Let’s Have a Cup of Tea

The teas listed below are believed to benefit the immune system. While no supplement can prevent or cure disease, supplements along with other healthy lifestyle practices can boost your immune system, your body’s internal defense against disease. Be sure to check the links, especially for information about when you should not use the herbs.

Chamomile– reduces stress and tension, relieves digestion problems, fights bacteria. It helps to relax the muscles in the intestines and the stomach and can help relieve digestive problems such as gas, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as relieve gastrointestinal symptoms associated with anxiety. Rich in antioxidants, chamomile helps reduce inflammation and block growth of cancer cells. More on chamomile.  

Cinnamon— (ceylon) helps the mind focus and work more quickly, promotes growth of neural pathways. Cinnamon improves digestion and can calm an upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea. Benefits of cinnamon.

Echinacea—increases the production of white blood cells, which combat viruses and bacteria. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve lung disorders such as bronchitis by reducing the irritation and mucus in the lungs. More on echinacea.

Elderberry– anti-inflammatory, anti-viral due to its high bioflavonoid content, and full of immunity boosting antioxidants. It can help to clear up congestion and runny nose. Benefits and dangers of elderberry.

Eucalyptus– fights respiratory infections with its strong antibacterial properties that help reduce phlegm and mucus and help fight common fungal infections, improves respiratory circulation, soothes stiffness and swelling of joints caused by arthritis and rheumatism. Eucalyptus’ antioxidant properties help reduce oxidative stress while also lowering blood sugar and dilating arteries. Its cooling nature helps boost energy, decrease emotional stress, and mitigate mental fatigue. More on eucalyptus.

Rosemary—contains a strong antioxidant, reduces headaches and may prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, helps protect the body from oxidative stress. It is often consumed to relieve cold symptoms. It is an anti-inflammatory and has shown promise as an anticarcinogenic. More on rosemary tea.

Uva Ursi (Bearberry)– diuretic properties help flush out the urinary system and thus combat bacterial infections of urinary bladder and kidneys. Uva Ursi helps the body rid itself of bloating and water retention. It is a rich source of antioxidants and contains vitamin C. Uva Ursi and urinary tract infections.

White Tea– has some serious anti-cancer properties that can protect your body from multiple forms of the disease and can help strengthen the immune system to boot. It has also been shown to be a powerful antibacterial antibiotic agent, perfect for fighting an oncoming cold. More on white tea.

About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.
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