Staying true to the British stereotype, I love tea.
Even more so, herbal tea.
And as I write this, I have a delicious peppermint tea beside me!
There are so many wonderful blends and with so many amazing health benefits, you don’t even realise how good they are for you while you sip away at them.
You can get tea herbal tea from most supermarkets and online stores these days but keep in mind while you are shopping that some come in the handy tea bag form whilst others come as loose leaves – which I prefer.
I’d try any kind of herbal tea and I love making some tea ‘cocktails’ too!
Try Ginger and Peppermint for warming and cleansing.
Ginger is a great herbal tea to reach for if you feel sick. It’s even been recommended for pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness due to it’s calming properties.
It’s also great for people who suffer from IBS as it helps aid digestion, has a calming effect on the bowels as it is an anti inflammatory and is also a pain reliever.
If that wasn’t a good enough reason to swap a cup of normal tea to ginger tea, it can also;
- Clear the sinuses
- Aid heartburn
- Improve circulation
- Relieves tired muscles
- Can aid weight-loss
- Can protect against Alzheimers
- Fights cancer
- Caffeine free
If you’ve never had ginger before, it has quite a strong, fresh taste. It’s very warming – hence it’s connection to Christmas and Winter but if ginger on it’s own is too strong for you, why not purchase a combinations of tea, add a little honey or make your own?
My all time favourite tea!
This is a GREAT tea for if you’re ever feeling bloated, have stomach cramps or discomfort. Similar to ginger tea, it’s calming properties soothe stomach and bowel muscles which help aid the digestive system.
I either have one with my meals or after. I love the taste of this one, it’s so refreshing!
Did you know these facts about peppermint tea… ?
- Strengthen your immune system
- Aid cold and flu symptoms
- Reduce fevers
- Is an anti-biotic
- Freshens breath
- It’s caffeine free
Why not try some peppermint tea before you go to bed to make sure your stomach settles for a good night’s sleep.
Feeling… A Headache Coming On?
Green tea is considered the God of all herbal teas. It is said to have some of the most powerful health benefits even so far as helping with depression.
Apparently the amino acid, Theanine, is naturally found in the leaves of green tea. People believe that the soothing and calming substance benefit depression as well as headaches.
That being said, it has quite an… acquired taste. I had to force myself to enjoy this tea and regularly buy it as a combination. Usually peppermint and green tea as it mutes the dull, musky and wooden taste green tea carries.
But, I have chosen to suck it up and drink tea often because of it’s superfood properties.
Green tea is claimed to…
- Enhance the brain’s function
- Promote weight loss
- Reduce the risk of Alzheimers disease and Dementia
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Reduces the risk of cancers, heart disease and stroke
- Be an anti-bacteria
Although there is no doubt Green Tea’s health benefits are amazing, you have to make sure you don’t drink too much of this tea as it contains a lot of caffeine.
I had heard wonderful things about oolong tea and one of the things that drew me to trying this tea was the claim that it boosts mental alertness – must be the caffeine. Great for me when I have a long day or a week or two of performances.
And just like the others, oolong is heaped with herbal goodness.
Try oolong tea for;
- Healthy skin and hair
- Skin allergies like Eczema
- Stabilising blood sugar levels
- Boosting your metabolism
- Help in lowering your cholesterol
- Preventing tooth decay
- Better digestion
- To protect your bones
Just like green tea, watch your intake of oolong tea. It also contains a lot of caffeine!
Feeling… Like A Detox?
Milk Thistle and Dandelion
A strange combination of teas but a good one if you’re in need of a detox! You can purchase these individually but together they form a mighty team.
Dandelion has been used for centuries as a medicine and because of the many vitamins and minerals it contains, I’m not surprised.
Milk Thistle is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory so combined with dandelion these two can are just what you need to cleanse your body. Most specifically, your liver!
Yes, these two ingredients are most often used for liver diseases so you can be sure but adding this blend to your shopping list, your body will be happy inside and out!
Here is why Milk Thistle and Dandelion tea is great for a detox…
- It is a diuretic
- Aids digestion
- Reduces inflammation
- Can lower blood pressure
- Regulates blood sugar
- Boosts the immune system
- Fights fungus infection
- Improves liver and kidney function
- Combats cancer
- Can be purchased caffeine free
Feeling…A Cold Coming On?
Just like dandelion, this weed has been used for it’s healing properties for centuries.
With claims that it can help relieve neurological disorders such as MS, it is not a tea to be dismissed. It’s strange taste can be disguised when mixed with other tea’s such as peppermint to help alleviate the common cold, constipation and can even aid hayfever.
Choose Nettle as your tea;
- Reduce IBS symptoms
- Helps with osteoarthritis
- Supports the Kidneys
- Is a diuretic
- Reduces menstrual cramps
- Helps asthma sufferers
- Boosts immunity
- Relieves arthritis
- Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
- Reduces gingivitis and plaque
- Caffeine free
There’s something beautiful about lavender. It’s definitely the go to tea if you’ve had a tough day.
Lavender is used in many ways to help a stressed body and mind and drinking it in tea form is just one.
It’s healing properties ease muscles to help relax. It’s so good that it’s even recommended to people who suffer from convulsions or spasm as well as people who suffer from a migraine.
Another flavour which is great for mixing! Try it with camomile to help get a real spa sensation.
- Insomnia relief
- Helps with anxiety
- Balances mood swings
- Supports healthy digestion
- Pain reliever
- Improves skin problems
- Caffeine Free
This pretty little plant is also amazing if you can add a few drops oil to your bath or pillow. It can really improve muscle relaxation and ease the mind.
Don’t let the fact that it’s part of the Daisy family fool you, if feel tired but can’t sleep then Camomile is the go to tea.
It may not make you drop straight off to sleep but because of it’s caffeine-free calming qualities, it should help relax your body as well as…
- Help with anxiety
- Aids panic attacks
- Improves sleep
- Helps with psoriasis, eczema and chicken pox
- Alleviates menstrual cramps
- Aids IBS
- Boost the immune system
Another little tip for any blondies out there… Your camomile tea bag can be used on your hair as a natural highlighter. Great for when Summer decides to arrive!
It’s fair to say that herbal tea is a fun, different, and tasty alternative to coffee and teas but please bear in mind that although they have many health benefits, they won’t necessarily be life changing.
Also, buying certain blends of tea may contain more than just natural ingredients so be aware of what you are buying.
On that note, if a buy a tea that usually doesn’t have caffeine in, double check the label just incase they have added a tea into the blend which does contain it.
For example, just because a tea claims to help with weight loss DOES NOT mean you WILL lose weight… but it’s much healthier than reaching for that Diet Coke, right?!
And I always feel so much better knowing that what I’m drinking is good for my body.