Fall is finally here, and all I can say is YEAH! I love the warm days and cool crisp nights. The feel of blankets heavy on my legs at night, the smell of leaves and hot Tea! Let’s face it there is nothing better on a cold fall night than snuggling up in your snuggie in front of the wood stove with a nice cup of hot tea.
I find that over the years I have a few favorite teas that I keep on hand in my cupboard. They are Green Tea, Chamomile, Ginger and Rooibos. Not only do they taste amazing either hot or cold but they have amazing health benefits.
Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. This tea plant is the same plant that produces black tea, which the majority of us are familiar with and, oolong. This plant grows about 1-2 meters tall, or 3 1/2-4 feet tall. Green Tea is made from the first leaves and blooms of this plant. It is from this early collection of leaves that have the greatest concentration of green tea’s magic ingredient. This ingredient is catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This aspect of green tea has shown to combat breast cancer, and other forms of cancer. In fact, studies have shown that EGCG has actually inhibited the growth of cancer cells and help the body to destroy the cancer cells. In addition to cancer prevention and green tea is also a powerful immune system booster, anti fungal and anti-viral agent. It helps prevent tooth decay by killing germs that cause cavities, helps you loose weight, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, helps prevent or aid in the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and helps with cardiovascular disease.
What are the draw backs of green tea, you might be asking yourself ? There are none really other than Green Tea does contain caffeine. However, it is much less than that of a cup of coffee. It is recommend that in order to receive the full benefits of green tea you should consume 4-5 cups a day.
Chamomile Tea is also another great healthy tea. This tea comes from the flowers of the Chamomile plant, which is a relative of the daisy. However, for most people, is probably best known to treat insomnia. But this tea, also is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial agent. Chamomile tea can be used to treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), stomach bugs, nausea. It also is great for getting rid of migraines, PMS, menstrual cramps, panic attacks and general anxiety.
Topically, chamomile oil is used to treat burns. You can also use this tea to treat scrapes, cuts, diaper rash, chicken pox, eczema, psoriasis. I have also used warm chamomile tea to treat pink eye. It also is a great skin lightener and can get rid of dark circles under your eyes.
However, there are some drawbacks to using this tea. If you are pregnant you should stay away from it at all costs as it contains an anti-aborficant. If you have problems with ragweed or hayfever you may have some problems with using chamomile tea. If you are taking blood thinners it is not recommend to use as chamomile contains blood thinning properties. As with all things, particularly herbal less is best. Use this wonderful tea in moderation.
Ginger tea is my other favorite and yes it has some great health benefits. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat stomach ailments. But it is also a great allergy treatment, as it contains a natural anti-histamine. This root is also antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and is also known to have anti-tumor properties. It is great when you have a cold, fever, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Which many of us are lacking in our daily diets. It is also an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and vitamin B6.
If you can’t use chamomile tea this is a great alternative. However, it is not recommend if you are using medications to treat blood clots, diabetes, or gallbladder disease. As it can affect your medications.
My final and newest favorite is Rooibos Tea is a great caffeine alternative to green tea. This tea comes from the South African plant called the Aspalathus linearis in the Western Cape of South Africa. This tea like green tea contains EGCG, but in lesser amounts. But also has been shown to help with liver diseases, HIV, helps with brain aging, and is a bronchodilator, which can help with lung issues, such as asthma. Rooibos Tea can be purchased either in red or green. Each provide great benefits it is just a taste difference. I prefer the red.
As you can see, God has given us wonderful items to help us out in this life. Give these teas a try and see how you feel. I know that they always make me feel better