Friday, August 8, 2014

7 Teas to Love {7 Quick Takes}

I am a coffee drinker. I love coffee. I start every morning with a fresh cup of hot coffee with just a smidgen of half and half. It is my favorite thing to drink. But I can only drink it in the morning. For some reason unknown to me, if I have a cup of coffee in the afternoon it makes me feel unwell. My stomach hurts, and my head starts to spin a little. It is crazy, I know, but it is true. 

Part of the reason that I love coffee is because I enjoy a mug of something hot to drink. So I had to find an alternative to coffee in the afternoons, and I knew hot chocolate was not the answer. I have tried to drink it, but after only three sips, I have reached my sweet limit. 

Enter onto the scene tea. It allows me to have a mug of hot liquid in my hand, with the negative side effects of an afternoon coffee splurge.

And believe me when I tell you that an herbal tea can be good for you! I am not a healthcare professional, but you can quickly research the different herbal teas and the benefits associated with them online. Here is a list of seven of my favorite teas and why I love them.

7 Teas That I Love 1.Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea, Peppermint, 20-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)  

Peppermint can sooth an upset stomach, relieve heartburn, and fight bad breath. I love to drink this tea strong and hot and without any sweetener. I brew it a little weak, sweeten with a little honey, and pour it over ice for the boys. They love it, and it helps keep their breath nice and fresh. 

2.Lifestyle Awareness Dandy Liver Detox Herbal Tea 20 Tea Bags  

Dandelion root helps reduce bloating, calm inflammation, and helps to keep thing moving, if you know what I mean. I have tried many dandelion root teas through the years, and I think this one is the yummiest. The bonus is that it also has peppermint and ginger that also help aid digestion. This tea is organic and certified fair trade so you can feel good about buying it (if you are into that sort of thing). I prefer to drink this tea steaming hot and without anything added to it.

3.Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, Relaxing Blend of Chamomile & Mint, Caffeine Free, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)  

Chamomile helps to relax nervousness and aids sleep. This tea also has peppermint. I enjoy a cup of this tea almost every night, especially during the cooler months. I drink it strong and unsweetened. 

4.Bigelow Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)  

Earl Grey is a tea blend that I have loved longest. I used to drink it regular, but these days I enjoy it decaffeinated. It is a blend of black tea and oil of bergamot. Bergamot helps calm anxiety and lift depression. I am a fan of oil of bergamot and use it on my face. The citrus smell  is a mood lifter. I drink my Earl Grey tea like Captain Jean-Luc Picard. If you know what I am talking about you are super cool in my book!

5.Twinings African Rooibos Red Tea, 20-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)  

Rooibos tea is popular in South Africa. It has been said to have cancer fighting properties and combat hypertension. I just recently discovered this tea, and I really like it. This tea is the one tea that I dress up. I pour a little bit of almond milk, add a smidgen of Truvia and a sprinkle of cinnamon in it. Yum!

6.Yogi Woman's Raspberry Leaf Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

Red raspberry leaf tea is used a uterine tonic and also helps to reduce inflammation. I think this tea tastes fine by itself, but I know that some women like to sweeten it with honey. Sometimes I drink it over ice during the summer months. I drink this tea during the second half of my cycle.

7.Yogi Woman's Energy Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

The power herb in this tea is dong quai root extract. Dong quai is a common herb to treat menstrual problems. It helps to relieve cramps, irregular cycles, and PMS symptoms. To be honest, this tea took me some time to get used to drinking. It has a strong smell and flavor. It is a blend of spices and herbs, including cinnamon bark, orange peel, anise and fennel seed, and black pepper. It also has dandelion root and chamomile which help reduce bloating and aid relaxation. I drink a cup or two of this tea about two days before my period, and I drink it only during my menstrual cycle. It is not to be drunk later in the cycle because dong quai can stimulate uterine cramping and raise the risk of miscarriage. 

Are you a tea drinker? What are some of your favorite teas?

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  1. Great post Erica! I am going to bookmark this one to reference back to, so much great info since I am always thinking I should take up a tea drinking routine. I, too, like coffee only in the morning but love a hot drink in the afternoon especially in winter. Happy Friday to you and your family!

    1. Thanks Christina! Let me know if you try any of the teas. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I love the raspberry tea. I drink it and it helps immensely with menstrual cramps. There is something wonderful about drinking a hot drink from a mug! :)

  3. I'm a big tea drinker. I generally prefer single herbal teas over the blends (just because I'm frequently breastfeeding and you have to be careful with certain herbs).

    My favorites are chai tea, roobius tea, chamomile tea, lemon balm and peppermint The peppermint I just brew myself from the peppermint we have growing in our yard. It does improve your breath.

    1. Mmmmm, I have to try lemon balm tea!


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