By Debra Soufleris, B.S., DTR
No need to turn to your medicine cabinet when a bout of nausea comes on, or when you’re having trouble winding down for the night. Teas can be extremely beneficial in helping provide relief from many common health issues. There’s a good reason tea has long been used as a medicinal supplement since its origination in Southwest China. There are thousands of varieties of teas to help with a variety of conditions whether they are physical, emotional, or mental, so don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the matcha craze or find black teas too harsh for your taste buds. There are countless tasty herbal teas that can help you feel better naturally. So next time you have a headache that just won’t quit, can’t seem to fall asleep, or feel anxious about an upcoming event, don’t reach for your pill cabinet. Try tea instead.
Upset Stomach or Nausea
There are many teas to bring you relief from nausea or indigestion. Ancient Chinese medicine suggests drinking hot water with meals to help aid with digestion, and by adding teas, the digestive power only becomes stronger. Feeling a bit nauseous or have an upset stomach? Try these teas.
Ginger Tea: Ginger has been found in studies to help decrease nausea from things such as motion sickness, pregnancy, and even chemotherapy. It stimulates bile production, which allows the stomach to break down food quicker. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial for any imbalances in the gut.
Peppermint Tea: The menthol in peppermint leaves provides natural pain relief. Not only that, but it is antispasmodic, meaning it helps relax the stomach and intestine muscles, which helps soothe an upset stomach.
Licorice Tea: Licorice root tea is known for fighting off stomach aches and heartburn. Research studies have shown it to be protective to the stomach lining, helping reduce the chance of peptic ulcers.
If you’re fighting an oncoming cold or already have one, good news! There’s a tea for that. A few, actually. These combinations will provide you with everything you need to get you on the road to recovery as fast as possible.
Lemon Tea: It’s as simple as lemon juice, a spoonful of honey, and hot water. This mix will help loosen up mucus, as well as help control coughing. The honey will coat your throat, helping to relieve any soreness.
Eucalyptus Tea: A powerful anti-inflammatory, Eucalyptus tea is great for the respiratory system, helping you breathe better and cough less. It also boosts the immune system and fights off bacterial infections.
Turmeric & Cayenne Tea: Turmeric contains the compound curcumin, which has very strong antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with cayenne, which is chock full of Vitamins A and C, you’re going to be feeling better in no time. The element capsaicin, which gives the pepper it’s explosive heat, is also a natural decongestant.
Having trouble winding down after a stressful day? Or perhaps you just can’t seem to calm your nerves because you’re anxious about an up-coming event? Choosing the right tea might just do the trick. Just the act of drinking a hot beverage has shown to cause small bursts of dopamine throughout the brain, making you feel better. Here are the best teas to help relieve stress and anxiety:
Chamomile Tea: Chamomile increases your levels of serotonin and melatonin, which calm and relax you. Drinking just 1-2 cups of chamomile a day can even help reduce chronic stress and assist in getting a good night’s rest.
Lemon Balm Tea: It can help support your nervous system and help you sleep better through its ability to calm the nerves.
Passion Flower Tea: Passion flower tea is great for helping with anxiety and stress, due to the powerful antioxidants it contains. It helps calm the part of the brain in charge of maintaining excitement. It also decreases the activity of depression by making cells in the brain promote a feeling of happiness.
Whatever your health issue, there’s a tea for it. Plants, fruits, flowers, herbs, and spices have all been used in teas for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. If you’re trying to take a more holistic approach to medicine, look no further than the natural healing powers of a warm, comforting cup of tea.