With all the New Year’s resolutions to work out, diet, and do just about everything but sleep 8 hours a night, it can be easy to overlook affordable, everyday methods for improving your health. After all the weight loss techniques, sometimes it helps to just take a break and brew yourself a hot cup of tea. In addition to helping you stay hydrated and warm, tea offers numerous health benefits such as boosting the immune system and, of course, the all-healing power of soothing. Just inhaling herbal vapors can help facilitate clearer breathing and improve alertness.
It may not come as any great surprise that tea can work wonders, but it is easy to forget the extent to which each type can support your daily health.
- Chamomile has been in use for thousands of years, and for good reason. As well as aiding in the treatment of common ailments and soothing stomachs, it proves reliable as an anti-inflammatory, immune-booster, antioxidant, and pain reliever. From colicky children to overstressed office workers and bacterial infections to eczema, the potential applications of chamomile make it one of the most relevant and effective tools at your disposal.
- Though you can’t go wrong with chamomile, green tea has a remarkable track record when it comes to assisting the immune system. Its antioxidants help stave off damaging compounds in the body and help with daily function, aiding the body’s ability to resist bacterial and viral infections. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties can alleviate the effects of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. These antioxidants have even been known to decrease the effects of ultraviolet exposure.
- Peppermint, another of the most popular tea varieties in the world, can also be applied to soothe stomach discomfort. Additionally, prepared peppermint oil has been used to alleviate I.B.S., nausea, and spasms in the intestines, colon, and esophagus. As with chamomile and green tea, it possesses antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
- Rose hip tea, though somewhat less common than the others, offers substantial anti-inflammatory benefits and has been known to reduce discomfort in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Its high vitamin C and antioxidant content further boosts immune health and may help protect against serious ailments.
The next time you feel the need to run twelve miles after a large dinner or cleanse yourself of life’s impurities, remember that there are also some simple and enjoyable ways to aid your health without wearing yourself out. During this dry and (occasionally) frigid winter, stay warm and don’t forget the immune-boosting wonders of tea!