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What Are the Different Types of Healing Teas?

Green tea made from loose leaves has very high levels of catechins, a potent antioxidant.
Certain types of healing teas may be used to help treat insomnia.
A cup of herbal tea.
Ginger root can be used to make a healing tea to treat nausea and morning sickness.
Ginseng tea is thought to increase alertness, improve stamina, and strengthen the immune system.
Loose leaf medicinal tea.
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Modern scientific studies, as well as centuries of experience, have shown that certain plants are effective at treating certain illnesses. Drinking healing teas made from these plants is an easy and effective way to receive their benefits. Healing teas can alleviate the symptoms of various ailments including insomnia, stress, digestive problems, lethargy, cramps, and many other conditions. Some of the most popular herbs used in healing teas are peppermint, ginger, chamomile, ginseng, and licorice. Echinacea, milk thistle, hawthorn, and rose hips are also commonly used as medicinal teas.

Peppermint leaf tea has been used throughout the centuries because it provides many healing benefits. The active ingredient in peppermint leaves is menthol. Peppermint can control both flatulence and indigestion, and it helps prevent convulsions. It is effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, and can ease both tension and migraine headaches. The aroma of peppermint tea can alleviate motion sickness, and drinking the tea will freshen one’s breath.

Ginger root is another one of the healing teas that is beneficial for the digestive tract. It eases indigestion, bloating, and gas. Ginger root tea can alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea caused by chemotherapy. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger root make it a popular natural remedy for arthritis. It is also good for the circulatory system.

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Chamomile flowers are used to make one of the most popular healing teas. Like peppermint and ginger root, chamomile can alleviate digestive problems, such as stomach aches and gas. Chamomile contains a mild sedative, and chamomile tea is frequently used to treat insomnia. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a popular remedy for arthritis, rheumatism, and painful swellings. Chamomile tea also contains an anti-spasmodic component that is effective for relieving menstrual and intestinal cramps.

Ginseng tea has been popular for centuries because of its rejuvenation properties. The root is used medicinally to increase alertness, improve stamina, and strengthen the immune system. Many believe that ginseng root tea is effective for controlling diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.

When people think of healing teas, they usually think of herbal tea, but black tea also has beneficial qualities. It contains soothing tannins that have an anti-diarrheal effect and caffeine that improves focus and concentration. The small amount of theophylline improves circulation and is believed to lower bad cholesterol. Black tea also contains theanine, which eases the effects of caffeine and helps reduce nervousness while increasing alertness.

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