Teas For Every Occasion
For many of us, there is nothing more comforting than making a fresh cup of our favourite tea after a busy and productive day at work. Tea is soothing and calming and is more than just a tasty beverage. What some of us may not know are the added health benefits of drinking tea. Which type of tea you drink can make all the difference, especially if you are not feeling your usual self. Below, we have chosen 12 of our favourite teas for every occasion and how to prepare them so the next you next time you need help calming your nerves, you will know lavender herbal tea is the perfect remedy!
Bedtime: A warm cup of tea can help you fall asleep, but stick to the herbal’s. Try these teas for a restful sleep.
Chamomile (Herbal) – Chamomile is a natural sedative and has been used for insomnia for centuries.
Lavender (Herbal) – The smell of lavender helps to relax the body and promotes a restful sleep. So, sniff away while you drink!
Calming your nerves: Have a big meeting or presentation? These teas can help to keep you cool and collected.
Tulsi (Herbal) – Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is said to calm the nervous system without making you tired. A cup of this tea is perfect to relax your nerves in the middle of the day.
Lavender (Herbal)- the calming scent of lavender is also helpful to relax your body and in turn, calm your nerves mid day.
Upset Stomach: For when you are feeling sick or your stomach is in knots, the warmth of tea can be very soothing. These teas can help to heal your stomach blues.
Ginger (Herbal)- Ginger tea can be used to help an upset stomach, indigestion, or nausea from motion sickness.
Chamomile (Herbal)- Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and relaxes muscles, helping with an upset stomach, but be careful, it may make you a little drowsy!
Peppermint (Herbal)- Peppermint helps to relax the muscles of the stomach by reducing abdominal cramps, bloating and nausea.
Headache or Hangover: Whatever the cause, the weather, extra stress, or one too many glasses of wine, this tea is your go to.
Rooibos (Herbal)- Rooibos, also known as red bush, is a South African herb that is packed with antioxidants. Rooibos is a natural anti- inflammatory and muscle relaxant. It also aids in lowering blood pressure. These properties can help to get rid of that pestering headache. Rooibos also has naturally occurring electrolytes, so it can also help the morning after one too many drinks.
Energy Boost: For those “Go Go Go” kind of days, these teas will give you that extra kick of energy you need.
Black tea- some may be surprised to hear that all “tea” isn’t really tea. All the herbal teas mentioned above are commonly referred to as tea, however, actual tea comes from the tea plant; this includes Black Tea, Oolong Tea, Green Tea and White tea. The difference between them comes from the way they are harvested. Black tea is the most processed and has the most caffeine, so it works well for an energy boost.
Yerba Matte- Yerba Matte is a brewed drink traditional to South America, but less well known in the Northern Hemisphere. Yerba Matte is a stimulant similar to coffee. However, it is supposed to give you a steady increase in energy without the crash and jitters that coffee may give. It also has many other health benefits and healing qualities.
Matcha – Matcha is ground green tea leaves. When you drink Matcha, you get all the benefits of green tea multiplied. Matcha gives a good energy boost. Be careful if you are sensitive to caffeine because you are ingesting the whole tea leaf – you are getting a decent bit more caffeine than in regular tea.
During your Detox: Feel like you’ve been feeding your body with toxins and want to cleanse a little? Go Green.
Green Tea- Green Tea sometimes gets a bad rep for its “bitter” taste, but if your green tea tastes bitter, you are most likely preparing it wrong. Green tea is sensitive- check out the prepping directions below. Green tea is a natural detoxifier. It helps to boost your metabolism and clear toxins from your body. You can also look for green teas mixed with ingredients such as ginger, citrus, or apple, for extra detoxifying qualities and extra taste, as green tea is pretty mild.
Yerba matte – During your detox you might be trying to cut out pesky snacks. Yerba Mate tea can be a good replacement if you’re feeling hungry but want to skip the post lunch granola bar. It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants and gives the feeling of being full without eating.
Black Tea: 1 tsp per cup – Steep in boiled water 2.5 mins.
Green Tea: 1 tsp per cup – Steep 1.5 mins in water than is below boiling – be careful green tea can be easily burnt creating a bitter taste.
Matcha: With Matcha powder a small amount goes a long way. For a concentrated cup, sift 1 teaspoon in 2 ounces of hot water, and whisk in a “Z” pattern until a frothy. For a less concentrated cup, follow the same procedure in 6 oz.
Herbal: 1 tsp per cup- steep 3.5 mins in boiled water- herbal teas generally will not burn and can be steeped longer if preferred.
Yerba Matte: 1 tsp per cup- steep 3.5 mins in boiled water.
Whatever the occasion, we have you covered. The benefits of tea extend far beyond refreshment and act as natural healing remedies, whether you have an upset stomach or a headache that won’t go away. Tea’s immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties help to combat unwanted feelings of nausea, reduce blood pressure and give you a boost of energy!
Have a Tea-riffic Day!
Jill Taylor, USC™, UFSC™
Certified UltimateStager™ & Feng Shui Specialist
Manager of Student Experience & Tutoring