Everything you need to know about wellness tea
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Company founders, Matt and Lisa, were first inspired to create Full Leaf Tea Co. when they discovered how much better they felt when they drank tea instead of coffee. This discovery led to a desire to learn more about the amazing health benefits of tea and different herbs; bringing about what is now Full Leaf Tea's vast array of Wellness Blends. Full Leaf's Wellness Blends are the cornerstone of our tea collection and are specifically designed to help your body feel its best.Shop Wellness Tea →
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What makes tea healthy?
First, it’s important to note that tea itself is not a cure-all; however, the ingredients in tea all have amazing health properties associate with them. Though tea isn’t a one stop shop for dietary and health needs, incorporating tea into your diet has many benefits.
Tea comes from the Camelia Sinensis plant, which is high in polyphenols ( a compound containing more than one phenolic hydroxyl group ), specifically catechins and epicatechins. Additionally, the Camelia Sinensis plant contains antioxidants called “flavonoids”, the most potent of which have been known to reduce cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries as noted by WebMD. So what ingredients in tea do what?
- Menstrual pain: The latest available information shows chamomile is known to reduce menstrual pain after a month of consumption including a reduction in anxiety and distress.
- Diabetes and blood sugar: Research does not show that chamomile itself is a viable substitute for diabetes, but consumption of chamomile reduces blood sugar, reducing the long term effects of diabetes.
- Osteoporosis: A 2004 study on chamomile showed chamomile may have anti-estrogenic properties, a cause of osteoporosis among women going through menopause.
- Cancer: Some research, though inconclusive, suggest chamomile targets cancerous cells and slows their growth.
- Sleep: A test showed 10 of 12 participants fell asleep shortly after drinking chamomile tea.
- Anxiety Relief: Some studies have shown that linden leaf can reduce anxiety.
- Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can lead to type 2 diabetes and cancer. Linden leaf contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of disease.
- Chronic pain: Linden leaf’s antioxidants are potent. An 8-week study with 50 women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which is characterized by painful and stiff joints, found that supplementing 500 mg of quercetin, an antioxidant in linden tea, significantly improved pain symptoms and markers of inflammation.
- Sleep: Linden tea is readily used in folk medicine to promote sleep. Its plant compounds have strong sedative properties, which may encourage relaxation that leads to sleep.
- Reduce Stress & Anxiety: All parts of the holy basil plant act as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance.
- Stimulate & vitalize your body: Holy basil is also high in antioxidants and makes for a great ingredient in detox teas. Studies show that holy basil can protect your body against chemicals and reduce the chance of cancer.
- Lower blood sugar: People with pre-diabetes or type two diabetes may benefit from the entire plant, as holy basil helps reduce blood sugar.
- Digestion: Peppermint in tea may relieve digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, and indigestion.
- Headaches & Migraines: Peppermint acts as a muscle relaxant and pain reliever and has been shown to diminish certain types of headaches.
- Bad breath: Peppermint is so common in gum and toothpaste because it tastes and smells great and contains antibacterial properties that help kill germs - reducing dental plaque.
- Sinuses: Because peppermint has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, tea with peppermint may fight clogged sinuses due to infections, the common cold, and allergies.
- Menstrual cramps: Because peppermint is a muscle relaxant, teas with peppermint have been shown as an effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory reducing the intensity and duration of pain.
- Chronic conditions: Essential oils in fennel have more than 87 volatile compounds. Studies have shown consuming these compounds reduces your risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, and type 2 diabetes.
- Benefits heart health: Fennel contains nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium which all play important roles in heart health.
- Benefits breastfeeding women: Because fennel has galactogenic properties, tea with fennel may benefit women who are breastfeeding.
- Mental health: Studies have shown fennel may reduce age-related memory deficits.
- Morning sickness: Ginger is highly effective against nausea, and can be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea such as morning sickness.
- Muscle pain & soreness: Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain. A study concluded that consuming ginger for 11 days significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises.
- Drastically lowers blood sugar: Ginger was shown to lower blood sugar significantly in a 2015 study of 41 participants.
- Significantly reduced menstrual pain: In one study of 150 women, ginger was found to manage pain as effectively as Ibuprofen and Mefenamic Acid.
- Contains powerful antioxidants: Ginkgo contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, which are compounds known for their strong antioxidant effects. Antioxidants combat or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive particles that are produced in the body during normal metabolic functions such as converting food to energy or detoxification.
- Inflammation: Inflammation is the bodys natural response to injury or invasion by a foreign substance. However, excessive inflammation can cause permanent damage to the body’s tissues and DNA. Ginkgo is known to reduce inflammation in arthritis, IBD, cancer, heart disease, and strokes.
- Improves heart health: One study in people with heart disease who supplemented with ginkgo saw immediate increases in blood flow throughout the body.
- Psychiatric disorders and dementia: Ginkgo has repeatedly been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, and other symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.
- Improves wellbeing: There’s a handful of studies that show ginkgo may enhance brain function in healthy individuals. This includes improved memory, focus, and attention span.
Teas for your health
Now that we know what ingredients do what in tea, let’s take a look at tea’s themselves. Luckily, we’ve compiled collections of teas for specific uses. These uses include teas for energy, weight loss, detoxing, digestion, sleep, cold prevention, and teas for skin and hair health. Take a look below and discover our healthy teas!
Teas for an energy boost
A cup of coffee in the morning packs a caffeine punch, but the acidic properties of coffee and the lower antioxidant count doesn’t help coffee. Tea, however, packs tons of antioxidants while still coming near toe too toe with coffee. Take a look at our list of energy teas below.
Teas for weight loss
Losing weight is no easy challenge, and while tea won’t help you drop your weight quickly, consuming tea has been shown to aid in weight loss. Below are some of our teas designed specifically for weight loss!
Teas for detoxing
Whether you’re looking for a tea for detox or a tea for a hangover, our tea’s are crafted to help you feel refreshed and renewed. Take a look below to find a tea that matches your needs.
Teas for digestion
People have consumed tea for digestion for thousands of years, several herbal teas have been shown to help with nausea, constipation, indigestion, and more. Here is a list of teas designed to help with digestion.
Teas for cold prevention
Nobody likes a cold. Teas have been consumed to aid in cold relief and prevention for a long time. We have a great selection of teas below to help you get through the flu season.
Teas for sleep
Teas such as our organic sleeping tranqulitea make for a great sleeping aid, we’ve curated a collection of teas to help you rest easier at night.
Teas for hair & skin health
Nutritionists and dermatologists all agree, one of the easiest ways to emanate health and beauty from the inside out, alongside nutritionally dense food choices, are teas.” and for good reason. Teas are packed with antioxidants and vitamins to promote healthy skin and hair growth. Below are some of our favorites!
Teas with turmeric
Turmeric is a powerful superfood! Some of its amazing health benefits include fighting inflammation, improving brain function, decreasing the risk of heart disease, and more! We have blended turmeric with your favorite loose leaf teas to create blends that are flavorful, but also provide a great health boost.