I was born in England, and thanks to the stereotype that the British have adopted, I have naturally developed an intense liking for tea.
Tea, in my humble opinion, is the answer to everything. Feeling sad? I’ll pop the kettle on! Accomplished a lifelong goal? Let’s celebrate with a cuppa’.
Although a good cup of tea is a source of comfort for many, did you know that tea actually has many wonderful healing qualities?
Some General Histor-tea!
Tea’s benefits have been studied and practiced on our Earth for an extremely long time. The origins of Tea start all the way back in China, around 2737BC.
The Legend is that the Shennong, a mythological emperor who was known for farming and herbalism, was enjoying a sunny afternoon to himself. Whilst boiling water to drink, he perched underneath a Camellia Tree. From the tree some leaves were disturbed by the wind and gently floated in the boiling pot, infusing and essentially creating Tea.
Tea has been prominent in the history of other cultures. In ancient China, a promising practitioner in Tea was a human named Lu Yu (Born in 733,) A tea master and writer, who was interested in the healing properties of tea, experimented with herbs whilst living in a Monastery. Legend has it, he once used spring water to brew tea, and found that the cleaner the water was, the greater the quality of the tea, and more significant was the health benefits in humans.
Tea, for a long time, was considered helpful only for its medicinal use, but as time moved on and we grew into a society of mass production and consumption, tea has grown more commercially popular to enjoy socially, rather than for medicinal use.
DIFFERENT HEALING PROPERTIES OF TEA –
Now, here’s the fun part.
Here’s a list of my favourite tea’s, with wonderful health benefits for every human!
Native to Europe and Asia, Peppermint is a popular flavor in modern-day culture. The flavor is often used in toothpaste and mouthwashes, as it helps kill all the bacteria that collects on our teeth. Peppermint has been medically proven to assist in the soothing of stomach cramps, or problems with the bowels. A study showed that was looking into if Peppermint is good medicine to use with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), found that after 4 weeks of consumption, Symptoms of IBS were reduced down by 40%. How cool is that?
Ginger, the great root, is native to Asia, and helps cuisines with a beautiful spice, but what about ginger in tea form? Ginger is said to relieve nausea, indigestion and in some cases, has been proven to reduce swelling and pain from Osteoarthritis, which is the degeneration and tightening of the muscles.
Actors, who are constantly using their voices and body, rely on ginger because it helps reduce the inflammation of the throat. A concoction of fresh ginger, fresh lemon and green tea is a fabulous way to soothe the throat.
Chamomile Tea –
Chamomile, which is practically daisies, has a gentle sweet taste that will soothe your soul. It’s also great for keeping your digestive system flowing and healthy. Chamomile tea can help relax the muscles, ease menstrual cramps, and if you are struggling to sleep at night, Chamomile is proven to reduce stress and give you a good night’s sleep. If you are wanting to relax, this is the tea for you.
Rooibos, which derives from the Aspalathus Linearis is fabulous for keeping blood pressure down, whilst balancing and keeping your cholesterol at a healthy level. Many people say that Roboois is also great for the heart, and it “helps keep hormone levels balanced and inhibits the release of excess hormones from the adrenal gland” . It can also be used on your hair to prevent and get rid of dandruff!
Although herbal tea is wonderful, you have to be careful as some tea companies add unnecessary GMMO and additives to tea’s, with chemicals like ‘dioxin, epichlorohydrin or bleached in chlorine ‘ that are usually activated with hot water. To prevent drinking bad tea, try looking for companies that actively state that they don’t use these chemicals or buying loose tea leaves and a strainer works just as well.
Happy Tea Time,