Everyone loves to sit down with a nice cup of tea when trying to have some down time. Shokuiku understands the struggle to stay healthy and fuel our body with the nutrients it needs on a daily basis. So Shokuiku has put together a list of 10 teas to keep your health in check this year.
1.Burdock root (organic) - Burdock helps the kidneys by clearing the blood of harmful acids. It is a very good blood purifier and can help fight chronic infection, rheumatism, arthritis and skin diseases. Drinking Burdock leave infusions can strengthen the stomach muscles and help long-term indigestion. The other health benefits include reliving gout, antioxidants, relieves menopausal problems, and is an excellent blood purifier, which is why it is so helpful for treating arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica and lumbago.
2. Cat’s claw - Cat’s claw is a vine like plant and commonly found in parts of South and Central America for its ability to heal and aid a variety of problems. One of the well-known benefits of cat’s claw is that it’s beneficial for immune system. The science has found, the chemical compound in cat’s claw called oxindole alkaloids have a positive effect by stimulating the immune system. It is also good for inflammation, such as arthritis and rheumatism. It has also been found that cat’s claw assists with helping stomach and bowel disorders, including colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky bowel syndrome, gastritis and duodenal ulcers, intestinal inflammation.
3. Cha de Bugre powder – This tea has been used for years in Brazil for its weight loss and health benefits. It can increase circulation, which battles cellulite and naturally eliminates excess fluid by breaking down fatty acid. It is known to fight off hunger so that people feel more satisfied with smaller meals and cut down on cravings for fatty and sugary foods. Cha de Bugre can also boost the immune system, supporting healthy digestion, liver and kidney and colon function. New research has shown that Cha de Bugre could have anti-viral qualities and can strengthen the heart. Suggested use: Infuse 1 teaspoon into a tea and drink 30 minutes prior to a meal. Some people find Cha de Bugre to have a stimulative effect, so it is best not taken before bed time.
4. Chuchuhuasi wild crafted - Chuchuhuasi is an Amozonian tree. The bark is widely used in South America as an all-in-one remedy. It is traditionally used to relive pain and inflammation and can be given to treat arthritis, rheumatism and back pain, menstrual pain relief and enhancing the libido. The bark is very rich in tannins and alkaloids including mayteine and maytansine, which is known to fight tumors. Used as an infusion, it is also great for muscle relaxation. It can also assist in rejuvinating and revitalising the nervous system and has been administered to sufferers of Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
5. Dandelion leaf organic – Dandelion leaf tea is rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants. One of its primary uses is for liver support by helping reduce fat in the liver and balance insulin levels. It also helps purify the blood and balance sugar levels.
6. Dokudami (heartleaf) tea - Dokudami, also known as ‘heartleaf’ is a highly regarded traditional healing herb. Known as a ‘cure all remedy’ and ‘ten drugs in one’ in Japanese, Korean and Chinese herbal medicine, it has many benefits such as cleansing the toxins from your system, fights bacteria, clears acne and supports your immune system. It contains a hearty amount of fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene and also contains omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. Prepare the tea by infusing or simmering. It can be served hot or cold/
7. Gynostemma - The Gynostemma herb is an ‘adaptogenic’ herb, which basically means it brings your body back into balance. This tea increases stamina and strength, relieves the mind of stress and when used on a regular basis, it helps to improve anxiety, trauma and fatigue. Gynostemma is very popular with controlling your weight. It can be used in two different ways such as helping someone who is overweight and helping someone underweight (who wants to gain weight). This powerful herb is also great for your immune system, with its strong content of antioxidants.
8. Chamomile – This tea is one of the oldest and loved teas around for its deep sleep aid. Chamomile works by soothing your muscles in your stomach, relieves anxiety, and can potentially reduce depression. Chamomile is also great for your skin and helps soothe irritations, reduce puffiness under the eyes, and reduce dark circles.
9. Lemon balm tea – This tea has a soothing, calming and relaxing effect on the body. Studies have shown it can also reduce anxiety and insomnia. Lemon balm has also been known to enhance mental performance and reduce stomach problems. It also assists in reducing high blood pressure, helps heal cold sores and even treat Alzheimer’s disease.
10. Holy Basil – Holy basil tea, also known as Tulsi, is originally from India and has excellent health benefits. Best used for colds, asthma, bronchitis, stress, headaches, upset stomachs, kidney stones, and mouth infections, the list of benefits are endless. Holy basil also contains vitamin A & C, iron, zinc, and calcium.