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Refresh Your Morning Routine with Herbal Tea

Peppermint Eye-Opener

Peppermint is an extremely refreshing flavor that is sure to wake you up and help you get ready to face your day. The minty freshness tingles on your taste buds making this a real eye-opener.

Additional benefits of peppermint can be found in its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory characteristics. For springtime, peppermint tea may be helpful for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. But what if those sniffles aren’t from allergies but the common cold? That cup of peppermint tea can still help! The menthol in peppermint tea is good for breaking up mucus and making it easier to expel. It also soothes sore throats from coughing or post-nasal drip.

Not only is peppermint good for upper respiratory inflammation, it can also be useful for stomach issues. Peppermint can help with digestion, indigestion, and upset stomach. It has also been used as a remedy for flatulence! Those who suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) may even find peppermint helps with the discomfort and abdominal pain.

Other ailments peppermint might help with include gastric ulcers like those from drinking too much or from taking pain killers. Speaking of pain, try a cup of peppermint tea the next time you are suffering from a headache. That mosquito bite? Poison ivy rash? Sunburn? Place used peppermint tea leaves on the afflicted area to soothe and cool the skin. Finally, peppermint tea is useful for oral health as it is a natural breath freshener and anti-microbial.

A Cup of Chamomile


Peter Rabbit may not have enjoyed his serving of chamomile tea, but we humans do! Thought of as a night-time tea to help with falling asleep, chamomile has a citrus-y flavor that is bright and refreshing. It may be helpful for those stressful days, helping you to meet the day with a calm energy. And drinking it before bedtime may even help with your quality of sleep, making it even easier to wake up the next day.

Chamomile tea may also help with blood sugar control. This especially if consumed with food. So, a cup of chamomile tea with your breakfast might just help you avoid that mid-morning crash.

Much like peppermint tea, chamomile is an antioxidant. It has been known to help with digestive issues such as an upset stomach. It may be useful for stomach ulcers as well as diarrhea. And if you are suffering from nausea or gas, try a cup of chamomile.

Other benefits of chamomile may include a boost to immune health, improvement of skin health, and relief from some anxiety and depression.

Red Rooibos In Your Cup

The unique flavor of red rooibos tea is fruity and includes sweet notes of vanilla and honey. You can enjoy it many ways including plain, with lemon and sweetener, with milk or cream, or even as a spicy and eye-opening chai.

The delicious flavor of red rooibos also packs a punch in the antioxidant field with 50% more antioxidants than green tea. This boost can help protect your body against pathogens, free radicals, toxins, and inflammation. It’s the perfect detoxifier!

Other benefits include a boost to the good HDL cholesterol and a lowering of the bad LDL cholesterol. It can help with blood circulation and blood pressure. And even your beauty routine can benefit as it helps with hair growth and weight loss. Use it on the skin to help soothe inflammation. It’s even antimicrobial.

Look to red rooibos to help with digestion, upset stomach, and diarrhea. It may even help with high blood sugar and treatment of diabetes.

And if a colicky baby is keeping you up at night, try red rooibos to help them with to be less restless, help with stomach cramps, and reduce vomiting.

Grab a Cup of Yerba Mate

The only herbal tea on this list to have caffeine, if you need that extra boost in the morning, reach for this tea. The caffeine can help with mental focus and can give you extra energy.

Like its other herbal friends, yerba mate may help with infections, intestinal parasites, the fungus responsible for dandruff, scaly skin, and certain skin rashes, and maybe even help with food poisoning symptoms.

If you are trying to lose weight, reach for yerba mate to help reduce your appetite and boost your metabolism. How is your immune system? Yerba mate can help here with its natural vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium.

How To Enjoy Your Herbal Teas

With the weather being so changeable during springtime, having the option to enjoy your tea hot or cold is preferable. And you can with any of these delicious herbal teas.

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Peppermint Herbal Tea

Peppermint is one of the oldest known herbs. In fact, it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. The Japanese cultivated it 2000 years ago as a source of menthol and it is still used today as the primary ingredient in many commercial medicinal remedies. Peppermint has been known to relieve gastrointestinal disorders, local aches and pains, and to reduce stress. Its aroma is refreshing and rejuvenating, and its taste is deliciously clean and wintry.

Many studies have reported that peppermint can be used to boost mental powers; so much so, that it is even given to children prior to testing in many schools! Peppermint is a hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint and is rich in vitamin B, calcium and potassium. Peppermint herbal tea is a delightfully refreshing beverage that calms your body yet stimulates your mind…sounds perfect for your desk at work!

3000 years worth of medicine men and healers can’t be wrong, go ahead and give it a try! Served hot or cold, either way it’s going to change the way you think about tea!

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Rooibos ‘African Red Bush’ Herbal Tea

Rooibos is an Afrikaans word meaning “Red Bush.” With a broom-like exterior and reddish needle-shaped leaves, Rooibos herbal tea creates a very bright red appearance when steeped; hence, this is how it received its name.

High in antioxidants and naturally delicious, South Africans have enjoyed the benefits of the African Red Bush Tea because it refreshes your senses. You don’t need to add any milk or sweeteners to this already flavorful tea; with hints of nuttiness and natural sweetness, Rooibos African Tea is perfect as it is. Since it is also caffeine-free, it is perfect for those who are sensitive to caffeine.

Treat yourself to the goodness of Rooibos African Red Bush Tea; you will not have regrets!

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Japan Genmaicha Green Tea

Japanese Genmaicha green tea is an incredible example of the art of tea. Legend has it that sometime during the 1400s, a servant named Genmai leaned too far forward when serving hot tea to his Samurai warlord; the rice snack in Genmai’s pocket fell into the samurai’s tea. To their surprise, popping commenced upon the rice falling into the near boiling tea. Intrigued, the samurai tasted the tea and was overwhelmed with delight! He then named the tea after Genmai, and he requested that it be served every day thereafter.

Harvested while still young, the tea leaves are then dried and mixed with puffs of roasted, hulled rice to give it the appearance of “popcorn tea.” Each cup of Japanese Genmaicha is sweet with a delicious toasty finish.