A visit to the tea aisle in your local grocery provides a mind-boggling array of teas, each claiming to boost this, brighten that and change your life for the better. It is difficult to know which one to try next!
This handy guide will help you during your next grocery trip and will show you which teas to try to relieve aching muscles, tired bodies and give a much-needed boost to the immune system.
It is easy to see why more and more people are adding herbal teas into their daily routine.
Which Herbal Teas Are Right For You?
Read on to learn about five top herbal teas that can reduce stress, energize you, and deliver incredible health benefits.
Known for its purple flowers and fragrant scent, the lavender plant also gives us a soothing aromatic tea. It’s a potent source of antioxidants, which makes this tea so effective in relieving inflammation of muscles and tissues.
It’s also rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin A which help soothe headaches, relieve stress and help with insomnia.
You will likely find ready-to-drink lavender tea packs in your go-to grocery store. If you opt for the do-it-yourself route, you’ll need lavender buds. Take four teaspoons of buds and place in a cup of boiling water. You’ll have a relaxing cup of lavender tea in about 10 minutes’ time.
If you want to relax some of your worn-out or aching muscles, then common sage is the herb for you.
Sage is aptly named because its root word is “to be saved” in Latin. It belongs to a group called antispasmodic herbs. These herbs allow muscles to relax and be free of tension.
It has a long history of medicinal applications, from being used as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic to treating insect bites, sore throats, and even certain mental conditions.
You can make sage tea from commercially available tea bag variants. You can also steep fresh or dried sage for five to seven minutes in a cup of boiling water.
Do you experience arthritic pain or inflammation? Matcha green tea to the rescue! This is made by green tea leaves, which contain EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallate) which help with pain relief.
Compared to the regular green tea fare, matcha green tea is the holy grail. It’s loaded with 137 times the amount of antioxidants, which makes it great for the prevention of a wide range of diseases. What’s more, these antioxidants are key to helping rid your muscles of inflammation.
The best part is that matcha is easy to make. If you already have matcha powder on hand, just take half a teaspoon and dissolve it in a cup of hot water. You can also have it iced, or mixed with any type of milk to make a matcha latte. It’s also used widely as an add-on flavor or color enhancer in a variety of recipes.
(Make sure you consume high-quality matcha, as this contains the maximum health benefits and does not taste bitter.)
Peppermint tea is great for relieving the tension in your muscles, thanks to the menthol and camphor in the leaves. It soothes abdominal muscles and is also effective in easing menstrual cramps in women.
This tea also helps in opening up constricted blood vessels to the brain, which are one of the main causes of headaches.
All these make it one of the most popular herbal teas to relax aches and pains. The tea also works as a sedative to facilitate a good night’s sleep.
Prepare this tea with fresh or dry peppermint leaves. Once you’ve got some water boiling, add in the peppermint and allow it to steep for five minutes. Strain the tea into your cup, with optional honey for a sweeter mix.
Cardamom, first grown in India, is a deliciously aromatic spice known for its detoxifying properties.
This herbal tea is known to help fight harmful bacteria in your body to keep your gut healthy. Adding a pinch of cardamom to your coffee works to neutralize the overstimulating effects of caffeine to help keep your nerves healthy.
I suggest adding a pinch of cardamom powder to coffee, black tea or hot chocolate for a delicious and healthy drink.
If you’d like a hassle-free and natural way to improve your health, alleviate some of your ailments, and reduce stress, drinking herbal teas is a good start.
Lavender and peppermint are great for soothing and relaxation, sage provides a number of health benefits, matcha green tea boosts energy and comes with a ton of antioxidants, and cardamom tea can treat a number of illnesses.
You can even combine some of these herbal and medicinal teas for a flavorful and healthy mix.
About the Author
Erin Young is a health writer and a tea expert. She owns two tea brands; Evergreen Matcha in the USA and Zen Green Tea Matcha in Australia. She partners with sustainable tea farms in Kyoto, Japan to source her premium matcha green tea powder. Click here for a free Matcha Recipe book with over 30 healthy recipes delivered straight to your inbox.