What to brew, what to brew…
With the warmer weather that has recently decided to show up comes plants, and within the category of plants comes herbs. And what can herbs be used for? Tea, obviously.
In this article I’ll be covering a whole bunch of teas that are great for you!
Black tea is used as the base in chai and may even protect the lungs from second hand smoking. It may even reduce the risk of a stroke and can lower cholesterol. (Paraphrased form here.)
May potentially hold “anticancer” qualities. (Paraphrased from here).
May possibly lower bad cholesterol levels. Science hasn’t totally backed up the claims that people have for a variety of oolong called Wuyi. (Paraphrased from here).
lowers weight gain and reduces LDL cholesterol. (Paraphrased from here).
Full of catechins ( a type of antioxidants) that can “ward off everything from cancer to heart disease”. (Paraphrased from here).
Contains no caffeine and, depending on the kind of herbal tea, can also hold fantastic health benefits. Hibiscus tea, if taken daily, can help lower blood pressure in people who have hypertension. Chamomile can help people sleep and peppermint may help calm the stomach. (Paraphrased from here).
Digestive aid and can be used to soothe “nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach due to motion sickness.” (Paraphrased from here).
Has great “antioxidant properties which may in turn ward off disease and the signs of aging.” (Paraphrased from here).
Lemon Balm Tea:
Can help lift the spirits, helps keep you cheery during the winter, and help your mind rest before going to bed and allow you a more restful sleep. (Paraphrased from here).
A fantastic tea for the common cold that I cook up at home is a Lemon-Ginger tea with honey. The ginger calms the stomach and the lemon combined with the honey can soothe a sore throat. Trust me, it works!
My personal favorite tea is Sleepytime Peach by Celestial Seasonings prepared with either honey or sugar and a little milk. My secret? A little bit of cinnamon to spice things up! It’s great before going to bed (but go easy on the milk if you’re going to go to bed right after).
Try any of these teas out and let me know what ya think in the comments below!