Tea for What Ails You


Did you know there is a tea or tisane for almost anything that may be troubling you? We wanted to share some our favorite remedies for common ailments, in hopes that you might be able to get some relief as well. Let us know if you've got any secret tea weapons that we don't mention here and we can share them later.

Headaches

If you suffer from headaches and migraines you know that you'll try just about anything to get the pain to go away. But did you know that tea can help? First of all, the caffeine in tea has been shown to be beneficial for headache pain because it can control the blood flow. Ginger and peppermint, common ingredients in tea blends, have both been shown to aid with headaches. In fact, one study found that a strong dose of ginger was as effective as a dose of sumatriptan, also known as Imitrex. If you're looking for a tea to try, we would suggest our Get Well Soon, Ginger Black, Moroccan Mint, or Peppermint.


Food Poisoning and Nausea

You may have heard of the old home-remedy of Tea and Toast. Well, there's a reason. It actually works. Next time you're feeling nauseous make yourself a strong cup of black tea and a piece of burnt toast. Burnt? Yes, burnt. The charcoal from the toast interacts with the tannins in the tea to neutralize the toxins that are making you feel sick. If you're trying to prevent food poisoning altogether (I mean, who wouldn't want to prevent it), try drinking a cup of green tea with your meal. The catechins found in the tea offer an antibacterial effect and have been shown to destroy E. coli and other bacteria that can make you sick. If you want a good strong black tea we would recommend our English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast. Need a good green tea? Try Dragonwell or Sencha.


Indigestion and Bloating

We may start to sound like a broken record here, but peppermint and ginger, along with chamomile and Rooibos, are great choices if you're feeling gassy and bloated. Peppermint and chamomile can calm contractions in the stomach muscles and, in turn, ease pain and cramping. Ginger can be used to reduce nausea and bloating. In fact, it's been used for centuries for that very reason. Rooibos has also been used for years by women in South Africa. They discovered that it helped with colic in their babies. Since it's caffeine-free it's completely safe for babies and children that have those awful tummy aches. Give our Ginger Black, Peppermint, Chamomile, or Rooibos a try the next time you have a bit of tummy trouble.


Cold and Flu

We've all been there, especially during the changing of the seasons. You get that awful sore throat, sinus congestion, cough. It's horrible and ain't nobody got time for that! Luckily for all of us, tea can work wonders on a common cold or the flu. Cinnamon, ginger, and licorice root are especially effective. Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and ginger and licorice work to coat the throat and relieve sore throat pain. Our favorite recommendation when you're feeling under the weather is our Get Well Soon, but our Spicy Chai is also a good choice.

Insomnia

Many people struggle with sleep, especially getting to sleep. Chamomile has been used for centuries as an aid for sleep because it calms the nervous system. Passionflower and catnip have also been shown to help with sleep problems. Passionflower boosts the brain's level of GABA, which lessens the activity in your brain. One study showed sleep quality showed a significantly better rating for passionflower compared with placebo after just one week. People are often surprised when we suggest Catnip for help with sleep, but the fact is, Catnip has the opposite effect on humans as it does on cats. It can actually help soothe the mind and offers sedative properties. If you have trouble falling asleep give our Sleep Tight or Brave Dreamer a try. 

We've covered just a few of the amazing benefits of tea. As with anything though, check with your doctor if you're on any medications or undergoing any treatment.




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