We’re doing something wrong because, as a nation, we spend twice what other comparable countries spend on health care, but we have the lowest life expectancy. Worse, we have the highest infant mortality rates. Our medical system is expensive, slow, inefficient and at times miserably incompetent. It’s not me saying this, I’m just passing along news from a JAMA study that was just released.
There is so much wrong with our current system I don’t want to start the rant right now because it will derail me for hours. Let me stay on point, which is to say that we must get back to nature!
Do you agree?
Better health is as easy as ONE – TWO – TEA – lol 😂
Today I’d like to share the best teas for your current health problems. Some of you think teas are dehydrating, but that’s not a big problem in my opinion. Other than black tea, they are either very low in caffeine or completely void of it. The volume of tea you drink will always outweigh the amount of water volume lost due to mild diuresis from green or white tea. So don’t be afraid. By the way, treen tea is not an herbal tea, it has minimal amounts of caffeine, but again, it will not dehydrate you.
Teas are gentle but they contain powerful natural compounds that man has relied on for eons. Our ancestors were never chemicalized the way we are today, they relied on herbal teas and did just fine without drugs.Teas are a lot more pleasant, efficient and affordable.
Personally I love teas. It’s a rare day that I don’t sit on my front porch and enjoy an herbal tea in my beautiful cast iron pot!
So Cheers Everyone – Sip your medicine and heal!
I sincerely hope my suggestions will keep you out of the medical system. If I can help you with even one issue today I will be over-the-moon happy. Now, one important caution. If you have a medical condition, please make sure your practitioner or local herbalist or acupuncturist weighs in for you. I don’t know what’s right for everyone.
I can’t possibly know how these beautiful teas will impact your individual conditions, so be smart. The teas I mention below are sold as commercially prepared teas in teabags at your local health food store. You can also make them yourself at home if you buy the herbs in bulk and steep them in hot water. The ratios differ with each herb so make sure you research tea recipes carefully before dumping a bunch of herb into water! Teas may be natural but they act like drugs in the body so you can absolutely get too much and hurt yourself. Treat herbs with the same respect you do medication.
If you want help with cancer and immunity.
Many good animal studies prove that green tea (specifically EGCG a polyphenol in green tea) can help slow down the growth of many cancers, including challenging ones like pancreatic cancer. Angiogenesis is impacted in a positive way (retreats). It’s just impressive! If you have chronic infections or cancer, talk to your oncologist about taking this because timing is important if you’re on chemo. But it’s number one on my list for both prevention and potential treatment. Get organic green tea of course.
If you want help remembering things.
Gotu kola is for your brain baby! Making a tea with gotu kola can boost memory and help with age-related cognitive decline. I have my own refreshing recipe for Mint Hibiscus Memory Tea which contains gotu kola, hibiscus, mint and tulsi herb. If you’d like to WATCH MY VIDEO, I’ll make this tea for you. Watch it by CLICKING HERE.
Honorable mention goes to green tea which contains EGCG, a compound that may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by attacking beta-amyloid plaques according to a 2017 study.
If you want to sleep soundly.
Lavender tea is the best option. Use only a little bit because it gets bitter. Heat the water and then add a small amount of herb, don’t boil it or you’ll destroy the healing compounds. Lavender works like prescribed tranquilizers, meaning it activates your natural sleep hormone called GABA. Rose petals can do the same thing! I crawled out of bed one night in my flannel jammies and made Lavender Rose Sleep Tea, so if you want to WATCH THIS VIDEO, please do so by CLICKING HERE.
Take a look at this beautiful chart to help you determine your needs.
If you have diabetes or want to lower blood pressure.
Rooibos tea is excellent at cleaning capillaries and therefore it improves your microvascular circulation. This means it makes your blood flow better through the capillaries. There are many of these tiny capillaries that lead to your retina so I think it’s great for both blood pressure and vision. Rooibos, has no caffeine. Clearly, this is a vessel-loving herb. It contains chrysoeriol which is a naturally occurring compound that helps reduce blood pressure. For blood pressure, you might consider goldenseal, a natural herbal diuretic. Dandelion is another.
If you want to relieve nausea fast.
Ginger tea is easy to make, and it does not have caffeine. It contains numerous biologically active compounds including gingerols which act like medicine in the body. You can grate fresh ginger into some water and simmer it for a few minutes. It’s also a potent anti-inflammatory for joint health.
If you want to raise estrogen naturally.
Perhaps you are menopausal and would like to drink a tea that naturally raises estrogen? The two best herbs that come to mind are hops and black cohosh. Be careful, hops contains a huge amount of the girl hormone! Honorable mention goes to rooibos which also has natural estrogenic compounds in it. You can buy these herbs in bulk, and try them in various combinations, but start low and go slow.
You’ll know how these estrogenic herbs impact your hormones within a day or two, it’s that fast. If you break out with zits, you’re getting too much estrogen so back off. You just steep the herbs in water to make a tea. Talk to your gynecologist if you’re worried about a specific problem or take prescribed HRT.
If you want to relieve allergies and sinus problems.
The herb stinging nettles is a very common natural way to deal with allergies. It’s a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory herb. It helps with hay fever according to some well-designed trials. You should ask your practitioner about this if you’re interested. It’s a natural diuretic by the way so be careful if you take HCTZ or furosemide.
If you dread your period.
If you dread your monthly cycle, start drinking raspberry leaf tea. You could even drink it during the 5 days leading up to your menstrual cycle if you don’t want to drink it daily. Fragarine is a naturally occurring compound that can help relieve cramps and spasms in your pelvic area. Tannins will strengthen and tone the uterus. This all seems to mitigate heavy bleeding.
If you are new to making tea, please refer to this graphic for steeping the tea you have. For example, if you have white tea on hand, you will not boil it. You will simply steep it in hot water for 1 to 3 minutes only, personally I’d say 1 minute for white. If you have green tea, I suggest 3 minutes. The longer you steep green tea, the more bitter it gets. Darjeeling tea is not on this infographic, it is grown at the foot of the Himalayas. It comes in black, green, white and oolong so steep it accordingly.