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I drink organic herbal tea to reduce my chronic inflammation.
Ten years ago, I developed a nerve disease. It progressed really quickly. I’m sure I’d be in a wheelchair by now if I didn’t overhaul my lifestyle.
In addition to eating mostly organic, I use herbs, homeopathy and essential oils. Recently, I also began seeing a really good chiropractor, and I’m now feeling better than ever.
Many holistic health experts believe excess inflammation is the root cause of disease. If you can reduce it, you feel better. That’s certainly been my experience.
Although I’ve had to give up junk food, the payoff has been enormous. I can walk again without pain, and, at the moment, have very few symptoms.
Herbal Tea and Inflammation
In my kitchen, you’ll find a variety of organic herbal tea. I drink throughout the day, while I’m working. I’d much rather take natural remedies than pharmaceuticals, all of which have side effects, some of which are potentially serious.
Tulsi tea is one of my favorites. (It is also known as holy basil.) This herb is often used as an overall health tonic in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It’s believed to have wide-ranging benefits. In my own humble opinion, it’s one of the best natural anti-inflammatory agents I’ve found. In addition to drinking tulsi, I also take it in capsule form. It’s included in a formula called Zyflamend, a mix of 10 herbs designed to work in synergy to curb inflammation.
In addition to being good for you, tulsi tea is delicious. One brand I can highly recommend is Stash, sold by an Oregon-based herbal tea company. The addition of lavender creates and exquisite drink. I like to sip it before bedtime. These two herbs seem to function as a natural sleep aid. Chronic inflammation and sleeping problems often go hand in hand.
The holy basil herb is considered an adaptogen. This means it’s a medicinal plant that is considered good for stress, whether it be physical or emotional. Many people with adrenal fatigue take adaptogens to help their body recover. This condition is associated with trauma and long-term low-level stress.
Dandelion Root Tea for Inflammation
I’ve also used dandelion tea to head off my inflammation. Dandelion root is also used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. In the Western World it is considered an herbal bitter. Some holistic health experts believe we need bitters in our diets, to keep our digestive systems in shape. The Standard American Diet is deficient in bitter foods and heavy on sweets.
Dandelion tea is considered a good liver and kidney cleansing agent. These organs are responsible for clearing toxins from your body. If they’re not working well, you may notice symptoms such as joint pains and muscle aches.
This is one tea I like to have in my rotation. I’ve found that herbal remedies work much better when you don’t take them too long, without a break.
The brand of dandelion tea I own is made by Traditional Medicinals. Although I didn’t like the taste the first time I tried it, I soon began craving this strong, earthy tea. (I guess it’s a sign my body needed it.)
Although I briefly considered pulling up some of the dandelions in my own yard, and using them to brew tea, I know they have to be harvested and processed properly. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do this. Plus, my neighbor uses pesticides, and it’s likely they runoff into my property.
White Mulberry Leaf Tea Benefits
This ancient Asian folk remedy has gotten a boost because of Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD. After he featured it on his show, some people began taking to help regulate their blood sugar. This herb has long been used in Asia to help control diabetes. One study found that an extract of the mulberry leaf was able to regulate blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. (However, it’s very important that you work with your doctor, and never discontinue or cut down on a prescription medicine without medical help.)
It’s also been reported that mulberry is good at reigning in excess inflammation, which is no surprise, since plant-based medicines often have wide ranging effects.
The mulberry leaf tea shown below is sold by Eon Foods International LLC. I am always careful, especially when buying Asian herbs, that they come from a trusted source. This company harvests its leaves deep in Thailand, where they are watered by a pure underground aquifer. This tea is also USDA-certified organic.
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These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use herbal remedies, unless under the direction of a health care professional.
I’m not a healthcare professional, so all of the above statements are my personal opinion, and are not intended as medical advice.