Herbal teas, along with tasting good and having a soothing effect, can have a variety of health benefits from skincare to heart health. They are great to drink at almost any time of day and most are naturally caffeine free. Those that come with individual pouches, like the Heath&Heather ones pictured above, are easy to have in your bag to use at any time. All you need is to add hot water and if you carry around a reusable travel mug, especially the foldable kind, it makes it pretty easy to have one anywhere. I like to try new herbal teas but there are a few I always like to have in my cupboard that help me and that I use for specific purposes.
Peppermint is one of my favourites and one that I will always have in my cupboard. Along with tasting fresh and minty it helps digestion, eases bloating and can reduce nausea. It can also improve tension headaches and relieve a blocked nose from a cold.
Chamomile has a calming effect, I usually have a cup before bed, sometimes with some honey, to help me relax before bed and have a better nights sleep. This effect means that it can also help to reduce anxiety.
I started drinking this recently for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce the chances of catching a cold. I tried some capsules which I took just as I felt symptoms of a cold and they worked really well, the tea form seems to work just as well. It can also be used to relieve pain such as cramps and even toothache!
Raspberry is another anti-inflammatory tea containing antioxidants and can also help eliminate free radicals. It can be beneficial during and post pregnancy helping to improve symptoms during, promote an ‘easy’ labour (less chance of needing a cesarean) and healing afterwards along with milk flow. It can also be useful to treat period cramps and heavy bleeding.
I recently bought some matcha green tea powders that I’m excited to start drinking. Green tea is the only drink I have which contains caffeine, the others listed here are naturally caffeine free. For this reason, I usually only drink this in the first part of the day to avoid it having any negative effect on my sleep and don’t drink it often. Leading on from this, it can make you feel more awake, it can also improve brain function and memory. Unsurprisingly, it contains antioxidants which can prevent cell damage. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects.
Rosehip tea is high in vitamin A and C which can boost your immunity. It is also high in antioxidants which neutralise free radicals that can cause all kinds of issues for your body. It can reduce inflammation in the body and also ease digestion, easing stomach cramps and bloating. It can also help to improve skin due to the antioxidants, vitamins A and C that it contains.
I was definitely unsure about this when I first tried it, drinking nettles seemed so strange considering you try to stay away from them as much as possible when you’re a child and if you ever got stung by them you know the pain and probably wouldn’t want to ingest the plant that can do that to you. However, in tea form it can benefit your health. Firstly, it doesn’t hurt to drink, I promise! Although it doesn’t taste of much it contains lots of nutrients which act as antioxidants inside your body. Vitamins A and C along with calcium, iron and magnesium minerals can be found in nettle tea.
Fennel is quite an individual taste, I love it but have spoken to people who can’t stand the taste of it. If you don’t like the taste maybe try to make the tea quite weak and gradually build it up. Fennel can help to soothe PMS breast pain and lift spirits. It can help reduce anxiety, eases bloating and can help milk flow for breastfeeding mothers.
Which tea have you tried most recently?