It’s no secret that many teas have been said to have medicinal properties, claiming to do anything from preventing colds to losing weight, and even curing cancer! I am not sure if there is verifiable proof of that, but what I can say is while most people are out getting their flu shots every year; I never need one because I drink teas daily.
Please note: If you’re using any herb such as medicinal teas for a health purpose, always check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you and will not interfere with any other medication you’re already taking.
- Echinacea – This flowering plant can be grown in your herb garden and is occasionally found in the wild is known to help aid in the body’s resistance to infections. As a tea, it has a mildly sweet taste and is good for prevention of colds and flus among other immune system uses.
- Chamomile – Like Echinacea, Chamomile is generally grown in the garden but can be found in various places in the wild. This is also a flowering plant. It doesn’t have as sweet a taste as Echinacea, but has many uses making it worth it. Chamomile is often used for things such as helping with insomnia because of its calming effect. It also works well as a digestive aid and has been known to help prevent headaches for people who have them a lot.
- Hibiscus – Another flowering plant that can be used in a tea is the Hibiscus. This plant is often said to be a ‘cure all’. It’s been noted to lower blood pressure, help with cancer, good for colds and flus, help with menstrual issues, use as a weight loss measure and more. It’s also said there are some risks to drinking Hibiscus tea especially if you are pregnant or nursing or have low blood pressure. As with any medicinal tea, research it and make sure it’s safe for you.
- Spearmint & Peppermint – Both of these can be grown in the garden and are good alone as a tea or make a good additive to tea blends with a minty taste as the names suggest. They are said to aid in digestion and help with nerves and often work as a sleep aid.
- Essiac – This tea is actually a combination of four herbs first used by nurse practitioner Rene Caisse who was given the recipe by an Ojibiway Indian in Canada as an ancient treatment for many ailments. This tea blend has claimed to have been successful in treating cancer and has been noted for shrinking tumors and helping with nerve disorders. While some of the ingredients can be grown they can be difficult to maintain. I would suggest ordering the ingredients for this one so you are getting exactly what you need for this tea blend.
Echinacea Tea – Vanderbilt University Health Psychology Page on Echinacea
Chamomile Tea – The Tea Talk – Chamomile Benefits
Hibiscus Tea – Surprising Benefits of Hibiscus Tea by Gai Herbs
Spearmint & Peppermint Tea – Health Benefits of Mint Tea by Living Strong
Essiac Tea – Essiac Tea by the National Cancer Institute