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by Dr. Will Cole
You’ll almost always find me with a cup of tea in my hand. Green tea is my usual tea of choice due to its various health benefits and caffeine content, which is much-needed during a day seeing patients at my functional medicine clinic. While green tea is a great all-around choice, there is a whole world of tea to explore.
I went into detail in my previous article about the difference between white, green, black, and oolong teas. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different types of teas available.
One type of tea is herbal teas. These are made from a combination of plants, fruits, herbs and spices and are caffeine-free. But what they lack in the caffeine department they make up for with their powerful health benefits. Whatever health problem you are dealing with, chances are there is an herbal tea out there to help your symptoms.
The ones listed here are just a small sampling of all the herbal teas available. I could fill a whole book if I included every type. But let this be your go-to guide for your most common health problems.
So, grab your favorite mug and steep away your health woes – one cup at a time.
Stress + Anxiety.
Chamomile: Chamomile has been shown to help relieve anxiety by promoting relaxation – a perfect tea to sip before bedtime.
Passionflower: This tea can increase GABA, which promotes relaxation and, in turn, can be just as effective as oxazepam for reducing anxiety, according to some studies.
Kava: This herb is a very common natural anti-anxiety remedy.
Rooibos: This tea originates from South Africa and is packed with antioxidants. These help to fight free radical damage that can contribute to skin aging.
Rosehip: This tea also helps fight free radical damage and boosts cell rejuvenation to keep skin looking youthful.
Balanced blood sugar.
Lemon Balm: This helps to regulate insulin production by replenishing the nervous system.
Bilberry: Bilberry contains flavonoids called anthocyanosides that have shown positive results in maintaining blood sugar levels.
Dandelion: While a nuisance to most gardeners this weed helps to flush out toxins through its intensive liver-supporting abilities.
Burdock root: This tea can help remove toxins, specifically heavy metals, through increased fluid excretion due to it’s natural diuretic properties. It can also increase detoxification by giving your lymphatic system a boost.
Red clover: Red clover helps to rid toxins from the lymphatic system, spleen, and liver.
Rooibos: Also known as African red bush tea, rooibos can bring balance to cortisol – your body’s main stress hormone.
Licorice: Keeps your cortisol levels balanced.
Licorice: Deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) licorice helps bring healing to damaged gut lining.
Peppermint: This herb can reduce inflammation and has been shown to help those struggling with IBS.
Slippery elm: This type of elm tree is a known demulcent able to reduce inflammation in the gut which helps to ease symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, IBS, and other digestive problems.
Marshmallow root: No, not the sticky-sweet ingredient to your s’more. This root repairs damaged gut lining and can help heal leaky gut syndrome. It is able to relieve symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn by coating the stomach.
Echinacea: This herb is often found in the cold-and-flu aisle of the pharmacy due to its aniviral and antibacterial properties.
Elderberry: Because of the elder tree’s antimicrobial and antiviral abilities, specifically against the flu, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine once referred to it as his “medicine chest.”
Hibiscus: When you feel a cold coming on, turn to hibiscus which is loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C.
Nettle Leaf: In short, Nfkb is a type of inflammation. Nettle inhibits Nfkb to bring down inflammation in your body.
Rosehips: Rosehips contain a type of anti-inflammatory galactolipid. These work to reduce inflammation in inflammatory-based health problems like rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger: Ginger also inhibits Nfkb to reduce inflammation in addition to inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokines like IL-1 and IL-8.
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