We are living in an instant gratification culture, where our speedy recovery from ailments is just as treasured as our ability to quickly obtain pharmaceutical grade remedies. Although, we are able to obtain the desired relief through prescription and over-the-counter drugs—there is much to be said for the natural and holistic remedies that are often over looked for their healing properties. Eastern cultures have practiced the consumption of herbal teas to promote wellness for centuries. There are herbal teas available that treat a variety of ailments with none of the side effects that prescription or pharmaceutical drugs provide. Some of the teas below not only taste wonderful, but has the added bonus of providing relief for some of our nagging health issues.
Lemon Balm is an herbaceous plant in the mint family. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent, with a mint taste. It has been traditionally used for people suffering from gastrointestinal tract and nervous system disorders; but, this tea is great for relieving stress, tension and anxiety. According to a study, drinking lemon balm tea increases the production of glycine, which is a chemical produced by the body to relax nerves and muscles. This enables the body to relax, therefore, acting as a mild sedative. The tea also contains a chemical called luteolin, which also promotes relaxation. This tea is beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia.
Peppermint tea is a tea that is infused with peppermint leaves. There are several medicinal benefits to consuming this drink. First, peppermint tea can be a painkiller and fever reducer. While drinking the hot tea may cause sweating, externally, internally the menthol cools the body. The dual action of external sweating, and internal cooling, effectively breaks a fever. Secondly, peppermint tea promotes digestive health. It is considered a carminative, which naturally regulates the movement of gas within your body to prevent stomach discomfort, bloating, and cramping.
Ginger tea is a tea that is infused with ginger root. The tea can be prepared by simmering fresh ginger in water, or purchasing tea that has ginger root as the main ingredient. Among some of its surprising medicinal effects are sore-muscle relief and less painful periods. A study published in “The Journal of Pain,” found that subjects who ingested ginger tea immediately following a tough workout, experienced less exercise-related muscle soreness. This is due to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties. Also, another study found that women who experience severe menstrual cramps should ingest ginger to reduce the amount of pain experienced during their cycle. Ginger has a dozen antiviral compounds that aid in the treatment of colds, sore throats, and fevers.