Now that fall has finally fallen upon us, it’s time to open up the windows of our homes and invite a little fresh fall air in. It’s time to dig deep in to our closets and underneath our beds for the bins that are topped full with light weight sweaters and scarves—that time of year when we reach into our cupboards and pull out our favorite mugs and tea sets. It’s the time of year when we can slow down and take a breather before the holiday season consumes us.
Living day to day is a challenge all on its own, but living with chronic illness can easily be rivaled with life on a battlefield. From doctors appointments to taking daily medications, juggling healthy meal planning and recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and managing our careers and our personal lives—making it from one minute to the next, unscathed and in one piece, truly is a victory all by itself.
I’m sure you have heard the old phrase about stopping to smell the roses—well today I want to pause to sip some tea. From year round sippers to the seasonal or occasional tea bag dippers there is something about this comfort beverage you should know. It’s not just for sipping at tea parties anymore, it can be physically uplifting. There are several teas that aren’t just tasty but they a jammed packed with health benefits.
Here are my top five tea picks for all the health benefits that are wrapped up in such small packages.
Cranberry is the fruit from a plant found in North America. A single cranberry is full of Vitamin C and fiber. They are also jammed packed with antioxidants and among some of the top foods with a multitude of proven health benefits.
Increasing your Vitamin C by drinking cranberry tea can help fight free radicals which are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that causes significant damage to the living tissue and cells in the body causing disease and early aging.
One of the most well known health benefits of cranberries is the ability to prevent and treat urinary tract infections, but that’s not all it can do. Drinking this tea can prevent oral diseases like sores and gingivitis. This tea, like many others, can help burn fat by flushing toxins out of the body. This particular tea has also been known to aid in the functions of the liver and kidneys. High cholesterol? Then grab a cup of cranberry tea as it has been proven to lower cholesterol.
I think green tea is probably my favorite of the five and is also rated the healthiest beverage on the planet. Like cranberry tea, green tea is also jam packed with antioxidants that have been known to improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Another great quality of this amazing tea is it’s ability to lower the risk of cancer and increase the chances of weight loss.
Green tea has also been shown to lower the risk of Type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In short green tea drinkers can lower their risk of premature death due to disease. You have nothing to lose so start drinking green tea today!
Chamomile is quite an amazing little flower. Not only is it a great sleep aid, but did you know that it helps with stomach cramps? In fact, it helps relieve most pain and works wonders in relieving migraines. So the moment you feel a headache coming on, do yourself a favor and fix yourself a cup of chamomile.
Due to the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties found in chamomile tea, it is not exclusively used as a beverage. Applying warm or cold chamomile tea to skin conditions such as eczema or burns significantly improve healing.
It’s also proven to be a way to treat irritable bowels? The anti-inflammatory properties eases the twisting nature of your gut allowing gas and other or smoother bowel movements to pass through. It’s also a great immune system booster. It can reduce blood sugar levels while preventing nerve and kidney damage due to diabetes. Quite an amazing little flower indeed.
Peppermint tea is a yummy and refreshing way to boost your overall health. It is able to improve digestion, eliminate inflammation, and relax the body and mind. It can also aid in weight loss and boost the immune system.
Peppermint tea has also been known to be a really good fever reducer and can prevents nausea and vomiting. It can also aids in the treatment of respiratory disorders which is my personal favorite because I suffer from asthma. If you feel stressed out, this is the tea you need as it also reduces stress levels.
Pumpkin Spice Tea (for the Pumpkin Spice lovers)
You can’t fully get in to the spirit of fall without a little pumpkin spice in your life. Different pumpkin spice blends may have several variations, but the core blend usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. The combination of these 5 spices can help sharpen your eye sight and promote good circulation throughout the entire body, a good quality for those prone to blood clots.
Though fall is such a beautiful season, it is also the beginning of cold and flu season. Pumpkin spice tea is high in anti-bacterial properties and which helps to clear your sinuses. Best of all the Pumpkin spices have a way of getting your blood pumping which in turn raises your energy levels without the presence of caffeine. That’s great news for any of you who are sensitive to caffeine!
So there you have it, folks—the tea on tea. Not only have I provided you with the awesome benefits of tea, I encourage you to check out teas mentioned in this article below or you can click here to visit our Recommended Products shop where you can buy these teas and so much more!