Ever wanted to get into natural remedies for pesky pains, aches, and restless nights, but didn't even know where to begin? I don't blame you, I was the same way. But since reading and learning about tea, I have found that each one contains some element to help your overall health.
Below I have composed a list of 3 herbal teas I believe are great "starters" to your new tea discovery. Good luck to you all!
Chicory Root: Chicory root, although nice on its own, is a great additive to your morning cup of coffee. It adds that extra woody and roasty taste to your morning, and comes with a long list of health benefits you may not have known about.
Among these benefits, most prevalent is liver purification. Acting as a natural diuretic, chicory allows your body to naturally detox itself of any harmful or unwanted toxins in the liver (and kidneys for that matter).
Some studies also show that chicory can help delay or aid in diabetes. It regulates your blood sugar, helps reduce bodily stress, and the extracts from the dried root posess insulin qualities.
Other duly noted benefits of chicory root:
- Aids digestion
- Helps osteoarthritis
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory
Bilberry: Bilberry, belonging to the plant family that includes blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry, offers a nice and easy fruity essence to it when consumed as a tea. But don't let the simplicity fool you. Bilberry is packed with antioxidants.
The most interesting benefit of bilberry to me, is it's ability to help eyesight. Crazy right? Bilberry strengthens some of the blood vessels that lead to your eyes! The anthocyanosides found in bilberry aid in night blindness, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Apart from its cool eye repairing superpower, bilberry also helps with digestion and stomach aches/bowel problems. Traditionally, it was used to help with stomach flu, scurvy, and other stomach problems.
Other notable benefits of bilberry:
- Boosts immune system
- Aids sore throats
- Reduces menstrual pain
- Used in some cosmetics to help skin
Valerian Root: Not going to lie, valerian root is a more bitter herb. That's why it is great to add it to other teas- chamomile is a good option. But trust that it is an amazing way to treat your insomnia and/or anxiety.
Valerian root has sedative qualities to it that assist in getting rest at night when you're feeling restless. It can also actually lower your blood pressure.
So, if your feeling like you can't ever get a good nights sleep, maybe reach for a steamy cup of valerian root tea.
Other great benefits of valerian root:
- Aids menstrual cramps
- Helps reduce stress
- Used as a base in perfumes