Walking down the tea aisle of a health food store can be daunting. Yes, there is a lot of potential lurking on those healthy shelves, but there's also a lot of b.s. that probably won't deliver the benefits you're looking for. That's why we looked into the exact benefits of some common tea ingredients; to help decode the mysteries surrounding herbal teas, so you can work out what you really should be sipping on — and what to skip entirely. Whether you're tired, stressed, bloated, or just can't get a good night's sleep, there's probably a tea for that. Keep scrolling.
AKA Urtica Dioica
This herbal multi-tanker is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, silicon, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and chromium. It’s used in natural beauty circles as a hair and scalp tonic and to help skin conditions like eczema. It’s also used to support reproductive health in both men and women, and herbalists love nettle tea as a tonic to help alleviate liver problems, allergies, and hay fever, and even to support the adrenals and ward off burnout and fatigue.
AKA Melissa Officinalis
Less like lemon and more like mint, this herbal tea ingredient will help you chill out. It relaxes the nervous system, aids digestion, and can even help with headaches and fevers.
Gentle and floral in scent and flavor, rose tea is commonly used in sleep blends to help your body and mind to relax. It can help with other bed-friendly activities and is known among naturopaths as a natural aphrodisiac. Insert loveheart eyes emoji.
AKA: Taraxacum officinale
You don’t need to spend much time on Instagram to come across dozens of teas that promise to help you lose weight. Mostly, these are diuretics that can actually be pretty dangerous when consumed in large quantities. However, sipping on a little dandelion root tea can help to relieve boating and may aid healthy digestion.
AKA Rubus Idaeus
A hormonal health tonic, red raspberry leaf tea is used to help women support their reproductive organs. Herbalists love it for cramps, PMS, and even recommend it to women struggling with fertility issues. This tea is full of iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins B, C, and E.
AKA Avena Sativa
When you’re feeling wired and stressed, drinking oat tea is a great way to practice self care and support your nervous system. It’s also high in vitamins an minerals so is believed to promote strong bones, hair, nails, and teeth. When consumed over a longer period of time, people say it helps with stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
AKA Matricaria Recutita
Feeling highly strung right about now? Chamomile tea can help deliver the dose of calm you need in your life. It’s used to promote sleep and can help with bloating and digestion issues. You will need to let the leaves steep for about 10 minutes to really enjoy the full benefits.
AKA Mentha x piperita
Peppermint is a crowd-pleaser because of it’s powerful, minty flavor, so you’ll find it in many different types of tea blends. Consider using it for bloating and digestive issues, and even to support the body as you recover from coughs, colds, and sinus issues. We like to drink it as a kick-start in the morning as just a whiff of peppermint is energizing.
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