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An Intro Guide To Herbal Teas

January 21, 2019

Are you a tea drinker or looking to become one? This post walks you through the benefits of herbal tea, which plants to pick and how to brew properly for optimum benefit.

In my research for this post, I discovered that there is something called a “Tea Master,” a.k.a. someone with expert knowledge of tea. Upon further digging, I did find out that there are some certifications out there, but the consensus is that nothing quite compares to downright experience. So from this perspective, I am basically a tea master!

In this Intro Guide To Herbal Teas we're talking about the benefit of herbal teas, which ones to choose and how they can help improve your life in just one cup a day.

When I started to think about my own tea journey, I came to realize that tea is probably more consistent in my life than coffee. For one, I drink WAY more tea than coffee everyday.

I’ll be honest, my tea journey began and still in some ways continues purely out of taste. I enjoy the taste of tea. From peppermint to chamomile to turmeric, I love the ritual, the dimension and the deliciousness that is a mug of tea. It’s why I started having a cup before bed in my early teens and continue this tradition today. But, as I got older and more into learning about health and wellness, I actually discovered that herbal tea is more than just a flavored cup of water—it can actually support your overall well-being. From sleep to digestion to stress, herbal tea has properties that just about everyone can benefit from. It’s at that point that I moved away from popcorn-flavored artificial teas (you know what I’m talking about!) to quality, organic teas from companies like Traditional Medicinals.

Much like past Intro Guides, in today’s post I’m going to walk you through some of the benefits of herbal teas and why you might consider adding them to your routine. I’m also sharing my 3 Teas, 3 Weeks experience and what I took away from it. Let’s jump in…

In this Intro Guide To Herbal Teas we're talking about the benefit of herbal teas, which ones to choose and how they can help improve your life in just one cup a day.

What is Herbal Tea?

Did you know that herbal tea is not technically “tea” because it doesn’t originate from the Camellia sinensis plant (the basis for black, green, white and oolong tea)? However, many of us continue to use the word tea for herbal varieties because of the similarities and the common blending of Camellia sinensis and herbal teas. Technically, herbal teas are referred to as “tisanes,” and are the leaves, stems, bark, roots or any portion of a plant infused in water to release its benefits. Steeping the herbs in hot water brings out the plants’ benefits by releasing the active ingredients, such as essential oils.

One thing I want to stress is quality. The benefits of herbal tea depend entirely on the quality of the ingredients used. First thing to look for is if there are any additives for flavoring. Herbal tea does not need added flavoring to be delicious. Next is reaching for organic tea whenever possible (some herbs are difficult to find or grow organically), I personally love Traditional Medicinals because almost all of their teas are organic and are sourced sustainably. Traditional Medicinals specifically seeks out medicinal-grade plants from ethical trading partnerships for their teas to make the best herbal tea available.

In this Intro Guide To Herbal Teas we're talking about the benefit of herbal teas, which ones to choose and how they can help improve your life in just one cup a day.

What are the Benefits of Herbal Tea?

Just as each plant has its own benefit(s), so does herbal tea. This is especially true when it comes to blending various herbs for targeted purposes. The list could go on forever in terms of the benefits of different herbal teas, but today I’m going to focus on a couple that are worth researching and trying out for yourself:

Peppermint tea – Soothes your belly and alleviates digestive discomfort.*

Chamomile tea – Calms your nerves and supports healthy digestion.* Try  Chamomile with Lavender for additional stress-relieving herbs.*

Red Clover tea – Traditionally used in herbal medicine for skin health.*

Roasted Dandelion Root tea – Gets the juices flowing (if you know what I mean!) & gently stimulates the liver and supports healthy digestion.* Has a coffee taste to it for those looking for a caffeine-free morning beverage.

Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger teaSupports a healthy response to inflammation associated with an active lifestyle.*

Lemon Balm tea – Gentle and mildly relaxing, relieves tension and relieves occasional indigestion.*

Nettle Leaf tea – Supports joint health and overall wellness.*

There are hundreds of herbs out there so this is just an intro to a few. I encourage you to do your own research and chat with an herbalist and/or medical practitioner before changing up your routine.

Tips for Steeping Herbal Tea

While there are certainly benefits to drinking herbal tea, knowing how to steep your herbal tea properly will ensure you’re getting the most from each cup.

1. Pick quality herbs – organic is ideal when possible but know that you get the best bang for your buck when the quality of the plant is better

2. Steep for longer than you would traditional tea– Oftentimes that means at least 10-15 minutes per cup.

3. Cover your mug – while the tea steeps cover your mug with a top or small plate. This ensures the essential oils (or volatile oils) of the tea don’t escape into the air and remain in the mug to be infused into the water.

