Ailments and Associated Teas – Part 4
This section provides a description of the ailments along with the associated teas to treat the conditions.
NAUSEA, DIARRHEA – Tummy, Lemongrass & Ginger, Detox
Nausea and vomiting are common signs and symptoms that can be caused by numerous conditions. Nausea and vomiting most often are due to viral gastroenteritis — often mistakenly called stomach flu — or the morning sickness of early pregnancy.
Diarrhea is loose, watery stools (bowel movements). You have diarrhea if you have loose stools three or more times in one day. Acute diarrhea is diarrhea that lasts a short time. It is a common problem. It usually lasts about one or two days, but it may last longer. Then it goes away on its own.
Both Peppermint,(which relaxes the stomach) in the Tummy tea and Ginger, in the Lemongrass & Ginger and the Detox teas, are digestive herbs that have different actions but can help to calm nausea and vomiting. Ginger is one of the most effective anti-nausea herbs.
OVERWEIGHT – Weight, Detox
Overweight: The term “overweight” is used in two different ways. In one sense it is a way of saying imprecisely that someone is heavy. The other sense of “overweight” is more precise and designates a state between normal weight and obesity.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) now defines overweight in terms of the BMI (the body mass index) which is a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m)squared. Since the BMI describes the body weight relative to height, it correlates strongly (in adults) with the total body fat content.
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 herbs in the Weight tea are a delicious addition to a healthy eating and exercise plan. They may help to stimulate the metabolism and help to clear any excess fluid retention. The Weight tea works well in combination with the Detox tea, which has liver herbs that will help to detoxify.
PAINFUL PERIODS – Feminine Balance
Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that happens as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Many women have painful periods, also called dysmenorrhea. The pain is most often menstrual cramps, which are a throbbing, cramping pain in your lower abdomen. … Period pain is not the same as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Chaste berry (Vitex Agnus Castus) and Dong Quai are both hormone regulating herbs. Calendula and Horsetail are herbs that may be helpful for menstrual discomfort and cramping.
PREGNANCY, MORNING SICKNESS – Pregnancy
Pregnancy, also known as gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman.
Morning Sickness is nausea in pregnancy, typically occurring in the first few months. Despite its name, the nausea can affect pregnant women at any time of day.
Raspberry leaf is one of the herbs that can be taken safely during pregnancy. It is high in folic acid, iron and Vitamins A & C. It helps to strengthen and tone the ligaments of the uterus. It can also ease morning sickness.
PROSTATE, CYSTITIS, UTI – Urinary, Prostate
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate is just in front of the rectum. … The prostate secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. During ejaculation, the prostate squeezes this fluid into the urethra, and it’s expelled with sperm as semen.
Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. Inflammation is where part of your body becomes irritated, red, or swollen. In most cases, the cause of cystitis is a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI happens when bacteria enter the bladder or urethra and begin to multiply.
A 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.
Epilobium, the main herb used in each of these teas, is especially soothing to the bladder and is effective for both men and women for any urinary and kidney problems.
RASHES – Skin, Detox
A rash is a change of the human skin which affects its color, appearance, or texture.
A rash may be localized in one part of the body, or affect all the skin. Rashes may cause the skin to change color, itch, become warm, bumpy, chapped, dry, cracked or blistered, swell, and may be painful. The causes, and therefore treatments for rashes, vary widely.
Because most skin issues relate to how well the liver is processing toxins, the Detox tea can help support the detoxification process. The herbs in the Skin tea will help with blood cleansing so is ideal when the skin issue is acne and pimples.
RECOVERY FROM OPERATION, ILLNESS, SPORTS WORKOUT – Sport & Recovery, Immune
The Sport & Recovery tea is ideal for restoring balance to the body after an illness, operation or a marathon! The Immune tea, with 4 of the best immune boosting and stimulating herbs, can enhance the body’s ability to withstand bacterial and viral infections.
RESTLESS LEGS, CRAMPS, IRRITATED & FEELINGS OF RESTLESSNESS – Restless Legs, Calm , Serenity, Chill out
Restlessness is the inability to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom Disease, causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Symptoms commonly occur in the late afternoon or evening hours, and are often most severe at night when a person is resting, such as sitting or lying in bed.
Cramps are cause due to the overuse of a muscle, dehydration, muscle strain or simply holding a position for a prolonged period. In many cases, however, the cause isn’t known. Although most muscle cramps are harmless, some may be related to an underlying medical condition, such as: Inadequate blood supply.
There can be many reasons why we are restless or irritated. Restless Legs tea taken at night can settle the restless legs syndrome, Calm tea can help to relax before bedtime and the Serenity tea and Chill Out can each help to settle restlessness, even in children.
