By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!
I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve been (pardon the pun) hot and cold with tea over time. Sometimes I drink it socially with a friend or my parents, and other times I just like to enjoy a warm cup of something during the cooler months. Last year I did a post on my discovery of what was in tea, and also what to look for when purchasing one. We proudly suggested the Traditional Medicinals brand, and are excited they are once again partnering with us in today’s sponsored post.
So whether you are a social tea drinker, or a warm-me-up/soothe-me tea lover, it’s worth noting there are also medicinal reasons people turn to tea …especially with all the good benefits that can be found from the herbs inside. I do want to reiterate the following of what I look for in a tea:
When Shopping for “Real” Tea (a recap)…
- Look for USDA Organic Certified (or at least Non-GMO Project verified)
- Avoid questionable additives like Natural Flavors and Artificial Flavors
- If looking for teas with a specific health benefit, look for pharmacopoeial-grade herbs (usually on the side panel/supplement facts)
Tea for Medicinal Purposes
- Stress Ease Cinnamon Tea
One of my favorite weekly (okay, okay – sometimes daily, depending on the time) teas is Traditional Medicinals Stress Ease Cinnamon tea. In all honesty, I don’t go for this just when I feel stressed. It just has this warm cinnamon-y taste that is, well, simple and enjoyable. With that being said, the herbs within are skullcap (part of the mint family, and one that is said to relieve stress*), cinnamon and licorice – though I personally don’t taste the licorice. The folks at Traditional Medicinals refer to this as their “herbal happy hour” tea – and I’m always up for that!
- Ginger Aid Tea
Another one of my favorites, which I’m totally comfortable with admitting to having daily, is Ginger Aid. There are so many benefits that have been noted about ginger, one of them being association with nausea prevention. While Ginger Aid can also assist in getting the digestive juices flowing (both before and after eating) and relieve occasional indigestion*, I personally favor the flavor and enjoy a good cup of this tea either before or after eating.
Advice from an Herbal Expert
In our last tea post, a few readers commented with questions asking which teas to look for for various reasons. One of the many reasons that I feel comfortable with Traditional Medicinals is because of their team of herbal experts (herb nerds, as they call themselves) to help us with these things. I actually met one of them in 2014, herbalist Zoë Gardner, and can attest to the fact that boy, did she know her stuff! Anyhow, we thought it would be fun to ask for her input on our reader’s questions:
1. What tea would you suggest for a family who loves decaffeinated iced sweet tea?
Our organic Hibiscus Tea is one that can be iced and will be enjoyed by the whole family. The tea contains hibiscus, blackberry leaves, and lemongrass. Hibiscus is enjoyed as a drink in many countries around the world. As a bonus, the tea gently supports cardiovascular health.* For making iced tea, we always recommend that the tea be brewed with boiling water, then iced and enjoyed within 24 hours.
2. What do you recommend for a good go-to green tea?
My personal favorite is our Green Tea Peppermint. I love this tea after lunch as the peppermint helps to support digestion (especially the after meal belly rumbles that can be embarrassing in the office), and the green tea provides a small dose of caffeine to help get me going after the midday meal.* It’s similar to the green tea and mint blends that are traditionally served in Morocco.
3. What are the benefits of peppermint?
Peppermint is an herb that is easy to love. The minty taste is quite popular, and peppermint is wonderful for supporting digestion. The essential oil in peppermint helps to relax the muscles along the digestive tract, easing belly aches and especially the discomfort that can come from gas.* Our favorite peppermint is sourced from the Pacific Northwest. The growers there know just when to water it and when to withhold the water to get a very high essential oil content. You can smell the benefits of their expertise in a cup of our Peppermint tea.
4. What is nettle tea, and what is it used for?
Nettle tea is made from a plant called Stinging Nettle. Anyone who has ever brushed up against a nettle plant is sure to remember the feeling. Fresh nettle creates a sting if people brush up against the plant, which subsides within a few minutes to a few hours, but drying or cooking the nettle removes the sting completely. Nettle makes a rich green tea that can be used to support joint health and also as a general tonic.* Many herbalists love to use nettle as a tonic to support the whole body. Herbalist David Hoffmann loves to say, “When in doubt, use nettles,” alluding to the overall benefits of this tonic. Some of our favorite nettles are wild collected in Poland.