Ailments and Associated Teas – Part 1
In addition to being delicious, our herbal teas have health-promoting properties
This section provides a description of the ailments along with the associated teas to treat the conditions.
ACNE, PIMPLES, ECZEMA, DERMATITIS – Skin, Detox
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Pimples are a symptom of this condition.
Eczema also known as Atopic dermatitis is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Eczema is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. No cure has been found for Eczema.
Dermatitis is a general term that describes a skin irritation. Dermatitis is a common condition that has many causes and occurs in many forms. It usually involves itchy, dry skin or a rash on swollen, reddened skin. Or it may cause the skin to blister, ooze, crust or flake off.
The Skin tea is a combination of blood cleansing and digestive herbs that can help with pimples and acne. As many skin issues are an indication that the liver is overloaded, the Detox tea, with its liver supporting & detoxifying herbs, can help to clear many skin issues.
ALLERGIES – Detox, Eyes, Immune
Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to typically harmless substances in the environment. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis.
Many allergies are caused by an overloading of the liver so it makes sense to drink a tea with liver detoxifying herbs. The Immune tea will help the body’s immune system to resist allergens. The Eyes tea can be helpful for allergic sinus issues and the tea can also be used as an eye wash in the case of irritated eyes from allergy.
ANAEMIA – Blood
Anemia (also spelled anaemia) is a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin in the blood, or a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen. When anemia comes on slowly, the symptoms are often vague and may include feeling tired, weakness, shortness of breath, and a poor ability to exercise. When the anaemia comes on quickly, symptoms may include confusion, feeling like one is going to pass out, loss of consciousness, and increased thirst. Anaemia must be significant before a person becomes noticeably pale.
The beautiful red colour of this tea, combining hibiscus and rosehips, makes it a very good tonic for the blood. A good tea to replace black tea and coffee which may impair the absorption of iron.
ANXIETY – Calm, Calm With Lavender, Stress Head
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.
During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:
- panic disorder
- phobias, such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
Both the Calm tea blends help to relief tension. The Stress Head tea has herbs that will calm the adrenal glands and help in traumatic times.
ARTHRITIS – Aches & Pains
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Combining Tumeric, an anti-inflammatory and White Willow Bark, a natural pain reliever, this blend may ease soreness & joint pain.
BED WETTING, INCONTINENCE, BLADDER ISSUES – Urinary
Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.
This herbal tea combines herbs that will help to sooth the bladder and kidneys, especially if the bedwetting is a physical problem. If it is emotional, combine it with the Calm tea.
BLOOD PRESSURE (HIGH OR LOW) – Blood Balance, Stress Head
Low blood pressure might seem desirable, and for some people, it causes no problems. However, for many people, abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause dizziness and fainting. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening.
The causes of low blood pressure can range from dehydration to serious medical or surgical disorders. It’s important to find out what’s causing your low blood pressure so that it can be treated.
High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.
You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure generally develops over many years, and it affects nearly everyone eventually. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it.
Hawthorn leaf, a herb used in both these blends, is well known for its action of regulating blood pressure, whether it is high or low, this herb helps bring it to balance.
BOWEL – INFLAMMATION, IBS (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME) CROHNS DISEASE – Tummy, Mint Magic, Detox, Lemongrass & Ginger
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you’ll need to manage long term.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people
Peppermint and Ginger are both digestive herbs but act in different ways. Each of these teas can help to soothe an inflamed digestive system, ease the symptoms and improve digestion. They work best in combination with a change of diet.
BREAST FEEDING, TO STIMULATE MILK PRODUCTION – Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.
Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
The herbs in this blend are “mother’s milk” herbs to stimulate and enrich breastmilk.
BRONCHIAL & UPPER RESPIRATORY ISSUES – CATARRAH – Cough, Lucky Lemon
The upper respiratory tract includes the mouth, nose, sinus, throat, larynx (voice box), and trachea (windpipe). Upper respiratory infections are often referred to as “colds.” The lower respiratory tract includes the bronchial tubes and the lungs. Bronchitis and pneumonia are infections of the lower respiratory tract.
Catarrh excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane.
The Cough tea is especially good for throat irritations and will sooth a sore throat. Sometimes, for bronchial coughing, the lemony herbs in Lucky Lemon with a little raw honey, can be an option for children.