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Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage around the world after water. People have been known to consume herbal teas for as long as they have known how to heat water. Unlike green, black, and oolong teas, herbal teas have been made from virtually any plant, and from any part of the plant, including the roots, flowers, seeds, berries, or bark.
There are some herbs, such as echinacea, ginkgo leaf, saw palmetto, and milk thistle, that are NOT effective at healing when taken in tea form because their active components are not water soluble, and the concentration needed for the medical potency is so high it can be obtained only from an extract, pill, or capsule.
Different herbal teas, have their own distinctive healing uses and are very good for revealing mild to moderate ailments such as upset stomach, sore throat, coughs, stuffy nose, and insomnia.

BLACK TEA 
  • It undergoes natural fermentation and retains its flavour for several years.
  • It is a strong antioxidant and it helps improve heart health.
  • It lowers blood sugar and raises insulin levels after a meal as it stimulates the pancreas to release more insulin.
  • It lowers ovarian cancer risk.
  • It improves the strength of your bones.
  • It helps reduce stomach ulcers.
  • The polyphenols in black tea help lower the risk of Parkinson’s  and Alzheimer’s disease
Note 
  • If consumed in large amount then the tannins in black tea can cause constipation.
  • Excessive consumption can also cause anxiety, faster breathing, increased heart rate, restlessness, insomnia, frequent urination and diarrhoea.
  • Due to its high caffeine content, large amounts of black tea can cause seizures or may decrease the effectiveness of drugs that help prevent seizures.
  • It can increase eye pressure and its consumption should be avoided by glaucoma patients.

CHAMOMILE TEA
  • It reduces inflammation, stimulates the appetite and aids digestion and sleep.
  • It acts as a diuretic and nerve tonic.
  • It is helpful for colitis, diverticulosis, fever, headaches and pain.
  • It is good for easing menstrual cramps.
  • It is a traditional remedy for stress and anxiety, indigestion and insomnia.
  • It is useful as a mouthwash for minor mouth and gum infection.
  • It also helps fight diabetes.
Note
  • Do not use if pregnant or nursing.
  • It may interact with warfarin or cyclosporine, so patients taking these drugs should avoid it.

GREEN TEA 
  • It boosts immunity and metabolic rate and aids weight loss.
  • It acts as an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agent. 
  • It may help prevent cancer. 
  • Green tea can help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. 
Note
  •  It contains vitamin K which can make anticoagulant medication less effective as it reduces the clotting tendency of blood.
  • It contains caffeine so pregnant women or nursing mothers and people with anxiety issues, heart issues and those who are sensitive to caffeine may want to limit their intake of green tea.
  • The caffeine in green tea could cause insomnia, anxiety, upset stomach, nausea or diarrhea.

WHITE TEA
  • Its antioxidants may reduce the risk of premature aging and protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation.
  • It inhibits the growth of various bacteria that may cause plaque formation. The fluoride content found in this tea may also be effective in reducing the risk of dental caries or tooth decay/cavity.
  • It may be beneficial in preventing cancer especially cancer of the lungs.
Note
  •  If taken in large amounts it can cause insomnia, dizziness and gastrointestinal discomfort due to its caffeine content.

HIBISCUS TEA
  • It can help reduce blood pressure because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It helps lower ‘’bad’’ LDL cholesterol.
  • It helps cleanse the liver and remove free radicals.
  • It can help prevent cancer because of its antioxidant properties.
  • It is rich in vitamin-C and helps to boost immunity.
Note
  •  Consuming hibiscus tea can lower estrogen levels. This can impair reproductive ability. So skip hibiscus tea if you are planning to conceive, are using HRT or are on birth control treatment of any form. 
  • Avoid if taking blood pressure lowering medications as it can cause BP to plummet further.
  • Hibiscus tea can cause major complications when taken along with cancer medications. So avoid if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

Many herbal teas are available in tea bag form. They can also be prepared from raw herbs. To make an herbal tea, gently crumble leaves and flowers and break roots and bark into pieces (cutting the herbs causes the essential oils to dissipate) and place them in a ceramic or glass container. Cover the herb parts with boiling water (do not bring the herbs themselves to a boil), and allow them to steep. Most herbs should be steeped for four to six minutes, although some herbal teas, such chamomile, need to be steeped for fifteen to twenty minutes in a covered container in order to deliver their full therapeutic effect. 

Enjoy your cup of tea today  !!!

Stay blessed with good health .…always !!!

Warm regards,

Charmaine D’Souza

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