Ailments and Associated Teas – Part 2
This section provides a description of the ailments along with the associated teas to treat the conditions.
CALMING NIGHTTIME DRINK FOR KIDS – Calm
A delicious combination of Spearmint (for digestion) with Calendula and Chamomile to relax before bedtime.
CHILBLAINS – Circulation
Chilblains are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to repeated exposure to cold but not freezing air, as well as poor circulation. Also known as pernio, chilblains can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on your hands and feet.
Chilblains are painful and are caused by a combination of extreme cold & poor circulation. The herb Gingko Biloba Circulation will improve the circulation.
CHRONIC FATIGUE, ADRENAL EXHAUSTION – Fatigue, Sleep
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterised by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.
Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a group of non-specific symptoms. … Adrenal fatigue proponents claim that the condition is due to overworked adrenal glands producing too little hormones. There are a number of disorders that do affect the adrenal glands.
The Fatigue tea combines herbs that may help with adrenal exhaustion and weariness. The Scullcap in the Sleep tea is a nerve tonic as well as sedative so it can help to have a relaxed sleep.
COLD HANDS & FEET – Circulation
Poor circulation is often a sign of other health issues, such as obesity, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and diabetes. Another common cause of poor circulation is peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a condition that restricts normal blood flow to and from the heart.
Gingko Biloba in this blend helps to widen blood vessels which means hands, feet, and organs receive an increase in blood flow & oxygen, and that is why this herb is beneficial for the brain, central nervous system and vascular system.
COLD SORES – Immune
Cold sores are common and usually clear up on their own within 10 days. But there are things you can do to help ease the pain.
A cold sore usually starts with a tingling, itching or burning feeling.
The herpes virus usually takes hold in the form of cold sores when the immune system is depressed so boosting the immune system can help to prevent and/or lessen the duration of cold sores.
COMPLEXION – Skin, Detox
Complexion is the natural colour, texture, and appearance of a person’s skin, especially of the face.
Many skin issues are an indication that the liver is overloaded with toxins. The Skin tea has blood cleansing and digestive herbs including Burdock which acts on the liver as well. The Detox tea helps to support the liver, which is our main detoxifying organ.
CRADLE CAP – Hair (use as a rinse)
Cradle cap, also known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis, is a non-inflammatory skin condition of the scalp. In some cases, it can also affect the eyes, eyebrows, nose, and ears. Cradle cap commonly affects infants and generally appears within the first 3 months of life. Similar to dandruff, this condition causes scale-like patches to appear on the scalp. These scales can be yellow, off-white, or white in colour. Although the patches are not painful, they are thick and oily, which makes them difficult to remove.
Cradle cap is a short-term condition that will generally clear up on its own within a few months.
The Hair tea can be used as a hair rinse and massaged into the scalp to help treat an itchy scalp. Because Cradle Cap is a dietary issue, cutting out dairy products may improve the condition.
DEPRESSION, MOODINESS, GRIEF & TRAUMA – Stress Head, Serenity, Fatigue, Calm
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment.
Moodiness is If you’re contented one moment, then sad the next, then angry, then joyous, then irritable, you’re suffering from moodiness, or changeable moods. … Sometimes moodiness can also mean “gloominess.”
Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss. It is deep, because it is a reflection of what we love, and it can feel all-encompassing. Grief can follow the loss of a loved one, but it is not limited to people; it can follow the loss of a treasured animal companion, the loss of a job or other important role in life, the loss of a home or of other possessions of significant emotional investment. It often occurs after a divorce.
Trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience.
The Serenity tea is a happy tea made with herbs that are mood elevators. The tea is designed to help relieve stress & tension and make you happy. If the depression is associated with trauma, then Stress Head tea can help to calm the adrenal glands and help you to cope.
DETOXIFICATION – Detox
Detoxification or detoxication (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.
The Detox tea is a herbal tea that will support any detox regime. With liver supporting and blood cleansing herbs, it’s a gentle and non-purging tea to drink any time of the day.
DIABETES – Cravings, Spearmint & Licorice Root
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.
Licorice root is a very sweet herb that can satisfy any sweet cravings without disrupting blood sugar levels. Gymnema is another herb I have used because it is referred to as the “sugar destroyer”, helping to break down sugars.
