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The Best Healthy Teas to Cure Common Ailments


  • 07 June 2019

 

It is not a surprise that tea is the most consumed beverage in the whole world, next to water of course. Every country shares a different history with this one bounteous beverage, which has a history dating back to more than 5000 years old! The health benefits of tea along with a delicious uplifting taste is what bestowed this beverage with such a reputation across the globe. Be it a cup of spiced Chai tea that will bolster your immunity when down with flu or a good ol’ cup of hot Ginger tea to get some relief for your sore throat - there’s tea for everything!

But, have we ever wondered why did the Chinese emperor - Shen Nung, in the year 2737 B.C, develop such adoration for teas, born out of a mere accident?!  Yes. The leaves from a nearby wild tree flew and landed in his pot of boiling water, giving rise to a new, unique concoction. The emperor took the first sip and felt a divine soothing feeling , almost as if the drink was a medicinal elixir that was investigating his health. This is the reason why he named the drink as “Ch’a” which in the Chinese language meant “to investigate”.

Even in India, the first concept of Tea originated from an herbal concoction, known as ‘Kadha’, which was made using various herbs, spices and botanicals. This concoction was used to common ailments like flu, for digestion, to improve energy, to  reduce swelling and pain etc. Used for more than 500 years, the idea to include tea leaves in this herbal elixir is only a century old. Yet, the far-reaching benefits of tea have been known to all major communities around the world.

In this blog we shall take a look at which are the Top 5 Healthy Teas which you can consume to treat common ailments and to improve general health. All these health claims are supported by published scientific reports, which we have taken the liberty to link in the blog.

Teas for treating Indigestion

Teas for curing Sore Throat

Teas for curing a Headache

Teas for curing a Common Cold

 

 

TEAS TO TREAT INDIGESTION

Amidst our hectic schedules, making homemade healthy meals isn’t always an option. Plus, there are minor allergies, bloating, indigestion, gut sickness to deal with from time to time. Of course, if the problem is persistent and gets worse, one must get medical treatment. But for alleviating common indigestion, you can opt for any of these teas which will help settle tummy issues.

 

Ginger Teas

Native to the South-Asian continent, Ginger has been an integral part of healing potions, especially meant to treat an upset stomach and to soothe it. A cup of Ginger tea can help the food move through the gastrointestinal tract much more efficiently. It has also been known as an efficient cure to reduce bloating and air in the stomach, providing great relief.


Combining ginger with numerous other herbal botanicals like Tulsi (Holy Basil), Peppermint, Spearmint, Citrus extracts which are all proven to help treat indigestion and provide efficient relief - we have delectably flavorful Ginger blends like Tulsi Ginger Masala Tea, Citrus Ginger Herbal Tea Tisane and our delicious Sparkling Ginger Mint Green Tea.

 

 

Turmeric Teas

The ancient superfood ingredient ‘Turmeric’ has been known to be a great carminative, soothing an upset digestive system. Drinking a hot cup of Turmeric Tea will help increase bile production in your liver, speeding the body’s ability to digest fats. The long list of Turmeric tea benefits makes them an absolute champion of health-promoting teas.

 

 

The ancient superfood ingredient ‘Turmeric’ has been known to be a great carminative, soothing an upset digestive system. Drinking a hot cup of Turmeric Tea will help increase bile production in your liver, speeding the body’s ability to digest fats.

 

 

The long list of Turmeric tea benefits makes them an absolute champion of health-promoting teas.

 

Combining the power of Ginger and Turmeric, our blenders have skillfully curated specialized digestive teas which work wonders in strengthening your gut, calming an upset stomach, reduce bloating and gas, and in improving the body’s metabolism. You can also opt for another of our superfood blend - Turmeric Moringa Herbal Tea Tisane.

 

With the help of expert herbalists, our blenders have worked hard to curate a dedicated Turmeric wellness range which aims at improving the body’s metabolism, improving overall digestion, and to boost the body’s immunity. With prized herbal spices and herbs like pepper, saffron, ginger, lemongrass, fennel,cardamom, cloves etc.; our range of herbal teas are a great symphony of good health and soothing flavors.

