The Best Tea for Every Ailment

Got a problem? Tea can fix it! Use this guide to find the best tea prescription for whatever's bugging you. By Sunny Sea Gold, REDBOOK.

If your tummy is upset...sip peppermint. Peppermint relaxes the muscles responsible for stomach cramps, says Peggy Kotsopoulos, nutritionist and host of Peggy K's Kitchen Cures. And it may also help with gas and diarrhea.

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If you need to wake up...sip yerba maté.
"Yerba maté has the highest caffeine content of any tea; it's comparable to a cup of coffee," she says. Yerba maté also contains substances that stimulate the nervous system, boosting alertness.

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If you have a sore throat...sip licorice root. "Licorice root soothes mucus membranes in the throat," she says, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and irritation.

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If you need to relax...sip chamomile. "Chamomile contains a chemical called chrysin that works as a natural sleep aid," she says. Sip a cup 45 minutes before bed, or anytime you crave some calm.

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