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Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs.

You hear a lot about all of the health benefits of tea these days. Everyone is claiming that oolong can make you lose weight, green tea will prevent cancer, and black tea will save you from the perils of tooth decay.

The jury is still out on a lot of these claims, but it does seem pretty definite that tea makes a healthy addition to your life. But what about all those herbal infusions? Walking down the aisles of any grocery store, you see teas promoting serenity and different kinds of health. While I am no doctor, I wanted to share with you some of the traditional medicinal uses for herbs, especially those that you might be able to grow in your own garden.

For acne, Marie Nadine Antol, the author of Healing Teas, recommends, among others, the common weed dandelion. This humble yellow flower is also listed as a treatment for anemia, blood-pressure problems, cholesterol problems, digestion, and a slew of other ailments. Perhaps don’t be so quick with the round-up on your lawn this spring.

Possibly the most common ingredient in herbal infusions, chamomile likewise seems to be somewhat of a miracle herb. Antol suggests chamomile for the treatment of muscle cramps, arthritis, colds and flu, digestion, general pain, as well as a great many more. Mixed with peppermint, chamomile might make a good treatment for a headache.

I happen to be a big fan of peppermint, which always has a place in a pot in my garden (otherwise it becomes quite invasive). I’ve found that it helps any uncomfortable tummy feelings, but apparently it can also help with weight control, rheumatism, colic, and cold extremities. My husband might recommend I drink more to help with my Popsicle toes.

Remember that this humble author is no doctor and cannot make any medical recommendations. I am simply sharing with you suggestions from Antol’s book, Healing Teas.

Check Stephanie out at her Blog, The Tea Scoop!

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