The concept of heart tea is not as new as we think. It is in fact one of the oldest traditions of human civilization to consume various herbs as herbal tea or in the form of a decoction. Recently there is an upsurge in the herbal teas market as there are many herbal tea brands available at every store.
The concept of herbal tea is not as new as we think. It is in fact one of the oldest traditions of human civilization to consume various herbs as herbal tea or in the form of a decoction. Our day is incomplete if we don't get that perfect cup of tea. Usually there is a craving for some beverage in the morning and it is common in almost all the cultures of whole world. But people who are concerned about their health have started looking for salubrious options. Recently there is an upsurge in the herbal teas market as there are many herbal tea brands available at every store. Many of these do have medicinal values but most of them are packed in such a way that one can get tempted to buy them immediately. Herbal teas should be consumed every day and made a routine as most of them are having some medicinal value attached to them. The medicinal herbal teas are usually in loose packaging rather than tea bags. The herbs should be boiled in water to get maximum benefit from the herbal tea or put in the hot water for a while. Therefore the best way to get maximum benefits from herbal tea is when it is properly boiled in water or milk.
If we boil the herbs in water and then consume that decoction or herbal tea (after filtering and adding some sugar to taste) we will certainly get complete benefits of the herbs.
There are thousands of varieties of herbal teas available nowadays. Since every herb has different action on the body so these herbal teas can be consumed for leisure purpose but also as herbal remedy for various health problems. The exotic taste of herbs is calming and soothing to the mind as well as rich in natural anti-oxidants, thereby preventing from many chronic degenerative diseases.
Be careful while buying your herbal tea Now a days, various brands and varieties of herbal teas are available in the market. But it's not necessary that all of them possess the health benefits.
Some herbal teas are made by herbal tea manufacturers for the sake of selling them as a tasty drink and make quick money but some teas are really having miraculous health benefits. For example, Arjun tea (made from bark of Arjuna tree) is a blend of herbs useful in many heart conditions. It is not only detoxifying in nature but also provides strength to heart muscle as it is rich in natural CoQ 10. This herbal tea has exotic cinnamon and cardamom and also helps in removing the toxins from the body especially high cholesterol.
Arjun tea is a caffeine free herbal tea useful for almost every other health problem. The herbal tea has its roots in ancient healthcare system of India i.e. Ayurveda. Arjun tea is made keeping in mind pure Ayurvedic ways of healing. The product contains safe herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine since ages. Ayurveda is a traditional healing system recognized by WHO and is mainly practiced in India with formal 5 years regular graduation and 3 years regular post-graduation courses offered by government of India. This system is being practiced in India for more than 5000 years utilizing herbs, minerals, proper nutrition, purification and above all, affirmative ways of living.
There are many ancient texts like "charaka samhita" and "Sushrut Samhita" (written about 2500-3000 BC) mention uses of herbs, minerals, yoga, diet, lifestyle, meditation and even surgery to cure various health problems. The herbs used in Arjun tea were mentioned in many sections of these ancient texts and especially the cardiac diseases chapters.
Arjun tea contains:
Termminalia arjuna is considered as the nature's boon for healthy heart. Being packed with cardiovascular properties, it helps to provide strength to heart muscles. It also helps in the dilation of blood vessels and maintains the blood supply throughout the body. Use of this herb is quite effective in lowering down the LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases the HDL (good) cholesterol. Regular use of this herb is fruitful to alleviate heart problems.
The tea contains the herb Punarnava. Puna means again and 'nava' means new. This herb inclines to renew and revitalize the body systems. It is a natural mild diuretic and therefore helps in keeping the toxins and edema away. It also helps to maintain the blood pressure and cleanses the system. In heart related problems this herb acts as the cardiac tonic. It maintains healthy cholesterol levels in the body.
Phytochemical constituents in Punarnava - sitosterol, esters of sitosterol, punarnavine, boerhaavia acid, boeravinone, palmitic acid and various other compounds. These biochemical compounds have blood purification properties which help to eliminate the toxins from body.
Another wonderful herb in Arjun tea is Ficus religiosa. Ficus is big tree of banayan tree family. It is commonly called as the Peepal. Ficus is described in Ayurveda as an astringent. Pipal tvak is a sacred tree in the Hindu and Buddhists religion. It is usually seen in temples and worshipped all over the India. The leaves are heart shaped and the tree is huge. Use of this herb is quite good for the people who are suffering from any heart problems. Its antioxidant and astringent properties help to create the rejuvenating effects on the body. These properties aid in the protection of cell membrane from oxidative damage. Hence this herb is very useful to strengthen the heart muscles and prevents the blockage of arteries.
Phytochemical constituents in Pipal tvak – Tannins, saponins, flavonoids, steroids, terpenoids, cardiac glycosides etc.
This herb is commonly called as the Cinnamon. It is a common spice used in the Indian Kitchens. Sweet flavor of this spice is loved by everyone. However, many people are unaware about the amazing heart health benefits of Cinnamon. Being rich in the fibre, calcium and magnesium, it is beneficial to maintain the good heart health. These minerals help in the excretion of bile salts from body. Hence this herb helps to lower cholesterol levels which defend the heart from blockages and the arteries from atherosclerosis. In some studies it has been found that use of this spice is very effective to treat arrhythmia and regulate heartbeat. Cinnamaldehyde is the main constituent in the cinnamon which possess the ability to lessen platelet aggregation thus prevents the formation of blood clots. These blood clots may lead to the strokes and heart attacks.
Elaichi or cardamom is one of the most staple spice, in the Indian kitchens. Magical flavor of this spice is used to alleviate the bad breath. It is also used as the flavoring agent in various dishes. Though in Ayurveda this spice is famous for its medicinal properties since ages. For heart health it acts like a panacea. Essential minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium are quite beneficial in maintaining the good heart health. Magnesium present in cardamom plays a vital role in the production of enzymes. This enzyme acts as the scavenger and protects the body from free radical damage. Cardamom serves as the heart protector by maintaining the healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure.