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Black tea 

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Black tea  is originated from regular tea. Tea grows from the plant named Camellia Sinensis. Most countries prefer black tea to green tea. The difference between black tea and green or white tea is the way that it is processed. During the processing stage, black tea is fermented and oxidized, which gives it the unique color, flavor, and health benefits that are so widely known.

Nutritional Value: Plain black tea is rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols and also has minimal contents of sodium, proteins, and carbohydrates. The other compounds found in black tea, namely theaflavins and thearubigens, are positively loaded with health benefits, in addition to giving the tea its dark color and unique flavor.

Health Benefits:

1.The regular consumption of black tea can help repair coronary artery dysfunctions of heart, therefore it may decrease risk of contracting many cardiovascular diseases.

  1. Black tea has a healing effect on intestinal disorders due to the presence of tannins such as diarrhea.
  2. Black tea is extremely beneficial for asthmatic patients, as it expands the air passage, thereby allowing patients to breathe more easily.
  3. Black tea is rich in abundant tannins and other chemicals that have a positive and relaxing effect on the digestive system of human body. This anti-inflammatory quality of black tea is also helpful for curing digestive disorders.
  4. Black tea can reduce their bad cholesterol levels which are responsible for heart strokes and fatal attacks.
  5. The presence of theaflavins in black tea destroys abnormal cells in the body before they cause any major damage or change into cancerous cells.
  6. Lower risk of diabetes.

Uses:  a moderate level (i.e 1-2 cups a day)

Caution: Black tea is also known to cause acidity issues in the stomach. Therefore, do not get addicted to black tea. Furthermore, avoid drinking tea after lunch or dinner, as it may lead to poor digestion, whereas at other points in the day, it can promote healthy digestion.

 

Chai tea

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Chai tea is a combination of spices with tea and milk that makes a delicious, healthy beverage. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, chai tea comes from Ayurvedic medicine and can be created with different recipes. All the recipes use health-promoting spices.

Ayurvedic medicine, also called Ayurveda, works with each individual’s constitution; and, traditionally, chai tea recipes are tailored to the constitution of each individual. Chai is made using different formulas, depending on the region where it is being consumed, but there are a number of standard ingredients: black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper. Milk, which is almost always part of chai tea, enhances the taste and makes it a richer, more satisfying beverage, but it isn’t necessary for the health benefits. People with lactose intolerance can use soymilk or rice milk.

Nutritional Value: 16oz per serving: Cholesterol 20mg (7%), Sodium 115mg (5%), Total carbs 45 000mg (15%) Fat 4 500mg (7%), Saturated fat 2mg (10%), Vitamin A   8%. Iron 2%, Caffeine 95 mg. 

Health Benefits:

  1. Many of the component herbs in chai tea are considered powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
  2. Chai tea is chock-full of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  3. Chai tea is traditionally taken after meals, due to its digestive-boosting effects.
  4. Chai tea provides a robust, satisfying beverage that can substitute for some of your daily coffee consumption. Caffeinated tea has less caffeine than coffee, and decaffeinated tea has almost none. Having chai instead of coffee provides health benefits and satisfies the taste buds.
  5. It helps fight the symptoms of depression.
  6. It strengthens the immune system.
  7. The blood sugar levels in the body are controlled due to chai tea. Due to this, type 2 diabetes can easily be prevented.

Uses: The main ingredients which you require for the preparation of chai tea are 1 tsp sugar or 1/4 tsp honey, 1 tsp cardamom seeds, 3 cups milk, 5 cup water, 10 cloves, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.To make chai tea, with the help of a string, attach cloves, cardamom and cinnamon with each other. Caution: caffeine content in chai tea is too much, dizziness, nausea, Iron deficiency and restlessness can be caused & dangers for breastfeeding and pregnant women.

 

Chamomile

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Chamomile is basically herb that originates from a blooming plant from the daisy gang. Both the new and dried blossoms of chamomile have been utilized to make teas for quite a long time to cure various wellbeing issues.

Nutritional Value: Carbohydrate 2.4(10.0 kJ), Vitamin A 47.4 IU (1%), Folate 2.4mcg (1%). Choline 0.9mg, Calcium 4.7mg, Iron 0.2mg (1%), Magnesium 2.4mg (1%), Potassium 21.3mg (1%), Sodium 2.4mg, Zinc 0.1mg (1%), Manganese 0.1mg (5%),  Fluoride 30.8mcg.

