A few weeks ago, we covered some of the many herbs that pair well with CBD for natural medicine, and this week, we’re following it up with a complimentary post. If you’re wondering how to get the best of both worlds, steeping a batch of CBD tea is the way to go.
CBD Tea: A Perfect Match
Whether you’re having trouble sleeping, feeling under the weather, or just want to give your immune system a good boost, boil the kettle, steep those leaves, add some CBD and sip away!
For sleep, mix your CBD with valerian root tea.
While the flowers from the valerian plant were used to make perfume centuries ago, the root portion has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years. And it’s a well known natural sleep aid.
Valerian root works so well for sleep because of certain compounds within the pant, namely valerenic acid, isovaleric acid, and a variety of antioxidants. Additionally, valerian interacts with aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical messenger in your brain and nervous system that helps regulate the nerve impulses. Research tells us that low GABA levels related to acute and chronic stress can lead to anxiety and low-quality sleep, so increasing them can help improve your sleep.
2. For a Sore Throat
If your throat feels scratchy and sore, pair CBD and licorice root.
Licorice root tea is a common alternative for a sore throat. It’s naturally sweet, with a hint of mint and anise (that typical black licorice flavor). The nice thing is, you can drink a mug of licorice root and CBD tea, or just brew a pot and gargle it (and just take your CBD with it – maybe don’t spit it out). To gargle it, prepare a cup, let it cool, then gargle it for several seconds before spitting it out.
Just don’t go overboard – it can be dangerous in large quantities, especially if you have certain health conditions, so have your cup, or gargle away, but don’t sit and drink mug after mug.
**Note, if you’re pregnant and breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to avoid licorice root, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
3. For Nausea
There’s a reason we drink gingerale when our stomachs are on the fritz – the ginger! So, when you’re feeling nauseous, blend your CBD oil with some ginger and a little honey.
This flavorful spice is celebrated around the culinary world, but it’s also been used medicinally for hundreds of years. It’s believed that its power comes from gingerol, the main bioactive compound in fresh ginger. There’s also shogaols, the compound more abundant in the dried spice.
Ginger not only has anti-inflammatory properties, it also supports the release of blood-pressure-regulating hormones to calm your body and reduce nausea and can even increase digestive responsiveness.
And that little drop of honey? Honey has antibacterial properties, and the added sweetness doesn’t hurt!
4. For a Headache
Head pounding? Reach for some CBD oil and peppermint.
Peppermint tea has major power when it comes to headaches, especially those caused by tension and stress. With these types of headaches, typically the blood vessels in your brain get restricted. Peppermint tea helps to open them back up again, potentially bringing relief to headache sufferers, without the fog that often comes with pharmaceuticals.
5. For Indigestion
Chamomile tea comes from the buds of chamomile flowers. And while it’s probably best known for its relaxing, sleep inducing properties, it’s also really great for tummy troubles.
First off, chamomile tea can help relieve gas and bloating that can lead to an upset stomach. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe stomach conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.
And what’s more, research shows chamomile tea lowers the production of gastric acid, which can lead to acid reflux disease when it’s present in excessive amounts. Chamomile tea has a natural calming effect, which can help reduce stress and further soothe an upset stomach.
6. For an Immune Boost
Feeling stressed, or want to get ahead of cold and flu season? Stir up some turmeric and CBD tea.
Maybe you’ve heard about turmeric for pain, but it’s also great for a general immune boost.
The medicinal properties in turmeric, including the most important, curcumin, can help give your immune system a boost. It can help bolster your immune system by increasing your body’s immunomodulating capacity. Curcumin also has prebiotic-like properties which support the gut microbiota and the gut-immune connection.
For the Love of CBD Tea
When it comes to CBD, there are plenty of reasons to add it to your daily health regimen. But when one of these specific conditions springs up, brewing a cup of CBD tea with a little valerian root, ginger and honey, or turmeric can be all you need to be on the up-and-up.