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Teas For Good Health

By Jennifer Lyall
 
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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love trying different teas. My big brother introduced me to the world of teas. We would try mostly black teas like Darjeeling, Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey, but since those days, the variety of teas available has exploded. Right now in my cupboard I have 16 different types of tea.

I have Earl Grey in the cupboard for when my sister visits. That's her favorite. I keep some orange pekoe tea on hand for when I have guests who simply want a cup of tea. The rest of the teas are ones that my family and I enjoy.

There are a few teas that I always keep on hand:

Camomile tea

Ginger tea

Echinacea tea (sometimes a few different varieties including a throat coat tea)

"Sleepy time" tea and a special herbal mix of strong "sleepy time" tea

I consider those teas to be part of my tool box to keep my family healthy because there are so many uses for them. In my book, a good cup of tea benefits just about anyone. If someone has an upset stomach, the first thing I reach for is Ginger tea (camomile tea works well too). If someone has a sniffly nose, then we brew some echinacea tea. And for those nights when you want to just relax and get a good night's sleep, we have a cup of camomile tea or "sleepy time" tea.

I keep my special strong "sleepy time" herbal medicine tea for those nights when I'm stressed out and I know I really need a good night's sleep. Or if I've been sick and not sleeping well and I need a solid night's rest to help my body along the road to recovery. This mix I picked up from Thuna Herbs in Toronto, a herbal shop that was recommended by my naturopath. Here's the recipe if you are interested in getting it from a herbalist in your community:

1 oz Jamaican Dogwood

1 oz Hops Flower

1 oz Lavender Flower

1 oz Tonga Root

1 oz Skullcap Herb

This mix cost me about $40 but is has lasted a long time. I've even shared some of this loose tea with friends and family who have a hard time sleeping. Another friend was taking sleeping pills to get to sleep. He's now off of them and uses this tea when he needs to.

To brew the tea fill a tea ball with the tea leaves.

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cazort

I also love trying different teas too! My family grows our own herbs, including mint and lemon balm, which we drink as fresh tea, especially as iced tea, during the summer, and which we dry and drink as hot tea during the winter.

I wasn't aware of the languageoftheleaf website, so thanks for sharing that! That is a very extensive site.

Anyone who enjoys learning about and exploring new teas and different varieties of tea may be interested in my website RateTea.net for rating and reviewing teas. The site is less about figuring out which teas are "best" and more about helping people keep track of which teas they enjoy most. There are no teas for sale on the site, but we link to other companies that sell tea, and we list lots of different teas and have pages on each different style or type of tea. We also list herbal teas such as chamomile like you mentioned! Enjoy!

October 22, 2009 - 11:40am
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Anonymous

Although people have enjoyed tea for centuries as a drink,some recognized its medicinal properties only in the recent past.People begun to realize truly that tea is a powerful weapon against disease. Numerous studies are published year after year that show tea fights many debilitating and deadly diseases. In fact, more than 1,400 medical articles have been written during the past 10 years about the benefits of green tea alone.I love tea for all these reasons.Know more informations from the following link,
http://blog.talbottteas.com/2009/03/16/tea-a-powerful-weapon/

August 11, 2009 - 7:51pm
CharlotteSal

I absolutely love tea. I get so excited when I find businesses that are based on tea. I recently found a tea house complete with the china cups and serving apparatus.

I have heard that lavender leaves are great for getting to sleep. Ginger and cinnamon are great for healing and soothing as well.

Thanks for sharing.

July 29, 2009 - 3:27pm
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