Tea is comforting, enriching and it can be an herbal supplement in itself.
Tea time can be meditative, introspective, refreshing, a pre-slep ritual or a morning starter.
It’s all-of-the-above in my house, and, today , I’m excited to share more of the herbs and tea that’s become my own everyday, all-day-long ritual of self-love.
I’m growing a tea garden next— full of the herbs I know I can grow with ease (* my trick to better gardening: do what’s easy!)— thyme, lemon balm, lavender and mint.
I always stock my house with fresh ginger, turmeric and a stash of herbal teas that I drink like water (!) year-round to round. But grwing some herbs fresh will round out the herbal blitz of brilliance.
My favorite teas for all kinds of great vibes are here for you to explore. You don’t need to start a garden to bring this herbal wonder into your days!
Lemon Balm Tea:
Lemon balm is part of the mint family and has a subtle lemon flavor. It sometimes goes by the nickname, “The Calming Herb” or Sweet Melissa and is an herb native to Europe and the Mediterranean. For over 2,000 years it has been used medicinally to promote calm, ease indigestion, promote good health and increase life longevity. Prince Llewellyn of Glamorgan drank lemon balm tea daily, and during a time when life expectancy was not very long, he lived till he was 108 years old. He attributed his life longevity to the “magic” of lemon balm tea. (You can read more about this HERE.)
Insomnia and anxiety.
Lemon balm, according to herbalists is known as a relaxing nervine, which is an herb that eases the nervous system. Naturally, lemon balm is well-known for its’ calming and sedative qualities that can combat anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression.
It is also a carminative herb that expels gas in the gastrointestinal tract, lessens bloating and eases abdominal cramping.
Since lemon balm has sedative qualities, Organic Facts reported that drinking this tea daily can lower your blood pressure.
Originating from South Africa and Southeast Asia, hibiscus tea is derived from the hibiscus plant (Hibiscus Sabdariffa), particularly from the calyx, which is the part of the plant that protects and supports the flower. These calyces are dried and used to make hibiscus tea. This tea is known for its’ red color and has a “tart” cranberry-like flavor.
Supports healthy blood pressure:
A study was conducted on 75 subjects with hypertension to test the effectiveness of hibiscus tea on their condition. Each subject drank one cup of hibiscus tea before breakfast everyday for 4 weeks. (subjects were not taking any other medication) It was found this reduced systolic blood pressure by 10% and diastolic blood pressure by 12%.
In a 2009 study, subjects were placed in 2 different conditions; one group was given hibiscus tea, one group was given black tea- each group drank two cups of their assigned tea per day. After one month it was found that hibiscus tea was able to maintain LDL and HDL levels, as well as triglycerides – all of which were already in a healthy range. Black tea was found to only impact these levels. Gaia has a lot of awesome data on hibiscus… and they are herbal masters!
Hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants that destroy free radicals that could cause irreparable damage to your cells and organs.
Holy basil, which is part of the mint family, otherwise know as Tulsi (translated as, “incomparable one”) is known as a sacred herb, dating back to 1,500 B.C. or roughly 3,000 years ago. It is an adaptogen, which is an herb that helps combat fatigue and stress by working to modulate and balance your hormones. Adaptogens are also known to boost the immune system.
Holy Basil aids in reducing fevers through the oils and phytonutrients in their leaves. Fevers are an indication of infection and holy basil is a disinfectant and has fungicidal properties that fight against infection.
Relieves stress :
The vitamin C and antioxidants contained in Holy Basil relieves stress through lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation.
Supports your heart:
According to Organic Facts: “Holy Basil contains vitamin C and other antioxidants such as eugenol, which protect the heart from the harmful effects of free radicals. Additionally, eugenol is very beneficial in reducing the cholesterol levels within the blood.”
Thyme is a powerful antioxidant and contains high concentrations of vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, manganese, phosphorous and carvacrol.
Thyme tea is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which lends itself to being the perfect remedy for coughs and congestion.
Boosts immune system:
Thyme tea has loads of vitamin C , which encourages the production of white blood cells in the body. These white blood cells are the hub of our bodies’ immune system. Vitamin C also increases collagen production, which fuels the construction and reparation of cells, muscles, tissue and blood vessels.
Improves circulation. The high concentration of iron found in thyme inspire the production of red blood cells, thereby improving circulation and oxygenation of major organs.
Hormonal balance for woman:
Accordg to The Right Tea: Drinking thyme tea 2 to 3 times a day can relieve menstrual cramping and PMS. It regulates menstrual flow by motivating blood flow to the uterus.
Rooibus tea is native to South America and has a nutty, sweet, full-bodied flavor. Amazingly, it contains 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea.
While I don’t think I can give up my green, I’m thinking of making my second cup a day rooibus!
Rooibus tea protects the bodies’ cells from free radical damage and inflammation. (More on this is HERE.)
Supports heart health.
Chrysoeriol is a phytonutrient contained in rooibus tea that decreases hypertension, lowers bad cholesterol, and promotes healthy blood circulation. As reported by Dr. Axe: “A 2012 study conducted by the Department of Anatomy and Histology at Daegu Haany University’s College of Korean Medicine in Korea found that rooibos helps decrease the occurrence of hypertension by regulating hormones secreted from the adrenal gland.”
Rooibus tea contains alpha hydroxy acid which is safe to ingest in its’ natural form. Combined with the immense amount of antioxidants in this tealeaf, researchers have found that drinking roobius tea can reduce wrinkles.
Of course, the above is all well-researched but I am not a doctor or medical provider or of any sort, and this is not medical advice, just fun for me to share— so please run all of these by your medical provider, especially if you have a health condition or take any medications.
I have one or two cups of green tea in the morning, mint or tulsi in the afternoon, herbal blends like hibiscus later in the day with honey, and then grated ginger tea or thyme in the evening. Like I said, I am big on tea. I feel the difference when I skip even the herbal teas, so for me, they’re a wellness routine worth keeping and expanding!!!
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