Tea glorious tea. There is always an occasion to put the kettle on. When the occasion is to chill and have some alone time, why not treat yourself to something really special for mind, body and soul? Here are a few of my favourites which are worth a try and could give you the physical and mental restoration you need.
Camomile. A trusty faithful cup of calming camomile is well known for its stress reducing and sleep inducing properties. Now scientists believe it may help with postnatal depression. A study of 80 new mums suffering with poor sleep quality showed that those given chamomile tea to drink before bed for 2 weeks reported less depression and a reduction in physical symptoms related to sleep inefficiency.
Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) also known as redbush, is a herbal beverage and low in the bitter taste of tannins, which are found in black and green tea. Rooibos is caffeine free making it the ideal choice if you want to give your body a rest from stimulants. It is a perfect alternative to black tea and delicious served with a splash of milk.
China Rose. This delicious combination of black tea and rosebuds is soothing, restorative and packs a healthy punch. Black tea is rich in catechins, which can help to improve blood pressure by stimulating the circulatory system. Scientists have also found that drinking two to three cups of black tea a day reduces early signs of dementia by 50 per cent (compared to not drinking black tea). The rosebuds help to create a delicate, floral aroma and add a mild sweetness to the drink meaning there is no need to add sugar. Organic rosebuds are high in vitamin C which is essential for the immune system.
Vanilla. Usually blended with black tea or rooibus, vanilla adds a sweet, comforting dimension to your brew. Used for centuries as a home remedy for treating anxiety and depression, vanilla is an excellent spice to lift your mood. It contains a natural compound called vanillin, which gives it the distinct sweet toffee aroma and taste. By tracking markers of depression in mice, scientists report that vanillin has similar mood boosting effects to antidepressants.
Chai. Literally meaning ‘tea’ in India, chai contains a wonderfully warming combination of herbs and spices such as star anise, cardamon pods, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black peppercorns. All of the spices in chai have independently shown anti inflammatory properties and may offer some protection against certain cancers.
The perfect accompaniment to a brew is a couple of squares of raw chocolate! Check out these delicious bars which will compliment any of the teas above. My customers often comment how a small piece of Make It Healthy Raw Chocolate is super satisfying.
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