I posted a video last week about my favourite herbal teas. During the winter even my bones feel cold, so I find myself drinking lots and lots (and lots) of tea. Caffeine doesn't sit well with me - it can affect blood sugar levels, adrenal functioning and thyroid functioning, all of which I have had issues with on and off over the years. I even limit my green tea. So I stick to herbal tea. As a Holistic Nutritionist, everything going into my body needs to have a purpose. I don't often throw things down the hatch just for fun (80/20 rule!). I wanted to share with you some of my favourite herbal teas and the health benefits they have, and this is how I decide which tea I'll be drinking any given moment.
Taste-wise, my body LOVES this tea! Licorice tea is amazing for adrenal support and digestive functioning. I drink this whenever I'm not feeling my best, or if I don't see a specific need for any of the other tea choices.
Mint tea is also one of my favourites. It helps support the digestive system, helping to relieve gas, bloating and nausea. I love drinking it after a heavy meal, or whenever my belly isn't feeling great.
Echinacea is my go-to tea for when I start to feel the slightest bit of anything coming on. Echniacea is known, in the herbal world, for helping boost the immune system. While I realize research isn't conclusive in this area, I know that for me, when I combine this tea and a zinc lozenge at the first signs of a cold, I NEVER end up sick.
Rooibos tea is super high in antioxidants, making it great for overall health and for fighting free radicals and inflammation. I suggest drinking it if there are any noticeable physical symptoms such as fatigue, aches or feeling under the weather. It also contains Vitamin C, aiding the immune system.
Chai tea isn't naturally caffeine free as it's black tea mixed typically with various herbs such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and pepper. Chai tea is therefore super high in antioxidants, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It's also good for the digestive system, joint pain and the immune system. I don't drink chai tea much as I'm sensitive to caffeine but it's a great option for those who can handle a bit.
This is a specific blend from the Yogi tea brand, but I couldn't leave it out. If you don't have this tea brand near you, I suppose you could settle for a simple Chamomile tea. Calming is a blend of teas (chamomile, lavender, lemon grass, licorice and more)designed to relax and calm the body. I drink it at night before bed or anytime I'm feeling extra stressed out of overwhelmed.
Lemon balm is a great tea for reducing headaches, menstrual cramps and anxiety all while supporting the digestive system and helping improve sleep.
Dandelion tea has many health benefits - it helps support the liver and immune system, helps promote body cleansing, helps reduce inflammation, blood pressure and cholesterol. I drink lots of this tea anytime I participate in my Higher Vibes Cleanse or just if I'm noticeably cleaning up my diet.
Rosehip tea is also high in antioxidants, while helping reduce blood pressure and inflammation
I love ginger (in tea form or not!) for how well it soothes my stomach. It's also great at boosting the immune system
Reducing cold and flu symptoms and for digestive complains such as nausea or bloating. Anytime I feel my belly isn't at it's best I drink this or peppermint tea.
So there you go. That's my roundup of some of my favourite herbal tea options, obviously not an exhaustive list. You can often find herbal tea on sale, it's not something you ever really need to pay full price for, so keep your eyes open. Start your stockpile of tea, so that next time you are boiling the kettle you can ask your body what it needs, and you may be surprised at which tea stands out to you. Your body always knows
Let me know which your favourite(s) are!