In this Intro Guide To Herbal Teas we're talking about the benefit of herbal teas, which ones to choose and how they can help improve your life in just one cup a day.

3 Teas | 3 Weeks – My Experience

Something that Traditional Medicinals encouraged me to try out is their 3 Teas, 3 Weeks experience. It’s as simple as it sounds: you drink 3 teas a day for 3 weeks! As a tea aficionado, this is basically my dream experience…I mean there technically wasn’t a prize at the end nor was it a competition in any way, but if it were, I would have won!

Before kicking off my 3 week experience, I picked the 3 teas I wanted to focus on and incorporate into my existing wellness routines. Two of them were simple because I drink them almost every day anyway: Peppermint tea and Chamomile with Lavender tea. The third tea was new for me, which is exactly why I picked it: Roasted Dandelion Root tea.

For ease and simplicity’s sake, I decided I’d be consistent in when I drank each tea. During breakfast I had Roasted Dandelion Root, after lunch I had Peppermint and post-dinner the Chamomile with Lavender. I intentionally picked these times because of the benefits of each tea. I also wanted to focus on ritual and slowing down while making and sipping my tea. We all move wayyyy too fast and these small pockets of calm have come to be my favorite.

So how do I feel now? Great! I loved my daily ritual and found that it really centered me over the weeks. I’m proud to say I consistently enjoyed each tea 3 times a day for 3 weeks! I noticed my stress levels are down and (besides the night I wolfed down 14 pieces of sushi in 5 minutes) my digestion has been great. I will say that it took some getting used to with the Roasted Dandelion Root tea, but I loved knowing I was giving my liver some extra support.*

Moving forward, I am definitely keeping up my post-lunch Peppermint tea and pre-sleep Chamomile with Lavender tea. They’re two tiny rituals I can incorporate throughout my day that bring more mindfulness and joy to my life. The added benefits are just the cherries on top!

Want to try out 3 Teas, 3 Weeks for yourself? Visit here to order two Traditional Medicinals teas and get your third tea free!

In this Intro Guide To Herbal Teas we're talking about the benefit of herbal teas, which ones to choose and how they can help improve your life in just one cup a day.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Traditional Medicinals. While I was compensated for my time, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who help make THM possible!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • Reply
    Gayle Macdonald
    February 7, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I am so glad I found you! I have always loved tea proper English tea has always been my favourite. However, since giving up alcohol 10 months ago, my tea drinking has taken on a whole new level but it’s difficult to source here where I live in Spain and to be honest, I got a bit overwhelmed by all the choice out there. This post is really helpful. I love the three teas three weeks challenge.!

  • Reply
    Carol
    February 13, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Hi Davida,
    Like you I am also a tea lover but I didn’t know that herbal tea can benefit our health in such a way. I mean some of the benefits that you mention here like good digestion, healthier skin and stress-relieving we all want that. Thanks for sharing such an informative article. I am really looking forward to read more article like this.

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    Mikka Montero
    February 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Yes, I drink herbal tea!
    I have a lot of different herbs and I make up each time a new composition, there is never something the same.
    I buy herbs in the market by weight, so you can feel their aroma and evaluate the quality.

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    Sherika
    March 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I love teas! Where I’m from we have a lot of Bush teas such as mint, rosemary, fever grass that we would go outside and pick and brew without even knowing how nutritious these herbs are for us. Sometimes it’s good to go back to our older generation ways of living.

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    Yoshiko Flora
    April 10, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I find it cool when you shared how drinking lemon balm tea can help a person relieve their tension and relieve indigestion. After learning this, I thought about buying a natural diabetic supply for my mother tomorrow. Doing this will help her take care of her blood pressure so that she can keep her body fit enough to continue her gardening past time.

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    Srishti
    July 21, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Yes, herbal teas provide greater benefits than we know. I am from India and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine mentions the benefits and importance of using herbal teas in daily diet. There is one other tea called cinnamon tea I regularly use to feel fresh and alert. It provides several benefits including treating menstrual cramps.

    I drink cinnamon herbal tea potion for painless periods. Thanks for the useful info:) Keep sharing good info!

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    lisa
    October 2, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I am also a tea lover but I didn’t know that herbal tea can benefit our health in such a way. I mean some of the benefits that you mention here like good digestion, healthier skin and stress-relieving we all want that. Thanks for sharing such an informative article. I am really looking forward to read more article like this.espresso lover

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