Tea has the power to warm and soothe as well as the ability to cool and cure. The most beneficial teas to your health are the ones that are caffeine free and can be consumed regularly and in large quantities without putting any strain on your kidneys or causing any other heath concerns. The safest teas to drink are those made from dried fruit, edible flowers and mild herbs. These teas taste good, are good for you and do not require any type of sweetener.
One of mildest teas that exists is chamomile. Made from steeping the tiny blossoms of the chamomile plant it is delicate in flavor and very soothing. So much so in fact that drinking too much of it in one day can make you sleepy. Chamomile is particularly affective in providing relief from menstrual cramps.
Peppermint tea like chamomile is one of the mildest you can drink and is particularly beneficial to digestion. It will soothe an upset stomach, expel gas and aid in respiratory distresses and colds. Simply smelling dried peppermint can help to allay nausea. If you are fortunate enough to have fresh mint growing in a pot or in your garden try adding a few leaves to your salads.
Ginger as a spice is a staple in many kitchens all around the globe. Yet many Westerners may not realize that ginger tea has been used as an effective medicine for centuries to soothe the stomach, aid in digestion, alleviate colds and many other ailments including menstrual complaints. Both the chopped fresh root and the powdered version can be used to make tea. If you find the pungent flavor of ginger tea to be too intense you can cut it with a little fresh lemon juice and a bit of honey.
Spearmint is widely known as a flavor agent in everything from chewing gum to jellies to toothpaste. Spearmint tea has many of the same qualities as peppermint and is even milder making it well suited for use by children.
Lemon tea is a favorite home remedy for coughs and colds that is prepared by simmering fresh lemon slices in water. Lemon juice is loaded with vitamin C and aside from adding flavor to other teas it is also useful as a digestive aid. The dried leaves of lemon bushes as well as the fruit peels and can be used to treat fever and pain.
Hibiscus flower is a popular ingredient in commercially blended teas. It is often paired with dried fruit, rosehips and herbs such as peppermint and lemongrass. Like ginger it has a long history in traditional Asian medicines. It has been used to treat an unbelievable quantity of ailments
Almost all teas are diuretic and therefore it is important to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Any of the teas listed above can be consumed hot or cold and some can be mixed with the others for added flavor. For a twist try adding a couple ounces of fruit juice to a glass of iced tea for a refreshing change.