We’re deep into winter, and you may either feel like you’re going stir crazy and can’t wait until those first warm days of spring, or perhaps you’re reveling in the idea of turning inward and “hibernating.” Either way, this is the perfect time of year to soothe your spirits with a hot cup of tea.
Not only can tea help warm you from the inside out, it can also calm stress, improve your mood, and curb your need for a snack or sugar. There are also many long-term health benefits of drinking tea. Based on numerous studies, thanks to substances called polyphenols green and black tea have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This translates into a reduction in the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver disease. Bone health seems to improve with greater tea consumption as well.
As for herbal teas, many have been used for thousands of years to treat illnesses and ailments. Chamomile is good for settling the stomach and the nerves, and can help treat menstrual cramps. Echinacea has been used to boost immunity and to help ward off colds. Peppermint can improve digestion and help calm headaches. Dandelion is good for liver health and detoxification. This is just a sampling of teas and their benefits—there are so many other varieties you might like to explore as well.
So brew up a cup, relax, and sip slowly. The warm breezes and flowers of spring will be here before you know it.