23 Jan 5 Health Boosting Herbal Teas
Toast Your Way to Wellness with Health Boosting Herbal Teas
It’s a new year filled with fresh chances to pursue better health, whatever that means for you. We’re starting with the basics: trying to eat more greens and less sugar. Making more time for the people and things we enjoy. And finding as many ways to prioritize good health as we can – including drinking more health-boosting herbal teas.
The second most popular drink worldwide (after water), tea is literally everywhere. Yet, according to this Medical News Today article, the herbal tea blends we love didn’t actually start out as the tasty drink we now know. In fact, the earliest teas were really not much more than a means of infusing water with medicinal leaves to help heal the body and focus the mind. Now, although crafted largely for good taste, herbal tea is still considered to carry various healing properties that can benefit modern drinkers. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Best Herbal Tea for Energy and Focus
Although green tea does contain a small amount of caffeine, it also has L-theanine – a naturally-occurring amino acid that boosts energy and focus. As a delightful bonus, green tea also has a bit of Vitamin C to support immunity. During the nasty cold and flu season, we’ll drink to that!
Best Herbal Tea for Digestion
Peppermint tea not only tastes great, but it can also help to soothe an upset stomach and indigestion. The naturally-occurring menthol in peppermint leaves may help with issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, gas, and general discomfort.
Best Tea for Cold and Flu
Caffeine-free ginger tea works as a natural nausea-buster, soothing the stomach. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which can help to alleviate symptoms like a sore throat while killing certain rhinoviruses.
Best Tea for Relaxation and Sleep
Caffeine-free chamomile tea has a pleasantly sweet flavor and a variety of health benefits. Some evidence suggests that dried chamomile flower can help to relieve anxiety, stress, and mild pain. It may also slow the progress of osteoporosis and reduce inflammation which can lead to various illnesses, including cancer.
Best Multi-Tasking Herbal Tea
Fun to say and delicious to drink, oolong tea is believed to help with immunity, weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and supporting mental focus. The slightly fermented, semi-oxidized leaves may also help to stabilize blood sugar (curbing those mid-day cravings), balance digestion, and support healthy hair and skin. Naturally sweet with notes of vanilla, we love this Cookie Monster Oolong from Pào Tea. The company sources its leaves responsibly from a small family farm in the Fujian Province of China (known as the birthplace of oolong).
During the chilly winter season (and all year long), make a habit of brewing yourself a soothing cup of warm, healing herbal tea and toasting to better health! Curious how herbal tea can support glowing, beautiful skin? Check out our article on sustainable teas for better skin.