Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Healing Power of Tea

"Sometimes a steaming cup of tea is more than a beverage, it's a full healing experience."
Holly Lebowitz Rossi and Lilit Marcus
Tea has long been recognized for its healing properties, from the antioxidants in green and white tea to the restorative properties of various herbal blends.It can keep your body healthy and refresh your spirit. Women from many cultures have been taking care of their family's health for centuries with folk medicine wisdom handed down for generations. 

“In this stress-filled world, tea offers a simple antidote to just about everything”, as author Theresa Cheung posits in her marvelous new book "Tea Bliss"
(  She points out, “the boom in tea is as simple as one, two, three.”
1. Tea helps people relax.
2. Tea makes people healthier.
3. Tea makes people happier.”

In order to keep oneself in optimum health, tea can be taken every day or for numerous ailments or health issues. For a list of some popular tea recipes, go to

There are many herbs that are especially beneficial for women. Listed here are some of the most popular used in herbal teas, tinctures and other preparations. They're usually best plain or with a touch of natural sweetener such as honey, agave syrup or stevia.
Red Raspberry Leaf - Red raspberry tea is a natural tonic and has been used to help women during pregnancy with easing morning sickness and reducing pain during labor.  It is usually given to women in the last three months of pregnancy. The leaves are rich in vitamins A and D and minerals such as phosphorus and potassium.
Nettle Leaves - Nettle leaves also have tonic properties and contain high amounts of calcium and chlorophyll. Calcium is depleted especially in women as they age. Among chlorophyll's many benefits are detoxification of the liver and digestive tract. Teas brewed from the leaves are used to increase fertility and decreasing pain during labor and after the birth. It is also used to prevent heavy menstrual bleeding.
Strawberry Leaf - Tea made from strawberry leaves is used to help relieve menstrual problems such as cramps. It is also beneficial for abdominal complaints in general for both men and women.Strawberry leaf tea has many of the same benefits as red raspberry leaf tea including its tonic effect.

There are also herbs that can be made from a blend of various natural ingredients, such as dried leaves, seeds, grasses, barks and flowers. Some include:
Chamomile - Chamomile is a flower long loved for its soothing, calming and sleep-inducing qualities. The petals of the plant are the active ingredient—and are most often combined with other soothing herbs like valerian and hops to create the blends meant to lull you into relaxation, such as Peach-Chamomile or Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime.
The citrusy tang that comes from the lemongrass plant is favored in cooking as well as tea. Lemongrass teas are often served as an after-dinner drink to aid digestion—primarily due to a substance called citral, also the active ingredient in lemon peels. Though typically enjoyed unaccompanied by other herbs, it can also be blended to create lemon-flavored teas like Lemon Zinger.
Jasminum sambac—a species of the genus Jasmine (a shrub or vine in the olive family)—is the flower featured in tea blends. Unlike other herbs, jasmine is most loved for its robust fragrance rather than its health value. Typically, the oils from the petals of the flower are combined with a green tea or roobios tea to create the steaming concoction we enjoy.
Often peppermint tea is either a mixture of black or green tea with peppermint leaves, or a simple peppermint tisane (sometimes referred to as mint tea). It’s believed that the menthol-containing leaves help soothe irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and other stomach-related ailments by calming the abdominal muscles and improving the flow of bile, which aids in digestion. Peppermint is also said to cure minor cases of bad breath.
There is much debate over whether echinacea really prevents or cures the common cold. But it's widely acknowledged as a powerful herb that contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and have antioxidant effects. The tea is prepared by infusing with hot water the leaves and flowers of the uppermost part of the plant—the section believed to contain polysaccharides (a substance known to trigger the activity of the immune system).
Rosehips are the seed-filled red-orange pods that form at the base of the rose bloom. When boiled with water, they produce tea with a tangy, tart flavor and pinkish color. Notable for its high concentration of vitamin C, the herb is valued for its immune-strengthening properties (some consider it superior to most vitamin C supplements). Any tea with a berry or fruit flavor typically contains rosehips.
Blackberry leaves
Picked, dried in the sun and infused with boiling water, blackberry leaves are the essence of most berry-flavored teas. Studies suggest that the leaves contain a healthy dose of flavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant activity.
Hibiscus—better known to us as the “zinger” in teas such as Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger, Berry Zinger and Lemon Zinger—is an herb favored for its tangy flavor and known health value as a natural diuretic.
Orange peel
The zest of an orange peel is often the basis of orange, clementine, honey and tangerine teas. It may be unpleasant to eat in its natural state, but when dried and infused with boiling water, the peel produces a strong, aromatic flavor and is known for its immune system–boosting properties.
The leaves, flowers and berries of the hawthorn plant are used in a variety of peach- and berry-flavored teas. The plant is believed to contain flavonoid-like complexes that help improve cardiovascular health by helping to relax and dilate blood vessels, which increases blood circulation and lessens stress on the heart. Hawthorn berries are also believed to relieve water retention by draining the body of excess salt.
Disclaimer:The information here is not medical advice; we advise that you consult a physician before beginning any herbal tea therapy.

May you find peace, relaxation, and healing in your day!

Source: via Ann on Pinterest

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  1. Excellent post, Ann! Thank you for sharing the many benefits of tea. Have a wonderful day.


  2. Fabulous tea post! I love reading about the different herbs. Most I know about, but some I do not. Two lovely simple white tea cups and saucers in your images. I do love white tea cup sets!
    Thank you so much for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday!

    1. Thanks, Terri! I enjoy growing herbs in my garden and making fresh herbal tea, as well! Sometimes simple is the most lovely!

  3. Totally enjoyed reading this today! Thanks for sharing! I have been drinking different teas from a very young age and my oldest daughter and I enjoy a nice cup mid afternoon/evening.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Lorie! I usually have tea first thing in the morning to perk me up and in the evening to calm and warm myself, when I settle in for the night.


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