Have a healthier winter with herbal tea

ISTANBUL
Published 14.01.2018 22:17
Updated 15.01.2018 00:30
Have a healthier winter with herbal tea

Winter is here and it has brought along with it various health problems. In addition to the flu shot and vitamin supplements, don't forget to add natural herbal tea to your shopping list to protect yourself against awaiting diseases

Each of us has a medicine cabinet at home. Let me guess: It is filled with medicines that your doctor prescribed to you one time, with medicines you have not even heard of or you are not sure what they are even good for. First of all, let's start with ruling out the ones you choose among the prospectuses when you get sick. You already go and see your doctor when it comes to more serious diseases, but the greatest problem occurs regarding the ones that do not make you bedridden.

I will have a few recommendations that you can easily find at herbal shops in order to deal with these little problems. Herbal teas. As I wrote many times before, "enough is as good as a feast," but when we consume enough quantities, these herbs have countless benefits. I know that you are confused about green tea, so I will talk about many kinds of herbal teas from the ones that you need to keep by your side for a healthy life to those that will help you sleep better.

Let's prepare a list of indispensable natural plants for our health pack.

1. Chamomile tea

The visually stunning chamomiles in the summer can now decorate our health cabin to cope with stress and anxiety. Chamomile tea is an easy way to enjoy the tranquilizing effect. It is a soft sedative that helps you relax. This plant helps us to overcome the daily stresses in our lives. With a slight sedative effect, it helps you overcome your sleeping problem. Before we list its benefits, stock up on a few packs of chamomile tea in your health cabinet.

Good for anxiety

There is some evidence that chamomile can reduce anxiety. According to a study, chamomile lowers anxiety levels in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. For a soothing effect, it is enough to inhale chamomile essential oil or make dry chamomile tea.

Stomach and bowel friendly

Some studies suggest that chamomile tea is an effective antacid. It was revealed that chamomile can relieve stomach problems such as ulcers, nausea, as well as intestinal discomforts.

Make your own chamomile lotion

Chamomile has a strong reputation for defeating inflammation and is used to treat mild skin irritation due to its moisturizing effect. Studies have shown that applying chamomile lotion on the skin also helps to heal eczema and sunburn. If your skin is rough or pruritic, you can make your own chamomile lotion yourself.

Make sure you have the original chamomile tea, because chamomile tea can cause serious side effects. It is also recommended that you avoid using chamomile tea during pregnancy.

Chamomile oil as a natural painkiller

Chamomile oil has a long history as a painkiller and an infection-reducing agent. Scientists have found positive results for migraine pain, carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of applying chamomile oil on the skin.

2. Mint tea

Mint tea is perfect for bloating, headaches and insect bites. It also has a relaxing effect for bloating problems. Immediately place a few bags of mint tea in your health cabinet.

Helps you concentrate

Studies have shown that mint tea can increase concentration and even help your memory. Scientists at Northumbria University in the U.K. observed that when mint tea, chamomile tea or hot water were given to subjects, mint tea drinkers were more careful and worked better and also remembered the information for a longer time than others. So, instead of automatically choosing caffeine when you need to sober up, I recommend mint tea.

Relieves digestive problems

Mint tea helps you digest properly. It relieves stomach discomfort, gas problems and bloating. It can be a good solution for postprandial bloating. Mint tea may also reduce symptoms of upper respiratory infection, such as relieving a blocked nose, phlegm and soothing a sore throat.

These two recipes I will give you will help you experience the positive effects of mint in both winter and summer. While preparing mint tea in a glass, add a cup of boiling water in the winter, while in summer, place two bags of mint tea in your cup filled with water at room temperature for a refreshing effect and sip throughout the day.

3. Green tea

Put aside your coffee mug and stock up on green tea. Green tea strengthens your memory and enhances brain connections that process and store information and also helps fight cancer. Women who drink at least three cups of green tea a week have a 17 percent lower risk of digestive cancer. It helps you burn fat. Although studies on humans have not been fully completed, experiments on animals have shown that green tea provides up to 36 percent more fat burn when used in combination with exercise. It keeps your brain healthy. In experiments on animals, EGCG, a polyphenol in green tea, was found to be able to protect against neurological diseases. Green tea reduces the risk of stroke. Drinking three cups of green tea a day can reduce your risk of stroke by up to 20 percent.

Of course, besides these benefits, you have probably heard about the disadvantages of green tea. I do not think there has been a single person who has not heard of a 16-year-old British girl who was hospitalized after suffering severe liver damage after drinking three glasses of Chinese green tea she ordered online. Worrisome, is it not? The important thing is that teas sold online are likely to be intensified and may be consumed more than normal to speed up weight loss. Consuming too much green tea can prevent our liver from functioning properly and may lead to infection. Tannins in green tea can hinder iron absorption. If you are healthy, green tea can stimulate your immune system in a positive way, but if you have a discomfort, this stimulus can hit your body harder.

When we evaluate all of these, the benefits of green tea outweigh the risks. First, it contains a less amount of caffeine than coffee. As I mentioned earlier, enough is as good as a feast.

4. Best teas for sleep

You may not need pills to get a good night's sleep. Here are a few more additions to our health cabinet. I already mentioned the relaxing effect of chamomile tea. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed will help you get a good night's sleep. The mint tea mentioned above is also perfect for reducing digestion and gas problems. If you are having stomach problems, it will help you get into the sleep mode. Mint can increase the duration of sleep.

Lavender tea

While some studies on lavender have suggested that this herb can help women catch more REM sleep, other studies have shown that it may stabilize mood swings and have a soothing effect. In Germany, lavender tea was approved for insomnia.

Fennel

This licorice-flavored vegetable relieves muscles such as the intestines and uterus, and helps with stomach, gas and cramps. Do not forget to add it to a cup of tea due to these benefits.

If we have packed your health cabinet thoroughly, then you are ready for winter.

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