Pick which ever cup of comfort you need!
Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world, and for a good reason. For centuries, tea has been enjoyed for its medicinal benefits and numerous studies have linked a variety of teas to improving various aspects of our health. Whether its a common cold, low mood and energy, or tummy troubles, there is a cup of comfort to help relieve your symptoms.
Put the kettle on the stove because I'm sharing details on several types of teas and how they can benefit your needs below!
Soothe your symptoms with a cup of comfort!
Cold, sore throat, & the sniffles
If you are fighting a cold and are suffering from symptoms like a sore throat, congestion, and a stuffy nose, peppermint tea can be a great caffeine-free option. When steeped into hot water, peppermint tea releases beneficial essential oils and plant compounds like menthol(an ingredient also found in cough drops) that can be helpful for easing cold symptoms like nasal congestion and cough. Additionally, drinking fluids is highly recommended when you are sick and tea can add to your dose of fluids for the day!
A relieving concoction: I like to infuse peppermint tea with add ins like raw honey which has antibacterial effects, cloves which provide anti-inflammatory properties, orange slice or peel for immune-supporting Vitamin C and flavor.
Chamomile tea is popular for its calming and sleep-promoting properties. Chamomile flower extracts provide essential oils that have bioactive compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. An antioxidant, apigenin has been linked to reducing insomnia and sleep troubles. Drinking a warm beverage like this tea as part of a bedtime routine may help promote feelings of relaxation as well.
My favorite sleepy-time tea: I love to steep chamomile tea with steamed milk, cinnamon, and honey. The blend of flavors are warm and comforting!
We all have experienced some kind of tummy troubles like bloating, gas, and nausea in our lifetime. Ginger tea has been used to treat many kinds of digestive ailments since ancient times. Ginger contains a plant compound called gingerol, that has been linked to relieving nausea and bloating. You can find ginger tea bags which are usually combined with other tea, spice, herb flavors. Another simple and quick way to make ginger tea is by steeping 12 oz of water with a thumb size of fresh ginger root.
A perfect combination for digestive health: Along with a thumb of ginger, I like to infuse hot water with other digestion-supporting ingredients like fennel seeds and mint leaves. Infusing fennel seeds can release essential oils that stimulate enzymes and gastric juices that support digestion.
Low energy & mood
A cup of green tea can be a gentle and effective way to boost energy in your day. It provides caffeine without the jittery side effects of other higher caffeinated options like sugary energy drinks and coffee. Caffeine along with the amino acid L-theanine in green tea may benefit mood and brain function.
A refreshing infusion: Enjoy iced or warm green tea with a slice of fresh lemon and herbs like mint, rosemary, or sage!
What to look for when buying tea
As you may have noticed, the grocery store tea aisle is saturated with options. It can be important to become aware of how to choose quality tea options so you reap the benefits of this comforting beverage and save time at the grocery store. Check out some indicators of quali-tea below!
Label Reading Tips:
What to avoid:
Artificial flavors and coloring in the ingredients
Additional ingredients like cornstarch, maltodextrin, soy lecithin
Added sugar or other sweeteners
Silky tea bags( unstable in hot water and materials of tea bag can leach into the water)
What to buy:
Certified organic and non-GMO ( tea leaves are prone to accumulate toxic agents from the soil in their leaves)
Loose leaf tea preferable
A quick Google search of the brand can help(look to see if they are conducting third party testing and testing for heavy metal)
Look for origin ( no origin listed can mean the tea is a blend for several different places. The origin is the best indicator of distinction and quality of flavor)
Tea brand options I like:
This blog post is for informational purposes only. Please seek individualized advice from a licensed medical professional to address and treat your health concerns.
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