The next time someone asks you this question, consider this: tea can be used to heal, energise and revitalise!
Ok, we aren’t exactly talking about your average ‘English Breakfast with a splash of milk’ combo, we are referring to the healing properties found in herbal and blend teas. Throughout history, different teas have been used to help with countless ailments, sicknesses and disease, with many herbal varieties having medicinal properties. Tea can be seen as a natural alternative for helping with some ailments and can even give us an energy boost (no coffee needed!)
This is why we choose tea to compliment our yogic lifestyle, and with so many to choose from it is hard to choose a favourite – there really is something for everyone! We drink tea every night as a relaxing treat and sometimes in the mornings, too!
“Suz makes an awesome homemade ginger and lemongrass tea. It is really gingery and almost spicy! It helps with digestion and is great for weight-loss!”
Different herbal teas and blends have been known to help with certain physical and mental issues, and it doesn’t take long to find one that can work for you!
Problems with sleeping: Chamomile, Valerian, Lavender or Oat flower
Digestive Issues: Peppermint or Ginger
Headaches: Chamomile or Ginger
Anxiety: Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Lavender or Valerian
Menstrual Cramps: Ginger or Sweet Majoram
Cough/Cold: Lemon, Sage or Eucalyptus
Respiratory Issues: Eucalyptus or Ginger
Low energy: Matcha Powder or Green Tea
Weight-loss/metabolism: Green Tea
Thyroid Issues: Chamomile
The list does go on, and you will find that there is often more than one tea that claims to help with each issue – it’s about experimenting and finding one that really works for you!
“I have sooooo many favourite teas… it is so hard to choose a favourite, especially because they all have their own useful properties. For taste, I like Chai tea. For energy in the mornings, I like Green Matcha. My homemade ginger and lemongrass tea is also a favourite of mine (and Mike’s!) as it helps me to unwind, digest and revitalise – at any time of the day!”
Since we both love Suz’s ginger and lemon grass tea so much, we have shared the recipe below! We know it works wonders on the digestive system and it is a good recipe to have on hand when aiming for weight-loss or weight maintenance!
Suz’s Ginger & Lemon Grass Tea
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
2 leaves lemon grass
½ teaspoon cardamom
4 cups hot water
Boil all ingredients on a stove for 5 minutes…and VOILA! It’s like health in a cup!
Mike & Suz