You don't have to be an Anglophile to love tea. Tea is a ubiquitous term that can refer to a hot or a cold beverage, to a non-caffeinated herbal or a highly caffeinated drink, or a brew made from full, ground, or blooming leaves that is ready anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. No matter how you like your tea, some of the biggest advantages of it are the health benefits you can get from the herbal version of this drink. We all know that green tea is rich in health-promoting antioxidants, but what other tea ideas can support your health and vitality? Here are just a few to whet your appetite: Ginger
- This ingredient helps improve circulation, which can give a sallow complexion an instant rosy glow.
- Ginger contains an antioxidant called gingerol that, according to this study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, has "anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging."
- Studies, such as this one from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, have proven that curcumin (in turmeric) exhibits “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer activities.” Medical scientific studies are hot on the trail of curcumin benefits.
- At the Ehime University in Japan, a study found that turmeric may help prevent some of the UVB damage in skin. (However, the yellow color in skin care products is, well, problematic and, of course, you need to wear broad spectrum sunscreen daily while sipping your tea!)
- This popular tea idea contains Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps, among other things, protect from free-radical damage.
- Rose hip is also high in other antioxidants that help protect from free-radical damage.
- Chamomile is most commonly known for being calming, which always helps your body and soul (and complexion) when you are stressed.
- It also contains, according to this study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, anti-inflammatory properties.
- Proponents of herbal remedies claim that dandelion supports the liver and helps it to "detox." Your liver is your body's main powerhouse to rid you of chemicals (both natural and otherwise) that are harmful if they build up. It's a busy organ, so why not give it a little dandelion tea TLC?
- Dandelion is also rich in antioxidants, which help fight the free radicals that cause signs of aging.
Ginger Turmeric Teaby Linda Wagner
- 2 inch knob of ginger
- 2-3 inch piece of turmeric root or substitute 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- 1-2 dashes of cayenne (or you could juice 1/2 a habanero or jalapeño pepper)
- 4 lemons (3 for juicing and 1 for slicing as a garnish)
- 3 droppers vanilla stevia
- 2 quarts water
- 1 part damiana
- 1 part rose petals
- 1/2 part cinnamon chips
- 1/2 part dried strawberries
- 1/4 part jasmine flowers
Dandelion Root Teaby medicinalplantzone.com
- 1 tbsp. roasted dandelion root
- ½ tsp. minced, fresh ginger
- 1 cardamom seed
- 12 oz. water
- Honey or sugar
- Combine all the ingredients
- Bring to a boil
- Boil for 5-10 minutes
- Add honey or sugar