 

Choose from exceptionally healthy turmeric blends like Turmeric Pepper Herbal Tea Tisane, Turmeric Saffron Herbal Tea Tisane, Turmeric Fennel Herbal Tea Tisane and our award-winning Turmeric Spice Herbal Tea Tisane.

 

TEAS TO CURE SORE THROAT

A sore and scratchy throat can really suck the joy out of life! Most of us reach for something warm and soothing, like a generous cup of tea, to soothe our throats or to ease the irritation. Let’s take a look at what makes for the best tea for sore throat.


Chai Teas

A delicious solution indeed to soothing a sore throat, Chai teas are black teas brewed with a range of beneficial, aromatic spices and herbs like ginger, cloves, black pepper, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon etc. This spiced concoction is simmered with a dash of milk and sugar to make a warm, utterly delicious malty cup of tea. In addition to the delectable taste, the health benefits of Chai tea are quite significant.

Spices used in Chai teas, especially Cloves, ginger, holy basil (Tulsi), and cinnamon contain beneficial oils that have antimicrobial properties, beneficial for a sore throat. Cardamom and nutmeg help keep the throat moist, alleviating the scratchy feeling of a sore throat. Most of the spices being used in chai tea, along with the robust black tea, are rich in antioxidants which help in boosting the overall immunity, strengthening the body’s innate defense against common ailments.  

 

Here’s the perfect chai tea recipe for you! Borrowing from centuries of Chai tea tradition in India, our master blenders have curated an exceptional line of spiced black tea blends, combining varieties of spices and types of teas to offer you a wide range of healthy spiced natural goodness.

 

To cure a sore throat or to ease a bad cough, we would recommend the following Chai tea with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper! We can assure that a cup of these flavorful and warm chai teas will provide instant relief.

Choose from our Cardamom Masala Chai Tea, Tulsi Ginger Masala Tea, and our Sweet Cinnamon Masala Chai Tea.

 

 

Green Teas

It is a well-known fact that Green Tea is one of the healthiest teas on the planet with a long list of health promoting benefits. Being rich in antioxidants, it boosts your immunity which helps curb infections and diseases faster. Green Tea have also known to be rich in a class of antioxidants known as EGCG ( Epigallocatechin gallate) which has antiviral properties, helping treat common cold infections.

Borrowing other natural ingredients like Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile, and Tulsi (Holy Basil), curating wellness-oriented Green tea blends which add to your overall health in a variety of ways.

 

 

Our Chamomile Mint Citrus Green Tea is a delectably healthy combination of Chamomile buds, peppermint, lemongrass, orange peels, and premium Himalayan green tea. Bringing these five powerful ingredients, this blend is one of our healthiest offerings.

 


Choose from our Tulsi Basil Green Tea, Sparkling Ginger Mint Green Tea, and Mint Melody Green Tea. A recent study showed that gargling with green tea also helps soothe symptoms of a sore and scratchy throat. Time to load up on these!

 


TEAS FOR REDUCING HEADACHE


Headaches can ruin a day, from being a minor headache or a powerful one that can leave you with a throbbing pain in your head. It’s almost too difficult to get anything done with a headache and we all need a quick natural relief, instead of bearing the pain or popping a tablet to get some relief. Be it a simple headache or a migraine, having a cup of hot tea can provide some instant relief from the crippling pain. You can turn to these teas to cure a headache.

 

Pro-Tip!
It is often assumed that a strong caffeinated drink might help reduce the headache. Though that might work for a few, but caffeine can worsen your headache. We recommend that you stick with herbal teas for all your headaches.

 

Ginger Teas

A popular ingredient, Ginger, has been used in healing elixirs and potions since centuries now. Ginger teas can either contain sun-dried ginger or a powdered form, along with several other natural beneficial botanicals, but it goes a long way in providing effective relief in the worst of headaches.




 

It is well-known that Ginger has an abundance of antioxidants which is what our bodies need during a headache. Antioxidants help in neutralizing free radicals and  harmful toxins which otherwise can be cause of regular headaches. Ginger also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation in the area. This reduces the pounding and throbbing pain one experiences during severe headaches.

