8 Herbal Teas to Help Beat Inflammation
Inflammation is a topic we have been exploring a fair bit over the past few months here at the Eu Natural Blog.
This week, to add to your anti-inflammatory arsenal we’re examining the most effective herbal teas to help combat chronic inflammation.
Before we explore the eight kinds of herbal teas that we have discovered that will help with inflammation, a few other issues need to be discussed and explored.
A lot of questions pop up when it comes to inflammation and specifically, how to combat it without spending a lot of money.
How do I get rid of inflammation naturally?
Before approaching this question, you need to understand what causes inflammation. While our blog has all kinds of information on inflammation, there are a few basic things that you should know about what causes inflammation.
Your body naturally produces fluids and other substances that keeps it operating. If these fluids and substances stop being produced, your body will stop operating and will break down.
This is what happens when somebody is “____” deficient. It literally means that something is breaking down because a chemical in your body is not being produced enough.
Inflammation is not caused by this. Inflammation is caused by the very same substances in your body being stored. When fluids are stored in their body, they cause inflammation because they have nowhere to go.
This phenomenon is what you are faced with when inflammation is concerned.
Simply anti-inflammatory substances, the first thing you should think of are herbs and spices. Consuming something with these in them will release the same fluids and chemicals in your body that cause inflammation if stored.
The first of these is turmeric. Turmeric is made with curcumin, which also act as an antioxidant.
Turmeric is a spice and can be used in soups and curries for flavor. This is a common thread with a lot of the spices on this list: They can pretty much all be used to enhance flavor instead of salt, which can cause inflammation.
White willow bark is also something that can counter inflammation.
Now I know what you are thinking: How do you take white willow bark? In its supplement form, that is how. A study performed by Surgery Neurology International revealed that it is not only effective as an anti-inflammatory agent, but it also works well against headaches, being better than most NSAID supplements such as asprin.
Chili peppers are some of the most natural anti-inflammatory as well as one of the most cost effective.
These contain a chemical called capsaicin, which can make your body work extra hard to remove built up chemicals because of the heat.
Additionally, chilli peppers can be used in nearly every food and are very common. They can be used fresh or crushed up.
When selecting chili peppers, make sure they are not pickled. Pickled chili peppers, while they still contain capsaicin, also contain salt, which can cause inflammation. If you consume pickled chili peppers, the anti-inflammatory properties of the peppers will be canceled out by the inflammatory properties of the salt content from the pickling process.
These are just three of many natural anti-inflammatory sources. More of them can be discovered here.
What is the strongest anti-inflammatory herb?
One thing about anti-inflammatory herbs is that they all vary in terms of how strong they work to counter your inflammations.
If you have major inflammation problems, you might want to seek out herbs that are very strong in their anti-inflammatory properties.
Considering all the anti-inflammatory herbs out there, the strongest one is rosemary. Among the other anti-inflammatory herbs, rosemary stands out as having the strongest anti-inflammatory effect.
Along with rosemary, other herbs such as cinnamon and ginger also have very strong anti-inflammatory effects. But this leads to the question: How can I use these herbs?
The answer to this is to use these herbs in tea. There are many, many kinds of teas that can be made to help inflammation, and later we will list them.
What kind of tea is good for inflammation?
A lot of people think that they can just make any kind of tea, expecting it to help with their inflammation issues.
Even worse, they’ll add all kinds of things that actually cause inflammation to the tea. This is what happens when you put sugar in the tea. Doing this cancels out the anti-inflammation effects of the tea.
So before exploring what kinds of tea is good for inflammation, you need to understand that in order to get the most out of the anti-inflammation effects from the teas, you need to resist the temptation to make them overly flavorful.
While this does not mean the teas do not need to be tasteless, it does mean that adding things to the teas (especially sugar) is not recommended.
What we have done is select eight teas that are not only very flavorful, but are also very effective in countering inflammation.
We have also included recipes for each tea.
put, to get rid of inflammation, you need to do things that release chemicals that are being improperly stored.
The only way to do this naturally is to stay away from things that you put in your body that cause inflammation and pursue lifestyle choices that will release chemicals.
What foods and drinks cause inflammation, you ask?
To put it simply, it’s anything that is too flavorful for its own good to where consuming it actually feels good.
Nearly all fast food causes inflammation.
All alcohol, no matter how little of it you consume, causes inflammation.
The donut you ate this morning, as well as the coffee you drank that you put 12 packets of sugar in? Those definitely cause inflammation.
The fact of the matter is this: Lifestyle changes that are almost alien to what you have been doing most of your life is how to naturally beat inflammation.
This means making food choices that are not as flavorful as you would like.
It also means being much more active than you were before.
And unfortunately, it means you need to avoid refined sugar and fast food.
These things take a lot of work and discipline, but they can be done.
Once you begin doing these things, then you can think of other ways that inflammation can be dealt with, that we will now explore.
What is the best natural anti-inflammatory?
As we just discussed, lifestyle changes should be your first course of action when it comes to micromanaging your inflammation.
But there do exist natural anti-inflammatory substances, supplements, and medications that you can take if you already do things that do not cause inflammation.
1. Peppermint tea
Peppermint has long been used to help bring down inflammation and reduce the pain associated with it. It is sometimes taken orally or as an essential oil, but the leaves can also be used as an herbal tea or tincture.
As the Food Doctor points out:
“A cup of mint tea could be as effective as an aspirin for pain relief, according to scientists. Research showed that the herb Hyptis crenata, known as Brazilian mint, reduced pain as much as a soluble form of the conventional painkiller. The study was tested on mice, which allowed researchers to rule out the placebo effect as an explanation for its success.”
