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Travis Lemon: Cold weather teas that do more than warm you up

December 2, 2018

A cup of hot tea can be the perfect drink to warm us up in the winter months. Of course, getting warm with a cup of tea is a great benefit by itself, but why not get some more health benefits while we are at it. Here are some of my favorite teas to warm up with.

Red Raspberry Leaf — With a taste similar to black tea, red raspberry leaves also contain a good bit of plant based iron. It has been used traditionally to calm an upset stomach and to help support a healthy labor by midwives.

Eucalyptus Leaf — Though we tend to think more of the strong sinus-opening scent of the essential oil, eucalyptus leaf tea tends to have a more subtle savory mint flavor. Eucalyptus has been used for oral health, sore throat and bronchial irritations.

Earl Grey — When you combine black tea leaves with the essential oil pressed from the rind of the bergamot orange you get Earl Grey tea. Sometimes used as an after meal digestion helper, Earl Grey tea has also been said to help promote relaxation.

Holy Basil — Also known as tulsi, holy basil makes a great flowery tasting tea. Considered a normalizing herb, holy basil can be a great pick-me-up without the jitters of caffeine. The flavor of holy basil complements many other teas, so also look for it combined with green tea or other herbs, like rose petals and ginger.

Yerba Mate — A traditional South American tea, yerba mate is usually drank hot in somewhat large amounts. I find it to provide the perfect amount of energy with little to no jitters. Yerba mate does contain caffeine, but it also contains a good amount of caffeine’s healthier counterpart theobromine.

Give these teas a try on a cold day and enjoy the warmth a good cup of tea can provide. Be mindful of the other benefits that these can provide, and hopefully some of these teas will end up in your cup more often.

Travis Lemon is a certified herbalist and co-owner of Tulsi at The Market in Huntington. He has worked in the natural health and wellness industry for over 14 years. He can be contacted at travislemonmh@gmail.com.

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