There are teas available in many different brands and combinations of herbs to treat a specific cause. Each herb has its own specific properties that lend itself to certain areas of the body. For example, a tea that is created for the purpose of stabilizing blood sugar may combine both Burdock and Ginger since these both calm spiking glucose levels.
Teas That Aid Digestion
Teas that are great for aiding in stimulating digestive juices have bitter properties. Combinations of herbs such as dandelion, chamomile, cardamom, fennel, ginger, and sage all soothe the stomach. Sometimes, peppermint and spearmint are added for a better flavor.
Cardamom and fennel have additional benefits with digestion in that they are both known to ease stomach cramps and reduce gas. Yarrow leaves and flowers in tea have been said to improve appetite and improve digestion.
Teas That Calm the Nerves
Not only is holding a mug filled with hot tea calming in itself; there are many herbal teas that can calm your nervous system. Any tea that contains passionflower, chamomile, kava kava root, damania, lemon balm, motherwort, skullcap, St. John’s Wort, valerian and sage will make you feel more relaxed. While most of these herbs can also be taken in capsule form in higher doses, some prefer to make the tea three times per day.
Kava kava and passionflower are most common to treat anxiety and have mild tranquilizing properties. Either of these herbs would work well combined with any of the herbs mentioned above. Chamomile and kava kava would be especially helpful in aiding with sleep and St. John’s Wort will help to improve your mood.
Even though these herbs are all natural, one should first always consult their physician before starting an herbal regimen. St John’s Wort has been known to interact or counteract certain medications like SSRI’s, MAOI Inhibitors, and oral contraceptives to name a few. Also, you should not take Kava Kava if you have liver or kidney disease. The herb affects the liver similarly to alcohol.