Whether you are looking for some tea to destress, soothe a sore throat or just sip & savor, try one of these wellness teas. Warm up with some chamomile, lemon ginger, or peppermint tea to ease those cold symptoms, try some lavender tea to unwind after a long day… slow down and sip!
The Art of Slowing down and sipping Tea
Second only to water, the most widely consumed beverage in the world is tea. If you are looking for ways to slow down, destress, create a few positive habits and self-care for yourself, try these herbal teas. Make yourself a cup of green tea or chai and read on…
Tea can be a great way to introduce a little moment of zen into your daily routine. A reminder to slow down. Try some classic chamomile or lemon ginger turmeric tea to soothe your body, meditative matcha, or tea with floral notes to promote relaxation and wellness.
Most teas like green, white, oolong, yellow, and black teas are all the same plant are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant and have caffeine. Herbal teas are a great choice if you are looking for something caffeine-free. These usually have other ingredients that have a host of benefits. Herbal infusions made without any true tea leaves are called tisanes.
I drink this 10 ingredient herbal tea almost every day now. Sometimes at night, I like to drink some chamomile or lavender tea. Studies suggest that some botanical ingredients in tea may be helpful in relaxing the mind into a more restful state.
Here is a rounded of six wellness teas that will help soothe your body and your soul this season. A few of my favorite Teas for reducing anxiety include matcha, green tea, mint tea, chamomile tea, lavender tea, rose tea, and jasmine tea. Ginger tea I
1. Meditative Matcha & Green Teas
The first time I saw a Japanese tea ceremony in a Japanese Zen Temple, it reminded me of a well-choreographed dance. The graceful movements as you fold the napkin, intentionally extracting tea from a tiny bowl into a teacup with tiny taps, the delicate movement of scooping up boiling hot water and stirring it with a bamboo whisk… it is meditative!
Have you ever wondered what the difference between teas are?
Green Tea Vs Matcha
Tea leaves are picked and are allowed to oxidize (ferment), which is what causes leaves to blacken and changes the type of antioxidants found in the tea. While black and oolong tea are fully and partially oxidized, green tea is picked and then steamed and dried before oxidation occurs. Matcha is finely pulverized and sold as a powder, the entire leaf is consumed when you drink matcha tea.
Most teas made from the camellia sinensis plant contain some amount of L-theanine, a unique amino acid that promotes relaxation and stress relief. Matcha in particular has even higher levels of L-theanine and chlorophyll content than other teas. The result of the shaded growth period the tea undergoes before harvest.
The combination of caffeine and L-theanine produces a calm, meditative state and which makes matcha tea and green tea great for reducing stress.
2. Minty Peppermint Teas
Mint teas are full of relaxing effects, helping to soothe the body and calm the mind. Peppermint Teas are refreshing and a perfect option for a soothing, uplifting morning cup. Morroccan Mint is another perennial favorite. We had copious amounts of this sweet tea during our visit to
Sipping peppermint tea helps soothe a sore throat. Peppermint (which has menthol), is responsible for the cooling sensation you associate with mint. Both peppermint and menthol have antibacterial properties that help cure your sore throat if you have a bacterial infection, like strep.
Peppermint tea soothes your belly and alleviates any digestive discomfort. Mentha x piperita, more commonly known as peppermint, which you will find in candy canes, breath mints, and toothpastes, is what is found in peppermint tea as well. The minty tea is aromatic and refreshing.
3. Relaxing Lavender Teas that Relieve Stress
Lavender is has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation. You can brew a cup of homemade Lavender Tea with some culinary lavender or buy some loose leaf Lavender blends.
Brewed as a tea or massaged into the skin, lavender is a common home remedy for headaches, respiratory illness, muscle aches and digestive distress. If you’re looking to de-stress, look no further than the Lavender tea. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is also known to lower anxiety levels in women.
Lavender tea is a calming beverage that will help you wind down and relax. It is a sleep-inducing, stress relieving and an all-around relaxing drink. I like this Lemon Lavender Tea, which has lavender, chamomile, apple and lemon balm leaves.
4. Chamomile Teas
Chamomile is well-known for its relaxing properties and soothes a sore throat. Try this high-quality Chamomile tea made from Egyptian Chamomiles for a fragrant and floral cup that’s perfect for soothing the body and mind. For an extra treat, enjoy it with a dollop of honey! It is light, buttery, and never bitter.
Does chamomile tea help with anxiety?
Chamomile tea is a good way to help soothe symptoms of stress. Chamomile has been shown to have a positive effect on feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem. Chamomile tea also treats sleep problems, headaches, anxiety, and bloating.
5. Fragrant Floral Teas
Many floral teas are made with white tea. The least processed and rarest of all teas, white tea has the highest concentrations of polyphenols. Early spring when the buds and leaves are still closed and covered by fine silvery-white downy hairs, the leaves are delicately hand-plucked to make white tea. This Ginger Pear White Tea with a hint of pear and spicy ginger is one of my favorite calming teas
Benefits of White Tea
The highest in antioxidants, white tea is beneficial for stress, weight loss, and detoxification. It is also low in caffeine.
Jasmine scented green tea is one of the classic teas you might have enjoyed after some Chinese food. Enjoyed without milk or sugar, it is super-charged with antioxidants. Jasmine Green tea boosts energy but doesn’t create jitters. The scented Jasmine Tea calms the stomach as well as the soul.
To make this fragrant tea, trays of jasmine flowers are alternated with trays of tea leaves so the tea may absorb the scent of the jasmine petals as they open. This scenting ritual is repeated several times with fresh flowers to produce some of the most aromatic and flavorful teas in the world.
Used for centuries in everything from rose water to essential oils, rose petals have a potent relaxing effect. A blend of green or black tea with organic rose petals makes for an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character. You can blend green to black tea with dried organic rose petals to make your own Rose Tea.
This tea featuring cocoa as part of its blend may have additional health benefits beyond those offered by the tea itself. It has a sweet and sophisticated floral aroma and is calming.
Hibiscus Tea is another herbal tea with floral notes that is best for high blood pressure and respiratory diseases.
5. Yerba Maté
This tea is relatively unknown compared to the other wellness teas on this list. Maté is derived from a South American herb grown primarily in the subtropical rainforests of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. South Americans call it “the drink of the gods,” have sipped the energy-boosting tea for centuries. Its popularity is now spreading around the It has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate.
The leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant are dried over a fire, then steeped in hot water to make this herbal wellness tea. It is usually served in a small earthen pot with a metal straw. Try it along with other food in Argentina.
Maté is considered to be an alternative to coffee, with more caffeine than most teas but without the unwanted jitters and other side effects of coffee. Yerba Mate is said to cure mental or physical fatigue, depression, improve creativity and mental focus.
6. Calming Cinnamon and Apple Tea
Cinnamon and apple tea is another true classic in the world of herbal fruit teas. You can make them at home from cinnamon stick (or cinnamon powder), and with fresh and dried apple pieces. For making the best homemade fruit teas, a fruit drying machine comes in handy. If you don’t have one, you can make this tea from fresh apples too, or dry them in an oven on very low heat.
Blend 1 spoon of dried apple pieces and a few pieces of crushed cinnamon bark and warm it in a small pan. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and calming. Let it steep for a bit and enjoy!
Steep, Sip & Slow down
From sleep to digestion, to stress relief, or to help with cold symptoms, tea has many benefits. Whether you are looking to soothe your sore throat or your soul, reduce stress, these 6 wellness teas will help.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. While these are teas that I have made for myself as home remedies, it is not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.