Let us be clear. There’s tea and then there’s tea. Okay let us be a little clearer... There’s the tea nana used to make from the dusty English Breakfast tea bags in the back of the pantry with plenty of milk and spoonfuls of white sugar, and there is organic and naturopath-approved herbal teas that are full of benefits… We’re talking about the latter.
If you thought drinking herbal tea was just about the flavour and minimal calories you might be surprised to learn that there are a tonne of therapeutic properties of drinking tea.
1. It’s hydrating and totally counts as part of your water consumption for the day.
How good is that? Drinking regular H2O can be a bit of a drag, but sipping on your favourite herbal teas should absolutely be included in your daily 2 litre target. The more hydrated you are the more plump and glowing your skin, the clearer your eyes and the more energy you’ll have.
2. It’s full of antioxidants.
Free radicals damage the growth, development and survival of cells in the body and antioxidants are known for protecting your cells from those nasty buggers! A diet rich in antioxidants may reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease and certain cancers, plus reduce the damage to your skin caused by oxidation and inflammation in the body (i.e have you looking young and vibrant).
3. It may help you catch some Zzzz’s
Having trouble getting to sleep at night? Many of us find it hard to wind down as bedtime approaches, but certain herbs found in teas are known to calm your nervous system. And yes, they are absolutely potent enough to do the trick. The first step is to choose a tea that is caffeine free #obvs, as the caffeine will keep you awake. Calming herbs to keep an eye out for are chamomile, lavender, valerian, hops, passionflower, lemon balm and spearmint.
4. It may improve digestion and belly bloat
Tea is a wonderful way to improve your digestion and reduce belly bloat because it’s gentle and doesn’t require the consumption of anything that’s going to add to said bloat. In fact it’s been used a digestif post meals for centuries. Herbs to keep an eye out for are ginger, peppermint, licorice, fennel and dandelion tea.
5. It can help you manage your weight
We are not advocates for focusing on calories, but tea contains barely any of them! So if you are watching your weight you can drink tea freely (as long as you skip the milk and sugar) without worrying about your calorie consumption. And we reckon not worrying about calories is the key to weight loss! Plus green tea boosts your metabolism and yerba mate is known for curbing your appetite (both are found in our Morning Boost).
6. It tricks you into thinking you just ate dessert
Many herbs found in your favourite herbal teas are naturally sweet, in some cases sweeter than sugar, but without the damaging effects (and calories). Herbs like licorice, fennel, chamomile and hibiscus plus spices like cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom are good ingredients to look out for.
7. It can calm you the F down.
We spoke about herbal tea being a great remedy for a restful sleep, but it’s also beneficial in times of stress. Aside from the therapeutic benefits from the herbs themselves, the sheer ritual of tea drinking can be enough to calm you down. We suggest making a pot of tea, sitting down with your favourite tea cup, slowly sipping on one of our caffeine-free teas and just taking a moment for yourself.
8. It brings out the Benjamin Button in you!
And by this we mean it keeps you young, yo! We spoke about the antioxidants in number 2, but certain herbal teas also help boost circulation and flush out toxins, all of which are great for your skin and metabolism. Our Morning Boost and Skin Boost are great helpers when it comes to fighting that whole getting old thing!
9. It will make you holier than thou
I mean come on, who doesn’t feel like a better person when they’re sipping on herbal tea. It’s nothing to feel bad about, in fact you should feel amazing! Not only are you sipping on a cup of deliciousness you’re also doing wonders for your health. Win, win.