“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James
We can’t say we’re completely versed in the work of Henry James, but we do love his quote about afternoon tea. As Americans, us potatoheads are complete wannabes when it comes to the British ceremony of afternoon tea. Why can’t we all take some time in our office in the afternoon to nibble on pastry, sip tea and discuss the meaning of life? It’s not to be apparently, so we’ve had to resign ourselves to the fact that for us, tea is enjoyable sure, but mainly a way to cure a number of ailments.
Whether it’s helping us sleep better, a cure for the common cold, or a way temper breakouts, tea is no doubt the natural miracle worker when it comes to handling certain conditions. We’re giving you a top to bottom guide of which teas cure what, but we will warn you: There’s no cure here for wanting to be British…besides throwing an afternoon tea party all by your lonesome. Don’t worry: we’ll come if you do it.
Headache: Many headaches are caused by tension or stress. To help alleviate these problems try drinking a tea with holy basil, chamomile, or kava root. Try Alvita Organic Holy Basil Tea.
Upset Stomach: Everyone’s stomach reacts a little differently. However, the anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger and fennel can help with nausea. A tea with peppermint might help calm your stomach as well. Try Traditional Medicinals Organic Fennel Tea or Choice Organic Ginger Tea.
Congestion or Stuffy Nose: Peppermint can be a quick and temporary fix for a stuffy nose. It will help thin the mucus in your nasal passages giving you some relief. The spice compound found in ginger tea can also help thin out an mucous that is blocking your nasal passages. Try Organic India Tulsi Peppermint Tea.
Acne or Skin Irritation: Burdock, dandelion, and milk thistle all improve liver and kidney function which ultimately will help eliminate any acne causing bacteria in your skin. Nettle leaf has astringent properties that can also help clear acne. Try Yogi Skin Detox Tea or Traditional Medicinals Nettle Leaf Tea.
Digestion: Senna Leaf acts as a stimulant to the colon which acts as a laxative. Do not drink senna leaf tea everyday, only when needed. Licorice can help prevent stomach ulcers or heartburn. Both fennel and dandelion can help reduce stomach bloating along with other digestive issues. Try Alvita Organic Senna Leaf Tea or Yogi Stomach Ease.
Cough: Slippery elm and wild cherry are effective in helping relieve a cough. Licorice tea can also help reduce cough and other bronchial issues. Thyme can also provide cough and bronchial symptom relief. Try Traditional Medicinals Herba Tussin tea.
Sleep: Chamomile tea helps relieve stress which will allow the mind to relax before bed. Valerian tea causes drowsiness naturally in order to help you fall asleep more quickly. Because of the smell try a valerian tea that is combined with peppermint. The peppermint can also reduce stress which will allow you to fall asleep more quickly. Try Traditional Medicinals Chamomile Lavender or Alvita Organic Valerian-Peppermint tea. Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra is another good option for its combination of chamomile, valerian, and peppermint.
Hangover: While there is no exact cure, as everyone’s hangovers are different, ginger tea can be extremely helpful in calming an upset stomach. Stay away from teas with caffeine as often times caffeine can worsen an upset stomach. Try Tazo Organic Spicy Ginger Tea with a small amount of honey.
Sore Throat: Slippery elm, marshmallow root, and licorice all can help ease a sore throat. Try Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat.
Stress: As mentioned above Chamomile can reduce tension and stress in the body by soothing nerves. When combined with aromatherapy oils such as calming Lavender, it can be very effective. Holy basil is also known relieve stress and tension in the body. Try Traditional Medicinals Chamomile Lavender or Alvita Organic Holy Basil tea.
Thank you to Thomas Vitale of Life Thyme Market for helping provide information for this post.