I am a self-confessed tea enthusiast with an overwhelming stash of tea. I’m a sucker for pretty labels and buzzwords like “organic”, “harmonious” and “revitalising”, and consequently I’ve purchased a number of blends that are not so enjoyable. So here’s a list of five essential herbal teas for your collection and their health benefits – all the hard work has been done for you, you simply have to enjoy them.
Chamomile and Vanilla by Higher Living
If you are going to have one herbal tea in your cupboard it should be this chamomile tea. A cup of chamomile tea has wonderful calming properties, second only to one of your mum’s warm hugs. It is also a winner when it comes to aiding digestion problems. Cold chamomile tea bags can also be used to help puffy eyes, cuts and wounds, and even sunburn. Plus, it just tastes so good.
Revive Me by English Tea Shop
I really love this herbal tea because it’s light and refreshing. It is a blend of organic white tea, moringa, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, spearmint, nettles and ginseng. White tea comes from Camellia sinensis, the same plant that produces black and green tea, but it is made from the new unopened buds, and is less processed giving it its lighter colour. Moringa is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, while rosehip contains high levels of vitamin C. The cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar level and gives the tea a slightly spicy flavour. Nettles are good for detoxing, while ginseng is believed to improve concentration and memory.
Lemon Zinger by Celestial Seasonings
This is my go to tea when I’m bogged down with assignments and need a bit of a pick me up. As the name suggests, it really gets you buzzing. It contains lemon, hibiscus, orange peel, chicory and lemongrass. The intense bright red colour of this tea is perhaps the element that first drew me in. But then after tasting it I was truly hooked on the satisfying tangy citrus flavour.
Pure Skin by Pure Tea
This is an Australian owned tea made from organic peppermint, spearmint, calendula, burdock and nettle. I find the flavour of this tea a bit too sharp, however a little honey takes the edge off and its taste is outweighed by its health benefits. The peppermint and spearmint will do wonders for your energy levels and digestion, and the echinacea is great for your immune system and your skin. Burdock is believed to help skin conditions such as psoriasis, too.
Three Ginger by Pukka Tea
This tea warms you from the inside. Ginger is great for so many things including boosting your immune function and energy levels, as well as helping with digestion and circulation. It is also great for soothing your gut when you have a hangover. This can also be made into a really nice iced tea by brewing as per usual and adding some lemon and honey and letting it cool before drinking.