TEA’S THAT CAN CURE
With new research saying tea can act as effectively as painkillers, we take a look at how the cuppa can help you.
In an age where nature cures are the go-to-remedy. Here’s a look at the most popular brews and how they could benefit you.
CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA: HELPS BATTLE AGEING:- This golden brown tea made from dried flowers has been a part of ancient Japanese medical therapies. It contains of beta-carotene which can tackle skin problems, age related eye trouble and is considered a cure to varicose veins. It also boots immunity and its potency makes it a powerful beverage to battle signs of ageing. To enjoy its benefits, use either a tea bag or add hot water. Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes and enjoy.
CHAMOMILE TEA: ALLEVIATES STRESS:- This pleasant brew is a muscle relaxing brew and is said to have certain compounds which ease pain and leave you feeling tranquil. Dip a teabag into freshly boiled water. Let steep for about 3 minutes. Add some honey (optional).
GREEN TEA: BOOSTS IMMUNITY:- With a powerhouse of antioxidants, green tea is considered a super food. It protects the skin from UV damage, helps lower blood pressure, prevents blood clots and Alzheimer’s disease and fight obesity. Drinking it regularly is also thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. One may have three cups of green tea a day for weight loss.
ROOIBOS TEA:- Also called red bush tea roolbos, is rich in iron, calcium, and magnesium and is regarded as a cure for everything from hypertension to depression and bone weakness. It is caffeine free and this can be had before bedtime. To make it pour boiling water over the tea and steep for 3 minutes.
GINGER TEA: REDUCES HEADACHES:- But ginger tea (root) can be effective to ease headaches. To make it, add two knobs of ginger to water. Once it boils let it simmer. Cover for 20 minutes. Sip on this.
HIBISCUS TEA:- Rich red hibiscus is said to prevent cell damage due to anthocyamins. It has a high percentage of vitamin C. It is also said to lower blood pressure. To make it, place the leaves in a pot and pour hot water over it. The leaves and flowers release color. Steep for 6 minutes.
GINGKO BILOBA: BUILDS ALERTNESS:- Gingko tea is said to protect nerve cells against damage as well as decreased blood flow to the brain, which is said to be main cause of Alzhemier’s. It builds focus and enhances blood circulation in the body.
LAVENDER TEA: FIGHTS STOMACH INFECTION:- Aromatic lavender tea relieves bloating flatulence and aids digestion. To make it, add dried lavender leaves to boiling water and steep it for 4 minutes.
OOLONG TEA:-AIDS DIGESTION:- This ancient remedy effectively aids digestion, lowers cholesterol levels and reduces plaque build-up. The tea is between green and black tea and can increase alertness. To prepare it, add a tablespoon to a cup and steep it for 3 minutes. You can also make a rinse out of it for thick, lustrous hair.
CINNAMON-MINT TEA: ANTI-VIRAL SIP:- Tea with cinnamon is said to be effective at warding off pain caused by arthritis, rheumatism and inflammation of the joints. It is also said to prevent blood-clotting and as it is anti-viral. It can prevent cold and flu. Mint helps soothe a trouble stomach and effectively relax the body.
ROSE TEA:- It helps with urinary tract infections and soothens eyes. To make it, brew it in warm water for just 2 minutes.