Top 10 Teas to Boost your Body
Fruity, herbal and bursting with delicious goodness, our supermarkets are awash with an array of flavours and smells. Herbal teas have long been known to have remedial qualities but where do you begin? Girls Afternoon Tea have been doing a little bit of research and based on our busy lifestyles have come up with our Top 10 Teas to Boost your Body for days when you are not feeling your very best.
Sooth away your worries and help your body unwind with a relaxing chamomile tea. Renowned for its calming qualities, it’s perfect for the end of a busy day. Taken prior to bed-time it should help you drift off to a slumbering sleep. It’s also been recognised for its ability to help relieve bloating.
If you’re feeling below par and you’re perhaps suffering from the sniffles, a herbal tea infused with blackberry leaves contains high levels of vitamin c and will help a creaky throat. A great one to boost your immune system.
If your body is not firing on all cylinders and you could do with a little energy boost to tackle the day ahead, a cup of ginger tea will soon put a little va va voom back into your step. If your tummy is bloated and gurgling merrily away the healing properties of ginger will ease your digestive system and its anti-inflammatory properties should help bust the bloating. (Also helps with morning sickness – Ed’s personal note!)
Simply imagining fields of gently blowing, lavender in shades of blues and purples is enough to ease the mind, but if you add it to a cup of tea its soothing elements will aid relaxation, settle a tickly tummy and help lower body temperature. It can also help with a restful sleep. Ah, sweet dreams.
Aside from being a very refreshing drink and a great way to start the day, peppermint tea is also recognised as being a digestive aid, great for helping throbbing headaches and an aid for sinus issues.
Lemon Balm Tea
Feeling a little tetchy? Are you nerves at stretching point? A restorative cup of tea infused with lemon balm should help calm the nerves and relieve anxiety. It can also help to aid your sleep.
A member of the mallow family, if looking at the beautiful petals and colours of the exotic hibiscus plant, wasn’t enough to brighten up your day, when blended with tea its high levels of vitamin C will help boost your immune system, provide antioxidants to help cleanse your body and help lower blood pressure.
The next time you are on your knees, with an old potato peeler in your hand and trying to dig deep to pull out the root of this common pesky garden weed – think again! Did you know that dandelion tea has body boosting benefits? Dandelion tea will help cleanse your liver and assist with digestion. Some food for thought, the next time this little rogue pokes his head through your freshly mown lawn.
We have to admit at Girls Afternoon Tea that we have a little corner in our garden where we let the nettles grow wild. Attractive to butterflies, it can be a hive of colourful activity during the summer months. What we didn’t know, however, was the nettle has several benefits to help boost the body. It is known to help aid arthritis, high blood pressure and anaemia. You learn something new every day.
Rosehip tea contains high levels of vitamin C which will help boost your immune system. It is also known to help with skin regeneration. (Aherm – reaching a certain age, we shall be putting a few sachets of this in our shopping baskets each week!)
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You’ve had a dreadful day in the office, you got soaked in the rain and the kids bedrooms are in the running for a Turner Prize. Whatever the time of day – morning, noon or night – a fresh brew of your favourite breakfast tea, is the best pick me up of them all.
We hope you have enjoyed our fun look at our Top 10 Teas to Boost your Body. We would, of course, always recommend that if you are feeling really poorly to go and see your Doctor.
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Tea Image: Tea Parlour Liverpool