5 Teas to Boost Wellness
Feature: Long Read
Words by Emilie Dock
It's a widely held belief that a cup of tea can solve anything. It eases you into the day, provides comfort in times of uncertainty and gives reason to catch up with friends and family. In its great varieties and tastes, it can even offer a dazzling number of health benefits. Sipping your way to radiance, restful sleep and focus? Now there’s a wellness trend we can all get on board with.
If you’ve overindulged...
For those who haven’t sought the balm of mint tea after a decadent meal, this could be a game-changer. Any kind will do, from peppermint to spearmint; simply submerge a few fresh leaves or your choice of tea into just-shy-of-boiling water and sip your way to better digestion (and fresher breath). — Tasting notes: refreshing, natural, cleansing; there’s a reason restaurants offer you an after-dinner mint.
If you’re feeling under the weather…
When you feel a cold coming on, take comfort in a fiery cup of ginger tea. Packed with antioxidants, it’ll help your body fight an oncoming infection, and it’s warm, spicy properties will help clear congestion, while upping your daily dose of vitamin C. We like it mixed with zingy lemongrass. — Tasting notes: fresh citrus and a hint of spiciness, followed by a warm, peppery finish.
If you’re in need of a beauty boost…
There are myriad antioxidant-rich teas to choose from, all with skincare benefits, but rosehip is especially good. It’s packed with vitamin C, which supports collagen production and skin cell renewal, and potent antioxidants that tackle fine lines and wrinkles. Add hibiscus and berries for a particularly delicious cup. — Tasting notes: sweet berry and floral notes, with a tart finish.
If you’re feeling stressed…
For an instant dose of calm, reach for camomile. Often recommended as a natural remedy for mild anxiety and insomnia, camomile is rich in apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your brain that are thought to promote sleep and relaxation, making everyday twists and turns a little easier to tackle. — Tasting notes: honey-like sweetness, with notes of apple – a warm hug in a cup.
If you need a burst of energy…
Averaging five cups of coffee a day? Next time the 3pm slump hits, try drinking green tea. A standard cup contains roughly a third of the caffeine found in coffee, but thanks to an amino acid known as L-theanine, the body processes the caffeine more effectively, making you feel alert for longer. And that’s without the ‘jittery’ side effects. — Tasting notes: delicately sweet, fragrant and vegetal.
If you've got a sweet tooth...
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