5 HERBAL TEAS THAT INTERACT WITH MEDICATIONS…

We all love our daily cuppa but did you realise that some teas can interact with certain medications? Here is a list of 5 herbal teas that do just that.

  1. According to Live Strong Chamomile Tea which is known for its mild tranquilizing effects may also help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. According to a small January 2016 study in ​Nutrition​, short-term intake of chamomile tea has beneficial effects on glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. But drinking copious amounts may significantly lower your blood sugar.
  2. Green tea has also been shown to interact with some medications that are used to treat heart conditions. Green tea leaves (dried) contain vitamin K, which can increase blood clotting. Large amounts of vitamin K may interfere with the activity of some blood thinners, like warfarin.
  3. Green tea and ginger is another possible tea that interacts with medication. However, there is little research to suggest that drinking green tea and ginger could be harmful. Nonetheless , too much ginger can cause diarrheaheartburn, and even an irregular heartbeat, writes Web MD.
  4. Ginseng and licorice teas can reduce the effectiveness of anticoagulant medications including warfarin. Avoid these teas if you experience blood clots and have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other health conditions that are treated with anticoagulants. Ginseng can also reduce the effectiveness of certain chemotherapeutic and HIV agents, calcium channel blockers, some statin medications and certain antidepressants.
  5. St. John’s wort interacts with a variety of medications, including antidepressants, birth control pills, cyclosporine, HIV drugs and blood thinners, so make sure to talk with your doctor before you drink teas with St. John’s wort. Live Strong point out that although many people claim that St. John’s wort can help treat depression in combination with antidepressants, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says that adding St. John’s wort to your depression treatment plan can lead to dangerous levels of serotonin in the body.

Source: Live Strong, Web MD Science Direct NIH

6 UNIQUE WAYS TO REUSE TEA BAGS…

The Times of India and Let’s Drink Tea have some unique ways to reuse your tea bags.

  1. They can remove grease from utensils with ease. Simply soak the utensils in a hot water blend with told tea bags. Soak for a few hours or overnight and wash the usual way. The compounds in tea help to remove the dirt naturally. It also works on plates, pots, and rustic pans.
  2. After you have brewed your tea, take a pan and soak the used teabags. Once it is at room temperaure add it to a spay bottle with a dash of lime juice. Clean surfaces with this blend especially cooker tops or glass tables. Simply wipe using a kitchen towel to clean the surface.
  3. If you are cooking meat and want to reduce the cooking time then add some hot water to a large bowl, steep in the used tea bags and once the flavour is released marinate the meat. The presence of tannis in the tea will help in softening the meat and reduce cooking time.
  4. After brewing your tea, cut open the tea bags and place them on a tray to dry naturally. You can then use these tea leaves to reduce bad odours or smells around the house. You can also add them crushed dried to your aroma oils. Tea leaves like mint, cinnamon, or lemongrass are perfect for this.
  5. Tea can actually give new life to dull hardwood floors and wood furniture, by enhancing their shine. Steep two used tea bags in a pint of warm water, then take the mixture and buff your wood with a soft microfiber cloth. The gentle coloring will enhance the richness of the wood and give it a new, fresh shine.
  6. Tea can actually absorb odors, so place some used tea bags in the back of your refrigerator. The tea bags will keep your fridge smelling fresh. Replace them every month to keep everything smelling great.

Source: Times of India, Let’s Drink Tea