Health Benefits:

  1. Chamomile tea is regularly effective at treating stomach crumps on the grounds that it attempts to mitigate the stomach in distinctive ways.
  2. Chamomile is a known herb for therapeutic use in anxious issue like nervousness, crabbiness and even sleep deprivation or insomnia treatment.
  3. Chamomile tea has been known as a relieving solution for menstrual spasms for a long time.
  4. Chamomile tea is awesome for rashes and unfavorable susceptibilities.
  5. Chamomile tea calms ulcers in the stomach.
  6. Chamomile tea benefits for healthy skin and hair
  7. Chamomile tea can battle against skin inflammation scars and wipe out through its anxiolytic and cancer prevention agent properties and boost immune system.
  1. Chamomile tea has been utilized for a considerable length of time as a skin lightener. It tightens your pores, mollify your skin and when utilized reliably more than two to three week period, will blur spots and pimple inflammation scars.
  2. Chamomile tea is discovered to be exceptionally successful in alleviating skin bothering and sunburns when connected topically on skin surface.
  3. Chamomile tea is that its tea packs can be utilized to treat dark circles under eyes, reduce swelling, skin moisturizer, etc.

Uses: Prepare your Chamomile Tea and drink it 3 to 4 glass of tea a day. Heat up 10 ounces water for each one glass of tea that you need to make.Measure 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile blooms or 4 tablespoons of crisp chamomile blossoms, for every 8 ounces of water that you bubbled. At the point when measuring the blossoms, whether dried or new, pack the measuring spoon hard. Reduction or expand the degree of chamomile blossoms to water, for a weaker or stronger tea.

 

Dandelion

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Dandelion tea can be one of two different beverages: an infusion made of the plant’s leaves, or one made of roasted dandelion roots. Both are considered safe and are used for a variety of purposes.

Nutritional Value: This humble backyard herb provides (%of RDA/100g)- 9% of dietary fiber, 19% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), 20% of Riboflavin, 58% of vitamin C, 338% of vitamin A, 649% of vitamin K, 39% of iron and 19% of calcium.

Health Benefits:

  1. certain chemical compounds in fresh dandelion greens, flower tops, and roots are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
  2. It helps reduce weight and control cholesterol levels in the blood.
  3. Vitamin A in dandelion is an important fat-soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and vision.
  4. Its leaves packed with numerous health benefiting flavonoids such as carotene-ß, carotene-a, lutein, crypto-xanthin and zea-xanthn. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenes) help human body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Zeaxanthin supposed to possess photo-filtering functions and therfore, may help protect retina from harmful UV rays.
  5. It has mineral components can help regulate heart rate and blood pressure, essential for red blood cell production and used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  6. Dandelion contains Vitamin-K which has a potential role in bone strengthening by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

Uses: Perhaps one of the most important facts about dandelion tea is that it’s easy to find and make. Just make sure the plants have not been treated with any chemicals before harvesting them. Also, harvest the plants when they are young, preferably. After cleaning and preparing the plant, pour hot water over the top of greens or roasted and ground roots, steep, strain, and enjoy!

 

Ginger and cinnamon

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The combination of ginger and cinnamon is a quite powerful one, and this tea is designed to help you detox. You’ll often find healthy ingredients like this combined together, especially when their flavors complement each other. In this case ginger and cinnamon are both rather harsh flavors, and there’s no sugar or sweetener used in this recipe to offset this. If it combined with tea, the benefit can be leveled up.

Nutritional Value: Cinnamon is well regarded because of its antioxidant properties. It also contains calcium, manganese, iron and dietary fiber. Ginger is known for its anti viral properties and can help with digestion and many others. As for tea with anti oxidants and flavanoid, etc.

