Tea, a dried leaf, root or fruit, steeped in boiling water. To some it’s just a comforting drink, to others, like us at Feeling Healthy it is a myriad of things and we’re going to show you why. There are so many plants which can be dried to produce tea. These plants have actions which can help to aid anything from digestion to anxiety, from constipation to insomnia and so on. Not only are teas subtle, non-invasive ways of treating but they are also inexpensive and are safe enough to use yourself. Over the next few months we’ll show off some of our favourite teas. Today we’ll look at the healing properties of Green Tea & Ginger.
Green Tea: Due to the way in which green tea is processed (hardly at all!) this special leaf contains quite a few health benefits which are primarily due to the EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) it contains. Studies of the plant have found it to have antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects. Not only that, it can also help with blood sugar control, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease & weight loss. If you’re trying to reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet but still want a little kick green tea has a small amount of caffeine which will get you going! Lastly, If you have a sensitive gut/liver avoid drinking on an empty stomach
Ginger: This dried rhizome, is great for warming up and activating digestion. It is a mild stimulant and helps to get blood pumping around the body. If you suffer from cold hands and feet this is the tea for you! Additionally ginger is amazing for nausea especially nausea related to morning sickness and is comparable to pharmaceutical anti-nausea medications. In terms of digestion it can help with bloating, stimulating digestion & appetite and reducing spasm. Also if you’re someone that often suffers from migraines then you’ll be pleased to know this spicy, aromatic root can help! Ginger can increase serotonin in the brain, and an increased serotonin level can help stop a migraine by reducing the inflammation and restricting blood vessels. It really is a magic herb!
You can find both of these teas in health food stores and various supermarkets. If you have any concerns or further questions about the effects of these teas please do not hesitate to speak to one of our experienced naturopaths. Click here to book an appointment with our experienced naturopath today!