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The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Coffee-lovers, gather round!  It’s time to learn about the amazing benefits of herbal tea and why you should drink them! If you’ve been rethinking your caffeine-rich, morning shot in the arm, in favour of a healthier, more life-giving option, then this post will make your heart sing!

Yes! Tea is the way forward! If you are feeling especially enthusiastic, try the herbal route out for a week. I know the initial thought of zero coffee can be terrifying at first, but once the week is over, you will either be a convert, or running to your nearest Starbucks for your daily dose of ‘love in a mug’.

First Things First

My favourite thing right now is to add raw manuka honey to my herbal tea. Honey has a multitude of benefits.  The foremost benefit being for gut health because of it’s outstanding probiotic qualities. This little shot of sweetness is also great for boosting energy on busy days! If you want to find more ways of benefitting your digestive tract, this could be a great way to add another probiotic to your regime.

How I Prepare Herbal Tea

When at home I prepare my herbal tea by boiling water on the stove in a small stainless-steel pot. Once the water has boiled I switch it off and add the ingredients and allow them to steep. I grow my own herbs but also keep organic teabags at the ready.

The general rule of thumb is:

  • a tablespoon of chopped fresh herb or a teaspoon of the dried version
  • 1 cup of water – I use two (mostly because my teacups are mini buckets, so I tend to double up on water and ingredients)
  • leave to steep for 10 minutes with the lid on the pot
  • strain the liquid into your teacup (or tea bucket.)

The Big Five

*If you are currently on any medications, pregnant or a nursing mother please consult with your family doctor / medical professional. Herbs have powerful healing properties that could potentially contraindicate your prescription medications.

1: Mint Tea (naturally caffeine-free)
What it is good for: decreasing anxiety, improves digestion, reduces appetite.  It eases bloating, helps to decrease overall toxicity in the body.

Pair it with: honey/ginger/lemon – pairing mint with lemon is great if you have had a weekend of socialising. Both mint and lemon are very cleansing.

2: Ginger Tea (naturally caffeine-free)
What it is good for: relieving nausea, improving digestion, reducing bloating.  It is naturally high in vitamin C and magnesium, relieves respiratory congestion.  It decreases the risk of cardiovascular issues, combating stress, pain and inflammation reduction.

Pair it with: honey/lemon/mint

3: Rooibos AKA Redbush (naturally caffeine-free)
What it is good for: mainly prized for its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, great for benefiting overall health.

Pair it with: honey/lemon/ginger or all 3

4: Sage Tea (naturally caffeine-free)
What is it good for: decreasing bloating, helping with loose bowel movement, increasing memory and concentration, relieves anxiety.  It reduces blood glucose, soothes a sore throat. It is antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial which makes it a herb that is useful for treat many health issues.

Pair it with: honey

5: Valerian Tea (naturally caffeine-free)
What it is good for: decrease stress and anxiety, inducing sleep as well as enhancing it.  It also improves hot flushes in premenopausal women, eases insomnia, reduces menstrual cramps.

More About The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Naturally, the topic of herbal teas and their many healing properties is a vast one.  Visit Wikipedia’s page on Herbal Tea here.  My challenge to you is to try these teas and all the other great caffeine-free options out there.  Give your body a break from coffee which is well-known to increase cortisol (the stress hormone).  Herbal teas, on the other hand, promote health and well-being.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

 

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