The chill has well and truly set in and you’re either embracing these wonderfully brisk days or shaking your fist furiously at the falling mercury. Whether you were built for cold climates or yearning to be thawed out, one thing we can all agree on is a good cup of tea can definitely make winter feel a whole lot better. As a season generally riddled with illnesses, a cup of tea never goes astray when trying to stay warm and rejuvenated. So we have compiled a list of assorted winter warmers that can be good for what ails you or to simply enjoy.
Wellness: It’s all in the name, and the cup. As a green tea, this blend is already winning points with all of its disease-fighting catechins. Catechins are an antioxidant that is more present in green tea than black tea (though black tea does contain its own equally effective antioxidants). These compounds are effective in boosting immune response to infectious agents and can also be conducive to killing some bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Although green tea can’t fight all viruses, it is helpful in reducing the strength and duration of the common cold. But the benefits don’t stop there. The added goodness of ginseng offers a natural stimulant that is ideal for debilitated states, and especially after a bout of illness. Furthermore, ginseng can help in improving the body’s response to stress as well as general weakness. Finally the addition of lemon peel makes Wellness the perfect tonic for a winter’s day. Lemon peel is yet another ingredient that is great for boosting immunity as well as metabolism, helping your body stay at its peak. If wellness is what you’re seeking, then Wellness is what you need to be drinking.
Ginger Kiss: A favourite of many, ginger is warmth epitomised as it acts a circulatory stimulant, making it an effective ingredient for those who suffer from cold feet and hands in winter. If you’re already experiencing a cold or flu, then ginger is also good for loosening mucus and unblocking stuffed-up noses. Of course ginger is best known for its uses as a digestive aid so enjoying a cup of Ginger Kiss is also perfect for settling stomachs by relieving indigestion and flatulence. Add to this the healthful properties of rosella — yet another immune system booster and you’ve got yourself an excellent little cold combatant. As an anti-inflammatory and an anti-bacterial that is high in vitamin C, rosella is a good supplement for treating coughs and colds and may help in reducing the discomfort of fevers. Lemongrass rounds it all off with its own healing benefits by also fighting bacteria, acting as a pain reliever, and reducing fevers. Just like ginger, lemongrass is also good for improving blood circulation and dealing with digestive problems. A delicious tisane, Ginger Kiss is perfect for when you’re under the weather because as we all know, a little kiss always makes it better.
Liquorice and Peppermint: Sweet and minty, this is a lively brew if you’re after something a little more refreshing than all the usual warming herbs and spices associated with winter drinks. Liquorice is known for enhancing immunity while working to heal in many different ways. In the respiratory system, it helps in reducing irritation and inflammation, which is useful for irritating coughs, asthma, and chest infections. In fact liquorice works to fight viruses that cause respiratory illness and an overproduction of mucus and is excellent for soothing sore throats. Its aspirin-like action is good for relieving fevers and relieving pain such as headaches. Peppermint, well known for dealing with digestive issues, is also great for treating common colds and coughs. The menthol in peppermint is an effective decongestant, which helps shrink the swollen membranes in the nose, making it easier to breathe. Peppermint is also an expectorant like liquorice, so it works to relieve coughs by loosening and bringing up mucus from the lungs. Perfect for the cool weather, this cool mint cuppa couldn’t get any cooler.
Breathe Easy: Spice fiends, this one is for you. From our Ayurveda range of tisanes, Breathe Easy is a tasty brew that is fantastic for clearing sinuses. Read here to see how it works and breathe a sigh of relief.
Pick Me Up: Just as its name implies, this is a good tisane for those who find it little more difficult to function in the cold weather. This combination of herbs was chosen for their shared ability of improving the body’s overall wellbeing. Many of these herbs are considered ‘adaptogens’, which allow for the body to reduce the negative effects of stress brought on by environmental and nervous system factors. They are generally conducive to increasing stamina, strength, and mental capacity, with some specifically good for preventing cold and flu symptoms. This is the cuppa that will get you up when winter is trying to get you down. The restorative powers of a cup of tea are simply remarkable. Those dark early mornings of winter melt away with the first sip, and chilly evenings are made especially cosy with a lovely hot cup to wrap your fingers around. While most of the above mentioned teas do serve to help with sustaining wellbeing or overcoming illness, most teas and tisanes are generally healthy sources of nutrients. Now it’s just a matter of finding the one that’s your cup of tea.