DIZZINESS, LOW BLOOD PRESSURE – Blood Balance
Dizziness is a term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak or unsteady. Dizziness that creates the false sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving is called vertigo.
Blood pressure too low only if it causes symptoms. Some experts define low blood pressure as readings lower than 90 mm Hg systolic or 60 mm Hg diastolic. If either number is below that, your pressure is lower than normal.
What’s considered low blood pressure for you may be normal for someone else.
Dizziness may be an indication of low blood pressure so the herbs Hibiscus and Hawthorn leaf will help to regulate blood pressure and ease the dizzy sensation.
EXHAUSTION – Fatigue, Stress Head, Sleep
Emotional exhaustion is a state of feeling emotionally worn-out and drained as a result of accumulated stress from your personal or work lives, or a combination of both. Emotional exhaustion is one of the signs of burnout.
People experiencing emotional exhaustion often feel like they have no power or control over what happens in life. They may feel “stuck” or “trapped” in a situation.
Lack of energy, poor sleep, and decreased motivation can make it difficult to overcome emotional exhaustion. Over time, this chronic, stressed-out state can cause permanent damage to your health.
Anyone experiencing long-term stress can become emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed. In difficult times, emotional exhaustion can sneak up on you, but it’s never too late to get help.
Adrenal exhaustion is a condition considered to be due to overworked adrenal glands producing too little hormones which can cause extreme fatigue and weariness and those symptoms are addressed in the Fatigue tea. Sometimes, extreme stress and trauma can cause the adrenals to become depleted and the Stress Head tea will support this situation. When restless sleep is the cause of exhaustion, then the herbs in the Sleep tea can help stop mind chatter and calm the body for a relaxing night’s sleep.
FERTILITY ISSUES – Feminine Balance
Ovulation problems are often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormone imbalance problem which can interfere with normal ovulation. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) is another cause of ovulation problems.
Chaste berry (Vitex Agnus Castus) and Dong Quai are both hormone regulating herbs and Damiana helps to regulate the hormonal system.
FEVER – Lucky Lemon, Lemongrass & Ginger
Fever, or excessive body heat, is the body’s response to toxicity or infection. The herbs in both Lucky Lemon and Lemongrass and Ginger can help to cool and relax.
FLATULANCE – Tummy, Mint Magic, Detox
Flatulance is a sign that all is not well in the digestive system. It could be there is not enough enzymes to properly break down foods or you are sensitive to the proteins and sugars in certain foods.
Peppermint, Spearmint and Ginger are digestive herbs that can stimulate digestive juices and relax digestive muscles so that food spends less time in the intestines to prevent it from fermenting.
FLUID RETENTION – Weight
Fluid retention is when fluids that normally flow through the body pool in tiny spaces between your cells. It is more common in women than men because women have larger spaces between cells, which is nature’s way of allowing for expansion during pregnancy.
The herb Cleavers in the Weight tea is a natural diuretic that also supports your kidneys.
FUNGAL INFECTIONS, THRUSH – Candida, Urinary
Fungal infections are common throughout much of the natural world. In humans, fungal infections occur when an invading fungus takes over an area of the body and is too much for the immune system to handle.
Thrush is a common yeast infection that affects men and women. It’s usually harmless, but can be uncomfortable and keep coming back. It is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Candidiasis is a fungal infection due to any type of Candida (a type of yeast). When it affects the mouth, it is commonly called thrush. Signs and symptoms include white patches on the tongue or other areas of the mouth and throat. Other symptoms may include soreness and problems swallowing. When it affects the vagina, it is commonly called a yeast infection. Signs and symptoms include genital itching, burning, and sometimes a white “cottage cheese-like” discharge from the vagina. Yeast infections of the penis are less common and typically present with an itchy rash. Very rarely, yeast infections may become invasive, spreading to other parts of the body. This may result in fevers along with other symptoms depending on the parts involved.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.
The herb Pau D’Arco in both Candida tea and Urinary tea is a very potent anti-fungal herb that can help with the symptoms of yeast infections, including Candida Albicans.
GINGIVITIS – Cough (drink & use as a mouth wash)
Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent and reverse gingivitis.
The herb Sage is a natural anti-septic and the Cough tea, used as a gargle is one of the best remedies for gum disease, sore throat and tonsillitis.