Being a difficult sleeper, my favourite way of relaxing before bedtime is having a warm cup of tea. I’ll usually go for something like a chamomile, which is caffeine-free and has a calming effect on the body. It’s a perfect way to sooth myself into a sleepy state.
These days you have a wide variety of herbal tea options on the shelves, and some very cool tea bars popping up in the cities. Luckily this craze comes with a whole bunch of good news. Different teas have different effects on our bodies, and research has shown that some of them have amazing health benefits.
So next time you feel like a cuppa, make sure you’re getting the most out of your tea time. Here are five of our favourite teas and what they can help for:
1. Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free and packed with amazing antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of diseases over the long-term. It can help with inflammation and reduce allergies. Studies have shown that it can even lower cholesterol (the bad kind) – check it out here.
I prefer drinking my Rooibos tea black but try having it with a bit of milk and honey – it’s delicious.
2. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is a good option for improving your sleep as it has a great calming effect. The tea is made from the dried Chamomile flower. This is also a good option when you are experiencing menstrual pain, anxiety, and it can even lower blood sugar, as studies on people with diabetes have shown.
Try drinking it with milk, nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon – great for those restless nights.
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger is widely known to have a relieving effect on nausea or stomach pains. It can be effective for morning sickness in early pregnancy or when you’re experiencing motion sickness.
Ginger tea, with its antibacterial properties, is also used as a remedy to boost your immune system and it promotes digestion. Take a look at this article for more information on the benefits of ginger.
If you don’t like the taste of ginger, try it with a dash of lemon and honey.
4. Rose Tea
Rose tea is made from rose blossom or petals that have been dried. It has a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, making it an ideal mood-lifter and immune booster. The fragrance of the tea is just as good as the taste – who doesn’t like the smell of roses?
The perfect way of making rose tea? Just add some hot water and let it soak for a while.
5. Green Tea
Green tea probably top of the list in everyone’s minds when we think about healthy teas. And there are valid reasons why.
Green tea has a high amount of caffeine that is effective in improving brain function and help you stay awake on those sleepy mornings. The tea has been found to have fat-burning and metabolic-boosting effects, as well as a high dose of antioxidants.
It may not have the best flavour, but a squeeze of lemon may do the trick.
What are your favourite teas and why do you like them?