By Alana Schachtel
Stomach aches, bloating, indigestion, gas:
The act of drinking tea in general will be very beneficial to your well being when you have a stomach ache because it will prevent dehydration (not true for high caffeine teas!)
Peppermint tea contains a natural antispasmodic, which means it soothes intestinal cramping. Hot water in general, paired with the fragrant smell of the peppermint will work together to calm the nervous system easing the nervous stomach feeling.
Chamomile and Lavender:
Chamomile is widely used for many symptoms but because of it's anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and carminative (relieves flatulence) effects, it is great for relieving stomach aches.
Lavender is very effective at calming the entire nervous system which in effect calms the digestive tract and feelings of "nervous stomach."
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Ginger is a carminative (relieves flatulence), is excellent at stimulating the digestive process, and is wonderful for preventing nausea and vomiting. This is why ginger is commonly used as a motion sickness preventative, so brew some up and pour it into a thermos before your next trip!
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Colds and flu:
Again, the act of drinking tea in general will be very beneficial to your well being when you have a cold because it will prevent dehydration (not true for high caffeine teas!)
Echinacea is great tea to drink to prevent colds and flu, and also to shorten the duration of your sickness. It stimulates and activates the body's immune system.
Green tea also stimulates the immune system. Because of its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, it can directly kill off fungi and bacteria associated with colds and flu which may shorten the duration of your cold or flu!
Peppermint, eucalyptus, and spearmint may be comforting to those with colds and flu due to their menthol oil content. Menthol may help the respiratory system function better. Instead of rubbing Vick's on your chest, drink some peppermint tea. Or do both!
Curb sugar addiction:
I love Good Earth's sweet and spicy decaf tea. There is no sugar in this tea but the blend of rosehips, chamomile, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, jasmine tea, papaya leaves, anise seed, ginger root, orange peel and orange oil is very satisfying when I am craving something sweet. Plus, the herbs used in this blend have properties for quelling, stomach aches, headaches, and colds!
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Tazo Passion Tea:
I love the tart yet sweet taste of this tea with no added sugar. The ingredients of this tea are: Hibiscus Flowers, Citric Acid, Licorice Root, Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Rose Hips, and Lemongrass. Hibiscus is a very good herb for cholesterol maintenance and many drink it to lower blood pressure. Licorice is also beneficial for those who suffer from heartburn.