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There’s something ancient, intimate and sensual about tea. After all, imbibing tea is the original method of capturing and partaking of herbs. The use of tea in traditional medical systems is common to Chinese, Ayurvedic, Tibetan and First Nations’ practices.

Tea drinking has been a cultural ritual throughout the world for thousands of years. From the imperial court of ancient China to the Russian Tearoom, from the Japanese tea ceremony to British village teashops, the soothing, healing and empowering effects of tea have delighted people of all races.

“Recent research studies reveal the antioxidants in tea may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and support cardiovascular health,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, FACN, Chief of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

But maybe there’s something else about tea. Sado is the ceremonial preparation and presentation of the Japanese tea ceremony, also called Way of Life.

The herbs that complement every cup of tea can add to a healthy physiology. Here are 26 of our favorites:

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1. Ginger root is stimulating, warming and energizing; it improves stomach upset and nausea.

2. Cranberry fruit is used to improve the health of the stomach and urinary tract through its anti-bacterial properties. Be sure your tea bag is filled with bright, vibrant red cranberries.

3. Green Tea brings polyphenols with antioxidant power to your diet.

4. Yerba mate is a South American phenomenon (you will rarely see an obese person who consumes it regularly).

5. Peppermint leaves cool the skin, relieve headaches, calm throat muscles to ease coughing and act as a decongestant and expectorant with anti-viral properties.

6. Lemongrass not only imparts a slight citrus flavor to the tea, but also aids the central nervous system and relaxes and helps to clear the mind.

7. Black pepper improves blood circulation and digestion and works especially well with cacao as consumed in the Yucatan.

8. Licorice root is a powerful anti-stress, digestion-soothing herb that supplies the needed energy to the system when cleansing or recovering from an illness.

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9. Dandelion root is a mild, bitter root that detoxifies the liver, spleen and gall bladder.

10. Yellow dock nourishes and detoxifies the spleen and liver, and also cleanses the blood.

11. Burdock root is a blood purifier.

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12. Cinnamon bark is the harmonizer, a stimulant to other herbs, enabling herbal remedies to work faster. It also helps to purify blood, prevents infection and aids in digestion.

13. Fennel seed is a mild digestive aid.

14. Oat straw balances blood sugar, nourishes the pancreas and liver and replenishes the adrenal glands while improving circulation.

15. Nettle leaf is rich in silica and other important minerals and helps to provide nourishment during cleansing.

16. Echinacea builds resistance to colds, flu and infections.

17. Elderberry’s flavonoids disarm the spikes on viruses, preventing them from puncturing healthy cells and multiplying in the body.

18. Chinese have used Panax ginseng for more than 5,000 years. It is said that you should not use Panax ginseng when you are young, for you will have nothing to use to promote health and longevity when you are old. Panax ginseng is the most potent and energizing type of ginseng. It is used to maintain healthy blood pressure, increase endurance, balance hormones and improve your mood. It tones the body during stress, assists it in overcoming fatigue and aids in rejuvenating the entire body.

19. Cardamom seed from India is warming and stimulating and can ease breathing and dispel nausea.

20. Thyme is warm and aromatic, helps ease upper respiratory diffi culties and clears congestion. It is a powerful antiseptic and natural antibiotic.

21. Eucalyptus leaves are antibacterial and have the power to ease nasal congestion and quell coughs associated with colds, fl u, asthma, sinusitis and croup.

22. Yarrow is one of the best-known herbal remedies for treating colds, flu and fever. Used in tea, it will induce sweats that expel toxins and reduce fevers.

23. Spearmint leaves soothe and settle the nerves.

24. Chamomile flowers, have been used for centuries to calm nerves and induce sleep.

25. Skullcap is food for the nerves and calms them.

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26. Passionflower reduces hyperactivity, insomnia and nervous tension, and has been traditionally used by Native American tribes as an overall tonic.

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