For those who are always anxious to take supplements and other medications to fight inflammation, you can take herbal teas as an alternative. In this article, I will discuss the different kinds of herbal teas that are great in decreasing inflammatory markers.
But before we dive into the list of anti-inflammatory teas, it’s better to understand first what causes inflammation.
What Causes Inflammation?
Our body naturally produces fluids and substances to help it in functioning. If these fluids stop in production, our body stops operating too and it breaks down. This can cause trauma, stress, and diseases and in return, our body reacts through the process of inflammation. In able to halt the process, we need another set of chemicals and substances to fight the process.
There are a lot of ways to beat inflammation. Some drink supplements such as Yes Wellness’ brain octane oil Canada that has anti-inflammatory effects while some consume food that can beat inflammation. But in this article, we are going to talk about the food or the supplements that can halt the inflammatory process, instead, we will talk about the herbal teas that can fight the process. So tea lovers, get ready to take some notes.
Peppermint tea reduces inflammation. It can be taken as a tea or as an essential oil. The leaves are used for making the tea.
How to make Peppermint tea?
- Boil two to three cups of water.
- Add peppermint leaves once the water starts boiling
- Turn off the heat and let it steep for five minutes.
- Use a strainer to separate the leaves from the tea.
- You may add honey and other sweeteners of choice to suit your taste.
Matcha Green Tea
Who doesn’t love Matcha? It has been craving for everybody, whether it be as a frappe, hot coffee, or even desserts like doughnuts and cake. Matcha is a powdered type of green tea that comes from whole leaves of a plant. It has a high ORAC value. ORAC is a measurement of a substance antioxidant capability. Matcha is originally from Japan and it may be one of the reasons why life expectancy in Japan is impressive. Antioxidants from Matcha are believed to combat inflammation
How to make Matcha Green Tea
- Sift one to two tsp. of matcha into a cup
- Boil 2 ounces of water
- Pour it into the sifter
- Whisk the matcha tea and water in the sifter just like beating eggs.
- Enjoy your warm cup of Matcha tea.
The exact mechanism on why fennel tea extracts are so good in fighting inflammation and relieving pain is not entirely understood but the most study suggests that fennel extracts contain antispasmodic and analgesic compounds that can reduce cortisol levels. It also helps the body relax.
It is great for reducing menstrual cramps and other inflammatory processes of the body.
How to make Fennel Tea
- Fennel Seeds
- Crush 1 tsp of fennel seeds using mortar and pestle
- Boil 1 cup of water
- Scoop the seeds and place them into a strainer or tea ball.
- Let the seeds sleep for seven to ten minutes.
- Add a little more water
- Fennel leaves
- Remove the leaves from the bulb.
- Rinse the leaves.
- Boil 1 cup of water
- Place the leaves into the cup of boiling water
- Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the leaves
- Add water according to your taste.
The aroma of cinnamon is relaxing and the benefit of it doesn’t stop there, cinnamon is famous too for its anti-inflammatory effect. It has a proven effect in reducing inflammatory colon disease
How to Make Cinnamon Tea
- Boil 8 ounces of water
- Add one cinnamon stick or one teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the boiling water
- Leave it for 8 minutes
- If you are using a stick, you can remove it and save it for later use.
- Add honey or other sweeteners.
Liquorice tea combats inflammation and soothes the pain that is associated with swelling. It has natural anaesthetic and analgesic substances. Liquorice tea is helpful in combating gastrointestinal pain and easing arthritis.
You can add fennel and peppermint with liquorice to further boost its effects. Liquorice tea is sweet and you don’t have to add honey or other sweeteners to go with it.
How to make Liquorice tea
- Boil one cup of water.
- Add one tablespoon of liquorice root.
- Let it rest for ten minutes.
Eucalyptus is widely used by the Aboriginal people of Australia in combating inflammation. They used it for combatting joint pain and arthritis.
How to Make Eucalyptus Tea
- Add crushed eucalyptus leaves in one cup of water.
- Heat the water to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- Let it rest for ten minutes
- Strain the leaves from the tea
- Add honey if necessary.