Tea has been used for centuries as not only a warm, comforting drink, or as a part of a cultural ceremony, but also for its ability to heal, nurture and hydrate the body.
One of the key elements of black, green, white, and oolong teas are the fact that they contain flavonoids. Flavonoids are unique plant based compounds which act as powerful antioxidants in the body, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system, as well as containing anti-carcinogenic properties.
With so many toxic elements in our day to day lifestyles (including processed foods, pollution, skin care products, and stress), antioxidants can offer a helping hand by combating oxidative stress caused by the build-up of free radicals in our system.
And a really simple way to do this (amongst a healthy diet and exercise), is to drink tea!
Apart from the ‘purist’ tea varieties as mentioned above, herbal infusions also play a huge role in our tea drinking rituals - whether they be infused into a blend, or consumed exactly as they are.
Some of our favourite herbals are listed below:
Peppermint - Used for thousands of years as a digestive aid, peppermint has a calming and soothing effect on our GI tract. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (and which may also support healthy cholesterol levels). Peppermint is also thought to relieve pain and discomfort from gas and bloating. Peppermint tea is a common home remedy for flatulence.
Chamomile - Made from dried chamomile flowers, one of the most common associations people have with chamomile tea is to help calm our nervous system and induce a state of relaxation and an improved sleep. Some studies have shown chamomile to also aid with relief of menstrual pain, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory to relieve oxidative stress.
Liquorice Root - Naturally sweet in flavour, liquorice root is known to not only calm the digestive system and help ease symptoms of reflux or heartburn, but it has also been used to sooth our respiratory system and calm overstimulated adrenal glands. Because of its sweet flavour, it can also be a fantastic way to wean off processed sugar cravings.
Dandelion Root - Often used as a coffee substitute for those wanting to reduce their caffeine intake, dandelion tea is known for its diuretic properties and its ability to help with the natural detoxification process of the liver and kidneys.
Rosehip - Made from the fruits of the rose plant (prior to blooming into a rose), rosehip is known for its high antioxidant properties as well as its benefits for cardiovascular health. The antioxidant properties not only reduce inflammation, but are also great for our skin health. Similarly to dandelion, rosehip has a diuretic effect which can stimulate our natural detoxification pathways.
Unfortunately not all teas are created equal, and the more processed the leaves are and/or if the leaves are sprayed with pesticides and chemicals prior to harvesting, it can compromise the benefits. That’s why we hand make all of our own organic tea here at Pure + NOOD.