History of Herbal Tea

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Herbal Tea is among the world’s oldest and most revered beverages. Also known as a tisane or herbal infusion, an herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruit, flower or herb. An herb is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, aromatic or savory qualities. Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body. Herbal tea has been imbibed nearly as long as written history has been recorded.

There are texts surviving from the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India that describe and illustrate the use of many medicinal plant products and their uses in the form of herbal teas. In the scriptural book of Ezekiel, which dates from the sixth century B.C., we find this admonition regarding plant life: “..and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and leaf thereof for medicine.” Egyptian hieroglyphs show physicians of the first and second centuries A.D. treating constipation with senna pods, and using caraway and peppermint to relieve digestive upsets.

Greeks and Romans, such as Plato and Pliny, also studied and cultivated herbs. They created healing brews and tinctures, using herbs as important medicinal tools.  Herbal tea was consumed in Europe before black tea was introduced.  Some of the original herbal teas in Europe, such as Peppermint and Chamomile, are still favorites.  In colonial America, herbal teas were consumed after the Boston Tea Party, as a form of defiance and patriotism. In addition, we also know that herbal teas have been used by shamans, village doctors, and herbalists all around the world – including Africa, Central and South America, North America, India, Russia, Japan, China, and many other countries.

 One of the first recorded history of herbal tea dates back to China (2737 BC), discovered by Shen Nung Pen, a Chinese emperor and scholar, who ironically was also the first person to identify traditional tea.  Shen Nung wrote the first history of herbs in his book, Pen T’sao Ching (The Classic of Herbs), , and listing over 300 different plants and their medicinal value.

The history of herbal tea is clearly intertwined with the history of herbal medicine. Herbal Medicine has a long and respected history. Sometimes referred to as Herbalism or Botanical Medicine, is the use of herbs for their therapeutic or medicinal value. Herbal Medicine, makes use of the leaves, flowers, stems, berries, and roots of plants to prevent, relieve, and treat illness. Many familiar medications of the twentieth century were developed from ancient healing traditions that treated health problems with specific plants.

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. Herbs had been used by all cultures throughout history. It was an integral part of the development of modern civilization. Primitive man observed and appreciated the great diversity of plants available to him.  Much of the medicinal use of plants seems to have been developed by trial and error. As time went on, each tribe added the medicinal power of herbs in their area to its knowledgebase. They methodically collected information on herbs and developed well-defined herbal pharmacopoeias. Indeed, well into the 20th century much of the pharmacopoeia of scientific medicine was derived from the herbal lore of native peoples. Many drugs commonly used today are of herbal origin. Indeed, about 25% of the prescription drugs dispensed in the United States contain at least one active ingredient derived from plant material.

Throughout the Middle Ages, home-grown botanicals were the only medicines readily available, and for centuries, no self-respecting household would be without a carefully tended and extensively used herb garden. For the most part, herbal healing lore was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Mother taught daughter; the village herbalist taught a promising apprentice.

By the seventeenth century, the knowledge of herbal medicine was widely disseminated throughout Europe. In 1649, Nicholas Culpeper wrote A Physical Directory, and a few years later produced The English Physician. This respected herbal pharmacopeia was one of the first manuals that the layperson could use for health care, and it is still widely referred to and quoted today. Culpeper had studied at Cambridge University and was meant to become a great doctor, in the academic sense of the word. Instead, he chose to apprentice to an apothecary and eventually set up his own shop. He served the poor people of London and became known as their neighborhood doctor.

The first U.S. Pharmacopeia was published in 1820. This volume included an authoritative listing of herbal drugs, with descriptions of their properties, uses, dosages, and tests of purity. It was periodically revised and became the legal standard for medical compounds in 1906. But as Western medicine evolved from an art to a science in the nineteenth century, information that had at one time been widely available became the domain of comparatively few. Once scientific methods were developed to extract and synthesize the active ingredients in plants, pharmaceutical laboratories took over from providers of medicinal herbs as the producers of drugs. The use of herbs, which for most of history had been mainstream medical practice, began to be considered unscientific, or at least unconventional, and to fall into relative obscurity.

