East to West, Tea’s the Best: 9 of our Favourite Health Benefiting Teas

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Staring at a wall of teas is a daunting experience for many of us. There are so many options to look at before choosing the right one for you, and with each one boasting a different purpose; it’s hard to know which one to go for!

Tea offers so much more than just warmth and hydration. Some teas boost the immune system, cleanse and detox the body. Others have relaxing or stimulating qualities. Some are rich in antioxidants or have fantastic anti-inflammatory properties whilst others are great for digestion.
Then of course there’s the option to pick your tea based on its flavour.

If you’re feeling like branching out and trying a new brew, here are 9 of our favourite health benefiting teas to help you make your decision:

green teas

No. 1 – Green Tea

Green tea is native to the rainy forests of Southeast Asia and is cultivated in China, India, Japan, Burma, Turkey, Pakistan, Argentina, Sri Lanka and Africa.

A personal favourite of mine, green tea has built up its good reputation through its variety of boast-able qualities, with a major one being its extraordinary source of antioxidants. These act as free radical scavengers, decreasing the oxidative stress on the body and helping to fight off disease and ageing.

Green tea contains high levels of two powerful antioxidants, catechins and polyphenols. Interestingly, these have the ability to:

  • block wrinkle formation
  • help prevent age spots
  • maintain elastin
  • keep skin hydrated
  • promote brighter, healthier skin

Green tea helps to increase memory, focus and concentration. This is thanks to its combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid found in green tea.
Next time you have that test to study for or that important meeting to go to, grab yourself a cup of green tea to help increase your concentration and focus.

In addition to the above benefits, note that green tea also has immune-boosting and blood sugar regulation properties and can even aid in weight control.

Have a read about matcha green tea powder if you want a mega-dose of green tea goodness 🙂

Green tea combines well with peppermint, lemon, Echinacea and nettle.

dandelion teas

No. 2 – Dandelion Tea

Known best as a weed that pops up in your garden, dandelion grows wild in most of the world and is cultivated as a herb in Germany, France and China.

Dandelion root tea is renowned for its various health benefits, including:

  • working as a liver tonic by stimulating and supporting liver function
  • being a great digestive tonic by working as a bitter tonic and bile flow stimulant.
  • working as a natural diuretic making it helpful for reducing water retention or puffiness in the face or body.
  • The roots act as a blood purifier that helps both the kidneys and the liver to remove toxins and poisons from the blood.

Dandelion is often used to:

  • help improve appetite and digestion
  • help treat anaemia due to deficiencies in folic acid, iron and B12
  • aid PMS symptoms such as water retention and cramps
  • ease constipation

Dandelion is nice alone, but also combines well with mint and nettle, such as in Pukka’s Cleanse Tea or served with honey and lemon.

nettle teas

No. 3 – Nettle Tea

The humble stinging nettle has been highly valued from ancient Greek times till now as a useful herbal medicine for a multitude of ailments.
Found in the temperate climates around the world, it is commonly known for its sting when it comes in contact with your skin.

Stinging nettles are thought of as a blood tonic and are often used to treat iron-deficiency anaemia. Nettles contain iron, vitamin C and chlorophyll, all of which are useful in treating this deficiency. That’s because they provide iron for the production of red blood cells, needed to help deliver sufficient oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Nettles have anti-inflammatory properties, especially for allergic reactions of the skin such as hives or Urticaria. They’re often useful for other inflammatory conditions including eczema, arthritis and gout.

Furthermore, nettles help to:

  • stimulate the kidneys and aid in detoxification
  • work as a natural diuretic to relieve water retention
  • help treat urinary tract infections
  • treat overly greasy hair

This tea has a grassy type flavour on its own, and blends really well with green teas and peppermint.
Try Clipper’s Nettle Tea or Nettle and Peppermint Tea.

peppermint teas

No. 4 – Peppermint Tea

Peppermint grows almost everywhere and is used around the world for easing digestion, calming queasy stomachs and quelling indigestion.

Peppermint is a natural stimulant offering energising and uplifting properties to help keep you focused and energetic. It makes a great alternative for those wishing to avoid caffeine but who are in need of a refreshing boost in energy.

