30. June 2010 13:45
Chamomile is a delectable tea that can be used for help with many health problems, including sleep disorders. Chamomile actually comes from its own flower, not from the Camellia sinensis plant that most other teas come from.
Chamomile comes from two types of plants; the Matricaria retutica and the Chamaemelum nobile. The Matricaria retutica, otherwise known as German chamomile is used most commonly. It has been approved in some countries for use on skin for inflammation and to fight bacteria. It has also been approved in some countries as a dietary supplement. It has benefits such as alleviating anxiety, and possibly helping to prevent diabetes and to help ward off some of the health effects of that disorder.
Chamomile is known for its multitude of health benefits and has been used to treat wounds, eczema, chest colds, and many other purposes. Chamomile, though studies have been limited, has been used for sleeping problems as well.
The effects of sleep disorders
Sleep disorders can have a tremendously negative effect on a person’s overall health and quality of life. A good night’s sleep is necessary for restoring and refreshing the body. Insomnia, or a lack of sleep overall, can interfere with your life, your ability to function, and can put you at a higher risk for other conditions such as cardiovascular illness, depression, and high blood pressure.
Lack of sleep can lead to nausea, headaches, and irritability. It can impede your ability to enjoy recreational and leisure activities, interfering with your quality of life and the time you spend with friends and loved ones. It can also cause dizziness, and even memory loss and hallucinations. It can interfere with your cognitive functioning and impair other basic abilities. This can be dangerous, especially when absolute alertness is needed for your job or other tasks. It can be a great risk even to drive after not sleeping, because you may doze off on the road. Sleep disorders can have deadly consequences.
It can also put you at a higher risk for other disorders. It can harm your immune system and leave you more susceptible to other illnesses and diseases.
What about sleeping pills?
Sleeping pills may not work. These chemicals can cause much more harm than good. They can also be very addictive, causing you to consume more of them to produce the same result. These also may block the REM cycle which is important for good, healthy, restorative sleep. Without this, you may not be getting the rest that you need to counteract the effects that insomnia has given you.
Chamomile; a healthy alternative
Fortunately, drinking chamomile tea is a natural, healthy alternative. This tea works to help induce sleepiness after you’ve had a cup or two, which is great for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders. It has a relaxing, soothing effect and once you are asleep you will enjoy a healthful, natural sleep that will restore and refresh your body and leave you energized and ready for a new day.
Brew a cup of delectable chamomile tea before bedtime and snuggle up to enjoy a good, full night’s sleep.
21. June 2010 07:19
What is Rooibos?
Rooibos tea, also known as Aspalathus linearis, is a common drink in South Africa and has been consumed there for years. It’s a unique type of tea, and isn’t quite as common just yet in the Western world. It is a mild flavored, fruity type of tea and is already growing in popularity with the rest of the world due not only to its delectable flavor but to its many health benefits. It is grown in the mountains of the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is sometimes called the African rooibos tea. It can be brewed and consumed hot, or made into a delicious iced tea. It has numerous health benefits and can truly add to a healthy lifestyle.
What does Rooibos Mean?
Rooibos means, “red bush.” It is an African word for the flowering shrub that grows in the Western Cape, north of Capetown, in the mountain region. It grows to five feet or so in height, with a red brown stem and needle like, vibrant green leaves. It is a legume shrub which has roots that are able to withstand the poor soils of the mountain region. Its roots can tolerate the acidic soils due to the abundance they have in nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
Antioxidants and Nutrients
The tea that is produced from this plant is delicious and it also has been recently discovered to have high antioxidant contents, like many other teas. Its vitamins and nutrients have led to its increase in popularity in the Western world. It has many health benefits, as do other teas, and is deliciously fruity flavored. It is sometimes blended in with herbal teas that are available today.
The Health Benefits
This tea is sweet on its own. It doesn’t have all the artifice and preservatives and additives of other teas, which makes it a much healthier choice. This tea is incredibly healthy with many benefits.
Research shows that rooibos tea can help with health problems such as headaches and that it may help to lower blood pressure as well. It can even help to prevent anxiety attacks, and helps to alleviate insomnia, and irritability. The tea has already been being used in South Africa to treat asthma, eczema, and hay fever. It is, like most teas, almost like a magical panacea in some ways. It has many other benefits as well. Rooibos can also help maintain healthy teeth, act as an anti-inflammatory, and help to fight off viruses. It has been shown to help with alleviating abdominal pains as well. And it contains elements which are beneficial to healthy skin. This type of tea also contains properties which help maintain healthy circulation of the blood and also helps to fight aging. It of course helps the body’s immunes system as well, like other teas, with all of its antioxidants. Here’s another benefit: Rooibos is free of caffeine! In this way, it is effective at helping alleviate stress, insomnia, and tension and can help relax a person.
It’s fruity and delicious, and healthy too!