The efficacy of many medicinal plants has been validated by scientists abroad, from Europe to the Orient. Thanks to modern technology, science can now identify some of the specific properties and interactions of botanical constituents. With this scientific documentation, we now know why certain herbs are effective against certain conditions. However, almost all of the current research validating herbal medicine has been done in Germany, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Russia. And for the most part, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for licensing all new drugs (or any substances for which medicinal properties are claimed) for use in the United States, does not recognize or accept findings from across the sea. Doctors and government agencies want to see American scientific studies before recognizing the effectiveness of a plant as medicine. Yet even though substantial research is being done in other countries, drug companies and laboratories in the United States so far have not chosen to put much money or resources into botanical research. The result is that herbal medicine does not have the same place of importance or level of acceptance in this country as it does in other countries.

Herbs are available in a variety of forms, including raw herbs, tinctures, extracts, capsules, tablets, lozenges, ointments and herbal teas.

Drinking the leaves, flowers, stems, berries, and roots of specific condition plants/herbs dissolved in hot water is an excellent way to expose the body to the very powerful healing power of herbs. The medicinal uses of tea are extensive; they have been used to treat virtually every illness or disease known to mankind.  Many teas are utilized for boosting general health and wellness; these may be enjoyed at any time.  Others focus on relaxation, building immunity and resistance to illness, treating specific ailments/illnesses, increasing energy and vitality, cleansing and detox, strengthening the organs, memory enhancement, insomnia, circulation, improving digestion, adding nutrients and minerals, stomachaches, headaches, allergies, and an infinite number of other uses.  Herbal teas can be used to treat virtually any condition, and many may be consumed simply as a prevention method, as an immune or body strengthener, or as support for a cure. Herbal teas are truly an important medicinal instrument. The fact that most herbal teas taste wonderful, and do not have the side effects of drugs makes them even more desirable.

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Herbal Cleansing Teas are an Important Tool for Effective Colon Cleansing.

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The importance of colon cleansing cannot be over estimated as the health of the colon directly affects the health of the entire body.

With the influences of today’s modern lifestyle the value of colon cleansing becomes relevant to almost every one. We are the generation who are exposed to toxins in our air, water and food. We are the same generation who are eating a daily diet of of processed, fast and genetically engineered foods. Lack of proper exercise and increased stress levels play a role in our generation as well. This contamination from all over can create an inner toxic soup in our intestines. Medical researchers are discovering that is is the accumulation of these toxins that may lead to fatigue, declining appearance, premature aging and many forms of disease.

The colon is a vital part of the digestive tract and the overall process of digestion. The term digestion is used to describe the complex process by which the body breaks down the foods we consume for energy and building blocks, removes vital nutrients and water so they can be used by the body and finally expels waste. When the colon is healthy, it absorbs nutrients and water and completely expels all that is unnecessary and even potentially harmful: feces bacteria, parasites, dead cells, toxins from our environment and from poor eating.

Problems can occur when the colon cannot completely eliminate waste. Over time these undesirable substances build up in the colon. The amounts that can accumulate can be quite substantial. Some colons may have up to 12 pounds of what many would classify as “toxic waste.” The important question is, “What impact can this have on a person?”

Consider this statement by gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Bassler, “ Every Physician should realize that the intestinal toxemia (poisons) are the most imprtant primary and contributing causes of many disorders and diseases of the human body.”

For the colon to function normally, both the excess build up, congestion, as well as the toxins must be flushed from the body and normal colon muscle movement restored. One of the most effective ways to accomplish these tasks is through the use of a natural colon cleansing program, which both cleans and heals the entire gastrointestinal system.

Herbal cleansing teas are an excellent and one of the best ways to clean the colon and restore the entire gastrointestinal tract to a state of good health. Here are a few of the many reasons why.
1. Herbal cleansing teas are gentle.
2. A person can easily regulate the strength of the cleansing action to fit their needs by making the tea stronger or weaker.
3. Warm water going through the system has an automatic cleansing and detoxifying effect on the colon. Adding an effective herbal laxative adds to this natural elimination and detox process.
4. Herbal teas are natural.