SINUSITIS – Eyes, Cough
Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection or rhinosinusitis, is inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the sinuses resulting in symptoms. Common symptoms include thick nasal mucus, a plugged nose, and facial pain.
The Eyes tea and the Cough tea can help to ease the symptoms of sinusitis by relieving irritated eyes and throat. Often sinusitis is a sign of a food allergy.
SORE THROAT, IRRITATED, SWOLLEN TONSILS – Cough, Immune, Winter Blend
A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.
Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat — one tonsil on each side. Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck.
The soothing herbs in the COUGH blend may ease a sore throat and swollen tonsils. Immune tea can help to stimulate and boost the immune system to help recovery. Winter Blend tea can help to prevent colds and flu but will lessen the severity & duration for anyone suffering from cold & flu symptoms.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES – Sport & Recovery, Aches & Pains
Both these teas can help with recovering from sporting activities, the Aches & Pains blend for any muscle or joint soreness.
STAMINA – Fatigue, Sport & Recovery
Stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.
The Fatigue tea may help with adrenal exhaustion and weariness, helping to restore that “get up & go” feeling. The Sport and Recovery tea is nutrient rich and may help to re-balance the body after a sports workout, an illness or operation.
STOMACH ULCERS – Tummy, Calm, Mint Magic, Detox
Stomach ulcers, which are also known as gastric ulcers, are painful sores in the stomach lining. Stomach ulcers are a type of peptic ulcer disease. … Stomach ulcers occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive juices is reduced.
Stomach ulcers are caused by improper diet and decreased mucus protection in the stomach. Avoiding foods that stimulate acid production, including tea and coffee, can enable the stomach to heal itself. The herbs in the Tummy tea, Calm tea, Mint Magic tea and Detox teas can help soothe and ease the painful symptoms of stomach ulcers and are ideal alternatives to other irritating drinks.
STRESS, TRAUMA, UNABLE TO RELAX – Stress Head, Calm, Serenity, Fatigue
Stress, in everyday terms, is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands.
These demands can be related to finances, work, relationships, and other situations, but anything that poses a real or perceived challenge or threat to a person’s well-being can cause stress.
Stress can be a motivator. It can be essential to survival. The “fight-or-flight” mechanism can tell us when and how to respond to danger. However, if this mechanism is triggered too easily, or when there are too many stressors at one time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful.
Psychological 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.
While restlessness as mentioned above is the inability to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
Each of these teas has herbs that can help calm down stress & tension, elevate depressed moods and nourish the adrenal glands.
STUDY, WORK, PROJECTS – Alert
The herb Brahmi in the Alert tea is considered to be a “brain regenerator” that can help with memory, focus and concentration. Gingko Biloba can improve circulation, therefore more oxygen to the brain, and the Peppermint and Black tea makes it a refreshing and stimulating alternative, especially for people studying.
THINNING HAIR, DANDRUFF, ITCHY SCALP – Hair
Thinning Hair – Some degree of hair loss is normal. As people get older, their hair may naturally start to lose volume and strength.
Dandruff is a common condition, but it can be embarrassing and difficult to treat. It is not related to hygiene, but washing and brushing the hair can help remove old skin flakes. Risk factors include having certain skin or medical conditions and the use of inappropriate hair products. Various treatments are available over the counter, but more severe cases should be seen by a doctor.
Itchy scalp, is a common condition. … Dandruff and an inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis are the most common causes of itchy scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis can be the result of stress, seasonal changes, fluctuating hormones, or an overgrowth of yeast on the skin.
This herbal tea is a blend of mineral rich herbs that may strengthen and enrich thinning hair. It can also be used as a hair rinse and massaged into the scalp to help treat an itchy scalp
WEIGHT LOSS, KIDNEY SUPPORT, WATER RETENTION, ODEMA – Weight
Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health, or physical fitness, refers to a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon, and other connective tissue. Weight loss can either occur unintentionally due to malnourishment or an underlying disease or arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state. “Unexplained” weight loss that is not caused by reduction in calorific intake or exercise may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Intentional weight loss is commonly referred to as slimming.
Water retention occurs when excess fluids build up inside your body. It is also known as fluid retention or edema. Water retention occurs in the circulatory system or within tissues and cavities. It can cause swelling in the hands, feet, ankles and legs.
“Edema” is the medical term for swelling. Body parts swell from injury or inflammation. It can affect a small area or the entire body. Medications, pregnancy, infections, and many other medical problems can cause edema. Edema happens when your small blood vessels leak fluid into nearby tissues
The Weight tea is a delicious addition to a healthy eating and exercise plan. The Cleavers herb is a natural diuretic and can be helpful for edema and water retention by supporting the kidneys.