These winter nights call for some soothing, health-boosting herbal tea recipes that will warm you up and help you relax.
Sweet Dreams: Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is a natural sleep inducer as it completely relaxes the body. It is known for relieving anxiety and helping with insomnia. You should drift off to sweet dreams after a cup in the evening and wake up rested and revived.
If you’d like to try a blend, add mint and catnip, for a delicious smell and added calming and pain relieving properties.
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 1 catnip tea bag or ½tsp of ground catnip
- 2 mint leaves
Breathe Easy: Peppermint Tea
Mint is great for clearing your sinuses and helping you breathe when you have a cold. It’s also incredibly soothing for your stomach, as it helps with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It even eases headaches. If you need a comprehensive health fix, this tea should help you along the way.
Squeeze some lime into your tea, add a bit of sugar and you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a hot mojito.
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- a squeeze of lime
Weight Loss: Green Tea
Green tea is a fantastic natural fat burner that helps you lose weight effortlessly. It will increase your metabolism, which means food will be digested faster and used for energy rather than stored in your body. Green tea is also an antioxidant, so it will boost your immune system and help your body fight infections.
For an extra dash of healthiness, add lemongrass to your tea. It helps with a cough, acne, dry skin and constipation.
- 1 green tea bag
- ½tsp of ground lemongrass (or a squeeze of lemon)
- a dash of grapefruit juice
Relax and Rest: Raspberry and Lavender Tea
Lavender helps ease nervous tension and relieve pain. It has a wonderful smell and a calming effect that will alleviate daily stress. The raspberry infusion will add a slightly tart berry taste, and the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties will help prevent diseases. Vanilla has similar health related benefits to raspberries, and can also work as a natural antidepressant. This is a very tasty fruity and flowery blend.
- 1 raspberry and lavender tea bag
- ½tsp vanilla extract
- a squeeze of orange (vitamin C)
- a dash of cranberry juice
Indulge: Cinnamon and Spice Chai Tea
If you’re feeling fancy and have a bit more time, I would definitely recommend this delicious spicy blend. It’s up to you to experiment and discover just how you like yours, but to get you started I’ll give you a recipe that will seduce your taste buds.
This one is more of an indulgent tea, but you’ll still reap some health-boosting benefits. Ginger is great for motion sickness, nausea and dizziness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps boost the immune system.
For around 4 cups (you can always store what’s left in the fridge!):
- 1 cup of water (250ml)
- 3 cups of milk (750 ml)
- 4 black tea bags
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- ½tsp ground nutmeg
- 4 whole cloves
- ½tsp ground ginger
- Bring water and milk to a boil, add all of the ingredients and turn the hob off.
- Leave everything to brew for 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and filter the tea through a fine strainer.
So from spicy Christmas-y cinnamon in a cup to a healthy green tea fat burner, now you can sit back, put your feet up and relax. Enjoy your tea!
Do you have any quick and easy health-boosting herbal tea recipes that will get our taste buds tingling?