The wintry mix of wind and rain is upon us here, but never fear… for that means it’s tea time! Nothing is quite so cozy as hearing rain patter on the rooftop as you sip on a steamy cup of herbal tea. So when the temperature starts falling outside, we head straight to the kitchen cabinet and reach for our favorites.
One can find an amazing variety of teas online or at the market, making tea a great drink for any time of year. From “true” teas, which are brewed from tea leaves, to herbal teas, which come from all sorts of other plants, there’s a tea for every season and mood.
For an afternoon or evening inside, we favor the soft aromatic experience of a well-steeped herbal tea. Here’s a list of our 5 favorite types of herbal teas and their benefits.
When it comes to the most popular herbal teas, chamomile is certainly up there. It has been used in tea for thousands of years, and the modern world consumes over a million cups of chamomile a day – more than 62,000 gallons,
Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and it’s often used to bring on a great night’s sleep. But studies also show the compounds in chamomile tea can help control blood sugar levels. With benefits all around, it’d be wise to find some time for chamomile!
Known for its spicy, soothing warmth, ginger tea is our go-to when a winter illness hits. Mix it with 2 teaspoons of honey to treat multiple symptoms of the common cold: congestion, sore throat, and cough. Even better, follow our all-natural ginger orange tea recipe for a fantastic cold-killing remedy.
Ginger tea is also a stellar substitute for caffeinated tea or coffee in the morning. A strong ginger brew – this time without the honey – has enough kick to have you buzzing through the day. Just be careful, because as with coffee, ginger will also speed up your – ahem – digestion.
Though not as popular as the first two on our list, a cup of rosehip tea is a cup of delicious calm. This tea is brewed from the fruit of a rose plant, known as the rose hip or rose haw, which becomes ripe in early autumn. Rosehip tea contains a wealth of natural anti-oxidants and some evidence suggests that extracts from the rose hip can help alleviate arthritis pain. We love the charming smoothness of the rosehip tea.
Its understated flavor is like the twilit edge of a dream world: soft, quiet, and enveloped in welcome calmness. Rosehip is probably our favorite before-bed drink. Prepare your body and mind for sleep by having a cup as you stretch lightly 30-45 minutes before bedtime. Keep the room dim and focus on relieving your mind of the day’s distractions.
Terrific hibiscus – another from the family of flowering teas – is an excellent afternoon tea, as it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and will help you find your midday zen. Don’t expect this tea to be quite as sleepy as rosehip, but sense its calming effects take hold as you sip.
Just don’t be too zealous with this tea, which dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, as daily use can cause unsafe reductions in blood pressure. But what this means, of course, is that hibiscus is a perfect natural remedy for when your body is stressed!
There’s no more delightful a drink for frightful weather than peppermint tea. Of course a drink with peppermint pop always reminds us of the holiday season, but peppermint tea is great all year round. Perhaps its best natural use is in soothing an irritable stomach. Drink a hot cup of peppermint tea after a big dinner and skip dessert – you’ll notice better, more relaxed sleep in no time!
So there it is, our list of 5 great types of herbal teas and their benefits. Though we usually think to drink tea in the cold – and we certainly wouldn’t recommend you stop that – it’s important to see the benefits regular tea consumption can have for us. Have fun finding the teas that suit you best for different moods, seasons, and times of day!
Be happy, be healthy, and leave a comment if you love our list or think we left something out.