That is the question.
Of course for me the answer is always tea, but which kind?
I am an absolute fiend when it comes to tea. Herbal, milk, powder, leaf, all of the above. I am always sipping on some kind of hot beverage, and if it isn’t coffee, you can guarantee it is some kind of tea.
Aside from being good for you in terms of water consumption, herbal teas have added health benefits that may make you want to get into them.
I have compiled a list of my 4 favourite herbal teas, as well as the health benefits associated with drinking them.
1) Green Tea
This HAS to go on the list. As a rule, green tea is something I always keep in the house. It is so refreshing and if you can get used to the taste of grass it is a great addition to a healthy diet. The green tea I drink at the moment is Tetley Natural Green Tea Bags, as well as an organic loose leaf green tea from the whole foods store (which I prefer because it is more pure and a lot stronger).
Green tea contains a lot of antioxidants that have the ability to fight and prevent cell damage. That does not mean that drinking ALL the green tea will make you immune to diseases. Yes, I know that’s what you were thinking.
Regular drinking of green tea has also been shown to aid in lowering cholesterol and improving blood flow. That all sounds fabby fun.
Green tea naturally contains caffeine, though not as much as coffee. So I would not recommend drinking before bed unless you want to be very awake.
2) Dandelion Tea
Dandelion tea is not only tasty on its own, but a lot of companies combine this tea with chicory, making it a healthy substitute for decaf coffee. However nothing can ever replace a good old cup of dirty bean water…
I currently drink a loose leaf dandelion tea as well as a dandelion/chai blend – both from the whole foods store.
Dandelions are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, making them excellent aids in improving the immune system. And when you spend your days around germy children, this is a very important thing.
Dandelion tea is also a diuretic which means that if you have a cold (dang germy children) drinking it will flush out any yuckiness. Drinking the dandy chai blend is really nice and warming on the throat, as well as a lovely smelling comfort drink on a cold day.
3) Lavender Tea
An odd choice I know, but this tea is very calming so its awesome for right before bed, especially while I’m reading a book or thinking about responsibilities…so calming…
I drink loose leaf lavender tea from the wholefoods store.
Lavender has an impact on the body’s nervous system, making it a good choice for drinking before bed as it can induce sleep and help people who struggle with insomnia. It also has antioxidant qualities meaning it aids in fighting cell damage.
4) Chamomile Tea
A less odd choice for relaxation, chamomile is something that a lot of people associate with relaxation. There are associated health benefits as well.
I drink chamomile tea bags from Aldi, as well as chamomile in a calming tea blend from the wholefoods store.
Chamomile tea can aid in the reduction of anxiety symptoms (note SYMPTOMS – not a cure for anxiety disorders), as well as regulating sleep. Sleep is something I personally struggle with, as I sleep a lot but am always tired, and I find that drinking chamomile tea before bed improves the quality of my sleep.
Top Tea Tips
- Carry tea on you always
- Use loose leaf tea wherever possible to avoid the nasties in tea bag material
- Use a keep cup to reduce wastage
Hope you all got something out of this. Stay tuned for more insightful stuff and things!