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.
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.”
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 longevity statistics in the region are so impressive.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.