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Tea Buying Guide

Author:Laura W.
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Strolling down the tea aisle at the grocery store can be overwhelming! There are so many flavors promising so many health benefits. We created this guide using the tea in our own cupboards to simplify the tea buying process for you. Remember, this is just a guide and not actual medical advice.

What tea is good for colds?

We have three recommendations for this. You can try peppermint, echinacea, or elderberry tea. Peppermint tea can suppress your cough and sooth your throat. It has also been found to have antiviral properties! Also, peppermint tea is a refreshing drink during the long winter months.

Echinacea tea can reduce the length of your cold and may keep you from getting sick, according to a study. Echinacea is a flower found in North America, and the tea is sweet and tasty.

Lastly, elderberry tea is full of antioxidants and has been shown to reduce the length of a cold. Drink up!

What tea helps you sleep?

We have two recommendations for sleep-tastic teas. Chamomile and lavender are our picks. Chamomile tea has been used to treat insomnia for years. It contains apigenin, a flavonoid that may produce a sedative effect. When we are calm, it’s easier to fall asleep. Chamomile tea has been shown to ease sleep problems in a study of postpartum women.

Lavender has long been thought to help bring on sleep, although it may be lavender’s aroma that improves sleep quality.

What tea can boost your energy?

Try yerba mate tea when you are looking to get some energy without drinking coffee or a high-sugar energy drink. It features a bold smoky flavor that is comparable to coffee. It has less caffeine than coffee but more than green tea. In fact, yerba mate is an ingredient in many energy drinks here in the U.S.

What tea is good for nausea?

Our tried-and-true tea recommendations for stomach aches are ginger tea and licorice tea. Ginger tea has been used to treat nausea. It can help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women; however, if you are pregnant, consult your doctor before taking ginger.

Licorice tea has a potent flavor, but its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe queasy stomachs (and even sore throats). It is best to drink before meals, but don’t consume it every day for more than a week. And if you’re taking medication, check with your doctor to make sure it doesn’t interact with licorice.

What tea helps you lose weight?

Green tea wins this one hands down. Green tea has been shown to decrease body fat and weight. It is full of antioxidants that boost your metabolism and increase fat burning according to a study. Green tea is great to drink at the start of your day.