Why Chiro-Klenz Colon Cleansing Tea from Edom Laboratores  works so effectively.
Chiro-Klenz™ Tea is a safe and effective way of cleansing, detoxifying and eliminating toxic waste.
Since 1992, Chiro-Klenz™ has become one of the most popular cleansing teas in the nation.
Chiro-Klenz™ Tea promotes regularity and greater health in the entire body.
Chiro-Klenz™ Tea has been formulated with carefully selected medicinal herbs:
LOCUST PLANT (Cassia Agustifolia, Senna) – Tones and restores the digestive system as it cleanses the colon.**
MALVA VERTICILLATA (High Mallow) – Contains anti-inflammatory properties that relieve irritations and promote healing. Commonly used for constipation and mild stomach disorders. Soothes inflamed or injured areas.**
GYNOSTEMMA (Pentaphylium) – Pleasant taste. Promotes weight-loss through the regulation of body fat metabolism. Helps reduce inflammation.**
To maintain good health, the body must effectively eliminate food and bodily waste! The colon, also called the large intestine, — together with the lungs, skin and kidneys — are designed to accomplish this essential task by eliminating toxins in the intestines, blood and lymph systems. Research has shown that many toxins are stored in the colon. A toxic colon may result in a high percentage of toxins entering the blood stream polluting the entire system which may lead to various forms of disease. Chiro-Klenz™ has been used by many people as an effective tool to cleanse the colon.

Do you suffer from any of the following health conditions?
* Gas & bloating     * Belching     *Constipation    *Diverticulitis
*Diarrhea            * Digestive problems              * Headaches
* Acne problems     * Allergies     * Bad breath     *Sleep Problems
* Protruding gut     * Infections     * Weight gain    * Decreased energy
* Fatigue             * Hair loss      * Heartburn           * Indigestion
* Insomnia            * Low energy * Poor memory  *Candida
If your answer is yes to more than one of these, you will probably benefit from herbal colon cleansing.

Important Tips for a Healthy Colon
1. Have a diet rich in fiber including whole grains, fruit and vegetables.
2. Avoid processed foods.
3. Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day.
4. Reduce fatty foods and sugar from ones diet.
5. Exercise regularly.
6. Be sure to supplement your diet with probiotics which is beneficial bacteria that supports colon health.

Welcome to Our New Website

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Dear Health Conscious Being,

Welcome to Good Health Tea’s new website.

Many of you have already been enjoying the profound health benefits of our Chiro-Klenz Tea, Daily Cell Defense Tea and Joint Freedom Tea. We’ve recently added several new products to our site based both on your requests and our research. This is just a beginning. We’re planning have many new additions in the near future.

Both PU-ERH from China, and MATCHA from Japan are teas that have been used for thousands of years.  They are strengthening to the entire system, and act as general health tonics. In addition, they have  localized physical benefits which you can read about on our website.  For PU-ERH www.goodhealthteas.com/pu-erh, and for MATCHA www.goodhealthteas.com/matcha. And if you are looking for a particular PU-ERH or MATCHA which we are not currently stocking  please let us know.

Our exciting BLOOMING teas consist of  green tea, chrysanthemum tea, lotus flower tea, amaranth flower tea and more.  Excellent for digestion,  good health, and most importantly they are FUN and a thrill for your senses.
See our enticing flavors and blooms by going to www.goodhealthteas/bloomingteas/blooming.

We now offer AJIRI Kenyan Black Tea not only  because it is award winning delicious but also importantly because of its sustainable nature towards mankind.  For more information go to www.goodhealthteas.con/ajiri

Our goal is to provide health promoting teas from around the world which nurture well being using the dynamic healing power of herbs. According to the Vedic Scriptures, the spiritual literature of  ancient Indian culture, herbs are considered one of the greatest gifts of our creation. We at Good Health Teas have taken it as our mission to find  teas which contain herbs and herbal blends which  promote well being, starting with a very specific part of the body, to include the entire body – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We are not here to diagnose or prescribe, but only to empower you to take control of your own health by using what nature has to offer – the healing power of herbal tea.

If you are unable to find a particular tea that you are looking for, of if you know of an effective herbal tea we’d love to hear from you.

Drink To Your Health,
Good Health Teas