Whenever we start to feel a little off our game, we turn to an herbal tea. Seriously, herbal tea is to a cold what Olivia Pope is to…anything; really, they’re that good. Whether it’s helping us sleep better, a cure for the common cold, or to temper breakouts, tea is a natural miracle worker. Now, you probably know this but a quick primer: herbal tea is made from herbs, berries, and flowers. Unlike black or green tea, it contains no caffeine, and you can drink it at any time of day. Read below for the ten biggest benefits of drinking herbal tea; we promise, you’ll love it as much as we do….
It can cure a headache. Many headaches are caused by tension or stress. To help alleviate these problems try drinking a tea with holy basil, chamomile, or kava root.
It soothes an upset stomach. Everyone’s stomach reacts a little differently. However, the anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger and fennel can help with nausea. A tea with peppermint might help calm your stomach as well.
It gets rid of a stuffy nose and congestion. Peppermint can be a quick and temporary fix for a stuffy nose. It will help thin the mucus in your nasal passages giving you some relief. The spice compound found in ginger tea can also help thin out an mucous that is blocking your nasal passages.
It heals acne and skin irritation. Burdock, dandelion, and milk thistle all improve liver and kidney function which ultimately will help eliminate any acne causing bacteria in your skin. Nettle leaf has astringent properties that can also help clear acne.
It stimulates digestion. Senna Leaf acts as a stimulant to the colon which acts as a laxative. Do not drink senna leaf tea everyday, only when needed. Licorice can help prevent stomach ulcers or heartburn. Both fennel and dandelion can help reduce stomach bloating along with other digestive issues.
It gets rid of coughs. Slippery elm and wild cherry are effective in helping relieve a cough. Licorice tea can also help reduce cough and other bronchial issues. Thyme can also provide cough and bronchial symptom relief.
It helps you sleep better. Chamomile tea helps relieve stress which will allow the mind to relax before bed. Valerian tea causes drowsiness naturally in order to help you fall asleep more quickly. Because of the smell try a valerian tea that is combined with peppermint. The peppermint can also reduce stress which will allow you to fall asleep more quickly.
It can beat a hangover. While there is no exact cure, as everyone’s hangovers are different, ginger tea can be extremely helpful in calming an upset stomach. Stay away from teas with caffeine as often times caffeine can worsen an upset stomach.
It soothes a sore throat. Slippery elm, marshmallow root, and licorice all can help ease a sore throat and provide pain relief.
It gets rid of stress. As mentioned above, chamomile can reduce tension and stress in the body by soothing nerves. When combined with aromatherapy oils such as calming lavender, it can be very effective. Holy basil is also known relieve stress and tension in the body.
Bonus: it keeps you hydrated! This one is pretty obvious, but drinking more tea helps your body stay properly hydrated. Unlike it’s caffeinated counterpart of coffee, herbal tea only encourages hydration; it does not serve as a diuretic.