When the temperatures drop, there is nothing more comforting to me than a good, hot tea. I drink tea year around because it promotes health, soothes and calms, and can give me energy or help me relax depending on what my body needs. And in winter, there are even more reasons to love tea, from fighting colds to warming up and even boosting your mood. Here’s a handy guide to find the perfect hot tea for cold weather:
To Calm: Smooth flavors and pleasing aromas are key to finding a warm beverage to relax and unwind with. The essential oils of both chamomile and lavender are often used to de-stress and even aid in sleep. Studies have shown that even smelling lavender can slow your nervous system down, promoting feelings of relaxation and encouraging sleep. A cup of calming tea can ease anxious feelings too. However, it’s important to find a scent and taste that works for you – if you don’t enjoy the scent of lavender, for example, it may have the opposite effect!
Combat a Cold: When trying to prevent or fight off a cold, look for teas that contain high amounts of antioxidants and immune boosting properties. Green tea gives you a great dosage of powerful antioxidants, while ginger tea is traditionally used for aiding digestion, soothing an upset stomach, and general pain relief. Adding lemon to your ginger (or lemon on its own) is a great way to get in more vitamin C during the winter months to help fight off colds.
Warm You Up: A hot beverage warms the body on the outside, but warming teas specifically warm your body up on the inside, too. In traditional Chinese medicine, warming teas are made of spices that actually offer a warming sensation, while giving your metabolism a boost. Try ginger or chai tea or create your own warming tea by adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Beat the Winter Blues: In addition to the benefits I’ve listed above, some teas can help boost your mood. If the calming scents of chamomile and lavender aren’t quite enough to treat feelings of depression, these may help: Some studies suggest turmeric as a natural antidepressant (as well as anti-flammatory and anti-cancer benefits), so turmeric tea is a good choice when looking for a mood booster. Ginseng has also been known to aid in the production of serotonin, which is essential for maintaining your mood.
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