Health Benefits:

  1. Cinnamon can help fight off diabetes.
  2. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which make them effective in protecting the heart against damage and infection, particularly in the arteries when they end up clogged by fatty foods. Cinnamon is also regarded for its ability to fight off bad cholesterol thereby preventing heart diseases.
  3. Cinnamon also has a powerful effect in the brain function. It can help improve metal alertness. It has soothing properties as well that can calm the nerves.
  4. Cinnamon also contains effective properties in relieving the common cold and flu especially when it is combined with ginger. The mixture can help by stimulating circulation. Such ability is also helpful with arthritic pain and muscle aches.
  5. Ginger is known to help bring relief to nausea.
  6. Ginger can also bring comfort to individuals who are stricken by arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. With cinnamon and ginger combined, pain is less likely to be suffered.
  7. Because of its anti-viral properties, ginger is also an effective aid to the immune system. With this ability, ginger can help the body withstand the many threats of various diseases.

The powerful combination of cinnamon and ginger with tea can be used to treat, relieve and prevent certain health conditions. It is then strongly recommended for individuals to consider these as natural remedies to fight off medical conditions.

Uses: (For One Cup) 1.25 cups of cold water, 1/2 of a 3 inch Cinnamon stick 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger and (optional)1 teaspoon honey with tea daily dosage accordingly.

 

Greek mountain tea

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Greek mountain tea (pronounced “Tsy-Too-VooNoo” in Greek, accent on the “voo”) is made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the native Sideritis plant which grows throughout the mountainous regions of Greece at very high elevations – typically over 3,000 feet. Greek Mountain Tea is also known as Shepherd’s Tea, because Greek shepherds would use the herb to make tea while tending their flocks high in the mountains.

Nutritional Value: Its tiny pale yellow flowers, light green buds and silvery leaves is known for its high levels of antioxidants and contains large amounts of essential oils and a broad range of other phyto-nutrients including flavonoids, polyphenols, terpenoids, diterpenoids, triterpenoids, alkaloids, sterols, caffeic acid and quercetin. And within these classes of phyto-nutrients exist a broad range of compounds. For example, flavanoids are a type or class of phyo-nutrient and within that class the Sideritis plant contains twenty-four known compounds such as hyplaetin, luteolin and isoscutelarin.   

Health Benefits:

  1. Sideritis species plants were shown to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-spasmodic properties. They were rich in a number of natural antioxidants, including flavonoids, and almost all species also contained essential oils.
  2. Extracts made from Sideritis helped lower blood pressure levels while helping blood vessels to relax.
  3. Taking an oral dose of Greek mountain tea led to less inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, likely due to the presence of phenols and antioxidants found naturally in the plant.
  4. May help in treatment for cardiovascular conditions.

Uses: Place around six to eight 2-inch pieces of the plant into boiling water and lower the heat, allowing it to simmer for five to 10 minutes depending on how strong you like the tea. Greek mountain tea has an earthy taste and, if you use the flowers, a slight floral scent. For dried tea leaves or tea bags, add about 2 tablespoons, or a third of a tea bag, into a teapot and fill with boiling water, letting steep for five to 10 minutes. You can add honey as well as milk or lemon to flavor the tea.

 

Green tea

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Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation applied when processing Camellia sinensis into oolong tea and black tea. Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia.

Nutritional Value: Green tea is an exceptionally good source of antioxidants and alkaloids. It contains various vitamins like A, D, E, C, B, B5, H and K.It is a rich source of Manganese and has many other beneficial minerals as Zinc, Chromium and Selenium. The most important active component in green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is many times a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C or vitamin E. It contains caffeine, but the caffeine content of green tea is very low compared to other sources of caffeine.

Health Benefits:

  1. It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. One of the more powerful compounds in it is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases.
  2. Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter.
  3. Green tea increases fat burning and improves physical performance.
  4. Antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk of various types of cancer.
  5. Green tea may protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  6. Green tea can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection.
  7. Green tea may lower your risk of type II diabetes.
  8. Green Tea may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  9. Green tea can help you lose weight and lower your risk of becoming obese.
  10. Green tea may decrease your risk of dying and help you live longer

Uses: Green tea is a hydrating calorie-free beverage whose consumption is recommended up to eight cups per day. The sugar will not destroy the nutrients in green tea. Green tea can be used for cook; it is often used as herb for flavoring food.It can be found as an ice cream flavor.Green tea is a natural odor absorber and has natural anti-bacterial properties. So, we can use it in our cat litter box to reduce the odor. Green tea leaves also repel fleas.

