Nourish - Herbal Teas: From Sunrise to Sunset
Pop the kettle on everyone, for today we’re talking herbal teas.
Personally, I believe herbs should be used daily for health optimisation. Often we only turn to them when we know we need support, but they are fantastic for so many daily health ailments.
That’s why I’ve put together this blog post guiding you through some Herbal Teas to drink from sunrise to sunset. There truly is a tea or tisane for everything!
Are you struggling to get out of bed in the morning? There’s a herb for that.
Are you finding it difficult to get to sleep? Herbs have got you covered.
Feeling under the weather?
Struggling with digestive issues? We have the herbs for you.
In my opinion, there’s always a herb that can make life a bit brighter.
Let’s get to them then!
Teas and Herbal Teas for the Morning
Mornings can be a breeze for some people, whereas others can feel a desperate desire to cling to their bedcovers in protest. If you feel a bit wonky in the morning, let’s get you some herbs to help invigorate you hey?!
Personally, I love to recommend starting the day off with herbal bitters adaptogenic herbs and stimulants.
Bitter is the counterpart of sweet. When taken before you eat, bitters are fantastic at:
- igniting the digestive fire
- supporting the production of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and bile.
- help promote normal bowel habits.
Bitter compounds occur naturally in many foods such as greens, grapefruit, coffee and chocolate. A great example of a bitter tisane would be dandelion. Although I mention them here under morning herbal teas, feel free to drink them throughout the afternoon too.
Known best as a weed that pops up in your garden, dandelion is unfortunately often overlooked or dismissed. In fact, dandelion is one of the greatest medicinal plants in Traditional European herbalism. Without a doubt, it is a fantastic herb for general health and well-being.
Dandelion root tea is a wonderful herb, offering the following health benefits:
- works as a liver tonic by stimulating and supporting liver function
- is a great digestive tonic – it works as a bitter tonic and bile flow stimulant.
- supports the kidneys
- works 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.
- used to help improve appetite and digestion
- helps treat anaemia due to deficiencies in folic acid, iron and B12
- aids in PMS symptoms such as water retention and cramps
- helps ease constipation
Taking dandelion in the morning is great to wake up the liver and help support it. After all, our liver works tirelessly every day.
Equally, since dandelion root supports digestion, it’s perfect to get things moving in the morning if you know what I mean 😉
Dandelion combines well with mint and nettle, such as in Pukka Cleanse. This brew contains nettle leaf, peppermint leaf, fennel seed, dandelion root, licorice root, aloe vera leaf.
In herbal medicine, stimulants are used to describe an action that accelerates and invigorates the physiological activity of the body in some way.
It’s worth noting, however, that the term stimulant has a very broad meaning. It does not always refer to stimulating chemicals such as caffeine. There are nervous system stimulants such as tea, coffee and guarana. Then there are others such as rosemary which has some stimulating properties to the cardiovascular system. Have a read over on this blog post on brain health to learn more.
For those of you that need that well anticipated morning brew that’s going to give you a caffeine kick, try green tea.
Green tea still contains caffeine, however, it’s balanced out by its l-theanine content. As a result, you won’t get that big energy crash like you may experience from coffee. See our previous blog here for more about L-Theanine and how it works.
Green tea has a multitude of health benefits:
- it’s an 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.
- 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.
- aids relaxation, concentration and mood
- supports the immune system
- aids in blood sugar regulation
To jump-start your day, grab yourself some Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green. This tea is ideal for early mornings. This blends organic energising herbs and whole leaf green tea to kick-start your morning. It also contains Red ginseng which is well known for its uplifting properties. Plus, it works as an adaptogenic herb for the adrenal glands.
Afternoon Herbal Teas
The perfect herbs for an afternoon tend to be digestive herbs. They’re perfect if you’re experiencing a post-meal energy slump or any digestive discomfort. Plus, they taste great at the same time 🙂
Afternoons are also a great time to take bitters, especially before your meals.
Peppermint is fantastic as a natural stimulant. It offers uplifting and energising properties to help keep you feeling energetic and focused. Certainly, a great alternative for those wishing to avoid caffeine but are still feeling the need for a boost in energy.
Peppermint helps to :
- ease digestion with carminative, antispasmodic and diaphoretic properties
- calm queasy/nauseated stomachs
- quell indigestion
- support those suffering from IBS – peppermint oil blocks the contractions of the smooth muscles lining the intestines. This reverses some of the painful symptoms of IBS.
Peppermint tea is light with a crisp, clean cool taste and works really well with green tea, nettle, tulsi and ginger.
Try Pukka Three Mint which contains organic peppermint, spearmint and field mint. It goes really well with a Pukka Three Ginger tea bag too if your digestion is feeling a bit awry.
Also, have a nosey at Pukka Mint Refresh. This blends organic coriander, fennel, hibiscus, licorice, peppermint and rose flowers for a soothing digestive tonic.
Fennel is in my cupboard at all times. It’s an absolute legend when talking digestive rescue. That’s because fennel tea will help neutralize digestive system distress by toning-down bloat and gas.
Although commonly seen as a cooking spice, fennel 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:
- alleviation of bloating
- settling stomach pain
- stimulating the appetite
- working as a natural diuretic and as an antispasmodic
- helping to reduce pain and inflammation
Pop a Pukka Three Fennel into the cart and enjoy a brew of organic sweet fennel, wild fennel and fennel leaf. Your digestion will thank you for it!
If you tend to feel like you’re lacking in digestive powder, or you struggle with indigestion or nausea, give ginger a try.
Ginger tea is an excellent aid for:
- digestion – ginger helps to ease digestive issues or a nervous stomach
- body aches and pains
- improving circulation
- providing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. (It’s great to help prevent sickness, but also soothe and support you should you be sick).
Pukka Three Ginger is made with organic galangal, ginger, licorice and turmeric. It’s delicious alone, or you can mix it with some lemon and honey. Also adding a three mint tea bag to the cup is a real winner.
Equally, another nice brew is Pukka Lemongrass & Ginger Tea.
Or if you want the warming notes of turmeric, try Pukka Turmeric Active Tea.
Or perhaps you’re coming down with something and you feel the need for some throat soothing. Try Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey
Herbal Teas for the Evening
Here are some herbal teas for the final stretch of the day.
Now is a good time to grab yourself a relaxing nervine, sedative-rich herbal tea. Perhaps an adaptogenic blend. Then settle down, relax and sleep soundly.
These herbs help balance, restore and protect the body from the effects of internal and external stress. Adaptogens work with the body, helping it to adapt to the stresses of life and needs of each day. They modulate the immune system and stress response along the way .
Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb. Herbs such as tulsi help the body respond better to stress by protecting the nerves and helping prevent you from becoming completely frazzled!
They’re also great to drink through the morning and afternoon.
Tulsi’s known benefits stem from its role as an adaptogen. Tulsi helps:
- soothe anxiety
- fight fatigue
- reduce stress
- support the immune system
- support hormone levels
- balance blood sugar levels
- support good sleep
This traditional Ayurvedic herb is wonderful to help wind down the day and set you up for the perfect rest.
Pukka Three Tulsi is a beautiful blend of tulsi leaves.
Tulsi blends well with ginger, jasmine, and rose.
To ease into a calm and relaxing night, brew yourself a fine cup of Chamomile. This sweet aromatic herb has gained itself a well-deserved reputation for being a wonderful relaxation herb.
- all-round calming properties
- helps to ease stress and anxiety
- helps induce a calm restorative sleep
- works as a natural antispasmodic herb
- great for digestion, and for those suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Equally, for as those with morning sickness.
- is a powerful pain reliever thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This means it helps to soothe aches and pains and ease menstrual cramps.
Try Pukka Three Chamomile, made using African Chamomile Flower, Egyptian Chamomile Flower and European Chamomile Flower.
And then there’s always Pukka Love made with organic chamomile, elderflower, lavender, licorice, lime flower and marigold.
Or perhaps Pukka Relax made with organic chamomile flower to help you to unwind and fennel seed and ginger to ease digestion.
And for the hours leading up to bed, Pukka Night-Time is a wonderful choice. This blend is made with a sleepy crush of organic oat flower, soothing lavender, lime flower and valerian.
Valerian’s calming effect is perfect for anyone struggling with sleep or insomnia.
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