Thanks to the advancement of medicine and science, little by little we’ve become more dependent on strong meds to treat basically any ailment. Though I’m a huge supporter of medicine, it’s also true that we’ve become way too dependent on them, to the point that we take them for basically everything, even the slightest discomfort. So, sometimes it’s better to take a step back and try natural products that have been making life better for thousands of years. Tea, of course, is one of those wonders that can really help us out before resorting to strong medicine. With that in mind, here’s a short guide of what’s the best tea for the most common ailments.
Stress relief: Lavender tea
Stress has become a constant in modern life, and although I can’t deny that a good anxiolytic is sometimes necessary, 99.9 percent of the times it’s just a matter of knowing how to relax. A great option to do so is lavender tea, a flower used by the ancient Greeks and Romans thanks to its calming properties. Lavender is great to stimulate the release of certain neurotransmitters that help battle accumulated stress hormones. Besides that, it also has natural analgesic effects that help your body relax.
Better sleep: Valerian root tea
Though lavender tea is also amazing to improve sleep and even battling insomnia, valerian root tea has proved to be more effective for this matter. How does it work? Valerian root increases the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (or GABA), a neurotransmitter that relaxes the body and improves sleep.
Weight loss: Green tea
Here comes my ultimate favorite. Of course, this isn’t magic, and you’re not going to lose weight just by drinking gallons of green tea. However, green tea is a great assistant in this process thanks to its rich antioxidant properties. These compounds help boost your metabolism and promote fat breakdown, among other benefits. It’s high concentration of caffeine also helps as a stimulant to burn fat.
Flawless skin: White tea
This isn’t really an ailment, but who doesn’t want glowing, flawless skin? For this, the best option is white tea. Actually, there are many skin care products that contain white tea due to its richness in antioxidants that help battle oxidative stress of the skin. This means it’s not only great for having blemish-free skin, but also to prevent the natural signs of aging.
Better digestion: Fennel tea
If you were looking for the superhero of the plant kingdom, seek no more. May I present to you Super Fennel. All joking aside, this plant is seriously full of wonders. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, iron, potassium, calcium and so many other “-iums,” fennel is a great aid to improve the digestive system and boost your overall health. For instance, it contains an estrogen, an essential oil that inhibits muscle spasms, improving the digestion process. It’s also great to balance gases in the stomach and intestines, as well as to reduce acid levels. Basically, a wonderful natural product to treat anything related to this system.
Relieving menstrual cramps: Peppermint tea
Though fennel can be great to treat tummy colics and cramps, there’s another type of tea that’s great for the specific pain of menstrual cramps. This is peppermint tea, and it’s really amazing for that time of the month. One of the main benefits it has is easing that horrible bloating that makes us want to stay in bed and not think about anything. It also helps raise your spirits thanks to menthol, which is great for keeping you awake and energized. Also, menthol has anti-spasmodic properties that help relax the muscles. Plus, it’s really tasty, so it’s a win-win.
Keeping you awake: Black tea
I left the best for last, and that is a tea to keep you awake in the mornings. If like me, you’re not a coffee person, this is definitely the beverage you have to look for to before getting one of those energy drinks full of chemicals. Black tea is one of the kings when it comes to caffeine, but it’s also rich in L-theanine, an amino acid that helps improve alertness and focus. Oh, did I mention it also improves your immune system?
Tea isn’t only delicious, it also has so many varieties with tons of properties and benefits that it should really be a part of our daily diet. Don’t see it only as a treatment, but actually as part of a healthier lifestyle. I’m one of those who doesn’t really care about what I consume at all, but adding tea to my everyday diet has really improved many aspects of my health. You just need to give it a chance and see the fast results.
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