 

Jasmine tea

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Jasmine tea is not considered an “herbal tea”, because it is actually normal tea (green, white, black, or oolong) that is flavored with jasmine flowers to create the unique scent and taste. Jasmine tea first appears in official records during the Song Dynasty, which ended in the 13th Century A.D., but at that time, it was mainly reserved for royalty. Jasmine tea may have originally come from Persia, through India, along with the cultural exportation of Buddhism to China.

Nutritional Value: The most notable high antioxidants found in jasmine tea are catechins. 

Health Benefits:

1.  Catechins in jasmine tea have been shown to be integral in preventing certain serious diseases in the body.

2. The catechins found in jasmine tea makes blood pressure and cholesterol levels decrease, and long-term threats like heart disease can be prevented.

3. Jasmine tea has been shown to reduce risks of breast cancer, lung cancer, and many others.

4. Jasmine tea can be very helpful in preventing or treating diabetes.

5. The smell of jasmine have a parasympathetic response to the odor, and their body releases chemicals that allow them to naturally relax or improve their mood.

6. Jasmine tea has been shown to protect the immune systems of frequent users due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

7. One of the other positive effects of jasmine tea is the reduction in chronic discomfort associated with joint pain and arthritis.

8. Jasmine tea can be a good addition to any diet as an aid to weight loss.

9. Jasmine tea may also provide relief in cough, cold and throat infections.

Uses: Jasmine tea is usually best steeped with filtered water that is around 190 degrees Fahrenheit (simmering, not boiling). Three minutes is usually plenty. About one teaspoon per cup of loose-leaf jasmine tea is good, but you can use less tea or more water if you are brewing jasmine pearls (which only take a few pearls per cup) or jasmine flowering tea (one “flower” is enough for a large mug or whole pot of tea).

 

Jiaogulan tea

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Jiaogulan tea is a climbing vine native to China, Japan and Korea. As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, it is related to the watermelon, cucumber, pumpkin and other melons and gourds.This plant has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, it is known locally as the “herb of immortality” and “Southern Ginseng.” These nicknames likely stem from the Guizhou Province.

Nutritional Value: Jiaogulan is one of the best broad-spectrum adaptogenic herbs known, containing polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, flavones, saponins and many essential trace elements.Jiaogulan contains 84 beneficial saponins – three times more than ginseng, yet it has no side-effects.

Health Benefits:

  1. It regulates blood fat, lowers cholesterol level, helps to build immunity, delays the aging process, prevents cells from turning cancerous and prevents arteriosclerosis.
  2. It is great for rectifying high cholesterol and obesity problems, it can also improve and strengthen the digestion, allowing an underweight person to increase absorption of nutrients and gain weight in the form of lean muscle mass.This regulatory effect on bodily functions is the hallmark of an adaptogen.
  3. Jiaogulan prevents cells from turning cancerous and also inhibits the growth of tumors already formed by stimulating the body’s immune system cells.
  4. Highly effective in reducing the side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy by boosting the immune system.
  5. It increased endurance during strong physical activity, and more rapid recovery afterwards.

Uses: Very safe for long-term use. Make the tea with hot boiled water for 3 minutes, 2-3 tea bags daily. The tea has no side-effects, no over dose effects.

 

Matcha tea

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Matcha tea is grown only in Japan, where local farmers cultivate it by traditional methods, from growing to grinding. Matcha Source matcha is farmed by the Yahagi river whose micro-climate and misty fog air make for ideal growing conditions. Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan. It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years.

Nutritional Value: Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. It has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. Sugar-free, gluten-free and certified kosher.

Health Benefits:

  1. Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  2. Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  3. Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  4. Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  5. Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  6. Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  7. Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  8. Prevents disease
  9. Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Uses: Matcha is versatile and flexible. Originally consumed as a tea with water, matcha is now a popular ingredient in mixed beverages such as morning smoothies, green tea lattes and more. 

 

Mint

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Mint, also known as mentha, is actually a genus or group of around 15-20 plant species, including peppermint and spearmint. Its leaves are used either fresh or dried for teas and food.

Nutritional Value: Mint contains small amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A and high antioxidant capacity.

Health Benefits:

  1. Mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid which has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms, revealing a promising natural treatment.
  2. Mint contains menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel. Menthol also has a cooling effect and can help relieve a sore throat.
  3. Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (and which may also support healthy cholesterol levels)
  4. Mint tea specifically peppermint, can relieve bad breath caused by smoking, drinking alcohol or eating onions or garlic.
  5. Peppermint tea has a cool, refreshing flavor and an invigorating aroma that can help drivers stay alert, focused and less anxious.

