For a wide range of reasons, tea-whether hot or cold-is an excellent beverage to drink. Whether you drink it with your friends or alone, you will find that drinking it is not only delicious but also relaxing. Tea drinking has a long history since many herbs and plants contain healing properties which help treat many health ailments and conditions. One such ailment is inflammation and swelling which are caused by numerous reasons including arthritis, post-operative surgeries, headache pain and injuries. Certain herbs contain minerals, nutrients and flavonoids which help fight against health problems that cause inflammation and swelling.
If you wake up in the morning with puffy eyes, having a cup of ordinary black tea works wonders. After you drink you morning cup of tea, wait until your tea bag is cooled down until they are warm. Place the tea bag over eye for thirty seconds and then repeat with the other eye. The tea bags acts as an excellent poultice.
Chamomile tea is a very relaxing tea and helps you fall asleep if you suffer from insomnia. This tea acts as a muscle relaxant and helps your muscles relax and reduces muscle tension, cramps and spasms.
Dandelion tea is excellent if you eat food that contains a lot of sodium. This is one of the reasons why you might have excess water buildup. Other teas that are excellent in reducing water buildup and bloat include:
Echinacea tea is excellent to keep in the house during cold and flu season since it is very effective in fighting off colds and the flu. The anti-inflammatory properties produce a cortisone effect which helps with joint pain.
Green tea is growing in popularity with many consumers. It is an excellent diuretic and helps your body get rid of excess water buildup which is a cause of inflammation.
Lemon tea contains astringent properties and is effective in treating many skin conditions. It also helps reduce swelling and scarring after surgery. The next time you make your favorite cup of tea, instead of using sugar to sweeten it, use a teaspoon of lemon juice for a delicious and healthy drink.
Licorice tea contains anti-histamine properties and is very effective if you have allergies. The anti-inflammatory properties make this drink an strong pain killer.
Marigold is a delicious tea to drink. You can use the tea to treat skin conditions such as hives, rash, dermatitis. The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce itching and swelling and prevent these conditions from becoming infected.
Turmeric tea is a heart friendly tea where its healing properties can help you from having a heart attack or stroke. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent pain reliever.
Some of these teas you can find at your local grocery store. However, with some of the others you will need to brew your own cup of tea. All you need to do is add a teaspoon or two of the herb you are using in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Cover the cup with a plate and allow it to brew for at least ten minutes. The longer you allow the tea to brew before drinking allows a majority of the anti-inflammatory properties to be released in your drink.
If you decide to combine herbs for a stronger cup of tea either talk to your doctor or a qualified herbalist to make sure there are not going to be any interactions by combining certain herbs. Talk to your doctor since some herbs can interact with pain medications and supplements that you may be already taking.