Timeless Nutrition Tips...
Most people drop their tea bag into a cup of hot water, walk away for a few minutes, return and drink. If this is you, start dunking while you're waiting.
Dunking the tea bag up and down while the tea brews causes the tea to release vastly more of its polyphenols, potent antioxidants that may fight blood clots and clogged arteries. A tea bag that is dunked continuously for three minutes releases five times more polyphenols. That is five times as many heart-protective antioxidants for you! Polyphenols give different fruits and vegetables their vibrant color.
Polyphenols in Green Tea
Green tea in particular is packed with polyphenols. Researchers think the health-giving properties of green tea are mostly due to polyphenols. The polyphenols in green tea give it a somewhat bitter flavor. Bigelow Tea is an excellent source of healthy antioxidants with a fragrant, light and mellow brew.
Polyphenols are also found in red wine plus fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, cherries, blueberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, broccoli, celery and onions. Even legumes, chocolate, olive oil and certain grains contain some polyphenols.
Studies suggest that polyphenols help to reduce inflammation associated with conditions such as coronary artery disease. In addition, the antioxidant properties of polyphenols have been shown to slow the process of skin wrinkling as associated with aging.
De-Stress With Green or Black Tea
Green and black teas contain theanine, which can help ease anxiety and depression. The amino acid has been studied for several different effects, with most of the research centering on its use as an anxiety treatment. In studies, theanine seems to relax the mind without causing drowsiness.
From the National Center for Biotechnology Information
Polyphenols are abundant micronutrients in our diet, and evidence for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases is emerging. The health effects of polyphenols depend on the amount consumed and on their bioavailability.
Green, Black Hibiscus or Rooibos Teas
A good choice for anyone with arthritis, fibromyalgia, or joint pain. All are naturally high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent free radicals and beat back inflammatory responses.
Chamomile tea can help depression and anxiety, as well as digestive problems. This is due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, tranquilizing and muscle-relaxing effects.
In a 2012 University of Pennsylvania study, researchers gave 57 people diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or both either chamomile extract or a placebo for 8 weeks. The conclusion was that chamomile effectively reduces symptoms. The does used was 220mg three to five times a day.
Note of caution: Chamomile often causes reactions in ragweed-allergic people and those with hay fever. If this is you, avoid it.
Note: If you use loose leaf tea you don't have to dunk because it releases more of its polyphenols whether or not it gets dunked.
Try any of the above mentioned teas iced for a healing summer-time treat.
Herbal Tea Benefits
Persimmon Tea: The leaves when dried and crushed make a fine strong tea. Can be used all year round. Rich in vitamin C. Useful as a digestive aid. Used as a healthful tonic said to prevent colds and strengthen the immune system.
Sassafras Tea: Boil fresh roots after washing, until water turns reddish brown. Can be sliced and dried for later use. Claimed by some to be a blood thinner, a blood purifier, to help bronchitis, a stimulating spring tonic. Mostly it is used for pure enjoyment.
Birch Tea (Wintergreen): Black, yellow and white birch. Dried leaves can be used year round. A large handful of fresh leaves steeped in hot water was drunk 1 to 2 cups a day for rheumatism and headaches. Said to reduce pain of passing kidney stones, and a fever reducer. Cold birch tea has been used as a mouthwash.
Blackberry or Raspberry Tea: The dried mature leaves of these brambles make a good tea. Used to help control diarrhea, as a blood purifier and tonic. Use all year round.
Blueberry Tea: The dried mature leaves are steeped until cool and drunk 1 to 2 cups per day as a blood purifier and tonic. Also used to help inflamed kidneys and increase the flow of urine. Somewhat bitter. Use all year round. Can also be used as a diet aid.
Alfalfa Tea: The dried and powdered leaves and flower heads make a very nutritious tea, but it is somewhat bland. We suggest mixing them with normal teas to stretch them and add nutrition. Its vitamin content was the reason it was used all year round.
Wild Strawberry Tea: Use dried leaves normally. Pour several cups boiling water over a handful of fresh leaves in the evening. Cover and let steep overnight. Strain water and reheat in the morning. Believed to help with a multitude of things, from stomach troubles, eczema, diarrhea, etc. According to experts, it is much more healthful than purchased coffee or teas. Use all year round.
Wild Rose-Hip Tea: A handful of these steeped for 10 minutes, then strained, make a healthful tea. Can be used dried or fresh in season. Instead of boiling, place a handful in cool water overnight, then stain and reheat in the morning.
Use all year round. Strong vitamin C content. Helps with colds and the flu. Also for sore throat.
Sweet Goldenrod Tea (Anise): Can use dried or fresh leaves or flowers. Makes a very flavorful tea. Pure enjoyment only!! Used all year round.
Soldier's Herb Tea: This common yard weed with green leaves and two seedie spikes was used by the Colonials and Indians alike. One teaspoon of seeds per cup of boiling water steeped for 1/2 hour was used for dropsy and jaundice. A tea from fresh leaves (chopped fine), one heaping teaspoon per cup of boiling water steeped for 1/2 hour. For dried powdered leaves, use one level teaspoon and reduce time to 15 minutes. Drunk 4 to 5 times a day until relief was obtained. Used for gout, to help clean out nasal passages and to slow menstruation. Also used to expel worms. A tea cooled made from rainwater was used as an eyewash.
Ginger Tea: Good for nausea and motion sickness. Make a tea using ginger, or add some ginger to a cup of weak black tea.
Rosemary Tea: A handful of rosemary steeped for 10 minutes -- this tea is good for headaches.
Herbal Cranberry Apple Tea Recipe
1 part dried cranberries (cut in small pieces)
1 part dried apples (cut in small pieces)
1 part hibiscus
1 part dried chamomile
Blend together and add 1 teaspoon in a teaball to 1 cup of boiling water. Fruity and relaxing!
Tips: All teas unless specified are brewed with 1 teaspoon dry material or 2 teaspoons fresh material to 1 cup of water. Always steep. This means pouring hot water over material and letting set for 5 to 15 minutes. Always dry leaves and roots out of the sun, in dark airy places. Then store in airtight containers.