And That’s The Tea: A natural remedy

Some 5,000 years ago in 2737 BC, tea was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, also known as “The Divine Healer”.

Legend has it that some tea leaves blew into the Emperor’s boiling pot of water, thus creating the first tea brew. According to Chinese tea scholars, the Emperor accidentally poisoned himself  85 times, and each time he was cured by this newly discovered leaf-soup.

No one in this day and age accidentally poisons themselves 85 times, but all sorts of different teas have healing factors that could aid you with the occasional cold or sore throat. These specific teas have helped me with stomach pain,  fever and getting to sleep at a reasonable time.

One of my favorite teas is peppermint tea. Peppermint is an aromatic herb native to Europe and Asia. It has been used for thousands of years because of its pleasant taste and health benefits. To me, it’s really refreshing, especially in the heat.

But besides its refreshing taste, peppermint tea can help with stomach pains and nausea. Peppermint leaves contain menthol (not to be confused with methanol), which is a known muscle relaxer , so it can prevent from smooth muscles, such as your gut, from contracting and causing pain.

Elderberry tea is not my favorite (it’s too tangy for my liking), but it could be dulled down with honey if someone really tried hard enough. Elderberries are found on trees called Sambucus tree, also known as the European Elderberry, a flowering plant. These trees grow clusters of small white or cream colored flowers, called Elderflowers, and Elderberries can be found in black or blue-black bunches. These berries are usually very tart and need to be cooked to be eaten.

But besides its tart taste, elderberry tea is great for improving flu and cold symptoms. Especially during flu season, when the chances of you getting sick are high. Drinking elderberry tea can also help prevent you from getting sick, as it strengthens your immune system.

And finally, for my anemic friends, nettle leaf.

Nettle leaf, also known as the stinging nettle in some parts of Europe, North Africa, Asia and North America. Nettle leaf is soft but with stinging hairs covering the surface.

You know that feeling when you get up from the couch, and you feel like you’re going to faint? Or even when you got your full eight hours of sleep and you still sleep like an inactive potato? Those are symptoms of having low iron levels in your bloodstream. Without enough iron, your body can’t produce enough substance in your red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen, and it results in you feeling tired and shortness of breath.

Nettle leaf contains high levels of iron, which is essential for improving blood circulation and high blood pressure. Drinking this tea will help you feel more awake and active.

Iron has also been known to ease the symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, restlessness and poor concentration. The lack of of oxygen body tissue is getting will cause anxiety, and this tends to resolve as iron levels are corrected.

There are so many teas for you to explore to help you through whatever illness the next season will bring. Tea has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Even through the discovery of new diseases and illnesses, tea has always been used as some sort of cure or reliever. 

The three teas I listed are just the ones I find myself brewing almost daily.  But if you don’t care about the health benefits, that’s okay too! Because there are so many diverse teas, that even without the health benefits, tea would still be an enjoyable beverage just as it is now.