By Tiyani Rikhotso
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 4 of VARSITY News.
Nature always has our back with natural remedies that we can reach for whenever our bodies are feeling bogged down or out of balance. Herbal teas epitomise the healing power of nature as they are jam-packed with health benefits and in some cases offer a healthy alternative to over-the-counter medication. On top of being kind to your body and beneficial for it, herbal teas are also affordable and easily accessible at your local grocery or health food store.
Here is a brief look into how certain teas can help speed up the healing process and support your body during stressful times.
Chamomile: Do you struggle to fall and stay asleep at night? Then this tea should become your new best friend. Chamomile has a calming and sedative effect and should help your body wind down to bring you peaceful rest. If you are feeling anxious or worried, this is also great to sip on to calm your nerves.
Ginger: This is great for calming nausea and an upset stomach and if you add some lemon and honey into the mix, you’ve also got a great remedy that can help you fight off a cold.
Peppermint: If you struggle with digestive issues such as gas or bloating, this tea will help calm your digestive tract and is great for soothing a fussy stomach. You can buy dried peppermint or steep the tea from fresh peppermint leaves.
Rooibos: This South African staple has many health boosting benefits. It is high in vitamins and antioxidants, while also being helpful if you suffer from skin irritations such eczema or acne.
Red Raspberry leaf: One for the ladies, this tea can help relieve period cramps as it tones your uterine and pelvic muscles. It can also relieve nausea and help regulate your hormones during the Follicular and Luteal phases of your cycle.
To step into the wonderful world of natural wellness, all you have to do is stop by the tea section on your next grocery trip! Make sure you steer clear of teas with added flavours and that you steep the tea bag in long enough to get the full host of benefits.