When it comes to hot drinks, I’m not a “normal tea” or coffee lover. That being said, I enjoy trying different herbal teas and seeing the benefits each one has. This blog post will take you through 6 herbal teas you should drink including when to drink them and how they can affect your health. Let’s begin!
1. Green Tea
Of course, I couldn’t not mention green tea as not only is it one of my favourites but it’s extremely recommended by multiple health sources. It’s full of minerals including catechin which is a natural antioxidant that can help prevent cell damage.
Tip: Buy the higher brands of green tea as some of the cheaper, lower quality brands can contain excessive amounts of fluoride. (source)
Green Tea Benefits
- It contains compounds such as catechin, polyphenols and other minerals which are important for generic body health and repairing cell damage.
- It contains caffeine, though a smaller dosage to coffee so doesn’t cause “jittery” effects. Caffeine can help improve brain function, mood, reaction time and memory. (source)
- It can increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate
How Often Should You Drink Green Tea?
I’m by no means an expert on when you should drink green tea but from personal experience, limit myself to 1-2 cups a day. Although the caffeine in green tea can be beneficial, too much gives me a headache. Instead, if I want to drink more than 2 cups a day, I opt for decaffeinated green tea and find that I still get the fat burning benefits, without the fuzzy head. Here’s a link to the green tea that I buy.
2. Ginger Tea
Calling all girls: Ginger tea is great for relieving stomach aches and period pains. I often drink 1 cup of ginger tea every day during “hormonal times” and it really does help. Not only this but it contains high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and plenty of other minerals, so it’s great for many other things too.
Ginger Tea Benefits
- It can improve your gut health (which is extremely important and usually the root cause of many other health problems).
- It can help relieve congestion associated with “the common cold”. I sometimes add honey to my ginger tea when I’ve got a cough and cold as this helps soothe my throat. (source)
- It has calming properties that may help to lower stress.
How Much Ginger Tea Should I Drink?
I only drink 1 cup of ginger tea a day and only during “hormonal times”, or when I’m feeling ill/sick and sometimes before bed. Here’s the one I buy. However, the benefits of ginger tea are so wide that I should really start drinking it more often.
3. Peppermint Tea
A refreshing, after lunch tea. I honestly love peppermint tea and think it’s minty aroma is irresistible. The antioxidants in peppermint tea can help relieve indigestion and support the digestive system. After running social campaigns for a gut health client at my work, I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of having a healthy gut and how it impacts overall health. Ever since I’ve prioritised looking after my stomach’s health, which is why peppermint tea is now a staple in my diet.
Peppermint Tea Benefits
- It has antibacterial properties against bacteria which are the cause of illnesses like fever and cough. Not only can drinking this delicious tea helps treat the symptoms of being ill but also prevents your body from getting sick. (source)
- It can stop bloating and stomach cramps. (source)
- It also aids in weight loss by reducing appetite. (source)
When To Drink Peppermint Tea?
I drink 1 cup of peppermint tea most days at about 7/8pm. (I don’t like drinking or eating too late in the evening.) By the time I’ve finished it, I’m getting ready for bed so it’s calming effects can get to work to ensure I sleep all through the night.
4. Rosehip Tea
The best thing about rosehip tea is its floral taste and scent. No doubt at first you’ll think it’s weird but after a while, you’ll end up craving it – just like I do! It’s great when you want to detox your body and give your metabolism a boost after binge eating unhealthy foods.
Rosehip Tea Benefits
- It can help to improve the appearance of skin, helping reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help with dry skin and prevent flare-ups of psoriasis, eczema, and acne. (source)
- It can strengthen immunity as of the large amount of vitamin C found in raspberries. (source)
- It is also good for the heart. (source)
Another type of rosehip tea that I love is from Pukka Teas: Womankind.
How Much Rosehip Tea Should I Drink?
I drink 1 cup every few days. As I have so many herbal teas that I enjoy, I like to constantly experiment with different ones. However, I keep coming back to this one as the there aren’t many other teas out there that taste and smell the same. Here’s the one I buy.
5. Camomile Tea (/Chamomile Tea)
With suffering from anxiety, I found that camomile tea was a miracle for helping me relax and fall asleep – which I often found hard to do. I normally have chamomile by itself, though Twinings also do a selection of chamomile teas with other ingredients too. I decided to buy this Chamomile and Honey tea from Morrisons when it was on sale for £1.00. Although I found it to be quickly “sickly”, it does help with relaxation and sleeping.
Camomile Tea Benefits
- It has amazing healing, antioxidant, cleansing, and moisturizing properties and is considered an effective remedy for skincare (1). (source)
- It can accelerate the healing process of minor wounds and also disinfects them (2). (source)
- Placing cooled chamomile tea bags under the eyes helps in reducing eye puffiness. It also soothes tired eyes (7). (source)
How Much Camomile Tea Should I Drink?
People usually drink 1 to 4 cups of chamomile tea a day, though I tend to have 1 or 2 a day. As it can make you quite sleepy I tend to drink it no earlier than 4/5pm.
6. Raspberry Leaf Tea
Raspberry leaf tea is probably my favourite ever tea to drink. It’s super fruity, smells amazing and is practically a warm cordial but packed full of health benefits (and not sugar!). One of my favourite things about it is that it can help with improving my skin which as you may be aware of from this blog post.
Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits
- It’s packed with antioxidants to help with repairing damaged cells.
- Having raspberry leaf tea 3 times a day, every day can potentially make a difference in the number of anti-inflammatory medications a person needs. Particularly those who suffer from arthritis.
How Often Should I Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea?
With this tea being naturally caffeine free, I tend to drink at least 2 cups per day if not more. I don’t suffer from inflammation exactly, but with working at a computer for 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, find that it helps to soothe any aches in my fingers from typing. Though people who don’t work at a computer every day might find it weird, I get extremely sore fingers and knuckles from typing and using a mouse and find this tea helps to ease the pain. Hence, I drink it so regularly.
Herbal Teas Over Paracetamol?
Once you start getting into herbal teas, you’ll no doubt love them just as much as me. I don’t really like to take over the counter medicines, especially paracetamol and often opt for a natural way to relieve a headache, stomach cramps and so on. I always take one of the above herbal teas (depending on the problem) as a replacement and find that it works just as well. Living without paracetamol has meant that in cases when I really need a strong painkiller, I feel the full benefits.