Mother Earth Living

Try This At Home: 5 Reasons to Brew a Cup of Tea

By The Herb Companion staff
October/November 2008


Content Tools

Related Content

Product of the Week: Zhena's Gypsy Tea Harvest Herb Teas

Enjoy the fall season with a cup of organic, fair trade tea from Zhena Gypsy Tea’s new Harvest Herb ...

Capsules: Peonies and Dementia

Japanese scientists have linked peonies to treatments for dementia.

Leaves of Fortune in Your Tea Cup

Green, black or white, tea offers better health and, potentially, longer life.

In The News: Practical Evidence of Ancient Herbal Medicine

The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the hist...

1. Relax

In Chinese medicine, tea is said to produce “relaxed alertness.” A cup of black tea contains about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. But drink two cups of black tea, and you feel less of a buzz than you would from one cup of coffee. That’s because tea also contains the calming compound L-theanine. British researchers gave 75 men either tea or a caffeinated beverage with the same amount of caffeine. Compared with those drinking the other beverage, the tea drinkers reported feeling less stressed and more relaxed. —Michael Castleman

2. Rejuvenate

Buddhists traditionally drank tea during meditation. In the 12th century, the Japanese combined Buddhist beliefs and tea drinking into a ceremony of spiritual rejuvenation and universal harmony: The Japanese Tea Ceremony still is practiced today.

3. Nourish

Rooibos, a traditional South African beverage made from Aspalathus linearis, tastes much like black tea but contains no caffeine and is low in tannins. The reddish brew is rich in vitamin C, minerals and a potent antioxidant called aspalathin that is found only in rooibos.

4. Soothe 

Soothe an aching stomach with peppermint (Mentha xpiperita) tea. Peppermint has the power to calm intestinal muscles, relieve nausea and decrease flatulence. Refreshing and spicy in flavor, peppermint also has antiseptic and perspiration-inducing properties, making it a great choice for relieving colds, flus and fevers.

5. Chill

Chill out with an iced herbal tea made from beautiful, ruby-red hibiscus flowers. Rich in vitamin C, hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) has a cooling effect and tart flavor that’s ideal for cold teas. Served hot or cold, this herbal tea also could help lower blood pressure, according to recent research. (See “Fresh Clips,” September 2008.)








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.