Uses: Pour hot water over mint leaves and steep for 5-6 minutes for homemade mint tea. Try using chocolate mint leaves for a twist.

 

Oolong tea

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The origins of oolong tea date back almost 400 years, when it found wide usage in China. It is a semi-green fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their color.

Nutritional Value: It is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. Additionally, it contains folic acid, niacin amide and other detoxifying alkaloids. It is developed in semi-fermented processing, providing the oolong tea with numerous polyphenolic compounds, adding even more valuable health benefits to oolong tea. Oolong tea also contains caffeine and theophylline and theobromine which are similar to caffeine which on consumption may stimulate nervous system.

Health Benefits:

1.The polyphenol compound found in oolong tea is very effective in controlling the metabolism of fat in the body. It activates certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body. It is commonly believed that daily consumption of oolong tea can reduce obesity.

  1. The polyphenolic compound in oolong tea is also responsible for the removal of free radicals in our body. It can help people from the potential harm that these free-moving cells often pose to the human body, including cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, neuro degeneration, and diabetes.
  2. Many believe that the polyphenols present in oolong tea also work as anti-allergenic compounds, thereby relieving irritation and chronic skin problems, known as atopic dermatitis.
  3. The antioxidants present in oolong tea protect teeth against decay, strengthen the bone structure, prevent osteoporosis, and promote normal, healthy growth of the human body.
  4. Oolong tea is used as an herbal brew for treating type-2 diabetic disorders and as an addition to other supplementary drugs for treating that disease.
  5. It has Anti-cancer properties, specifically for skin, stomach cancers. Promote better stress management and mental performance and health.

Uses: Drink several cups of oolong tea a day, because it might be the best kind of tea for improving your health and is also a delicious and relaxing treat.

Caution: oolong tea tends to be very high in caffeine.

 

Red guanyin tea

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Red guanyin tea or Tie guan yin, also referred to as ti kuan yin and called “yinyun” in Chinese, is a type of oolong tea set apart by its flowery fragrance reminiscent of orchids. Cultivated in the Fujian province, tie guan yin tea is a premium variety, harvested by hand from high altitude tea orchards and is the oolong tea of choice among the Chinese. Natural plant nutrients, such as antioxidants, are preserved in this semi-oxidized tea providing several health and lifestyle benefits.

Nutritional Value: Tie Guan Yin tea contains water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and B vitamins.Tie Guan Yin tea contains up to 360 mg or mor of vitamin C.Tie Guan Yin also contains an array of B vitamins such as B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Pantothenic Acid), B5 (Nicotinic Acid), and B11 (Folic Acid). Tie Guan Yin tea contains a large amount of zinc and iron. The high quality Tie Guan Yin tea on average contains 73 micrograms of zinc per gram. Tie Guan Yin tea’s average iron content is 123 micrograms. High in anti-oxidants properties.

Health Benefits:

1. Vitamin C in guan yin tea, also known as ascorbic acid, can improve the body’s resistance and immunity.

2. B vitamins in it are necessary for your body’s energy, metabolism, immune system, and nervous system.

3. These minerals contained in guan yin play an important role in physiological function.

4. It is believed that antioxidants in it may play a role in preventing cancer and heart disease as well as detour premature aging at a cellular level.

Uses:  5 grams of dried leaves plus 150 ml water boiled in temperature of 205° F for 2 minutes to prepare this tea.

 

Rooibos tea

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Rooibos tea comes from Rooibos (pronounced roy-bose). Rooibos in Afrikaans means red bush. Born in the jungles of South Africa there lives a plant resembling a broom. Its leaves form healing teas and can heal skin problems. The scientific name for Rooibos is: Aspalathus linearis. The plant closely resembles a broom and is a member of the legume family. The leaves are oxidized, producing the red color, which gives it a somewhat nutty flavor. When green, the leaves are not oxidized and have a grassy, malty type flavor.

Nutritional Value: Rooibos contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. It also contains fluoride, polyphenols. quercetin and luteolin. The leaves of the plant have alpha hydroxy and flavonoid.

