In Britain, it’s a commonly held belief that a cup of tea can solve almost anything. And while we know that this is mostly just a figure of speech, it’s true that certain types of tea really can alter the course of your day - from providing a much-needed energy boost to resolving a minor health issue. If you want to get a little something extra from your next cuppa, these are the brews to stock up on.
If you’re having trouble sleeping… drink valerian tea
For anyone who’s finding it hard to fall asleep at night, a soothing cup of valerian tea (or a blend which lists valerian root among the ingredients) one hour before bed might help you nod off faster than ever before. The reason for this is that valerian extract has been found to naturally mild sedative effects. What’s more, valerian root is also thought to ease anxiety and aid in stress management.
If you’re feeling stressed… drink chamomile tea
Talking of stress, another herbal tea which has the ability to instill a sense of calm is chamomile. Often recommended as a natural remedy for mild anxiety and depression, a good cup of chamomile tea is said to have the ability to release tension and targets the part of the brain which responds to stress, making everyday twists and turns easier to deal with.
If you’re having digestion issues… drink peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is known to solve many everyday stomach problems, from aches and pains to heartburn and gas. It also promote healthy digestion, so keeps your body working as it should. According to experts, the best time to enjoy a cup of peppermint tea is after a meal or before bed, when it will have the chance to be especially effective.
If you’re feeling under the weather… drink ginger tea
When you feel a cold coming on, it’s time to reach for a cup of ginger tea. This is because it contains antioxidants which will help your body fight any oncoming infection, and its warming, spicy properties can be especially helpful in clearing congestion. Another great time to indulge in a cup of ginger tea is just before travelling, as it can ease the nausea that comes with motion sickness.
If you need an energy boost… drink green tea
For anyone who’s trying to cut back on coffee, green tea is a great alternative. A cup of green tea only has a third of the caffeine that comes in a standard cup of coffee, but it still has the ability to make you feel more alert - in fact, many green tea drinkers report that it makes them feel more productive without the ‘jittery’ side effects that some people experience with coffee. What’s more, green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is said to have anxiety-reducing benefits.
If you’ve got period cramps… drink fennel tea
Fennel tea is said to stimulate the production of estrogen, which means that it can be especially helpful in tackling PMS, menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms. The essential oils found in fennel are also used in Chinese medicine to regulate hormones, boost libido and stimulate the production and flow of milk in women who are breastfeeding.
If you want to ward off ill-health… drink assam tea
While herbal teas can have impressive health benefits, sometimes all you really want is a real builder’s brew. But don’t despair - even an everyday cup of black tea with a dash of milk can be good for you. For example, the antioxidants in a cup of everyday breakfast tea can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, and the tannins can have a positive effect on your digestive system. To get the most from your traditional cuppa, try drinking a quality leaf tea like assam instead of lower quality blends.