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Healthy tea is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve your health. Discover 7 different types of herbal tea and regular tea you need in your pantry.
Ahhhh, the all-important ‘cuppa.’ Drinking a cup of healthy tea is now a nightly ritual in our home, and while living in Britian we would drink at least two cups a day.
Strangely enough, my hot tea habit began in the Southern USA – possibly influenced by all those A&E Pride and Prejudice viewings. It continued after my marriage, my husband being well acquainted with hot tea through his New Zealand roots.
Drinking healthy tea is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve your health routine. Relaxing and rejuvenating, there’s really no reason not to add a cup to your day.
With over 3,000 varieties of tea to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the best type for you. And admittedly, some of them don’t taste very good. Case in point – we once ordered an exotic “smoky flavored” tea at a specialty tea shop… and it tasted like ashes from a house fire (my husband was a fireman). Literally.
That’s why I’ve outlined the top teas for different needs in the body, but I’ve only included the ones that taste REALLY good! Check out my favorite healthy teas to drink to feel better:
This is the healthy tea I reach for pretty much every night. It is also the type of tea that Peter Rabbit’s mother used to make him in the stories, which definitely adds to the coziness factor.
This flower has a mild and smooth taste, especially when sweetened with honey. The chamomile variety is best known for its ability to relax the mind and aid sleep, but it is also great for digestion and immune health. Read about more benefits here.
My favorite brand is Bigelow – chamomile flowers are the only ingredient. I go through this stuff super fast! Find it here.
Black Cherry Berry
This herbal blend has that distinct, delicious, tart cherry taste. This is my husband’s personal fave, and I love it as well. Cherry has TONS of benefits for the body – it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, helps banish gout flare-ups, and can even help fight cancer.
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If you suffer from any sort of stomach issues, peppermint tea is your friend! It can help with gas, bloating, indigestion and nausea. It took some getting used to, but I really like the taste of it (especially with some chocolate on the side 😉 Try some out after your next spicy Mexican dinner! Find it here.
Surprisingly, white tea is one of the healthiest teas out there. It’s mild, aromatic taste appeals to pretty much everyone. According to Dr. Josh Axe, white tea is great for strong bones, heart health, immune system function, and even cancer prevention! This used to be our favorite type of tea when my husband and I were first married, but we’ve regressed in drinking it. Need to start again! Get it here.
Green tea is all the rage in the health world. The perfect mood booster, green tea has also been shown to slow mental decline in those with neurological disease. It has also been shown to help with depression. It’s also anti-inflammatory and an overall health tonic for your entire body, according to Dr. Mercola. Green tea does have some caffeine in it, so I try to drink it in the morning and afternoon only. Here’s where to find it!
Homemade ginger tea is our go-to if anyone in our house has the sniffles. Ginger has natural anti-viral properties, and it is also wonderful for digestion. I love drinking this if I have any type of indigestion or upset stomach. And it definitely shortens the duration of my cold if I start drinking it right away.
To make, grate 1 inch of peeled ginger into a teapot and add hot water and honey to taste. To boost it’s healing powers even further, add a squeeze of lemon and local or manuka honey.
If you don’t feel like making this tea fresh, you can also buy ginger tea here.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Finally, I’ve saved the best healthy tea for last. Raspberry leaf tea is my new favorite tea in the in the entire world! It is one of the best teas to drink if you are a woman. It helps to balance the female system and correct hormonal imbalances, and is especially recommended for health during pregnancy and breastfeeding. For the full run-down on its health benefits, check out this article by Wellness Mama.
You can buy raspberry leaf tea bags, but it is much cheaper to buy a large quantity of loose leaf raspberry leaf tea. Just add a couple of spoonfuls into a teapot, steep for 5 minutes or longer, and pour through a small strainer. You can also use one of these tea infusers. I love making a huge pot of this and drinking it over a 24 hour period. It just gets stronger and more potent as it sits, which is great. It tastes similar to black tea but is caffeine free.
A note on sweeteners:
If you enjoy herbal teas without sweetness, more power to you! Personally, I find just about every tea tastes better with a squeeze of honey added. You can use raw sugar or stevia, but I think honey is the best option taste-wise and it also contains healing nutrients and enzymes as well. The best kind of honey to use is local honey or manuka honey, which is a powerful antibacterial healing honey.
Also – a cup of healthy tea just isn’t as good without a special mug to drink it from. I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments. Isn’t this Jane Austen mug the coolest??
I hope you can incorporate more healthy tea into your daily routine. What’s your favorite cuppa?