Tuesday, January 7, 2014

5 Healing Teas to Rock Your Life

Pau D'Arco
I love herbal tea and it packs some serious health and nutritional benefits. I often times think of tea and healing foods as my secret weapon to ward off illness and weight-gain! Here are some staples that I always have on hand and why:

1. Pau D'Arco aka The Divine Bark

Health Benefits:

  • Anti-Fungal: this tea is historically good for eliminating fungus from the body such as Candida  which robs the immune system and destroys balance of bacteria in the digestive system.
  • Immune Stimulant & Disease Fighter (also Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antimicrobial & Antitumor)
  • Liver and Lymph Cleanser
  • Aids in Mucous Reduction

Nutritional Profile:

  • Contains: Iron, Calcium, Selenium, Vitamins A, B-Complex and C; Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Phosphorous, Potassium and Sodium.
  • Naturally Caffeine Free

2. Yerba Mate aka The High-Energy Tonic

Yerba Mate is traditionally served in a Gourd
Health Benefits:

  • Energizing to Mind and Body
  • Fights Fatigue
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Sexual Tonic 
Nutritional Profile:

  • Contains: Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin, B5, B Complex; Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Caffeinated
3. Peppermint aka The Tummy Soother

Health Benefits:

  • Soothes the Digestive System
  • Pain-Reliever (when applied topically)
  • Aids in Tension and Stress Reduction
  • Relieves Congestion (when inhaled)
Nutritional Profile:

  • Contains: Vitamin A & C and Manganese, Folate
  • Naturally Caffeine Free

4. Chamomile aka The Tranquility Tonic

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces Inflammation (also Antibacterial and Antiseptic)
  • Sleep Aid
  • Reduces Menstrual Cramps, Aches & Pains
  • Soothes Muscles
Nutritional Profile:

  • Contains: Vitamin A, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium
  • Naturally Caffeine Free

5. Ginger aka The Warming Root

Health Benefits:

  • Increases Circulation and Warms the Body (Great for a winter's day)
  • Reduces Nausea and Motion Sickness
  • Promotes Metabolism and Digestion

Nutritional Profile:

  • Contains: Choline, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sodium.
  • Naturally Caffeine Free

It's worth mentioning that sometimes the health benefits of tea accrue when a certain quantity is consumed over a period of time. For example, in order to reap the reduction in menstrual cramps of Chamomile tea it should be consume daily for at least 2-3 weeks before cramps are reduced.

Article by Keri Marino.

Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Propmaker, and Yoga Therapist.  She owns and operates Yoga Unique LLC offering mobile Private classes, Yoga Therapy and Yoga props. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area. Check out more here: YogaUnique

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  1. A fine breakdown right here. It's really important for buyers and tea connoisseurs to be aware of what type of tea they can avail of for their tea parties or noon breaks. And that they don't have to skimp on their nutritional requirements either, or put such things aside as moot. Sure, tea really helps in cleaning up your system, but you can push the health gains further by other types. Really liking this list, and hope you do more of these lists for our reference.

    Moringa Delight

    1. I agree, I think foods have healing properties and tea is no exception. I also think it's important to buy good quality foods and beverages. Unfortunately most foods have pesticides and chemicals in them these days. I just read a great blog recently where they compared the top teas on the market - some of the really common ones have tons of pesticides in them! I'll be posting more about teas in the future.

  2. Herbal teas can help our body to be healthy. We should try this. yoga wellness