Health Benefits:

  1. Prevents DNA damage.
  2. Cardiovascular protection through ACE inhibition.
  3. Suppresses fasting glucose levels.
  4. Improves glucose uptake and insulin secretion after a meal.
  5. Aids in liver tissue regeneration.

6  Lowers blood pressure.

  1. Inhibits lipid peroxidation and brain aging.
  2. Rooibos extract improves immune defects such as HIV.
  3. Help build strong bones and teeth.
  4. It has anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. All of those long words means cancer-fighting properties as well as immune system strengtheners, one thing which is known to help with anti-cancer treatments.

Uses: Use 1 tsp or 2.3g of tea leaves for every 8oz (1 cup) of water.

Caution: Despite all of these health benefits of rooibos tea, there can be a downside for some people. Since rooibos is so powerful, it can interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients. Also, rooibos has shownestrogenic activities in certain studies, so it might not be a good idea to use if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. Finally, if you have existing kidney or liver conditions, rooibos might be more harmful than helpful. It should be used as a preventative measure for these conditions, not a cure. 

Organic herbs

Herb sage

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Herb sage is an evergreen perennial shrub commonly seen all over the Mediterranean and south-eastern Europe (Balkan) regions. Botanically, it belongs to the family of Lamiaceae, in the genus, Salvia. Scientific name: Salvia officinalis. Sage Tea or infusion of Sage is a valuable agent in the delirium of fevers and in the nervous excitement frequently accompanying brain and nervous diseases.

Nutritional Value: This herb is exceptionally very rich source of several B-complex groups of vitamins, such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine and riboflavin many times higher than the recommended daily levels. It contains very good amounts of vitamin-A and beta-carotene levels. Fresh sage leaves are a good source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C; contain 32.4 or 54% of RDA. Sage herb parts, whether fresh or dried, are rich sources of minerals like potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium. It also contains a complete essential oils compositions.

Health Benefits:

  1. Sage tea may help protect against some forms of cancer. Phenolic compounds in sage provided antioxidant benefits that protected DNA from damage in colon and other human cells in the tissue culture study. Sage extract also promoted prompt repair of DNA.
  2. Antioxidant effects of sage tea may improve liver function.
  3. Other symptoms of menopause, including psychological and urinary symptoms, also decreased after consuming sage tea.
  4. Sage tea may help reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
  5. Sage is also used internally in the treatment of night sweats, excessive salivation (as in Parkinson’s disease), profuse perspiration (as in TB), anxiety and depression. Externally, it is used to treat insect bites, skin, throat, mouth and gum infections and vaginal discharge.

Uses: Pour eight ounces of boiling water over ten large, fresh, sage leaves (or a heaping teaspoon of dried sage). Steep for five minutes and strain.

Caution: Sage tea may cause uterine contractions, and you should not use it if you are pregnant. Large doses of sage may cause seizures and dizziness or rapid heartbeat. It also lowers blood sugar levels. Use it only under the supervision of your doctor if you are diabetic.

 

Lemon verbena

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Although lemon verbena is native to South America, it has largely become a globally accessible plant and herb due to its powerful medicinal effects and qualities as a food additive. Scientifically known as Aloysia citrodora, another common name besides lemon verbena is lemon beebrush. The plant itself is a perennial shrub that has a powerful lemony scent that intensifies when the leaves and flowers are touched or bruised.The most common use of lemon verbena ia as an herbal tea. The leaves can be dried and then steeped for a powerful boost to many of your organ systems and metabolic processes.

Nutritional Value: Verbena contains hundreds of organic chemicals such as terpenoids, volatile oils, flavonoids and phenloic acids. The most abundant flavonoid in lemon verbena is luteolin. luteolin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor properties and is a powerful free radical scavenger. Other bioflavonoids in this plant include artemitin, hesperidin and vitexin. The volatile oils are made up primarily of citral, citronellal and linalool.

Health Benefits:

1.The important metabolic effects of lemon verbena tea can help to increase fat-burning by optimizing various bodily processes and promote weight loss.

