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02/2014
Lifestyle

Herbal Teas to Add to your Grocery List

Herbal Tea 250Herbal teas are renowned for their benefits but what do they benefit? What herbal teas affect what part of the body?

Herbal teas are infusions made from mixtures of dried leaves, barks, fruits, flowers, or other botanical elements that give them their taste and provide their benefits. It may consist of one main herbal ingredient or a blend of many. It all depends on what specific purpose it was designed to bring. Each one has a specific and unique therapeutic or medicinal advantage. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Allspice – helps to soothe the common cold and relieves upset stomachs
  • Anise seed – aids digestion and freshens the breath.  It can also soothe a cough and improve bronchitis.
  • Chamomile – calms the nerves and is also said to be an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic
  • Chrysanthemum – reduces body heat resulting from fever, helps protect against liver damage and neutralizes toxins.
  • Cinnamon – helps to support healthy circulation and digestion.
  • Ginseng – stimulates vitality and helps the body stay healthy.
  • Ginger root – improves circulation, digestion, nausea, lung congestion, and arthritis.
  • Hawthorne – strengthens the heart and increases blood flow.
  • Lemongrass – releases stress and calms the nerves.
  • Parsley – helps with kidney function and is used as a diuretic.
  • Peppermint – aids with stomach and digestive issues, freshens the breath and is good for stress relief.
  • Red Clover – used as a medicine for menopausal symptoms, cancer, mastitis, joint disorders, asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis and eczema. However, it is not to be given to children, pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Rose hips – used as remedy for fatigue, colds, and cough, are a liver, kidney, and blood tonic, and are a good  and a natural source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids
  • Sarsaparilla – promotes energy and healthy skin.
  • Slippery elm – helps to relieve stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems.

So next time you’re in the tea aisle at your local grocery store be sure to check out their selection and stock up.