Winter is a great time to introduce herbal tea and green tea in your daily life. Not only is serving tea an incredibly therapeutic ritual that has been used as part of meditative practice for centuries, but it is also extremely nourishing and possesses calming properties that make a deep impact on the central nervous system. Due to the fact that most herbal teas don’t contain caffeine, you can use them towards your daily water quota. During winter, ice-cold water can seem less appealing than it does on those hot summer days. Something soothing and warm in your hands seems much more inviting - this is where herbal teas come into play.
Herbal tea is fantastic for digestion, especially if you are performing sedentary tasks like laying on the couch or sitting at your computer. It is best consumed after a meal to stimulate digestive juices and promote optimal gastrointestinal function. Making a cuppa can be quite ritualistic in itself, but there are also a few herbal blends that can help you to relax, reduce your stress and induce a peaceful night sleep. Who doesn’t want that? Especially in 2020 when stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. Here are some terrific selections to help you to ‘sip away the stress’ of the daily grind.
Herbal and Green Tea Benefits
Peppermint or Spearmint Tea
These delicious minty tea’s are free from caffeine. They are fabulous for digestion and for clearing excess toxins and hormones from the liver. They also contain a compound called menthol which is known to be a natural muscle relaxant.
Chamomile tea is also free from caffeine. It is the best known and commonly used for relieving stress, anxiety and sleeplessness. It is widely recognised as the ‘great calming tea’ and can be consumed both day and night.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm tea is also free from caffeine and like chamomile tea, it may help induce calmness, relaxation and sleep onset. Lemon balm is used by Naturopaths as a herbal medicine to reduce anxiety and overstimulation to help combat insomnia.
Lavender tea smells amazing! It is purely herbal, so therefore caffeine-free. Lavender can help to soothe restlessness, anxiety and insomnia. You can serve it hot or cold or even pop some in your bath for deep relaxation. Lavender tea is beautiful when used on the skin for its cooling properties.
Passion Flower Tea
Passionflower tea is known as nature's sedative. Drink Passionflower tea as a gift to your nervous system. It is a great caffeine free way to reduce stress, anxiety and support the body in preparation for a nice and relaxing, deep sleep.
Green tea is best consumed after a meal as it is fabulous digestive tea. When our digestive channels work over-time it can affect our sleep. Green tea is not a herbal tea and does contain caffeine, so don’t drink it too late at night as it can be stimulating. Green tea is powerful and popular as it contains a nutrient called l-theanine which helps us to relax. This relaxing action is the same one that is being used on our digestive tract. The benefits of green tea are widely recognised. It is also a great substitute when trying to reduce your black tea and coffee intake.
Valerian Root Tea
Valerian tea is commonly used as a herbal remedy for insomnia and other sleep disorders. It can help to relieve anxiety-related sleeplessness and reduce anxiety. Other powerful teas that have similar effects are turmeric, fennel, kava, ashwagandha and gotu kola. These all contain constituents that cool down feelings of anxiety before bedtime.
If you are purely after a tea that will aid sleep, try Hops tea. It is known for its relaxing and sedative properties and is particularly powerful when fused with valerian. You will often see these teas combined in health food stores. Hops tea is best consumed before bedtime to give you the best outcome.
Herbal Teas for a Warming Winter
Herbal tea is a lovely adjunct therapy when treating stress disorders, adrenal depletion, insomnia, anxiety and even different forms of grief. Serving a cup of warm tea to a loved one is such a comforting gesture. It is a soothing form of alternative hydration during the winter months.
Green tea and herbal tea doesn’t have to be boring. You can change things up by adding a twist of lemon, grated ginger or some raw honey to your tea to add some variety. You definitely can’t do that to your coffee! Yuck! Alternatively, play around with spices and flower petals in your blends. Herbal Tea can be served cold, used in warm baths or on the skin to heal rashes. It also forms the key ingredient to homemade Kombucha. So, whatever your reason for drinking herbal tea, the benefits are endless.
Whether you are trying to unwind, trying to sleep, trying to kick a coffee habit or you’re just after an alternative to cold water - give some of these herbal teas a go and enjoy better health outcomes.