Warming Up With Tea- Featured in the Blackbelt Gazette

How do you take your tea? Depending on the tea, some suggested flavor enhances are sugar, lemon, milk, essential oils, and sometimes nothing at all. I absolutely love tea, and try to start every morning and end every evening with a cup. More than just a substitute for water, tea is one of those little additions to life that can aid in prevention of lifelong ailments.


The medicinal properties of tea not only led to the diverse varieties and flavors we see on the market today, but gives consumers easier access and affordable prices to herbs that have proven to treat and prevent day-to-day ailments such as pms symptoms, varicose veins, indigestion, high sucrose levels, acne, cold/flu symptoms, poor blood circulation, menopause and so on. Some teas are substantially lower in caffeine than coffee and herbal teas contain none at all, but all are high in antioxidants helping to fight against common disease like the flu. One positive note of teas is their ability to treat more than one ailment. For every tea there is also a supplement for the herb that has a higher potency, and some teas/herbs are sold in complementary combinations.

Black Elder or Elderberry can soothe the symptoms of a feverish cold/flu, coughing and bronchitis. It is rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. By strengthening the immune system it helps to fight off viral infections. It is also good for head colds and laryngitis, and can increase the milk supply of nursing mothers. It is safe for children.

Rose Hips- very rich in vitamin C, strengthens the immune system and prevents and treats colds; a mild diuretic and astringent properties also aid in kidney disease and poor bladder control.

Chamomile Tea- this tea has antibacterial properties; its vapor can destroy germs that cause the flu and alleviate coughing. It can also calm the nerves and promote sleep; relieve gastrointestinal inflammation when combined with calcium; and its flavonoids can prevent gas and relieve cramps.

Echinacea (echineacea purpurea) Tea- widely known for fighting colds/flu and treating sore throats, and dry up a runny nose. This tea is also effective in addition to cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy (kills good and bad cells) because it helps to boost white blood cells. This blood purifier is also good for urinary tract infections, eczema, and acne.

Eucalyptus Tea- this antiviral, antifungal, and antispasmodic drink can eliminate sore throats, colds, and the flu. Not to mention treat aching muscles and stiff joints.

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