Peppermint is a digestive aid with carminative, antispasmodic and diaphoretic properties. This means it’s the go-to herb when you’re feeling queasy, nauseated, suffering from indigestion or are overly full.
It’s also useful for those suffering from IBS as peppermint oil blocks the contractions of the smooth muscles lining the intestines, reversing some of the painful symptoms of IBS.

Peppermint tea is light with a crisp, clean cool taste and works really well with green teas, nettle, tulsi and ginger.

Try Salus’s Organic Peppermint Tea.

No. 5 – Ginger Tea

Ginger is one of the most widely available and used herbal remedies on the planet. For thousands of years, ginger has played an important role in Asian medicine.

Ginger tea is an excellent aid for:

  • nausea
  • migraines
  • digestion
  • aches and pains
  • congestion
  • allergies
  • as an appetite stimulant
  • circulation.

In fact, this herb boasts a plethora of health-benefiting anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This makes it an excellent tea to have on hand whilst travelling, suffering from the sniffles, troubled with a digestive issue or nervous stomach, or when you simply need some warming up.

Make ginger tea using freshly grated ginger root and make into an infusion with boiling water. Alternatively, buy it in teabags.
As far as teas go, this one is deliciously warming and soothing on its own. That being said, it also works brilliantly with peppermint or lemon or in a chai tea.

Try Pukka 3 Three Ginger tea for some spicy nourishment.

rooibos

No. 6 – Rooibos Tea

Rooibos, AKA redbush or red tea, is a tea made from the leaves of the rooibostee, a shrub native to the mountains near Capetown in South Afrika.

Rooibos tea has a long traditional use of consumption in South Africa for at least 200 years and makes a fantastic alternative to black tea. Indeed, it offers a caffeine-free, low tannin beverage with a characteristically sweet and fragrant taste.

Furthermore, this tea is brimming with over 37 natural free-radical fighting antioxidants, minerals, vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids. Plus it boasts anti-viral, anti-anxiety, anti-spasmodic and anti-allergy properties. The natural antihistamine properties make it a great tea for allergy sufferers. That’s because rooibos interferes with histamine, the cause of both nasal congestion and stomach upset resulting from allergic reactions.

Rooibos is delicious on its own, served with or without milk. Alternatively, it’s great when combined with different herbs or flavours such as Rooibos Vanilla.

Try Dawson’s Organic Rooibos tea.

No. 7 – Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil)

Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps balance, restore and protect the body from the effects of internal and external stress.
This herb helps the body respond better to stress by protecting the nerves and helping prevent you from becoming completely frazzled!

Holy basil helps to:

  • soothe anxiety
  • fight fatigue
  • ease your stress
  • support the immune system
  • support hormone levels
  • balance blood sugar levels
  • support good sleep

Tulsi blends well with ginger, jasmine, and rose.

Try Pukka’s Three Tulsi tea bags.

No. 8 – Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a sweetly aromatic annual plant native to Europe and has gained itself a well-deserved reputation as being a relaxation herb.
It has all-round calming properties, helping to ease stress, anxiety and induce a calm restorative sleep.

Chamomile is a natural antispasmodic herb which makes it beneficial for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or digestive issues, as well as those with morning sickness.

Furthermore, this herb is great for the skin as it contains a high concentration of the phytochemical quercetin. This helps to protect your skin from sun damage. Then we have its anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These help to keep your pores clear and free from bacteria that can cause skin breakouts, and even relieve acne and rosacea.

Chamomile is also a powerful pain reliever thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe aches and pains and ease menstrual cramps.

Try Salus Organic Chamomile Tea.

No. 9 – Fennel Tea

Fennel seed is a common cooking spice and is used in many cultures to help prevent gas or an upset stomach.
It is an important herb crop in Europe and is known to work effectively as a remedy for:

  • indigestion
  • alleviation of bloating
  • settling stomach pain
  • stimulating the appetite
  • working as a natural diuretic and as an antispasmodic.

Teas are a great place to utilise the benefits of fennel. Fennel tea is an excellent digestive aid due to its carminative properties. This means it helps the body get rid of gas and prevents gas formation. Definitely one for post-meal time! Fennel also has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce pain as well as helping to reduce skin inflammation.

Some of my favourites include Salus’s Organic Fennel Tea or Pukka Three FennelDetox or Cleanse for a delicious introduction to the benefits of Fennel.

If you want to learn more about teas and herbs to introduce into your diet, check out these blog posts:

Emily Nöth

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