Hibiscus Tea May Lower Blood Pressure

Natural Foods:  Medicinal Teas Can Help!
Well for Life

 There's an old adage that “There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea for what ails you!” And while it’s true that any hot tea can provide a measure of comfort when you’re not feeling well (the steam helps open up stuffed-up sinuses, or the liquid can soothe an aching throat), new studies are suggesting that hot tea may be able to do even more - like lower blood pressure.

So which teas have a little something extra?

- Hibiscus Tea - New studies are suggesting that drinking 3 cups of hibiscus tea may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

- Peppermint Tea - Not only is it refreshing, it helps soothe upset stomachs and aids in digestion. It’s really soothing as a hot beverage in the winter season, and makes delicious - and unusual - iced teas in warmer weather. 

- Ginger Tea - Like peppermint, ginger can soothe nausea. It also has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities, and may boost your immune system.

To get the most benefit when using medicinal teas, try covering the cup with a lid (you can also use the saucer to cover the cup) after pouring hot water over the tea bag. Steep according to the directions which is usually about 10 to 15 minutes. This allows the active compounds in the roots, leaves and/or flowers to be drawn out into the tea and enhance the potential medicinal value. 

For more on how drinking tea may protect your health, see  http://www.raleys.com/cfapps/healthnotes/

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