Whether you drink tea like it’s going out of fashion or just dabble here and there– here’s the low down on tea and what it can do for you …
Good Ol’ English breakfast – bold, black tea is chock full of antioxidants and it contains less caffeine than coffee. Try PG tips for a little taste of England.
Green Tea – The Queen of antioxidants and with slightly less caffeine than black tea– this tea has become very popular! Green tea is linked to a better mood, decreased inflammation and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Don’t tell green tea but white tea might be even better.
Chamomile – Awww chamomile, so sweet. So cozy. Not only does it promote restful sleep, it’s also a great soother for tummy aches. Chamomile is a go to in our house when anyone feels under the weather. Quick tip: if you or your littles have a stye:- steep tea bag for about 5-10 mins, remove and let cool on a clean plate. Place the cooled tea bag on affected eye for about 10-15 minutes (best to lay down). Don’t forget to drink the tea. I just had my nephew do this and now he LOVES chamomile tea. :). Side note:- some people are allergic to chamomile!
Tulsi – Also known as Holy Basil, it’s perfect for frazzled nerves. It’s an adaptogen so it helps your body adapt to stress! My current fave brand is Organic India … my fave flavour – raspberry peach. 🙂
Hibiscus – Other than tasting like a perfect summers day, recent studies show that hibiscus tea may help lower high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Awesome right? Oh, and it’s perfect hot or over ice.
Peppermint – Perfect for digestion, helps with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Sip after a meal to help aid with digestion and bloating.
Rasberry Leaf – Is known as women’s tea but men can benefit from it too! It tastes a little like black tea but without the caffeine. Raspberry leaf tea is my go to during pregnancy (I start drinking it during my third trimester) because it’s supposed to shorten labor and helps prepare your womb for birth! It’s rich in nutrients for breastfeeding mamas and helps boosts lactation. It also supports healthy menstruation– I haven’t had period pains since I started drinking it. But what can it do for men? It supports male fertility, is anti-inflammatory and contains many important nutrients.
Roobios – Not everyone can enjoy Roobios tea (aka red tea) since it can interfere with medication or existing health conditions so please consult with your doctor before trying it. But if you can partake, Roobios tea has so many benefits! I first fell in love with Roobios as a new mama. I was looking for a tea without caffeine and my sis totally hooked me up! Women in South Africa have been using Roobios for years to calm colicky babies, clear rashes and it’s great for breastfeeding mamas. Maybe that’s why neither of mine had colic? It’s also anti-inflammatory, helps digestion, lowers blood-pressure, is great for skin (anti-aging) and hair and is rich in minerals.
Right, I’m off to put the kettle on! What’s your favorite tea?