Tea has been around for thousands of years, and is believed to have originated in China back in 2737 BC. Today, there are a large number of different types of teas. Some are enjoyed for their flavor, while others are enjoyed for their beneficial qualities.
History of tea
In order to understand fully all the medical qualities tea possesses, we must understand where it comes from.
There are a number of different versions about how tea was created, but the legend I heard is that the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while a servant was boiling water for him. When some leaves blew into his drink, Shen—being the herbalist that he was—decided to drink it instead of scream at his servant and demand clean water.
Although we’ll never know exactly how tea was first created, we should be thankful that someone decided to throw some leaves into hot water because the benefits of tea are far and wide.
Before common medications were developed, many developing countries at the time—and even today—used tea to cure people’s various illnesses. Here are some of the best teas for fighting off almost any common ailment you come across.
1. Green tea
I’m sure all of you know of this tea. It is perhaps the best known tea for its benefits, but there’s so much more to green tea than just its antioxidant powers.
Stronger immune system: Due to all the antioxidants green teas have, it actually makes your immune system much stronger. This gives the immune system the ability to fight off infections and viruses faster than if you don’t drink it.
Reduces inflammation: Green tea has inflammatory properties that you can use to combat internal swelling, such as that of the digestive tract, and even on wounds, acne and swollen body parts.
Reduces acne when used externally: The antibacterial and antioxidant properties actually reduce acne as well as balance your skin’s pH—something that, when out of balance, tends to create acne.
Increases metabolism: This might not seem like a medical remedy, but if you’re overweight and running the risk of developing diabetes, it could be the answer you’re looking for.
Kills bacteria inside and out: Antibacterial properties fight bad bacteria while maintaining good bacteria levels both internally and, when used on wounds, externally.
Lowers cholesterol: Green tea can fight high cholesterol by keeping your LDL cholesterol safe.
2. Ginger tea
This is another common tea. It is consumed more in Asia than anywhere else in the, and is mostly used for its medical benefits.
Reduces nausea: Ginger has been proven to reduce nausea in people who have the flu and even in women during pregnancy.
Raises your body temperature: When you have the flu or other illnesses that you need to get rid of, your body needs a slight temperature to kill them. This tea increases your body’s overall temperature for this purpose.
Induces sweating to break a fever: It also has the ability to make you sweat so that your body temperature doesn’t stay too hot for too long, causing damage.
Soothes sore and aching throats: Ginger has soothing properties that can calm sore, itchy and aching throats.
3. Chamomile tea
Raise your hand if you have had a nice, hot mug of chamomile tea before slipping into one of the best slumbers of your life. There are also other ways this tea can heal you from the inside and the outside.
Relieves anxiety: Chamomile tea has been used for many years to calm those who are anxious. Drinking only one cup can calm your nerves and reduce your anxiety.
Soothes indigestion: If you’re having trouble digesting your food because you’re sick or have other issues, this tea can help by reducing the inflammation in your digestive tract.
Relieves coughs from throat irritations: If you have a cough, forget medicine—all you need is a hot cup of this tea, and you’ll be good to go.
Reduces swelling: Chamomile is not only called the ‘calming tea’ because it relaxes you and puts you to sleep; it also relaxes any swelling you may have. This means that it’s beneficial outside and inside your body.
Loosens mucus in lungs: If you’re struggling with bronchitis or just have built up mucus in your lungs, this tea can actually break up that mucus and make it easier for your lunges to dispel it.
4. Echinacea tea
This tea has probably never come across your screen before, but now it’ll be taking a place in your pantry because of these powerful remedy qualities.
Relieves pain: If you have a stomachache, knee pain or even a wound that’s hurting, this tea can help to relieve that not only internally, but also externally.
Enhances immune system: Prevention is the most important thing you can do to ensure you won’t get sick. This tea can enhance your immune system and not only make it easier for you to fight off illnesses, but help you recover faster from them.
Reduces inflammation: Whether it’s internal or external inflammation, this tea can help to reduce it.
Reduces the length of a cold: This tea is known for its ability to get rid of the common cold faster than it can get rid of any other ailment. So, instead of reaching for that box of cold medicine, sip on this all natural tea instead.
5. Arnica tea
This is not a tea to be used internally without medical supervision. Although it can’t be used internally, it has been used on the body throughout history to treat different injuries.
Antibacterial: Wrap any open wounds with a cloth that has been soak in this tea in order to avoid infection—it’s even better than Neosporin.
Anti-inflammatory: If you twist your ankle, break a bone or even just bump your head on something, this tea can reduce the inflammation quickly. It even works on acne!
Muscle relaxing properties: A pulled muscle is never fun and those muscle relaxing pills from the doctor usually cost a pretty penny. Relax your muscles by wrapping them in a cloth that has been soaked in this tea.
Heals open wounds faster: The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of this tea enables it able to heal open wounds faster than if you just leave them alone. This also means that it reduces your chances of having scars from the lesion.
Rids itching from bug bites: If you decide that you’re too cool for bug spray when you go camping for a weekend and are regretting it Monday morning, dabbing some of this tea on each bite will alleviate the stinging and/or itching that comes with it.
Relieves pain: From aching muscles and headaches to open wounds, this tea will relieve your pain when used externally.
You don’t always have to turn to man-made, chemical-ridden medication when suffering from an ailment. Instead, turn to some of these delicious and beneficial teas! Your body will thank you for it.
Do you use any of these teas? If so, how effective have they been for you? Let us know below!