Benefits of herbal Teas

January 16, 2012 by  
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Benefits of herbal Teas

Article by Clive Harman

When looking at how to get rid of heartburn, you may find some “herbal teas” are more advantageous in regards to easing heartburn symptoms, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal disorders, than others. Unfortunately, some teas may aggravate these conditions rather than relieve them, so choose your herbal tea remedy wisely.

So, if you are looking for a way to relieve heartburn symptoms or other problems associated with digestive orders, such as GERD, here are a few herbal teas you may want to consider trying:

Chamomile TeaThis is a very popular herbal tea used to treat a variety of health concerns such as indigestion, heartburn, anxiety, PMS, sleep disturbances and easing anxiety. It also helps to relieve the inflamed or irritated mucus membranes of the digestive tract (good for acid reflux sufferers) and helps to promote normal digestion. Used topically, it can also promote the healing of minor skin irritations and scrapes. However, since chamomile is found in the ragweed family, it could cause a reaction to anyone who has allergies to ragweed.

Marshmallow TeaNo, not the big fluffy things you roast over the fire. In this case, it is the root that is used in herbal medicinal products. When taken internally, such as in a tea, marshmallow is known to ease bladder infections, and coat and soothe the gastrointestinal tract, sore throats, ease respiratory problems and promote healing of the urinary tract. It can also be purchased as a topical formula for use on burns, scrapes and inflammatory skin disorders.

Peppermint TeaThe mint leaves are used to brew a delightfully refreshing herbal tea that contains no caffeine. However, there are conflicting reports on whether to use peppermint in any form when suffering from heartburn and/or acid reflux.

In some cases, it is said to ease stomach and digestive problems. The oil within the peppermint helps to stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and relieve gas pains, calm heartburn, and settle an upset stomach and nausea. On the other hand, studies have also indicated that drinking peppermint, spearmint or other strongly spiced teas actually causes the LES to relax even more, resulting in additional acid reflux. The LES (lower esophageal sphincter) is a one-way valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach and allows food and liquid to enter the stomach. When this sphincter doesn’t close properly or is relaxed enough, food, liquid and acid can reflux back up into the esophagus causing heartburn. Since the reports are conflicting on how effective peppermint tea may be in aiding heartburn relief, you may just wish to try it for yourself and see which group you fall into.

Aloe Vera JuiceAlthough this is not a tea, I’ve included it in this article as Aloe Vera can be taken in liquid form. The liquid is made from the gel found within the Aloe Vera leaves and works to help soothe the digestive system plus protect against ulcers. In topical form, it is great to use on minor burns, sunburn, cuts, and scalds.

Cleansing Liver Herbal Teas Recharge Your Body

When spring comes it is time for a liver cleanse. This is a good time to rejuvenate the liver for the coming year of work. One good way to cleanse the liver is to use herbal teas. They are easy to use and they provide a powerful punch to reawaken the liver.

Another liver herbal tea is:Fennel Seed (1 part), Fenugreek (1 part)Flax Seed (1 part), Licorice Root (1/4 part)Burdock (1/4 part), Peppermint (1 part).

Here’s another herbal combination that is good for detoxifying and cleansing the liver:Yellow Dock root, Dandelion root, Licorice rootRed sage, Sarsaparilla, Hyssop Pau de Arco, Milk Thistle Seed, Parsley leaf.

Here’s something else you can do for you liver. Buy an extract of Milk Thistle Seed. Then when you make the liver tea’s list here, add 2-3 full droppers of the Milk Thistle Seed extract to the tea.

Here are the effects of some of the herbs listed above.

fennel seed – white cell formation, acid/alkaline balancing peppermint – body cleanser and toner red clover – blood purifier licorice – adrenal stimulation cleavers – anti-infection dandelion – cleansing and strengthening oregon grape root – cleansing, building burdock root – purifying nettles – rich in minerals chickweed – fenugreek – helps to eliminate toxins and mucus yellow dock root – cleansing, white cell formation pau de arco – cleansing, white cell formation milk thistle seed – cleansing, building

You can make these teas yourself or look for a ready made one at a health food store.

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