Winter can often leave us feeling sluggish. Hibernating indoors, heavy foods and the cold weather can result in a tired body. Now that we’re well and truly into spring its time to start feeling refreshed and active!
One great way to kick start your metabolism and wake up your body is with herbal teas. Drinking herbal tea regularly keeps your body hydrated and can even be a great source of vitamins and minerals! Tea also has a positive social element as it’s something you can share with your friends and family.
So how do you choose a tea that’s right for you? Firstly it’s important to choose a herbal tea made from high-quality ingredients. Avoid those that have added sugars and flavours. Here are a few of our favourites for spring!
Digestive health – Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is an infusion made from peppermint leaves. It’s a perfect boost for your digestive system and can help with bloating, cramping and stomach discomfort. Peppermint stimulates bile flow to increase the rate and efficiency of digestion. As the weather starts heating up, this tea is also great to cool you down! Menthol, the main component in peppermint, has cooling effects on the body so it can also help reduce sweating and fever.
All round – Rooibos tea
Rooibos tea is a perfect all-round tea. It’s completely free from caffeine and has anti-inflammatory qualities. The alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc content of the tea are also very good for our skin! Prep your skin for summer by applying the tea directly to the skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburn or related skin conditions.
Mind – Lemon balm tea
A plant with a distinctive lemony scent, lemon balm tea is a great spring beverage for your mind! This tea has properties that can help your memory and problem solving skills. It also features calming and relaxing properties, which can help ease stress, making lemon balm tea a great drink before bedtime for a restful sleep.
Anti-inflammatory and healing – Ginger tea
Ginger is known to be one of the healthiest spices in the world! Originally from Asia, ginger has been used for its healing ability for thousands of years. Ginger contains significant amounts of the compound 6-gingerol. This compound has unique anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. Ginger tea will detox your digestive system and it can also help relieve gas, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. Make your own ginger tea by simmering the root in hot water for 10 minutes. Add lemon for extra flavour!