…and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head! In addition, drinking tea (caffeine free, that is) provides hydration which is essential for health. And on par with all that (in my mind) is how drinking tea is like getting a hug from the inside.
- Trader Joe’s “Coconut Green Tea with Lemongrass & Ginger” (loose leaf): This Japanese green tea is accented with a medley of coconut, lemongrass, ginger and vanilla. I love lifting the lid off this tin and breathing in the refreshing smell with just a hint of “spiciness”. The additions to this green tea are so striking and pleasing it feels exciting to my taste buds every time I drink it.
- Traditional Medicinals “Organic Peppermint”: This is a brand I thoroughly trust. They are committed to sustainability, social/environmental activism, as well as pharmacopoeial grade herbs and embracing ingredient purity. I always choose TC when it comes to “medicinal” needs like staving off a cold or soothing a stomach ache. This tea has one ingredient mentha x piperita (peppermint) making it simple and sweet (literally! I know people who are not “into tea” but who enjoy peppermint because it is naturally sweet (and please don’t think “candy cane” flavored, peppermint tea is on another level).) I use it for when I maybe ate a little too much, or my stomach just feels a upset. Peppermint soothes the digestive tract lining and alleviates digestive discomfort.
- The Republic of Tea “Red Tea Ginger Peach”: Oh this tea. If I smell it, I am immediately compelled to make a cup it just smells THAT. GOOD. It’s a rooibos (red) tea with the addition of sumptuous peach and spicy ginger. It’s a very rich tasting tea and its tinging sweetness always makes me feel happy. Rooibos has all the benefits of green tea but without the caffeine. Some benefits: a wide array of antioxidants, supports the body in absorbing iron and containing phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema.
- Yogi “Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin”: This tea “is purposefully formulated with traditionally used skin-friendly ingredients to rejuvenate and moisturize skin.” It includes Ayurvedic ingredients such as nettle leaf, mullein leaf and schisandra berry which help to retain moisture in the skin’s tissues. I like the idea that this tea is supporting my skins health from the inside out, though I can’t attest to anything life-changing coming from drinking it. It is incredibly yummy tea. The sweet, warming spices are a very satisfying.
- The Republic of Tea “get probiotic.”: I didn’t expect to like this tea. I got it in the hopes that it would help my unhappy digestive system (we’ll save that for another post). But it’s the tea I reach for the most. Its base is rooibos blended with (as the package says) the “mighty probiotic” GanendenBC30 along with herbs such as chicory root (which adds inulin) and cinnamon (which stimulate the gastro tract). Often it is hard to pinpoint exactly what is helping your symptoms but I really believe this tea has helped my body to better digest. I haven’t done extensive research on GanendenBC30, but I know that it is a specific probiotic which can withstand both boiling and freezing. The flavor of this tea isn’t “fireworks”-on-your-taste-buds (like some of the others I have mentioned in this post), rather it is more mellow with an equal balance of spice, citrus and vanilla. Comforting is the word I would use to describe it. Bonus: it comes in unbleached, staple-less sachets.
These are my thoughts and research –which hopefully you found helpful!– but it is important to educate yourself on herbs and spices before using them and to consult your herbal practitioner/naturopathic or homeopathic doctor/other healthcare professional before taking any herbal tea to help manage any illness or health condition.
I will write a sequel to this post if/when the list changes. 🙂
Let me know in the comments what is one (or 5 or 100) of your favorite teas??
* the image of the heart formed from loose leaf tea is an image from Austea, a company I know *nothing* about. I just liked the image 😉