Your Herbal Tea Guide
How Herbal Tea Can Improve Your Wellness
If you have ever wanted to start drinking tea, I’m sure you have gone to the supermarket and have been completely overwhelmed by the selection. There’s black tea, green tea, fruit teas, teas you have never heard of…
And so much more.
Selecting the right tea can also be a challenge because of the caffeine content. Different types of teas have different levels of caffeine, unlike coffee which is either caffeinated or decaffeinated.
When I started drinking tea regularly, I started with Herbal Teas. The best thing about herbal teas is that you can drink them any time of day because they contain little-to-no caffeine. And even better, sipping on these is a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day when plain water is just not passing the vibe check. You can even brew some the night before and keep it in the fridge so you have iced tea!
Herbal teas are versatile, and also have different properties that can improve your overall wellness. Today, I am going to share some of my favorite herbal teas and how they can improve wellness so you can start expanding your palate.
Good for overall wellness: Lemon Balm
This tea can be good for reducing stress and easing anxiety. It has also been shown to improve mood. Not to mention, it’s light lemon flavor is so good to sip on any time of day. Try brewing some ahead of time so you can sip on it over ice on a hot summer day!
Best tea for depression and anxiety: Lavender
Lavender tea has been shown time and time again to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although it is certainly not going to be as effective as regular therapy or medication, it is a good tool to have on hand on the days that are extra hard.
Best tea for menstrual pain: Rose
Multiple studies have shown that drinking rose tea may ease some menstrual pain when paired with pain relievers. It is also packed with antioxidants which are good for boosting your immune health.
Best tea for sleep: Valerian Root
This sweet tea is good for those restless nights. Every once in a while during school I would have a cup of Valerian Root tea the night before a big exam to get a good night's sleep. Ere on the side of caution though, as regular consumption can be habit forming.
There are so many other herbal teas that are just good for drinking throughout the day such as hibiscus teas. Although none of these teas are capable of eliminating health ailments altogether, they are certainly a good tool to have on hand when you need an extra resource for your wellness. It is also important to remember to consult with your doctor before drinking tea as some have interactions with various medications.
Let us know what your favorite herbal tea is by emailing us at Healthy.UNH@unh.edu!