Are you someone who thinks that herbal tea is basically just flavored hot water? Guess again! Not only does tisane pack a powerful antioxidant punch no matter what type of leaf you’re brewing… but there’s a tea for every condition and ailment known to man.
First, let’s begin to understand antioxidants. Oxidation is the process by which cells metabolize oxygen. Cell oxidation causes free radicals to proliferate. Free radicals damage the cell membranes that make up every part of our body, and an overload of them will result in degenerative conditions such as:
• Deterioration of the eye lens, which contributes to blindness.
• Inflammation of the joints (arthritis).
• Damage to nerve cells in the brain, which contributes to conditions such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
• Acceleration of the aging process.
• Increased risk of coronary heart disease, since free radicals encourage low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to adhere to artery walls.
• Certain cancers, triggered by damaged cell DNA.
What this information appears to suggest is that, quite simply, exposure to certain substances can actually hasten our death… but this is reversible thanks to antioxidants. An antioxidant substance seeks out and destroys free radicals. Essentially, an antioxidant is a giver of life… and something you want as part of your regular bodily intake.
According to HealthCastle.com, “Tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods.” Some teas contain more antioxidants than others. This of course depends on the plant that the tea is steeped from.
Below, some commonly known herbal teas, and the healing benefits of each. ALL the listed teas are high in antioxidants and can restore health and life to the body.
Nettles tea. A powerful antioxidant herb. High in vitamin C. Anti inflammatory. Astringent. Diuretic. Antihistamine. Decongestant. Relieves arthritis. Supports adrenal and endocrine function. Promotes milk production in lactating women. Supports the kidneys and helps to lower high blood pressure. Antiviral. Antibacterial. Antifungal. Antiparasitic. Eases gastrointestinal distress. Eases menstrual cramps. Relieves allergy symptoms. (source: https://naturalsociety.com/29-nettle-tea-benefits-health-herb/)
Hibiscus tea. Reduces blood pressure. Controls cholesterol. Contains flavonoids and anthocyanins to support a healthy heart. Antibacterial. Antifungal. Helps to relax the smooth muscle of the intestine. (source: https://www.livestrong.com/article/119463-health-benefits-hibiscus-tea/)
Fenugreek tea. Rich in minerals, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. Increases milk flow in lactating women. Theorized to promote breast growth although this is largely unsubstantiated. Lowers glucose levels and improves glycemic control. Prevents constipation and heals stomach ulcers. Can be applied topically to treat skin wounds. Contains choline, which prevents dementia and relieve premenstrual and menopausal symptoms. (source: https://foodfacts.mercola.com/fenugreek.html)
Lemon balm (sweet melissa) tea. High in antioxidants and Vitamin C. Antiviral. Antibacterial. Typically used in concert with other herbs such as valerian and chamomile to relieve insomnia. Can be applied topically to relieve cold sores. Decreases anxiety. Improves memory and cognitive function. Eases indigestion. Relieves depression.
Red clover tea. Well known as a blood purifier, and used as an anti-cancer remedy. Contains eugenol, myricetin and salicylic acid which act as pain relievers and fight against inflammation. Relieves menopause symptoms due to phytoestrogen content. Thins the blood and therefore is cautioned against for those on blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin. (source: https://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/12/healing-properties-red-clover/)
Red raspberry tea. High in tannins and vitamin C. Astringent and immune-boosting properties. High in B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and iron. Boosts fertility and helps to regulate menstrual cycle. Ideal for use in pregnancy to reduce leg cramps and nausea and improve quality of sleep. Tones the uterus in preparation for childbirth. Heals mouth sores and gum disease.
Cranberry tea. High in vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant. Promotes weight loss: contains organic acids that flush fat deposits out of the body. Improves kidney function. Flushes toxins from the body. Antibacterial. Protects the eyes from degeneration. Improves mouth and gum health. Boosts natural immunity. Fights urinary tract infection.
Chamomile tea. Increases the amino acid glycine in your body. Relieves anxiety. Promotes healthy sleep. Aids depression. Offers aromatherapy bonus benefits. Boosts immunity. Eases menstrual cramps. Applied topically, it works to relieve skin irritation caused by psoriasis, chicken pox, eczema, acne, diaper rash, bee stings, and a variety of other dermatological conditions.
Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is by no means intended as medical advice. If you are experiencing health problems or physical discomfort of any kind, please consult with your physician.