Have you ever been sick and got told to drink some tea? Sounds simple enough, but when you are faced with rows upon rows of different types of teas in the supermarket - it can get a bit overwhelming! Herbal teas are great for you because they contain many healthy benefits, and they also help to cut down on your caffeine intake. Some of my favourites are:
Chamomile tea is great if you have an upset stomach, as it helps to soothe it. It is also great for nausea, reflux and abdominal pains such as period cramps. I like to drink a cup before bed sometimes as it can also help reduce insomnia and soothe your brain. I add a little natural honey into mine to sweeten it up a bit.
Peppermint tea is great for digestive problems and gassiness. If you have eaten something that has made you bloated or feel really full, a cup of peppermint tea can help ease your stomach. I love having peppermint tea at night time, it helps digest the food I have eaten all day and makes me feel rejuvenated.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to soothe sore muscles and bones. It is also great for curbing nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. You can buy ginger tea bags but it is best to use fresh ginger as it is more effective. To make your own ginger tea simmer a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10-15 minutes and then pass through a fine sieve. Add some fresh lemon or honey to flavour it, and you have a powerful combination of ingredients that will boost your body!
Milk Thistle & Dandelion Root
Both these teas are great for you because they are gentle liver cleansers. This means they help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity, which is especially important if you have been taking a lot of pain relief medication or drinking alcohol often.
This is the perfect tea if you are coming down with a cold of flu. It helps to ease headaches, cramps, stress and fevers and has antioxidants which help to boost the immune system. Try mixing it with regular black tea or green tea if you don't want to drink it alone.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and also one of the best plant sources of Vitamin C. Drinking rosehip tea is beneficial for your immune system and skin and tissue health. Hello glowing skin! Overall it is a great tea if you need an extra health boost in your life.
Some of these may taste a little different but it is something you get used to. If you need to add a bit of flavour always opt for fresh lemon juice, or if you need sweetness try adding some natural honey.