RECOMMENDED HERBAL TEAS
Herbal teas can be used to improve health and wellness. They are a great addition to support weight loss and specific teas can help with different health issues. Below is a list of recommended herbal teas that you may wish to give a try. You can include these as part of your daily water intake to make life more interesting. Freeze herbal tea into ice blocks for a cool summer treat. Ice herbal tea and mix with sparkling water for a refreshing drink. Or have traditionally, hot. Be sure to look at the SWEETEN NATURALLY section for free natural sugars if you like your tea sweetened. Avoid sugar, honey, Splenda, Aspartame, Agave.
DANDELION ROOT TEA
Dandelion root tea is a liver tonic that helps improve liver function and regeneration. Dandelion tea assists detoxification and helps the liver breakdown fats which is beneficial in weight loss. It also increases bile production which aids digestion and reduces constipation and bloating.
Dandelion root tea is a dark robust tea so if you are trying it for the first time, perhaps make it weak. The longer you leave the tea bag in, the stronger and more bitter the taste becomes.
DANDELION LEAF TEA
Whilst the root is good for this liver, dandelion leaf has an affinity for the urinaary tract with its diuretic action.
Dandelion leafe can help eliminate excess fuild retention and is good for those who are prone to urinary tract infections.
NOTE: For benefits of Danelion root and leaf, take 'Traditional Medicinals' Organic Dandelion Leaf and Root Tea.
Green tea is full of antioxidants that reduce free radical damage and ageing. Green tea helps with liver detoxification and studies have shown that it works to balance brain-waves which improves focus and concentration.
It still has a little caffeine so great to have in the morning or buy a decaffeinated version. Green tea also assists in weight loss.
Look for teas containing herbs such as chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, St Johns Wort (caution with some medications) or Withania, these are all herbs that help calm the nervous system and promote relaxation.
They can be taken throughout the day and are a great addition in the evening to help you unwind and promote a restful sleep.
Licorice tea is an adrenal tonic, which means it helps support your body in times of stress and fatigue. It is a great alternative to coffee to give you a boost if you are prone to afternoon slumps in energy.
It also helps to reduce cravings and taste sweet so great if you are craving sugar. In addition, it helps to balance your hormones especially if you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
As a caution, avoid this tea if you have high blood pressure.
Chai tea is an exotic blend of herbs and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and aniseed. The herbs in Chai tea help to calm and soothe the digestion making it an ideal teat to settle an upset stomach.
The cinnamon in Chai tea helps to balance blood sugar levels so try this tea in between meals or when you are getting sugar/carb cravings to keep your blood sugar levels balanced.
What a treat and without any guilt! Try a cup of 'The Republic of Tea's' Chocolate tea. They have a variety of chocolate flavours including Red Velvet Chocolate, Coconut Cocoa, Strawberry chocolate, Peppermint Chocolate and Banana Chocolate. You can buy in an assortment or individually. Purchase from -
Another Chocolate tea option is 'Tisano' organic tea. Made from Cacoa, you will be delighted by the various flavour combinations you can try including Cacao Chai, Cacao Rose, Cacao Mint, Cacao Vanilla and Cacao Green. Tisano comes in samples too so you can try before you jump into a large buy. Purchase from -
HYDROSOLS / FLORAL WATER
By steam-distilling plant material, Organic hydrosols or flower waters are produced. They are much less concentrated than essential oils but have similar properties.
A great Organic brand is 'Mountain Rose Herbs' in Eugene, Oregon. Hydrosols range from $4.00 - $11.50 US.
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