Benefits and Effects of these 6 Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are well-known and in fact, their effectiveness has been proven for centuries.  Let’s look at some of them and what you can do with them to get their health benefits as well as some insight into their claim to fame.   

Echinacea

Echinacea tea has been used by the Native Americans for various health benefits. Brewing by infusing the leaves, stem, flowers, and even the roots allows the chemical compound of polysaccharides and echinaceoside into the tea and drinking it regularly to experience a plethora of health benefits. Although in recent years studies have revealed that Echinacea is not as effective in treating cold symptoms as was previously thought.

Echinacea is recommended to boost your immune system, soothe any injured wounds, purify the blood, and help the body fight infections. The recommended intake of Echinacea is between one to two grams per day and exceeding the limit may cause you to suffer from mild side effects such as stomach discomfort, dizziness, and headaches. In rare cases, it may cause you to suffer from kidney problems.

Chamomile

A popular remedy that can be regarded as the European counterpart for ginseng, chamomile has been used for its medicinal benefits such as fever and cold treatments, skin diseases, digestive issues, or as a simple relaxing tea which aids in reducing anxiety and insomnia. You can even give young children chamomile tea when they are teething and suffering from colic.

The best thing about chamomile is that it can be used both externally and internally. You can always rely on chamomile tea to cure rashes, morning sickness, digestive issues, and rheumatism-related conditions.

Just to name a few, chamomile is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and a muscle relaxant. Its immense health benefits and healing properties comes from its chemical compounds called bisabolol, couramin and flavonoids.

Take note though, if you have any allergies to plants coming from the Compositae family you may need to be cautious as reported allergies include skin rashes.

Senna

An herb that is commonly used for its laxative properties, Senna works by neutralizing the bacteria in your digestive systems, causing intestinal contractions due to the anthraquinone properties in it and smoothing out the muscles when digested food passes through the tract.

For relief from digestive issues, simply treat yourself to a cup of Senna tea or its phytochemicals in a capsule form and experience its magical effects within twelve hours. You might experience mild side effects such as bloating, nausea, and flatulence. In some cases there could be some effects as severe as asthma, joint problems, and muscle weakness. If these result, seek medical attention right away.

Peppermint

Famous for its ‘minty’ taste, peppermint is found commonly in Europe, Asia, as well as North America. Peppermint has been used for its wide range of medicinal properties for thousands years and in fact; the Egyptians have been using them to relieve indigestion issues, stomach ailments, and menstrual problems. Peppermint is also beneficial to boost your immunity and to protect your body from common ailments such as cold and flu, thanks to its anti-microbial properties.

To date, no side effects of using peppermint has been reported when drank in tea form but if taken too much unreasonably, it can increase the risk of damaging your kidneys.

Rosemary

Rosemary herbs are well known for its medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries. Herbalist and physicians have been using rosemary to treat various ailments such as curing rheumatism, bacterial infections, and indigestion as well as relieving headaches.

Besides aiding concentration and enhancing memory, rosemary has the potential to fight serious cognitive disorders, such as, Alzheimer’s disease.

In spite of its potent ability in healing and preventing diseases, one should make note of its proper dose if you are pregnant or suffer from high blood pressure or insomnia.

Oolong

A popular tea from China, oolong tea has potent health benefits such as reducing cholesterol levels, maintaining your heart’s health, boosting the immune system, and building strong bones. In fact, drinking oolong tea regularly can promote weight loss and help to maintain a healthy weight owing to its anti-oxidant attributes, boosting fat metabolism, and detoxifying properties.

Oolong tea does contain caffeine and certain measure should be taken in order to avoid any discomfort due to caffeine–related issues such as insomnia and insulin resistance. It’s best to limit the intake to three cups daily to reap the health benefits while minimizing any of the caffeine’s adverse effects.

By Liya Das

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