Choose from our hearty collection of Ginger teas , combing the wholesome goodness of premium ginger with bounteous herbs and spices like Turmeric, Tulsi (Holy Basil), Lemongrass, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and another great headache-relief natural ingredient - Mint.

You can choose from our flavorsome blends of ginger herb teas like : Tulsi Ginger Masala Tea, Citrus Ginger Herbal Tea Tisane, and our Turmeric Ginger Herbal Tea Tisane.


Mint Teas

Several studies suggested that Peppermint, besides being quite effective in treating an upset stomach, is also great at helping alleviate headaches. Peppermint tea has an abundance of antioxidants which makes it a powerful ingredient in treating all kinds of headaches.

 

 

Phenolic compounds and flavonoids present in peppermint help in reducing inflammation and pain at the source of the headache, easing up nerves and opening up the blood circulation. This considerably reduces the throbbing pain that one experiences in a headache.

 



Combining peppermint with a variety of natural botanicals which accentuate the health-promoting benefits of peppermint tea.

 

 

TEAS FOR CURING COMMON COLD

It is a popular opinion of loading up on nutrient-rich liquids, which help in alleviating aches, relieves congestion by opening up nasal pathways, providing relief to the throat etc. Most of the world turns to a cup of piping hot tea when they are down with a cold.Let’s take a look at which are the most effective teas for a cold.

Green Teas

Possibly one of the healthiest beverages on earth. Green Teas are a great choice to help your body fight the cold. Being rich in antioxidants, Green teas contains a class of polyphenols known as EGCG which help in strengthening your body’s innate defense system against infections. This EGCG helps in increasing the production of T-cells, which are the fighter cells that neutralize foreign pathogens in your body and reduce the inflammation.

 

You can relish a hot cup of our truly flavorful and sincerely healthy Sweet Himalayan Green Tea. This sweet and savory green tea blend has premium Himalayan green tea mixed with bountiful Ayurvedic botanicals like Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, and Cardamom.


Most of these ingredients are themselves quite rich in antioxidants, hence adding to the overall healthy quotient of the blend.

 

Matcha Green Teas

A token of ultimate gift from Japan, Matcha Green Tea is the topmost healthy beverage in the world. A cup of matcha contains as much antioxidants as 10 cups of green tea! There are numerous health benefits of matcha, but let’s take a look at which matcha green tea can help you recover faster from a cold.


Borrowing from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, our expert blenders brought together the wholesome goodness of authentic Japanese matcha with Ayurvedic superfoods like Turmeric and Moringa, curating ancient Indian matcha superblends.


Start with our Turmeric Matcha Green Tea, a blend of premium Turmeric and pure Japanese matcha green tea. The active ingredient in Turmeric, known as ‘Curcumin’ is a potent antioxidant which not only helps in neutralizing cell damage but also boosts the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. Such a powerful combination of two robust antioxidant sources is a great way to help your body fight off the infection.
 

 
In addition to this, both turmeric and matcha are anti-inflammatory in nature. This helps in effectively reducing inflammation in the throat and also alleviating body pain.


The second cold-relief offering is our Moringa Matcha Green Tea which combines the nutrient-rich moringa plant with pure matcha. In addition to having good amounts of essential minerals, moringa is incredibly rich in Vitamin C, almost 7 times more than an orange. Hence, we recommend this hearty matcha blend to help cure your common cold and flu.

 

SOURCE PUBLICATIONS

We have put in a good amount of effort in finding reliable sources and scientific publications to support the statements made above. We took the liberty of listing down our references to make this article a credible source for you! Here are our references.

 

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4471650/

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11275030

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080703/

  • http://www.imedpub.com/articles/tulsi--the-wonder-herb-pharmacologicalactivities-of-ocimum-sanctum.pdf

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

  • https://nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermintoil

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/


 

    

   

   Mayuri Ghosh

Editor-in-Chief

Vahdam Teas

Connect at : mayuri@vahdamteas.in