Here’s how to make it:
- Boil 3 to 4 cups of water.
- Turn off the heat after getting the water to a rolling boil, then add peppermint leaves.
- Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes.
- Pour through a tea strainer, this way the leaves are taken out of the tea.
- Add honey for flavor, then serve.
2. Matcha green tea
Matcha is a type of powdered green tea, produced using the whole leaves of the plant. It is of particular interest to us because of its unusually high ORAC value, a measure of a substance’s antioxidant potential.
Antioxidants help to combat the inflammation associated with free radical damage and oxidation in the body, a by-product of aging and environmental stressors.
The tea is used widely in Japan, and is thought to be one of the reasons why the life expectancy statistics in the region are so impressive.
Here’s how to make Matcha green tea:
- Sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha into a cup using a small sifter
- Bring 2 ounces of water to a slight boil and pour it into the sifter
- Whisk the matcha and water in the sifter. This is similar to beating eggs.
3. Fennel tea
Fennel extracts have been shown to provide a wide range of health benefits, including pain relief and reduced inflammation. Although the exact mechanism is not entirely understood, fennel contains antispasmodic and analgesic compounds that bring down cortisol levels and help the body to relax.
A 2012 study examined at the effects of fennel on menstrual cramps and the associated pain. At the end of the study, researchers deduced that fennel is an effective herbal drug for dealing with pain and inflammation
Fennel tea can be made in three ways. We’ll describe each one.
Using fennel seeds:
- Crush approximately 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds into a mortar and pestle.
- Bring 1 cup of water to a rolling boil.
- Scoop the seeds out with a teaspoon, place them into a tea ball or a strainer, then pour the boiling water over them
- Let the seeds steep for 7-10 minutes, then add a little more hot water.
Using fennel leaves:
- Remove fennel leaves from the bulb. Make sure you rinse them.
- Place the leaves into 1 cup of boiling water.
- Let the leaves steep for 15-20 minutes
- Remove the leaves and add water if necessary.
Using the fennel bulb:
- Clean the bulb as much as you can, cut it up, and place it into a tea strainer.
- Pour boiling water over the top and steep for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the strainer and add water if necessary.
4. Cinnamon tea
Aside from being a warming winter beverage, cinnamon tea may also play a role in bringing down inflammation levels.
A 2011 study showed that cinnamon extract was affective in reducing colon inflammation in mice. The researchers concluded that it may have similar anti-inflammatory effects in humans.
Here’s how to make cinnamon tea:
- Bring 8 ounces of water to a rolling boil.
- Add either a whole cinnamon stick or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the water.
- Let steep for 8 minutes. If you are using a stick, remove it but do not throw it away.
- Add sweeteners if necessary.
5. Liquorice root tea
Liquorice root has long been used to combat inflammation and soothe the pain associated with it. It contains a range of natural anaesthetic and analgesic compounds.
Studies have confirmed that the root also has anti-inflammatory properties, and is sometimes used to ease arthritis and gastrointestinal issues.
In tea, liquorice is often combined with other anti-inflammatory herbs such has fennel and peppermint for an added boost.
The best part about liquorice root tea is that it is sweet on its own. There’s no need to add anything to make it flavorful.
Making liquorice root tea can be complicated. Here is an easy way to make it:
- For every one cup of water, add one tablespoon of liquorice root. This is a bit easier to do if you possess the full roots themselves, as they can be weighed on their own. If using crushed roots, measure it accordingly.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil, lower the temperature, and let rest for 10 minutes.
- After the 10 minutes has elapsed, turn off the heat and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
It is thought that the aboriginal people of Australia have used eucalyptus for thousands of years to treat inflammatory conditions such as joint pain and arthritis.
Studies have confirmed that these age-old traditions do in fact work, showing that eucalyptus does indeed possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Although eucalyptus typically comes in the form of an essential oil, the leaves can also be used to create a refreshing tea.
This is how you can make eucalyptus tea:
- Add a crushed eucalyptus leaf to the cup that you intend to drink from.
- Heat water to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- pour the heated water into the cup.
- Let the tea steep for 10 minutes
- Before drinking, use a tea strainer to remove the bigger crushed leaves.
Although it contains a range of health promoting compounds compounds, it is the yellow pigment curcumin that has been shown to have the powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is thought that curcumin works by blocking pro-inflammatory molecules from carrying out the inflammation process.
Turmeric has been suggested as an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medications, without any unwanted negative side effects.
This is how to make turmeric tea:
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.
- Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric, as well as any flavor enhancers, such as cinnamon or ginger.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea into your desired glass and serve.
The turmeric root can be brewed into a tea, and is often combined with…
Like turmeric, research suggests that ginger may rival non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications when it comes to reducing pain and bringing down levels of chronic inflammation.
Whilst the exact mechanism is unknown, it is thought that the main active compound ginger may be the main contributor towards the anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger makes for a refreshing tea, especially when combined with a dash of lemon and honey. This is an age-old remedy often used to sooth a sore throat.
Here’s how to make ginger tea:
- Cut up about 2 inches of ginger into 2 tablespoons of ginger root.
- Bring water to a boil, and add the sliced up ginger root. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
- Remove it from the heat and add your preferred flavoring.
Inflammation is something that nearly all of us need to deal with in some aspect. This is because we are around so many things that cause inflammation.
Fortunately, there is a solution, and that solution takes the form of a healthy lifestyle.
Switching up your beverages is part of this lifestyle change, and it is totally possible to do this with these 8 teas, which are easy and cheap to make.
Bost, Jeffrey, Maroon, Adara, and Joseph Maroon. Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Pain Relief. Surgical Neurology International, vol. 1 (80)