Natural Healing: 6 Herbal Teas with Major Beauty + Wellness Benefits
AN ANCIENT PRACTICE FOR NATURAL HEALING
Herbal teas and herbal infusions have been consumed for centuries from Egypt to China, and for good reason: Herbal teas have been used not only for their tastes but for their medicinal and healing properties. Herbs and spices have been used as remedies to reduce inflammation, motion sickness and nausea. Their antioxidant benefits help combat the free-radicals that contribute to premature aging. With so many benefits, why not consider adding a tea-time to your daily rituals. Have a cup first thing in the morning or just before breakfast. Exchange coffee for some fragrant rose green tea and relax all of your senses.
Here are our top tea picks for cleansing, healing, and soothing the mind, body, and spirit.
CLEANSING // DIGESTION + ELIMINATION:
- YOGI TEA | GINGER TEA (16 CT / $3.99)
A great go-to ginger tea for upset stomach, motion sickness and digestive issues. Ginger tea is extremely popular throughout Asia for its revitalizing effects and is best enjoyed daily, first thing in the morning or an hour before meals to aid in food absorption and digestion. This is a tea with a very mild taste but with a bit of spice. *Add lemon, mint, or brown sugar to enhance the ginger flavor. For an extra detoxifying effect, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- TRADER JOE'S | ORGANIC GINGER TURMERIC HERBAL TEA (20 CT / $2.49)
A solid favorite! Ginger tea with the added punch of turmeric gives this tea some depth of flavor and added healing benefits. This tea is also made with orange peel which adds brightness and zest. The longer you steep it, the more complex the flavor notes. Because of this you can choose how strong you'd like the flavor to be. It is aromatic and extra cleansing for the body's systems. Turmeric has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and is great for nausea and bloating. This tea is a good choice to soothe upset stomach and symptoms of IBS. *Try it with a bit of honey to add some sweetness and to balance out turmeric's distinctive pungent, bitter taste.
HEALING // IMMUNE + RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS:
- DAVIDSON'S ORGANICS | ORGANIC TULSI PURE LEAF TEA (8 CT / $2.95)
This Tulsi tea blends three varieties of pure, organic Tulsi leaves (Krishna, Rama and Vana). Tulsi is an Ayurvedic holy basil which is said to be a balm for the body, mind and soul. It promotes overall longevity and enhances wellbeing. Its mellow minty and slightly earthy taste makes it perfect for daily use. Tulsi is said to be balancing and it packs a punch with rich antioxidant an adaptogenic properties that reduce stress and protect our cells from damage. *Add fragrant lavender for a calm, gentle relaxing, yet uplifting brew. Add almond milk if taking this tea with food.
- TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS | ORGANIC LEMON ECHINACEA TEA (32 CT / $14.87)
Sweet with hints of licorice. Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat is a cold and flu season staple and perfect to sooth a sore throat. The consistency is slightly syrupy and goes down the throat in a comforting way, giving a nice, warm, coated feeling to the throat. This tea brings a sense of grounded-ness and calmness to the nervous system. This tea is a long time beauty ritual favorite of Alicia Keys. She fuels up for the day with an egg-white omelette and Throat Coat tea and it is definitely a dressing room must-have for her when she is on the road performing. It's a favorite of ours too, Alicia.
*try sweetened with honey
BEAU-TEA // SKIN HEALTH, STRESS + WELLNESS:
- YOGI TEA | SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SKIN DETOX (16 CT / $3.82)
This is a fragrant floral green tea made with rose and hibiscus petals. This tea is a great swap for coffee- it has 12mg of caffeine compared to 90 mg for an 8oz. cup o' joe and is a better choice for promoting healthy lifestyle habits. You can steep two tea bags for a stronger cup. This blend of green tea is also made with roots and herbs such as burdock, yellow dock, and red clover to support internal cleansing of the body and beauty from the inside out.
- KUSMI TEA | ROSE GREEN TEA (20 CT / $15.90)
This is self-care in a cup and its intoxicating rose fragrance is ultra luxurious and smells like a rose garden. This tea contains caffeine and is perfect as an afternoon pick me or for a stressful morning. The aroma itself is therapeutic so the vitamin C and antioxidant content is just an added bonus; it also supports the body’s immune system while promoting essential collagen production for healthy skin and hair. It is made from Chinese green tea and rose petals, nothing else! Sip this and be inspired. The flavor is potent and best taken straight without any sweeteners. After steeping, remove the tea bag to prevent a bitter taste. It is also great as an iced tea.
What are some of your favorite teas? Share them with us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
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