  1. Lemon verbena tea as an exercise supplement, research has shown that the high antioxidant potential decreases damage done to the muscles during the workout, without inhibiting your body’s development of additional muscle mass and increased stamina.
  2. Lemon verbena has been directly linked with reduced joint pain and aching, and faster recovery times for joint-related injuries, primarily due (once again) to the impressive antioxidant performance of this unassuming little herb.
  3. Lemon verbena supplementation with lowered oxidative stress levels and better overall health of the body, evidence by a decisive increase in white blood cells, the first line of defense for our immune system.
  4. This herbal preparation has anti-spasmodic qualities that help it calm the stomach and eliminate cramping and bloating, which can lead to discomfort and more serious gastrointestinal issues, and many other benefits.

Uses: Place four leaves in a cup of boiling water, let it stand for five minutes, stir, strain and enjoy.

Caution: Despite this generally positive portrayal of lemon verbena, some people do suffer from mild dermatitis as a mild allergic response. Also, if you suffer from kidney disease, lemon verbena’s active ingredients could potentially worsen the condition, so avoid use.

 

White tea

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White tea may have originated in china. With changing dynasties of china in the past the production of white also changed. The modern process that is used emerged in 1700, with time various types of white tea were created using selected type of tea bushes. And after many years the exportation of white tea from china began.

Nutritional Value: White tea contains tannins, fluoride and flavonoids such as catechins and polyphenols. These are responsible for the various health benefits that white tea provides.

Health Benefits:

  1. Antioxidant and anti-aging properties: White tea contains polyphenols which helps in of neutralizing these free radicals making them less destructive to the body. White tea may increase antioxidant effects of organs as well as plasma. White tea extracts with its anti-oxidant properties help in cell neuro-protection. White tea with its antioxidant property may also reduce the risk of premature aging.
  2. Healthy and youthful skin: White tea also helps in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Use of white tea is recommended due to its antioxidant properties which help in quick repair and recovery of damaged skin. It is also beneficial in protecting skin against effects of ultraviolet light.
  3. Health benefits of white tea include improvement in oral health.
  4. White tea may be beneficial in preventing cancer such as lung cancer.
  5. Intake of white tea may provide relief to diabetic people from symptoms such as excessive thirst (polydipsia), decrease plasma glucose levels and increase insulin secretion.
  6. Consumption of white tea rich in flavonoids may reduce the risk of various cardiovascular disorders.
  7. White tea has antibacterial properties which can protect our skin from bacteria and other germs.
  8. Intake of white tea may prevent adipogenesis, the process of formation of fat cells and also known as adipogenesis and may control the life cycle of these fat cells called as adipocytes.

Uses: the intake of around 2to 4 cups of white tea has numerous health benefits as compared to consumption of a single cup once in a while. White tea is better when bought and brewed in form of loose leaves Consuming tea brewed from these leaves guarantees the existence of nutrients in their actual form.

 

Yerba mate tea

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Yerba mate tea is a South American beverage made by steeping the ground leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant. It is a species of the holly family (Aquifoliaceae), with the botanical name Ilex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil. Yerba mate is widely known as the source of the beverage called mate (Portuguese: chimarrão, tererê/tereré and other variations). It is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America, particularly Argentina, Bolivia, southern and center-western Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Chile.

Nutritional Value: Yerba mate contains a variety of polyphenols such as the flavonoids quercetin and rutin.It also contains three xanthines: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, the main one being caffeine. Not to mention elements such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese. In an investigation of mate antioxidant activity, there was a correlation found between content of caffeoyl-derivatives and antioxidant capacity (AOC). Amongst a group of Ilex species, Ilex paraguariensis antioxidant activity was the highest.

Health Benefits:

  1. Yerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it’s got about 90% more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate has significant immune boosting properties. It can slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood and prevent many types of cancer. Yerba mate also helps reduce stress and insomnia.
  2. Enhances your ability to focus and physical endurance.
  3. Yerba mate aids digestion by stimulating increased production of bile and other gastric acids. Yerba mate helps keep your colon clean for effective and efficient waste elimination, and helps reduce the stomach bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.
  4. Helps you control your Weight.
  5. Supports cardiovascular health.

Uses: The leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant are dried, typically over a fire, and steeped in hot water to make an herbal tea. If yerba mate is your cup of tea, enjoy it in moderation.

Caution: Yerba mate isn’t likely to pose a risk for healthy adults who occasionally drink it. However, some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus and lungs. Smoking in combination with yerba mate seems to greatly increase the cancer risk.