Looking forward to a warm, soothing cup of chamomile tea tonight? One of the things chamomile tea has been proven to do is soothe and relax, however it does have a hidden danger if you have allergies. Many popular herbal teas do have proven benefits that range from simple soothing to helping combat intestinal disorders, some of those same popular herbal teas also have hidden dangers that consumers may not be aware of.
Chamomile tea has been proven to calm intestinal spasms, halt diarrhea, soothe anxiety and help relax the body for a better night’s sleep. A cup of chamomile tea can also trigger an allergic reaction in anyone who is severely allergic to ragweed or any other type of weed related allergy.
Cinnamon tea warms the body on a cold winter’s day and has been proven to increase appetite, relieve gas and bloating. Cinnamon tea also helps lower blood sugar level, which is a two-edged sword hidden danger. Patients suffering with high blood sugar levels may benefit from a cup of cinnamon tea while patients with low blood sugar levels may bottom out after a cup of cinnamon tea.
Ginger has been proven to have an anti-nausea effect and does provide relief for nausea caused from pregnancy, motion sickness, anesthesia or just an ordinary upset stomach. A cup of ginger tea or even a glass of ginger ale will do the trick to soothe an upset stomach and stop nausea.
The hidden danger of ginger tea lurks if you have gallstones. Ginger tea encourage the gall bladder to secrete bile acids which can at best lead to an even more upset stomach and at worst cause a gallstone flare up.
Echinacea tea has been proven to boost the immune system and lessen the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Echinacea teas proven immune boosting powers can be dangerous under certain circumstances however.
Before and after a transplant surgery, patients are given drugs to suppress the immune system to help prevent transplant rejection. Boosting the immune system by drinking Echinacea tea before or after transplant surgery could result in organ rejection. Another hidden danger of Echinacea tea lurks for any patient with an autoimmune disorder, a boosted immune system could intensify the disorder.
Red Clover Tea
Red clover by itself is rich in estrogen isoflavones, which have been proven to reduce menstrual and menopausal symptoms, plus reduce risks of certain types of cancer. When red clover is ground into tea and water added for drink-ability, it greatly reduces the power of the estrogen isoflavones and renders the once potent plant nearly powerless, (unless phytoestrogens are added to the red clover tea mixture). Consuming soy products, such as tofu or soy milk, provide far more estrogen isoflavones than red clover tea.
Herbal teas do have proven benefits and can help certain illnesses. Research for any hidden dangers of a specific type of herbal tea before consuming it.
Source: Herbal Teas Benefits and Cautions