Recommended Alkaline Herbal Teas to Incorporate in Your Diet
The Made in Oasis Nutrition Guide recommends several herbal teas. Cultures around the world have used all of these teas since ancient times. Unlike the processed, sugary, unhealthy beverages we see everywhere today, these herbal teas promote good health and the proper functioning of your body. This article looks at the many benefits these teas provide.
- Good water is an essential part of brewing a great cup of tea. Made in Oasis recommends using alkaline spring water.
- These herbs are very delicate and more potent when exposed to high temperatures for a short period of time. In order for your tea to consist of the best flavor and the herb's maximum medicinal properties, be sure that your water is at a rolling boil when you pour it over your teabags or teaspoon of the herb.
- For medicinal teas be sure to use one tea bag or (1) tea spoon per cup (6 oz) of boiling water, cover and steep for 12 minutes.
- You can use Agave to sweeten your tea (Optional)
- Relax, Sip and Enjoy!
Made in Oasis thinks so highly of Burdock root that we have included it in Sea Moss +. Burdock has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, and modern researchers continue to study its healing power. Burdock has long been used as a digestive aid and a diuretic in traditional medicine. Plus, research has found it can help you lower blood sugar levels, treat infections, and reduce fatigue and improve performance. (1) In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant that can fight free radicals in your blood. Coffee is not allowed on the Alkaline diet for many reasons. Instead, replace it with this healthy, traditional tea which offers so much for your health.
Like burdock and many on this list, Chamomile tea has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Chamomile tea is made from the tiny daisy-like dried flowers of the plant. This tea is known for its ability to help reduce stress and assist with sleep. That is because it contains apigenin, an antioxidant that works in your brain and enables you to relax and feel sleepy. Apigenin has also been studied for its ability to fight certain types of cancer, including GI tract cancers, skin, breast, uterine, and prostate. (2) During these stressful times, chamomile tea should be in everyone's kitchen.
Blessed Thistle (Cardo Santo) (All Around Cleanser, Iron)
Blessed Thistle (Cardo Santo) tea is made from the flowers, stems, and leaves of the plant. This plant is a member of the Asteraceae plant family. Studies have shown that plants from this family have antiinflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, which is why this tea has been used to treat skin infections and minor cuts and wounds in traditional medicine. (3) Plus, Blessed Thistle tea contains cnicin. Cnicin is a compound that helps stimulate gastric acid. Increased gastric acid aids in digestion, so Blessed Thistle is a good choice after meals and can help with stomach pains, gas, and constipation.
Cuachalalate (Stomach Relief)
This tea is made from the bark of the tree. The cuachalalate (commonly known as Ampbypteryngium adstingens) is a tropical tree that grows in southern Mexico. In Mexican traditional medicine, it has been used for many health conditions and illnesses. This may be because cuachalalate tea contains compounds that stimulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. The tea is used to treat gastritis, ulcers, stomach cancer, and cutaneous wounds. Modern animal studies have been done to confirm this effect. Researchers are looking at cuachalalate because it had antiinflammatory health benefits in initial animal studies but does not cause GI tract side effects like NSAID drugs. (4) This tea has been used in traditional medicine for gastritis, stomach cancer, liver problems, kidney infections, gall bladder stones, and mouth and gastric ulcers.
Dandelion tea is from the roots and the leaves of the plant. And yes, this is the same sunny flowered weed you see in your yard. Though many people try to eradicate it from their lawns, this plant can benefit your health. Dandelion tea acts as a diuretic and can help reduce excess water weight. (5) So, it can be useful if you are feeling bloated. Besides, dandelion tea contains compounds that can increase bile, so it has also been used to detoxify and cleanse the liver in traditional medicine. Recent modern studies have confirmed that this tea can assist with proper liver function. Made in Oasis recommends not to drink this only at the beginning of your day, and not before bed as it increases urination.
Elderberry (Immune Support)
Elderberry has been used as a medical plant around the world for centuries. From Native Americans to Egyptians to European folk medicine, elderberry has been gathered and used to help with various health ailments. Presently, elderberry has gained popularity again as a treatment for the symptoms of the cold and flu. (6) Elderberry tea has also been used to fight inflammations and infections and support heart health. This may be because elderberry is high in antioxidants, which can help prevent illnesses.
Fennel (Stomach Relief)
Fennel tea has a long history of helping with stomach and digestive issues. The tea has been used to help reduce gas, bloating, and stomach cramps. People who suffer from regular stomach spasms from IBS or Chron's Disease may find relief through fennel tea. Studies have also shown that women who suffer from severe uterine cramps during mensuration can find fennel tea useful. Researchers suggest that the fennel compounds have an anti-spasmodic quality that reduces the contractions in both the stomach and uterus. These same studies have found that fennel can also offer pain relief. (7)
Little Hand Flower (Blood Pressure)
Like cuachalalate, tea made from the little hand plant's flowers has been used in traditional Mexican and Central American folk medicine for centuries. This tea has been used for its many medicinal properties to treat conditions such as headaches, insomnia, and dizziness. Plus, as an antiinflammatory, it has been used for eye inflammation-related conditions, ulcers, and pain reduction. Modern studies have looked at one of the plant compounds, a flavonoid called epicatechin, which seems to have a similar potency in current drugs in helping with dysentery and diarrhea. (8)
Ginger tea is made from the root of the plant, and it has long been used to help with the symptoms of nausea due to pregnancy, surgery, or motion sickness. (9) Studies have shown that ginger tea can also help manage weight. One study showed people who regularly drank ginger tea reported feeling full longer and a reduction in their feelings of hunger, which allowed them to eat less. (10) Like many of the teas on this list, ginger tea also has antiinflammatory qualities. This is why people drink it to relieve pain from headaches, cramps, sore muscles, and arthritis pain.
Mullein (Colds and Coughs)
Mullein tea comes from the leaves of the plant, which is native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. This tasty tea has long been used to support lung function and help with asthma symptoms, chronic coughs, and colds. Again, modern research is now looking at this ancient folk medicine. Research into mullein tea suggests that it helps reduce inflammation in your respiratory system and helps to relax muscles in your lungs. (11) Studies have also been conducted on its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Some research suggests mullein tea may be a powerful aid in fighting viral and bacterial infections.
Raspberry Leaf Tea (Anti-Oxidant)
Berries of the raspberry plant are included in the Complete Alkaline Nutrition Guide. The tea made from the leaves of the same plant is also included; this is because the leaves have health benefits as well. Like the berries, the leaves contain vitamins B and C, and several essential minerals, like iron. Raspberry leaf tea also contains polyphenols and antioxidants, which may be very beneficial to your health. However, because raspberry tea has properties that may promote labor, pregnant women should consult with their doctor before drinking it.
Sarsaparilla (Energy, Libido, Iron)
Tea made from sarsaparilla contains compounds called saponins. Saponins may help kill bacteria and reduce joint pain and itchy skin. This quality may be why sarsaparilla tea has been used for people who suffer from psoriasis and arthritis pain. As modern scientists study sarsaparilla tea, recent research on mice shows that it may have anti-cancer properties as well, particularly for breast and liver cancer. (12) Sarsaparilla tea also has another significant characteristic. The sarsaparilla saponins are thought to help increase the effectiveness of other herbs.
Valerian Tea (Stress)
Valerian tea is made from the plant's root and has been used in traditional and folk medicine for at least 2,000 years. Valerian tea contains compounds that have been used to reduce anxiety, promote feelings of calmness and relaxation, and help people sleep. Recent research has found it may help reduce stress and reduce the anxious behaviors of OCD. (13) Studies also show it can help people with insomnia fall asleep quicker and stay asleep.
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