Therapeutic Benefits from Tea of Herbs

by WriterArtist

From its inception in China as a detoxing infusion and tonic, therapeutic tea has changed its demeanor to a popular morning and afternoon beverage and consumed all over the planet.

A popular beverage in Asian countries as well as Europe, tea varies in taste from sweet, tangy, nutty, fruity to bitter flavours. All flavours are relished in the world. Honey and lemon are common additions to tea to augment the flavour.

The taxonomy of the plants classifies the wonderful tea herb as Camellia sinensis. Therapeutic tea properties of this plant with other herb supplements are a subject of research for nutritionists. Herbal tea is a favourite when it comes to the tea fans. It is very nutritional and a popular beverage since it was discovered, and our ancestors used it for its anti-depressing and antioxidant properties. It offered resistance against cardiovascular diseases by lowering cholesterol.

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Therapeutic Effects of Tea

Tea Therapy

Many a times, it is not possible to take raw herbs due to their pungent taste, it is however, easier to take them with hot water or in infusion of tea.

Many people in world depend upon medicinal plants for treatment, external application and industrial pharmacy. Most medicines are derived from plants and herbs play an important role in healing. Therapeutic tea was known to ancient people, the ancestors from China used tea for treating various ailments. Mixed with herbs, these tea recipes become very potent and effective in healing. Since herbs are taken fresh from the herb garden and cultivated organically in your home, it is possible to make some of the variants of therapeutic tea at home.

Traditional Medicinal Tea

Applications of Tea

 

 

Ancient monks and sages, Shamans and traditional healers/Sadhus in Ayurveda have long known the antioxidant property of traditional medicinal teas. They have made brews, cultivated their own flavours and recipes for cure. This technique of healing tea requires the traditional infusion of tea making. It provides a miraculous cure to arthritis, cold, cough, fever and even cancer. In nutshell, therapeutic teas are the resultant of herbal teas and the modern scientific research going into it.\

 

In the hillocks of China where the villagers never buy tea from market, it grows in the backyard waiting to get picked up. There somewhere in the wild jungles, while foraging the humans found a herb when boiled in water made an excellent brew.

Composition of Tea

Compounds of Tea That Heal

 

 

Tea extracts contain compounds of medical interest although it varies from the type of tea grown, the location, climate conditions and processing. Polyphenols, catechins in tea infusions and the synergy of many other complex derivatives are of universal in nature no natter in what parts of world it is grown. These compounds are of great importance when human health is concerned.

 

Tea is a complex compound consisting of polyphenols, flavanols, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, enzymes and various other compounds. The polyphenolic compounds display cytotoxicity towards cancer cells and efficacy in hampering tumour growth. Caffeine is known to stimulate heart and act as a diuretic agent.

 

The armamentarium of the healing herbs requires precise knowledge to treat the patients. Usage, procedures and amount needs to be known in phytotherapy which is increasingly used in alternative medicine. Therapeutic Tea of Herbs is becoming a favourite of many.

Medicinal Tea and Their Uses

Tea as Medicine and Tonic

 

 

Tea as a beverage is popular now but was known to our ancestors 2000 years ago. Chinese used tea as medicine. Before being used as a beverage it was also considered as tonic and an important vehicle to carry herbs. No wonder therapeutic tea is now in great demand.

 

Chamomile was long used in tea for flavour and its healing effects are known now. Herbs are known for their calming effect, alleviating pain and detoxifying. Mixed with tea they can bring the fever down and boost the body’s defence mechanisms. Herbs are potent when it comes to ease childbirth, control and induce spasms, dissolve blockages and repair haemorrhage.

For example, when ginger is mixed with tea, you get the benefits of the ginger. Likewise any herb mixed in tea brings forth its healing nature. Similarly holy basil enhances the properties of tea by not only adding the flavour but by introducing medicinal benefits of basil. Tea mixed with ginger and basil is a great concoction to treat cold and cough.

Therapeutic Tea from YouTube

Traditional Tea making / Tea Ceremony

Sources Consulted

  • Wikipedia
  • Fuller, Thomas (21 April 2008). "A Tea From the Jungle Enriches a Placid Village". The New York Times.

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Updated: 05/03/2021, WriterArtist
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/05/2021

WriterArtist, Thank you for pictures, practicalities and products.
Have you tried any of the Camellia species other than sinensis?

WriterArtist on 05/03/2021

Hi frankbeswick
That's really great. I love Indian chai with milk. I do take green tea with lemon and honey occasionally. Recently, me and hubby are trying different flavours of herbal tea with jasmine, mint, lemon etc.

frankbeswick on 05/03/2021

I drink both Camelia sinensis and herbal teas.

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