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  • Writer's pictureDr. Stephanie Reese D.O.

Let's Talk Tea: 7 Teas with Great Health Benefits

Updated: Aug 22, 2022


Can Tea Offer Natural Treatment for Health Issues?

Tea is a great beverage produced by different plants which offer unique flavors. Many of the plants used to make tea offer great health benefits. If you are familiar with the benefits of the different plants then you can choose teas that may help improve certain health ailments. I possess an extensive collection of teas at home. I sought out some specific types of tea based on health benefits shown in past research. I will list a few health conditions that may be helped just by drinking a cup of tea. The great thing about tea there are many brands and flavors but they are very affordable and easy to prepare for drinking. You can buy tea bags or loose leaf teas. For convenience I am only going to recommend options in tea bags.


Best Tea for Nausea

Growing up as a child I remember that whenever a family member had a stomach virus the home remedy would entail drinking ginger ale and munching on crackers. As an adult I am able read up on the rationale behind the home remedy. It turns out that ginger is a natural remedy for nausea. Ginger's ability to reduce nausea has been documented in people with nausea after surgery and pregnant women. The elders of my family demonstrated wisdom by using Ginger Ale for treat our upset stomachs. However a better choice may have been Ginger tea, because many Ginger flavored sodas contain very little if any real ginger. Ginger tea on the other hand can deliver the ginger to help with nausea with lower amounts of sugar.


Personal Favorite Ginger Tea: Yogi Ginger Tea

Overall I love trying Yogi's line of products. I am able to enjoy their teas unsweetened, whereas some other brands have a bitterness to their tea that requires sweetening to dull.


Best Tea for Upset Stomach and Bloating

As previously mentioned, Ginger Tea helps with nausea from an upset stomach. However my preferred tea of choice for an upset stomach is peppermint tea. Peppermint oil has been shown to improve symptoms for gastrointestinal problems like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and constipation. Peppermint tea offers the availability of the oil in a more palatable beverage form. In terms of taste, peppermint tea is my favorite to enjoy unsweetened. The flavor of peppermint is best described as smooth and soothing, and it does not have a bitter aftertaste that you can experience with some teas.


Personal Favorite Peppermint Tea: Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea

This is not the strongest peppermint tea that I have tasted but personally it has a great taste. It is one of my favorite after dinner teas.

Another great tea that offers the combined benefits of Ginger and Peppermint tea is the Greenwise Ginger and Peppermint Tea from Publix.


Best Teas for a Cold

A number of Herbal Teas have been shown to boost the immune system to help fight off illness. Hibiscus Tea has been shown to help fight and boost the immune system against flu viruses. Research into Elderberry found that extracts from the herb decreased symptoms of colds like congestion and shortened the length of time that people remained sick with their colds. A scientific review of 14 studies of Echinacea found that the herb decreased the risk of developing a cold. Many over the counter herbal cold supplements use extracts from these plants. Personally I would prefer drinking a warm soothing tea to swallowing pills.


My Personal Favorite Choices for Teas a Cold:

1. Hibiscus Tea: Buddha Tea Organic Hibiscus Tea

-Hibiscus tea is somewhat bitter therefore I only recommend it if sweetened.


2. Elderberry and Echinacea: Yogi Echinacea Immune Support with Elderberry

This tea is delicious and combines two cold fighting herbs into one tea.

Best Tea for Weight Control

Some tea ingredients have been shown to help improve blood sugar control and others help to decrease appetite. Past research shows that Lemon extracts can suppress appetite and the lemon may have the ability to prevent obesity. If you are excited over Lemon tea's potential there is more to love about this tea. Lemon tea can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by lowering blood sugars. I bet you are wondering if there is any negative to this tea, well the acidity of lemon tea can be too much for some. Lemon tea can worsen acid reflux so people with that condition may want to limit their intake of lemon tea.

Personal Favorite Lemon Tea: Bigelow Lemon Tea

If you want a caffeinated Lemon Boost, try: Bigelow's Lemon Lift

If you prefer an non-caffeinated option, try: Bigelow's I Love Lemon

Best Tea for Sleep

Many teas contain caffeine like coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant which can make it more difficult to fall asleep. So to improve sleep you should steer clear of teas containing caffeine. One tea often said to help with sleep is Chamomile tea. Of the teas that I am reviewing this tea has the least of amount of studies available to support this claim. Some studies that suggest Chamomile Tea improves sleep. The mechanism for how it works to improve sleep is unknown but some think it works by helping to reduce anxiety.


Personal Favorite Chamomile Tea: Tazo Calm Chamomile Tea

I prefer Tazo's packaging of its actual teabags. I first came across their tea at a travel rest stop years ago. I enjoy a number of their teas and chamomile is definitely worth buying.


What's in your cup?

Green Teas in general are touted for their high in antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help in your body's ability to repair its cells when they are damaged. Foods and beverages that have high antioxidant qualities decrease the risk of multiple health conditions including:

  • Heart disease

  • Cancer

  • Inflammation in the body (common in conditions like arthritis)

  • Lower high cholesterol

  • Improve Blood pressure (avoid caffeinated green teas)

  • Colds

So just in case you may not like the other options listed above I always recommend finding a green tea that you love and adding it to your personal tea collection.


Personal Favorite Green Tea: Yogi Green Tea Kombucha

I use my preferred green tea contains caffeine and I use it as a mid day pick-me-up. Due to its caffeine content this may not be the best choice for people with health conditions that are caffeine sensitive.

My Conscious Cupboard

Being a tea enthusiast allows me to share the benefits and some less frequently known benefits of my beverage of choice. I hope that the additional information and suggestions on some of my selections may help you to also discover a love for tea. My exploration through the world of tea is always ongoing so I will continue to share new research or delicious teas as I discover them.

Helpful Takeaways:

  • Try to avoid teas with excessive amounts of sweeteners added to them as too much sugar can negatively affect your health and cause weight gain over time.

  • It is always a good idea to speak to a health care professional if you are taking any medications prior to drinking any tea to avoid harmful interactions.

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References

Tóth, B, et al. (2018) Ginger (Zingiber officinale): An alternative for the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting. A meta-analysis. Phytomedicine


Khanna, R, et al. (2014) Peppermint oil for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal Clinical Gastroenterology


Harvard Health Publishing (2021) The Health Benefits of 3 Herbal Teas.


Hawkins, J., et al (2019) Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine


Shah, SA, et al. (2007) Evaluation of echinacea for the prevention and treatment of the common cold: a meta-analysis. The Lancet Infectious Disease


Wu, CC, et al. (2021) The Anti-Obesity Effects of Lemon Fermented Products in 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes and in a Rat Model with High-Calorie Diet-Induced Obesity. Nutrients.


WebMD (2020). Is Lemon Tea Good For You?


Abdullahzadeh, M, et al. (2017) Investigation effect of oral chamomilla on sleep quality in elderly people in Isfahan: A randomized control trial. Journal of Education and Health Promotion


Villines, Z. (2020) What Are the Benefits of Chamomile Tea? Medical News Today

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