Black and green teas contain flavonoids that detoxify the body by neutralizing free radicals responsible for cell damage. Green tea inhibits the growth of pathogens that cause tooth decay, tooth plaque and bad breath. Frequent intake of tea rehydrates the body and boosts the immune system. The moderate amounts of caffeine in tea stimulate the nervous system and promote blood circulation.
Ginger promotes gas elimination in the digestive system as well as helps reduce vomiting and nausea. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and pain in people suffering from arthritis. Ginger has antiviral properties that relieve the common cold and improve the immune system to prevent recurrence of colds. Ginger also reduces cholesterol levels in the body by enhancing conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and impairing absorption of cholesterol.
Cinnamon possesses anti-fungal properties that fight against various yeast infections, such as those affecting the mouth and vagina; in some instances, cinnamon kills the yeast Candida, a drug resistant fungus. Cinnamon helps people suffering type 2 diabetes by stimulating insulin receptors in the body and deactivating enzymes that inactivate these receptors. This helps the patient become more receptive to insulin and regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon reduces internal blood clotting and inflammation by inhibiting the release of arachidonic acid, the acid responsible for blood clotting and inflammation.
Anise improves digestion and is a remedy for various digestive disorders, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence and gastritis. Anise seeds loosen mucus in the nose, trachea and lungs to relieve congestion and aid in ailments, such as bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and influenza. Anise also contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties that fight against mouth odors and inflammation.