We could go on and on about the health benefits of tea, but you can learn most of those benefits with a simple Google search. Because we at Blue Creek focus so intently on self-care, we wanted to share why therapeutic teas are such a great addition to your diet!
7 Of Our Favorite Therapeutic Teas
1. Ginger Tea (Fresh and/or dried)
Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is currently a staple in ancient and modern remedies. Containing the bioactive, gingerol, this plant provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that help with an array of conditions.
- Alleviates seafood toxicity
- Warms your body
- Alleviates nausea
- Aids in digestion
2. Dandelion Root Tea (fresh and/or dried)
The dandelion plant is much more than a nuisance in your garden; it’s a vitamin-packed superfood with plenty of therapeutic benefits. Whether you use the root or leaf, adding dandelion tea into your diet could help with liver and kidney function.
- Clears heat and dampness from the skin
- Cools your system
- Benefits liver function
- Acts as a gentle laxative
Try these remedies at home:
- Skin lesions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, diaper rash, etc…) – take a tea bag, steep tea, drink ½ the cup and let the remaining ½ cup cool. Use as a tonic and apply/soak the lesion.
- Common cold – combine fresh dandelion (the whole plant), mint (Bo He) and Licorice (Gan Cao) with boiling water.
3. Chrysanthemum Tea (fresh flower and/or dried)
Sometimes referred to by its Chinese name, Ju Hua, Chrysanthemum offers an array of health advantages. Though it’s not as popular as most herbs, it is definitely worth adding to your tea collection.
- Packed with Vitamin C
- Clears heat from the eyes and brightens the eyes (red, swollen, painful eyes)
- Helps alleviate headaches and dizziness
- Aids in respiratory problems
For a Chinese chrysanthemum tea recipe, click here.
4. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Popular amongst women, red raspberry leaf tea is great for the female reproductive system. Whether alleviating menstrual cramps or morning sickness during pregnancy, women should incorporate this therapeutic tea into their regular diet.
- Balances menstrual cycle
- Naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins
- Strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles
5. Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is your liver’s best friend! Known for its ability to relieve your liver of damage caused by medications, heavy metals, cholesterol, cancer development, etc., this weed has miraculous abilities.
- Dredges the liver
- Reduces inflammation in the liver
- The active ingredient in milk thistle is called sylmarin, which is actually a combination of three flavonoids (silibinin, silidianin and silicristin) that are powerful antioxidants. It is believed to be responsible for protecting and repairing liver cells, as well as reducing inflammation in the liver.
- Draws toxins from the body
6. Mint (Bo He)
One of the best teas for stress relief, sleep and even concentration, mint tea is extremely versatile. It’s also beneficial for weight loss and respiratory conditions like asthma.
- Naturally cooling
- Disperses wind-heat from the lungs (and lung channel)
- Helps to relieve hypochondriac distention/fullness/pain (flank pain)
- Clears heat from head and eyes caused by a sinus headache
7. Matcha (Powder)
Matcha is a form of green tea in which the leaves are grown while covered by shade cloths, briefly steamed after harvest and aged in a cold environment to preserve a stronger flavor. One cup of matcha tea contains as much as caffeine as the typical cup of coffee, or three times more than a cup of traditional steeped tea. Because the tea contains l-theanine, it is known for creating an “alert calm,” rather than the typical caffeine buzz, and creates relaxation without making you drowsy.
- Contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants called polyphenols that help protect against heart disease and cancer
- Aids in regulating blood sugar, lowering blood pressure and slowing aging
- Boosts metabolism
Try this delicious iced matcha latte to spice up your morning caffeine routine.
The world’s most popular drink, therapeutic teas are a great way to nourish both your mind and body. No matter which tea you prefer, know that you will be receiving excellent health benefits that help in soothing your busy life. Consult with your acupuncturist at Blue Creek to learn more about which teas would be most beneficial for your constitution and conditions.
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