Tea has been drunk for thousands of years by people, whether or not they knew of its benefits for health. Many types of teas have been used as ancient remedies in Chinese medicine and as folk remedies.
Though science has yet to catch up with proving all of the benefits of drinking tea, there is enough anecdotal evidence that has been collected through the years to encourage everyone to enjoy the beverage.
Herbal tea remedies have a number of valuable uses according to folk medicine and ancient communities. Chamomile tea has been one of the best studied herbal teas in modern medicine, and its use as a sleep remedy is well known to all. It can be ingested or used in the bath to help induce a restful state and prepare the body for sleep. It can also be used for reasons as far reaching as dry skin and for calming upset stomachs.
Liqourice root tea has been used for many years to help with sore throats. In Chinese medicine the herb is also used to help with coughs and respiratory problems, reducing pain and as an antidote for over ingestion of other herbs. It is thought to tone the qi and is considered a neutral herb. Folk remedies have used the root to help with menstrual cramps, to improve libido and to help relieve seasonal allergies.
Red clover teas are used for women’s health in alternative medicine. The tea has been used for centuries to help women to deal with the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. It can also be used topically for rashes and eczema.
Nettle tea has been used for years to help with respiratory ailments. It has a multitude of other uses in folk remedies as well. Nettle has been used to help with urinary tract infections, digestive problems, joint and muscle problems and pain and for asthma and seasonal allergies. Nettle can also be used on the skin for rashes and eczema outbreaks.
Red raspberry leaf tea has been used in alternative medicine to help women have easier pregnancies and births. It is also said to help with fertility and to help with breastfeeding after the birth. Other uses include relieving menstrual cramps, reducing symptoms of constipation and increasing fertility in women.
Herbal teas can be used in many ways to help improve the health of those that drink them. Science may not yet have caught up with the traditional uses, but there are many health benefits available to those that drink these teas.