Healing Teas have been consumed for thousands of years for their healing benefits. The research into the health benefits of tea can be traced back about 4700 years ago in China. One of the first books wrote on the research of healing teas was "The Divine Farmer's Herb-Root Classic" by emperor Shennong. In his book he claimed that Camellia Sinensis (the plant tea is made out of) infusions could be useful for treating conditions such as tumors, abscesses, bladder ailments, and lethargy. Some healing teas have also been found to be helpful for atherosclerosis, regulating cholesterol, prevent and help heal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, controlling diabetes, liver disease, weight loss, neurodegenerative diseases, relaxing, natural energy, skin health, detoxification of the body, allergies and halitosis among many others.
Healing teas contain various types of polyphenols. The polyphenols in tea have been shown to reduce inflammation of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). The effect is linked to tea’s ability to interrupt the domino effect of inflammatory reactions that are the cause of IBD. Researchers at the University of Illinois have also found that the polyphenols in tea help inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath. A group of University of Louisville researchers have reported that tea polyphenols can fend off the cognitive deficits that occur with sleep apnea. The Polyphenols found in healing teas are also thought to help lower the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream and help stop the formation of blood clots
The term "tea" is usually used to describe many mixtures of leaves, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Most of these fall under the label herbal teas but are not really teas but tisane or ptisan. These infusions do not contain any Camellia Sinensis. Some more popular herbal teas are Chamomile, Hibiscus, Mate, Mint, Rooibos, St. Johns Wort, and various teas of fruit flavor. It has been said that herbal teas have been consumed for their healing properties even longer than Camellia Sinensis tea has been.
Healing Teas For Weight Loss
Green tea has been shown to fight obesity making it the most used weight loss tea. A Dutch study, showed that participants who drank caffeinated green tea lost more weight, but even those who typically drank the decaf variety saw a decrease in their waistlines and body weight. Researchers speculated that the caffeine helps with fat oxidation. In the Japanese study, 240 men and women were given varying amounts of green tea extract for three months. Those who got the highest amount lost the most fat and weight. Oolong teas are commonly used weight loss tea because they have been shown to help boost your metabolism. Oolong tea also has many polymerized polyphenols, which have been proven to activate enzymes that cause fat-burning effects.
Healing Teas For Sleeping
Chamomile is the most commonly used sleepytime tea and is well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Valerian is also added to many herbal tea blends to help aid in sleep. Many people use sleepytime tea as a natural alternative to drugs to help fall asleep at night, or just relax any time of the day. According to a study by researchers at University College London, drinking black tea can lead to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a stressful event. Fifty minutes after being subjected to challenging tasks, subjects who had been drinking 4 cups of black tea daily for 6 weeks, had a 20% greater drop in cortisol than the placebo group. Blood platelet activation, which is linked to blood clotting and the risk of heart attacks was also lower for tea drinkers.
Healing Teas For Energy
Mate teas is the most widely used energy tea among tea drinkers because its leaves give three naturally occurring stimulants caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. They have about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, but have been said to give you the energy of coffee without the jitters that can go with it. With the rich Mate flavor it is a lot of times the healing tea of choice for coffee drinkers. Although black teas generally don't have as much caffeine as coffee they have one of the higher concentration of caffeine of the teas which make them great energy teas.
Healing Teas For Allergies
Rooibos Tea is well known for having anti-allergic properties. Rooibos has within it many bioflavonoids, including Rutin and Quercetin, which help block allergy-causing histamines. Rooibos is also very high in many different vitamins and minerals, which can help to boost your defenses against allergies.
Healing Teas For Skin Care
White and green teas are a great way to promote healthy skin, and help your complexion. White and green tea can help reduce lines and wrinkles in your skin by promoting the hydration of your cells. If you pay attention you will notice that there are a lot of skin care products that will include these teas in their formula because of the high antioxidant content in them has anti-aging qualities.
Healing Teas To Fight Cancer
Numerous studies suggest that green tea protects against a range of cancers, including lung, prostate and breast cancer. The reason cited is the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), according to a team at Kyushu University. Their research showed that growth of human lung cancer cells with a cell receptor called 67 LR is slowed significantly after drinking just two or three cups of green tea, which contains EGCG. A study at Taiwan's Chung Shan Medical University found that people who drank at least one cup of green tea per day were five times less likely to develop lung cancer than those who did not. Several case control studies suggest an inverse relation between green tea consumption and gastric cancer.
Healing Teas For Detox
Detox tea has been used for years because it can help aid in removing toxins from the body and is high in antioxidants that can fight the free radicals that cause havoc on the cells of your body. Detox teas usually have herbs mixed in their blend because of the great cleansing properties that some of them have. Dandelion is used to help cleanse the liver, licorice root helps with heart and spleen health, and juniper berry will help with kidney function. Burdock aids to purify the blood while a cleansing blend called trikatu, which is ginger, black pepper and long pepper) aids with blood flow.
Healing Teas To Aid Digestion (Calm The Stomach)
Many healing teas have been used to aid digestion, and some infusions add aloe to help aid digestion. Mints have been used in herbal teas and added to regular healing teas for their calming effects on the stomach. Peppermint is very well known to help calm the stomach.