Tea time! There are so many available tea options though, so which one should you choose? Better yet, which one would your body choose for you? All you have to do is walk into Teavana, Davids Tea or any health food store and you have shelves upon shelves dedicated to loose or bagged teas. Sometimes it can be a tad overwhelming. For your convenience, I have narrowed it down to the 3 teas that I think will do the most good for your beautiful body at any stage of your life.
Dandelion Root & Leaf Tea
This is NOT just an obnoxious weed growing all over your yard. It’s a magnificent herb used to help digestion, gently stimulate the liver and help with constipation. I started taking this tea a couple years ago when I was healing my bowel issues. Dandelion tea has a earthy slightly bitter taste that the liver and bowels love. The bowels and the liver go hand in hand, so if one is not working, 99.9% of the time the other is struggling as well. This beautiful tea gently stimulates the liver/gallbladder to help it secrete bile. Bile is the bodies natural laxative that aids in digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. When your food is properly digested and bile is flowing it helps combat inflammation in the intestines and allow your body to properly eliminate waste. Benefits of dandelion root and leaf tea include:
- Infuses the body with vitamins and minerals
Dandelion root – vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin B complex, as well as zinc, iron and potassium.
Dandelion leaf – vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron , potassium, and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.
- Helps heal liver and skin disorders
- Neutralizes an acidic body
- Mild natural laxative
- Helps digestion ( bitter tonic)
- Helps fight inflammation in the body
- Helps fight seasonal allergies
- Soothes heart burn
- Helps balance blood pressure
- Helps strengthen the immune system
- Gently cleanses the body
- Great coffee substitute
- Dandelion greens are great in a salad
*Do not ingest/use dandelion greens or roots if you suspect they have been sprayed with weed killer.
Red Raspberry Leaf
This plant has been used for hundreds of years as a yummy food (the berries) and the leaves as a great healing herb, especially for woman. But beware! This tea does not taste like the fruit it produces! It has more of a green tea taste, that’s earthy and slightly bitter. If you are looking for a great multi-vitamin drink, look no further than 1-3 cups a day of red raspberry leaf tea! I love drinking a cup first thing in the morning to start the day off right. I started drinking this tea more than ever during pregnancy to provide body-building and body-sustaining vitamins and minerals. I personally drank red raspberry leaf tea to help build my blood and boost iron levels, keep leg cramps away and balance out my hormones. Balanced hormones are key to a happy pregnancy! When your hormones are balanced and your body has been given the right fuel you don’t have a lot of common pregnancy symptoms like restless leg syndrome, varicose veins, rapid weight gain, and mood swings to name a few. And this tea is not just for women, men and children can also benefit greatly from this tea. Benefits of red raspberry leaf tea include:
- Infuses the body with vitamins and minerals such as the vitamins C, E, A and B complex and the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and chromium.
- Helps stop diarrhea
- Helps fight inflammation in the intestines
- Swish tea to help with gum disease or canker sores
- Helps balance hormones in males and females
- Tones the female reproductive system
- Helps increase fertility in men and woman
- Diuretic – helps eliminates fluid retention
- Helps reduce fevers
- Strengthens the immune system
- Prevents miscarriages and brings on labor when the body is ready
- Helps fight off flues and colds
Nettle Leaf Tea
Mother Nature’s gift to this world and basically my go to tea for just about anything! Some of my health clients complain that this tea is hard to swallow because of its bitter, grassy taste. Yep, there is nothing sweet about this tea besides its health benefits. I love to pair this healing tea with a peppermint tea to make it more palatable. I started taking nettle leaf tea (it has to be nettle leaf, not the root) in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy to help increase my bowel movements, elevate mood and energy levels, and infuse my body along with baby’s body with vital plant vitamins and minerals. Its a fantastic everyday tonic for the body. Benefits of nettle leaf tea include:
- Infuses the body with vitamins and minerals such as the vitamins A, C, *D and K and the minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulfur. *Nettle supplies your body with vitamin D3 (calcidiol) which is a precursor to biologically active vitamin D.
- Increases fertility in men and women.
- Nourishes mother and fetus during pregnancy, especially during the 2nd trimester
- Eases leg cramps and other body spasms
- Diminishes pain during and after birth
- Increases the richness and amount of breast milk
- Gently cleans the blood stream
- Helps relieve seasonal allergies
- Energizes the body without caffeine
- Promotes lymph drainage
- Helps fight Inflammation throughout the entire body
- Diuretic without taking potassium out of the body
- Helps heal kidney/bladder infections
- Helps with gout by reducing the amount of uric acid in the body
- Great tonic for pregnant woman due to high mineral content
- Helps with prostate enlargement issues