Here in Melbourne, winter’s wrath is nearly upon us and to us that only means one thing… An excuse to drink tea by the gallon! Not only does drinking herbal tea cut down your caffeine intake, but these brews have some proven health proper-teas! 😉 So to make sure you don’t miss out, this post is gonna give you the low down on some of the tastiest and most beneficial herbal teas that mother earth has to offer.
So if you live under a rock, you may be asking yourself, what is this herbal tea you speak of…? WELL! Herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. Drinking a well-steeped herbal tea is an easy way to get all the benefits of plants in a digestible form.
So where should you begin? Here are 5 of our favourites to get your cosy tea drinking days under way!
Peppermint tea is a delicious and refreshing drink. It’s good for nausea and for heating up the body, Drinking peppermint tea can also relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas, bloating and muscle spasms. Peppermint is a really easy herb to grow yourself, if you add a small handful of crushed leaves to hot water and let it steep, whala! You’ve made your own peppermint tea!
Ginger makes for a zingy and versatile herbal tea, it can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or an upset stomach. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
Chamomile tea is a favourite among herbal tea drinkers. This tea can aid sleeplessness and insomnia. Who wouldn’t love a warm cup of tea that will send you off into a blissful sleep?! Chamomile tea can also help coughs and bronchitis
Lemon balm tea
Another easy-to-grow plant, lemon balm is helpful for lifting the spirits. Gloomy winter days can be a little depressing sometimes, so why not fight the blues and try a cup of this citrusy tea, This herb also makes a refreshing iced tea, and can be flavoured with lemon or maple syrup.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, Rosehip tea is a fantastic health booster! It can help build the immune system and give a burst of antioxidants to dull skin.
TOP TIPS FOR TEA DRINKIN’
- When it comes to choosing a herbal tea, it’s good to look for a well-sourced product made from high-quality ingredients.
- If you’re drinking tea for the medicinal benefits, steer clear of products that add things like essential oils or flavours (if you’ve read our previous post “What Is So Essential About These Oils” you’ll know that essential oils are actually awesome….just not in tea.)
- Loose leaf tea is the way to go! The loose-leaf method ensures each little leaf is swimming freely so it can release its full flavour & healing properties!
- To really get the full benefits from drinking herbal tea, make sure you steep your loose tea or tea bags long enough to really bring out all the properties, sometimes that can take 10 or 15 minutes!
So pop the kettle on, slip on your slippers, and get cosy with a warm cup of herbal tea next time you are looking for a drink that you will love…and that will love you back!
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