As already mentioned, black tea and most other true teas come from the Camelia sinenis plant. The mature leaves of this plant are withered and dried and go through an oxidation or fermentation process to make tea. Depending on how long the leaves are involved with this process affects the color of the tea. To get black tea, the leaves go through a 100% oxidation process.
As with other teas, black tea has been used for over 4,000 as both a relaxing and medicinal beverage. Drinking a cuo of day can be used to treat many health conditions such as diarrhea, indigestion, inflammation and to help lower high levels of bad cholesterol.
Black tea contain tannins which is are excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It helps people who suffer from arthritis and gout by reducing pain, swelling and aches in joints.
Black tea is rich in polyphenols which help reduce the risk of having cardiac disease. These powerful antioxidants help strengthen the immune system and are important for for your body to function healthily. These help prevent cell damage by hunting down and neutralizing damaging free radicals so they do not do any more damage.
One of the polyphenols in black tea is called theflavin. This plays a role in reducing cholesterol in your body, regulating blood pressure and reversining blood vessel constriction.
Black tea contains caffeine and is a major source of energy. Since caffeine is an effective appetite suppressant, a cup a day is an effective weight loss tool. However, since this tea does contain caffeine, you have to be careful that you do not overdo on drinking it since it can cause nervousness, nausea and insomnia. If you plan to include this tea in your daily regimen, limit it to one to two cups a day.
Black tea is an excellent beverage to drink by itself. It is best not to add milk or creamers since dairy products may cause your body to be unable to absorb the health benefits from the tea. If you need to sweeten you tea, add some lemon or honey. Both of these have other healing properties as well.
Four Herb Tea
Herb tea is made when herbs are infused in hot water. They are not considered to be true teas because the herbs do not come from the tea plant called Camellia sinensis. Therefore, these teas do not contain caffeine. As the name suggests, four herb tea contains four herbs. These are Turkey Rhubarb, Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel and Slippery Elm Bark. While you may say, “Yuk that sounds disgusting! I don’t like drinking herbal teas!” think of what you might be missing. Each of these herbs has excellent health benefits by itself. However, think of the wonders to your body when you combine them together.
“Turkey rhubarb is a purgative and is most often used in herbal formulas for it’s strong laxative effects in constipation and colon cleansing formulas” (anniesremedey). It helps soothe the muscles of the intestines and is less harsh than senna, which is found in many weight loss teas such as Skinny Me. With this herb, you don’t have to worry about accidents if you don’t make it to the bathroom in time.
This herb is also effective in:
Relieving Heartburn and Stomach Complaints
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Reducing High Levels of Bad Cholesterol
Treating Peptic Ulcers
Arctium lappa is commonly known as burdock. Who can deny that these plants are annoying? Anyone who has contact with these plants always finds burrs in their clothing and hair. They are especially annoying when you have long hair and your hair is matted with burrs. Or if your pet comes inside and you have to spend the next ten hours ridding the fur of these pesky burrs. Believe it or not, these plants do serve a purpose in our lives. They contain many healing properties. As a matter of fact, they have been used for hundreds of years to treat one health ailment or another.
Your livers play a major role in cleaning our blood from toxins and other impurities. Burdock is essential from the liver to do its job since it contains insulin which makes the liver stronger. Burdock is also effective in treating diseases of the liver such as cirrhosis, jaundice and hepatitis.
Burdock contains astringent properties which help treat skin conditions such as:
Abscesses on the skin
Burdock increases energy by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. This also gives people, especially athletes, more energy and stamina. This also helps if you have a hectic schedule and are feeling fatigued. It gives you the edge to get through the day.
Burdock contains expectorant properties. If you have a cold or the flu, drinking a tea containing burdock helps you to loosen the mucous and control coughs.
Burdock is beneficial to you digestive system. Not only is it an excellent source of fiber, they also aid you when you system is not working right, by treating nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Burdock is an excellent source of calcium. If you do not get enough dairy in your diet and do not like drinking milk you can help increase bone density by including burdock in your diet.
Burdock is good for you heart in that it lowers blood pressure. It also reduces the amount of bad cholesterol in your body. By including burdock in your daily diet, you will reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke because your arteries will not get clogged up with fatty buildup.
Burdock contains diuretic properties. While it is effective in treating and preventing kidney infections and stones, it also is an effective aid in reducing water retention.
Burdock contains anti-fungal properties. You can use this herb to treat conditions such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
Rumex acetosella is commonly known as sheep sorrel. Though “considered by many to be a nuisance weed, its presence and usage have provided numerous benefits for people across the years” (essiacfacts).
Sheep sorrel is a natural pain reliever because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. This herb helps if you are suffering from joint pain due to arthritis. It is also good for relieving pain from sore muscles after a vigorous workout.
Sheep sorrel contains antibacterial properties which are excellent for skin conditions. It can be used to treat cold sores, bee stings, mosquito bites, cuts and scrapes.
Sheep sorrel contains antioxidant properties which we need to protect our bodies against free radicals or damaged cells. These damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well. This plant plays a key role of destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage.
Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery elm bark has been use since colonial times when “North American Indians and early settlers used the inner bark of the slippery elm not only to build canoes, shelter, and baskets, but as a poultice or as a soothing drink” (drugs.com).
Slippery elm bark contains expectorant properties. This herb helps with respiratory problems such as
This bark contains anti-bacterial properties. Applying it to your skin can prevent cuts, scrapes, wounds and burns from getting infected. It is also effective in treating skin conditions such as acne, cold sores, psoriasis and eczema.
You can find four herb tea at most stores that sell tea. The real name of it is called Essiac tea. Two famous brands are Swanson Organic and Starwest Botanicals Organic. You can also find bulk tea at your local health food store. You can even make your own tea with the four herbs. For an excellent recipe, go to this site: http://www.herbalhealer.com/4-herb/instructions.html.
If you are pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor to make sure that the herbs are going to be safe for your child. Even before you start any home remedy program, talk to your doctor since some herbs may interact with medications and supplements you might be already taking.