Benefits of Tea
Teas have immense health benefits and no I'm not talking about your mama's old fashioned sweet tea! Tea is a drink that is made from steeping edible dried leaves, herbs, flowers, or fruits in hot water for a period of time. Doing so draws out the nutritive factors of the plant into the water. The many benefits of tea depend on exactly what is in the steeping concoction. Here are a few of my favorites!
Dandelion Tea-This tea is so simple and is widely available from a common "weed" in most of our backyards. The root, leaves, and flower of the dandelion plant can all be dried and used for this tea. It has a subtle flavor and pale hue. This tea is commonly used for it's diuretic-like powers. It can help rid the body of excess water all while detoxing the liver and kidneys.
Green Tea-One of the most commonly known and widely consumed teas is green tea. It has a plethora of health benefits including anti-oxidant free radical fighting powers. Some research has shown that it can also help battle Alzheimer's disease, lower blood sugar, assist weight loss, and fight high blood pressure. With all of these potential benefits why not consume a cup daily!
Chamomile Tea-This tea is most commonly known for it's use before bed time. Chamomile tea helps soothe the mind and relax the body to create a better night's sleep. In addition to a sleep aide, this tea has strong anti-oxidant properties which help ward off heart disease and cancers. Chamomile tea can also be used topically to help soothe the skin and decrease the appearance of acne!
Teas have many holistic properties. Be sure to purchase organic when possible! I hope this post encourages you to start adding a cup of tea to your daily routine.