degree of oxidation the leaves receive. Green tea comes from leaves that are steamed, pan-fired, or oven-fired immediately after picking, so minimal oxidation occurs. (White tea, made from new-growth buds and young leaves, is even less processed.) In a black tea—or red tea, as it’s called in China—the leaves are well and truly oxidized. The type of tea called oolong occupies the middle range; its partial oxidation results in varying, distinctive flavors and complex aromas.
All teas are rich in antioxidants, but green tea, especially when brewed from loose leaves, is known for its great abundance of the polyphenols classified as catechins—in particular, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). A great deal has been written about the health benefits of green tea so a simple search will show you more.
Buy Loose Organic Tea Here: (click banner)
Or here: Organic Teas on Amazon
– plastic compounds in tea bags – articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/24/tea-bags.aspx
– Tea remedies –
– Benefits of green tea – www.thirdage.com/cholesterol/25-benefits-to-drinking-green-tea
– green tea to help remove tumors – healthimpactnews.com/2013/green-tea-compounds-effective-against-tumors-and-genetic-diseases/
– tea bags have fluoride – buzz.naturalnews.com/000868-tea_bags-fluoride-bone_disease.html
– Oxidation in teas – www.takepart.com/article/2013/06/12/green-tea-lead-soy-lecithin?cmpid=foodinc-fb