January 09, 2013
Part II! Benefits of Loose Tea
Hello again! Hope you enjoyed my segment yesterday on labeling jars to put your tea herbs in. Now for a word on the herbs themselves...
I've been drinking loose tea for ages... and I know I'm (maybe) a bit snobbish about my fancy-pants tea drinking. But frankly, everyday tea bags hold a candle to the goldmine you can find in organic stores :P (imho) I mostly go for the stuff with medicinal properties, but there are also delicious flavored loose teas you can buy! My friend Coley always has these yummy sounding blends... like wild blueberry, or caramel cinnamon.
Anyway, here are a few that I feel are must-haves, and are socked away in my cupboard-
Chamomile- I'm sure most of you have at least heard of chamomile, and it's calming properties. And I swear, loose organic chamomile has been way more effective for me than than teabags for those extra stressful days. This would be my top loose tea recommendation for just about anyone.
St. John's Wort- Confession: I've had some problems with depression in the past, and it can still creep up on me from time to time. This has helped me ease the burden of a sad mood, and drunk steadily over time, can have an even more potent effect.
Peppermint- This was my very first tea! I remember drinking Celestial Seasoning's peppermint with sugar when I was a youngin', and feeling so grownup and special. Nowadays, I use this when my stomach gets grouchy, as it soothes the digestive system.
Licorice Root- A natural and delicious sweetener! I'm not actually sure what healing properties this has, but it has a distinct taste that I love to use from time to time.
Slippery Elm- As a singer, I sometimes use this to soothe my throat before a performance, or when I have a cold.
Yerba Mate- I discovered this one while on the road, playing some shows in Upstate NY! This tea is similar to coffee, but produces a different kind of feeling than normal caffeine. That's what I like about it. It makes me feel more aware, but not jittery.
Rose Hips- These little babies pack a punch of vitamin C. That's why I always use them in my tea when I'm sick, and it helps me recover from a cold quickly.
Lavender- Similar to chamomile in that it's another herb used for relaxation, though I don't love the scent enough to make a full-on lavender tea. Just the smell of lavender often helps people calm down. I drop a few buds in when I want to double up on the tranquility quotient.
Green Tea- What it says :) I actually haven't had this in awhile, but only because the tea is so fine that it slips through my strainer. I most often make in the summer as iced tea, mixed with a little honey.
I usually use a combination of these to help with whatever ails me. Chamomile-peppermint is a favorite. Sometimes I add a little rose hips to give my immune system a boost. Lavender and licorice root together is heavenly, and I usually drink yerba mate and green tea on their own :)
Thanks for reading along with me about my passion for tea! Any favorites of your own? xx
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