Immune Enhancing Tea
By Mike Reid
Naturopath ND, Acupuncturist, Live Blood Analysis
All true teas come from the plant Camellia sinensis. In Chinese medicine they are classified as bitter in flavour and cool in nature.
There are six varieties of tea; White, Green, Yellow, Oolong, Red and Black which all have different concentrations of caffeine. Correspondingly, White has the least caffeine while Black has the most. The more stimulating and energising the tea (Yang) the more caffeine it has. For centuries the Chinese have realised the benefits of tea being stimulating, as well as relaxing, being used for weight management and having potential benefits for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone health and cancer.
Tea has important immune properties such as L-theanine which primes the immune system also improving the stress response while increasing feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.
Herbal Teas For Immunity
Echinacea: may lower risk of developing colds and shorten duration
Elderberry: Has antibacterial and antiviral properties and may reduce respiratory symptoms
Nettles: has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties while also being an antibacterial and immune enhancing
Ginger is warming to the lungs and relieves coughing
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and warming dispelling cold
Cloves again is warming and is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
Cardamon settles the stomach and promotes energy
Black Pepper is known as a hot spice therefore very warming dispelling the cold