Once upon a time I hated tea. I was utterly perplexed as to how my parents drank 5+ cups a day of hot beige liquid. But, in typical English fashion I drunk the stuff anyway, mainly because I needed the warmth to counteract the cold British weather.
I never really enjoyed a cuppa until I discovered herbal tea *gulps camomile, lavender & limeflower infusion*. Where have these warming, flavoursome, healthy refreshments been all my life???
I love herbal teas so much I request them for my Birthday, Christmas and Easter. Seriously just give me a selection of teas and some raw snacks and I’ll be happy as Larry (whoever Larry is).
When it comes to selecting the very best herbal/fruit infusions, it comes down to 3 main criteria:
- The taste. Obviously they have to taste good; no one wants to sip a cup of hot pond water-esque tea.
- The benefits. I am a sucker for anything that aids digestion and complexion. Flat stomach? Boosted metabolism? Glowing skin?…yes please!
- The price. I am sorry but anything more than £5 for 20 tiny tea bags is ridiculous, I am not Bill Gates.
The contenders drum roll please
I love acai so much: acai smoothie bowls, acai raw snack bars, acai raw chocolate and acai tea, etc. I picked up this particular brand in Tkmaxx and I wish I had picked up more, because even my mum (who rolls her eyes anytime I buy/eat/talk about anything ‘healthy’) likes it. It has a very mild taste and is wonderfully refreshing.
As for the benefits, acai berries are loaded with antioxidants to fight ageing, they reduce physical and mental fatigue, enhance nutrient absorption which encourages better digestion and therefore supports weight loss and contain ×10 more healthy heart supporting anthocyanins (blue/violet/red flavonoid) than red wine.
Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things; sometimes you just want a cup of pure, plain old camomile tea. I have a calming camomile brew pretty much every evening to help me unwind and relax.
Not only is camomile great for aiding sleep, it also has anti inflammatory properties that can soothe IBS symptoms and a recent study found that a cup a day can reduce the risk of early death in women by 29%.
Honourable mentions: Pukka Relax, Pukka Love, Waitrose Camomile, Lavender, Limeflower with Lemon & Orange peel
I bought this on a whim as it was only £1 and I have recently got into mint teas. Plus it including nettle which is another tea I drink daily, usually after lunch or dinner. Long story short, I’m glad I did. It’s subtly minty and wonderfully refreshing; especially as a mid afternoon pick me up.
Peppermint is obviously a great breath freshener, but it is also beneficial for digestion, nausea, alleviating stress and reducing appetite. Nettle is super for kidney health as it is a powerful diuretic, although as someone who pees 1000 times a day this may not be such a good thing.
Yogi offer quite a few chocolate teas for those of you who are loco for coco, but in my opinion this one is the best tasting. It’s essentially a lighter version of an indulgent hot chocolate. Sadly, barley malt is listed in the ingredients so I tend not to have it any more but if you’re not on a gluten free diet, by all means enjoy.
Cocoa contains flavanols which are beneficial phytonutrients (plant based nutrients) that assist in lowering blood pressure and support healthy blood flow. Cocoa also harbours more antioxidants than green tea, supports both brain and heart health, enhances mood and has shown positive effects on inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells.
Honourable mentions: Pukka Liquorice & Cinnamon with Dark Cocoa
I start my morning with either a hot lemon or a cleansing herbal tea, or both if I have been drinking the night before. I love this tea because it contains many of the ingredients I look out for: antioxidant green and matcha tea, cleansing lemon, dandelion root and nettle and bloat busting fennel seed and turmeric.
Furthermore, it tastes good. I personally don’t like pure green or matcha tea as I find it too ‘green’ tasting and it leaves an unpleasant after taste. No such thing happens with tea, quite the opposite. Tastes good, does good.
Rooibos is a highly popular tea in Japan due to its beauty enhancing properties. Rich on alpha hydroxy acid and zinc, rooibos may help with skin conditions like acne, pigmentation and general lack lustre skin.
The presence of Aspalathin has a hypoglycaemic effect (lowers blood sugar levels) on the body meaning it’s beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoid chrysoeriol has been linked to improving poor blood circulation (something I suffer with).
Shout out to my sister for introducing me to the Whittards store in Winchester where I can pretend I’m going to buy £10+ teas and coffees, not just taste all the samples. 😏
I love fruit, especially berries but often I find fruit teas too sweet. However, Whittards have managed to make a concoction that includes: apple, blackberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, acai and goji that not only tastes great but is also packed full of antioxidants. It is on the pricey side at £5 a box, so it a ‘special occasion’ tea or a one you go halves on, like I did with my sister.
The flavour of this tea can only be described as ‘Christmas in a cup’. It’s definitely more of a winter tea, when it’s freezing outside I find this infusion very comforting and warming. Plus, it gets me excited for Christmas.
Liquorice root is traditionally used to aid digestion by easing an upset stomach, alleviating constipation and acid reflux. It is also used to relieve cold and flu symptoms like sore throat.
Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels, ginger aids digestions and clove buds, nutmeg and orange peel add to the uplifting festive flavour.
Warning: liquorice is not suggested for those suffering from hypertension (as it can raise blood pressure) or those who are pregnant.
I first purchased this when it was on offer in Holland & Barrett seduced by the promise of clearer skin. Whilst I can’t say my skin looked much different, I did enjoy it’s herbal offerings which include some of my favourite ingredients: nettle, camomile and lemon, along with red clover, dandelion root and burdock root.
Red clover is often used to ease symptoms of menopause, dandelion root assists the liver in the eliminations of toxins and burdock root has a long history of being used to purify blood and treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Honourable mentions: Pukka Cleanse
Technically not a tea but I couldn’t choose just one flavour when they all taste equally delicious!
🌈Highlights include: Lemongrass, Peppermint Tropical punch, Honeybush Acai Berry Punch, Pomegranate Blackcurrant Medley, White Tea Blueberry and Elderflower, Chocolate Super Berry Burst, Apple Rosehip Raspberry Ripple, Rooibos Sleigh Ride Christmas Tea…ok I’m going to stop before I list the whole shop.
Tell me what teas you like, I’m always open to trying new brands and flavours.
Have a tearrific day x
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