I am officially a ‘Tea Tottler”.
I didn’t actually realise this until recently when a friend pointed out to me that it was quite likely as 1) I don’t drink alcohol, and 2) my tea collection had grown to be so big that it now took up TWO cupboards.
But why not? There are so many gorgeous teas available so easily with a zillion different health benefits and tastes.
And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Naturopath!
Here are some of my favourites that currently reside in my (2) cupboards:
1) Peppermint Tea. Ahh! Nothing is better than lying on the couch clutching a cup of peppermint tea when you are too exhausted to move. Also fantastic if you’ve over indulged in sweet or rich foods. Needless to say we go through a lot during Christmas time. This is a great ‘table tea’ too – put a pot on the table at dinner time, its great for digestion and the kids love it as well.
2) Chamomile Tea. Excellent for insomnia, have a cup before bed. Good for settling tummies too.
3) Green Tea. So much info out there about Green Tea its almost overwhelming! To summarise – its a marvellous anti-oxidant and very soothing and incredibly good for you. I once met someone who proudly drank 12 cups a day of Green Tea. Personally, I only have one.
4) Echinecea Tea. Excellent for the immunity and tastes yummy too. A good winter tea.
5) Ginger tea. Ginger is a great ‘warming’ herb, so this is also a good winter tea, that bonuses as also being good for the immunity.
6) Fruit teas, ie, rose, berry, rosehip, etc. These are all good teas, that are good for you and taste lovely. Great teas to get kids started on herbal/fruit teas.
*When purchasing your teas, try to stick to organic where possible. Or be sure to read the label on the back of the box – you want organic teas, not organic packaging.
*Herbal and Fruit teas are fine for kids, and a fantastic alternative to junky drinks. Whenever I am preparing tea I always say to my kids “Would you like a cup of tea?”…it just gives them the option to join in too, and gets them into the habit of making a healthy drink choice.
*Be aware of imitation – always read the labels on the box as you are after as pure tea as possible, not ‘flavoured teas’. If you are having trouble sourcing good quality teas – feel free to contact us – we can point you in the right direction and are more than happy to source a certain tea-type for you.
*A marvellous place to find lovely teapots and teacups is your local Op Shop (Charity Shop).
*You can sweeten all teas with honey. Kids love this option too.
Have a marvellous day, and enjoy your cuppa!