Tea, glorious tea. There is always an occasion to put the kettle on.
When the occasion is to chill and have some alone time, why not treat yourself to something really special for mind, body and soul? Here are a few of my favourites teas which are worth a try and could give you the physical and mental restoration you need.
A trusty faithful cup of calming chamomile is well known for its stress reducing and sleep inducing properties. Scientists also believe it may help with postnatal depression. A study of 80 new mums suffering from poor sleep quality showed those that were given chamomile tea to drink before bed for 2 weeks, reported less depression and a reduction in physical symptoms related to sleep inefficiency.
Pronounced Roy-boss and also known as redbush. This herbal beverage is low in the bitter taste of tannins, found in black and green tea and is also caffeine-free. As a result, it is the ideal choice if you want to give your body a rest from stimulants. It is a perfect alternative to black tea and delicious served with a splash of milk.
3. China Rose
This delicious combination of black tea and rosebuds is soothing, restorative and packs a healthy punch. Black tea is rich in catechins, which can help to improve blood pressure by stimulating the circulatory system.
Scientists have also found that drinking two to three cups of black tea a day reduces early signs of dementia by 50 percent (compared to not drinking black tea). The rosebuds help to create a delicate, floral aroma and add a mild sweetness to the drink, meaning there is no need to add sugar. Organic Rosebuds are high in vitamin C which is essential for the immune system.
Usually blended with black tea or rooibos, vanilla adds a sweet, comforting dimension to your brew. Vanilla has been used for centuries as a home remedy for treating anxiety and depression and is an excellent spice to lift your mood. It contains a natural compound called vanillin, which gives it the distinct sweet toffee aroma and taste.
Chai literally means ‘tea’ in India. This blend contains a wonderfully warming combination of herbs and spices such as star anise, cardamon pods, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black peppercorns. All of the spices in chai have independently shown anti-inflammatory properties and may offer some protection against certain cancers.
Enjoy your ‘me and tea’ time even more with a delicious slice of Natasha Corrett’s Pistachio, Lime and Courgette Cake. It is super easy to make and the perfect accompaniment to any of the teas mentioned above.