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Healing Herbal Teas

Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Since
ancient times many cultures have adopted this drink for its pleasant
flavors, its energizing effects, and for its many medicinal properties.
But not all teas are the same and each has its own unique qualities.

1. Black Tea

Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidant the arubigins

Regular intake can reduce risk of cancer

Can reduce risk of stroke

Can reduce clotting of arteries

Helps sooth the digestive tract

Helps improve cholesterol levels

Can improve breathing in asthmatics

Steep for 15 min to alleviate diarrhea (no sugar)

Helps maintain normal blood pressure

Helps improve circulation

2. Chamomile Tea

Contains antioxidant flavanoids

Often used as a muscle relaxant

Helps alleviate menstrual cramps

Helps alleviate discomfort of allergies

Used topically for dressing burns

Beneficial or skin irritations

Can be taken internally or topically for acne

Helps stimulate immune system

Helps fight infections during colds

Helps relax nerves

3. Green Tea

Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidant catechin

Regular intake can reduce risk of cancer

Can benefit those with rheumatoid arthritis

Helps improve cholesterol levels

Can benefit those with cardiovascular disease

Can help fight infections

Known to stimulate impaired immune function

Can help dieters burn extra calories

Helps prevent food poisoning

Help prevent plaque and tooth decay

4. Oolong Tea

Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidant polyphenols

Regular intake can enhance metabolism and prevent obesity

Helps prevent tooth decay

Can alleviate skin conditions like eczema

Helps improve cholesterol levels

Rejuvenates internal organs

Helps prevent hardening of the arteries

Helps prevent bad breath

Helps fight flu virus

Helps regulate blood sugar levels

5. Rooibos (Red) Tea

Rich in antioxidants

Regular intake may help prevent cancer

Found to interfere with skin cancer cell production

May reduce risk heart attack and stroke

Helps prevent DNA damage

Enhances detoxifying enzymes in the liver

Helps relieve constipation

Helps alleviate inflammatory skin conditions

Alleviates infant milk allergies

6. Rosebud Tea

Rich in essential oils

Helps improve circulation

Known to promote a healthy heart

Known to sooth the nerves

Helps sooth the mind

Alleviates stress and nervous tension

Known to sooth mild sore throat

Can ease stomach bloating

Used with brown sugar and red wine for menstrual pain

7. Ginseng Tea

Improves mental functioning and alertness

Enhances immune system

Improves circulation

Increases resistance to stress induced illness

Lowers blood sugar in type 2 diabetics

Regular intake significantly reduces risk of cancer

Can benefit cases of impotence

Alleviate digestive disorders

Helps regulate high blood pressure

Alleviates many skin disorders

8. Yerba Mate

Rich in antioxidiants

Good for detoxification

Enhances immune function

May reduce risk of cancer

Improves digestive function

Increases mental focus

Relaxes muscles

Helps alleviate allergies

Helps burn calories in dieters

May reduce risk of heart attack and stroke

Poisonous Herbs

” There are no poisonous herbs. Only poisonous dosages.”

Even deadly poisonous herbs, in minute dosages, are used to heal.
Homeopathic medicines are so minute you can’t detect any of it’s
chemical constituents in analysis and yet they are widely reported to be
extremely beneficial (in double blind studies). This is not to say that
you should go out and take tiny nibbles of known poisonous herbs
because it is said to be beneficial: leave this up to a professional
Healthcare Practitioner! The most widely known example is Digitalis:
small doses are said to be good for many heart conditions, while a
larger dose will stop the heart. And so, the opposite is true that large
doses of innocuous herbs can do a great deal of damage. Anything taken
regularly over a long period of time is stored in the body and could
create a condition of toxicity.

The best way for the user to protect themselves is to first educate
themselves before they consume anything. This can be done by studying
the many herbals available today, taking courses and classes by the many
Herbalists, Natural Healthcare Practitioners and schools of natural
healing. And second remember: All Things in Moderation. Even that cup of
chamomile tea at bedtime can be causing you problems, especially if you
find you can’t get to sleep without it. Different Herbalists and
Healthcare Practitioners have different “formulas” to avoid toxicity.
Some say to leave one day a week where you don’t take whatever herb you
are using. Others say a week a month. Still others a month every six
months. It depends on the Practitioner’s opinion, the herb in question
and the illness or condition being treated. However, this is often
abandoned in the case of serious, long term illness. Again, ask your
Practitioner their opinion.

A good example of too much of a good thing is a story of one family and
Echinacea. Echinacea is reported to be a very useful immune system
“booster”. I noticed this family was buying a lot of Echinacea, quite a
lot: tincture, capsules and tea, purchased on a regular basis for
several months I finally asked “What are you doing with all that
Echinacea?”. They felt that was a stupid question: They were taking it
of course. I tried to convince them if they were consuming that much of
this herb they were tempting disaster. Echinacea is not a tonic herb:
that is a herb that “feeds the system”. Basically, it is a stimulant: an
immune system stimulant and if you take too much too long you over
stimulate and then you “crash”. They didn’t listen and sure enough they
started a cycle of constant illness. One flu, cold or virus after
another; if it was going around, they caught it or couldn’t get rid of
it once they had it. Their immune systems had been sorely tried and
compromised from constant stimulation. Finally, they listened and
stopped taking the herb and built their immune systems strength back up,
mostly with rest, gentle exercise, plenty of fresh water and a good
diet; which is one of the best ways to keep your immune system and
general health going anyway. Echinacea is said to do wonders for various
illnesses and their symptoms with short term immune system stimulation.
It should never be taken over the long term (general reports are
regular daily use over several weeks is safe). If you are considering
using herbs for your family’s health this is definitely one you should
look into and educate yourself about. This family was actually lucky in
that what they did was repairable, though it did take almost six months
before they felt all of them were back to normal.

One last bit of advice before you take an herb for the first time is to
start very slowly. Always take smaller doses in the beginning just in
case you have one of the rare allergies to whatever herb it is. For
example, if you know you are allergic to one plant, check what family it
is in and be cautious with other members in that family. You may or may
not have a similar reaction, so if you need to take a similar herb,
proceed with caution; start with small doses.

With education and common sense you should be able to use herbs for you
and your family’s health safely. Not only are herbs beautiful, abundant
and mostly inexpensive they are also effective.

Quoted from:

List of herbs classed as poisonous:

Apple (Balsam)
Apple (Bitter)
Bryony, Black
Bryony, European White
Bryony, White
Cabbage Tree
Calabar Bean
Cherry Laurel
Coca, Bolivian
Cocculus, Indicus
Dropwort, Hemlock Water
Hellebore, Black
Hellebore, False
Hellebore, Green
Hellebore, White
Hemlock, Water
Hemp, Indian
Ignatius Beans
Ivy, Poison
Laurel, Mountain
Lovage, Water
Mescal Buttons
Nightshade, Black
Nightshade, Deadly
Nux Vomica
Paris, Herb
Poppy, White
Saffron, Meadow
Wake Robin, American