It seems as though the kind of people that drink herbal tea are the kind of people that have their life in perfect harmony. They have a serene quality about them when floating through Admiralty MTR at peak hour, have enviable skin all year round, and most likely can give you life advice that will make you feel warm and gooey on the inside.

Perfect at warming you up on a cold day and cooling you down on a hot day, caffeine-free herbal tea can help to cure anything from a sore stomach to insomnia. Bad skin? Grab a tea. Bad sleep? Grab a tea. Bad day/night/week? Grab a tea.

What is it?

Herbal tea refers not just to one kind of tea, but instead it refers to an infusion of leaves, roots, berries, and seeds in hot water. Not only does herbal tea bring about hydration and the added goodness of the ingredients brewing, it also has aromatherapy qualities. Either enjoyed socially in a deep and meaningful conversation/catch up, or enjoyed solo curled up with a good book,  the different properties of tea bring sunshine to a gloomy Hong Kong winter.

Each tea takes a different amount of time to brew, so make sure to check how long you should leave the herbs infusing in order to get that maximum hit. If you’re looking for more delicious drinks to keep you healthy and happy, check out our smoothie guide to 2018.

 

Which tea is for me?

Peppermint (5 minutes brewing)

Peppermint is perfect for alleviating the symptoms of an upset tummy. Trapped gas, bloating, and nausea can all be eased with a cup of peppermint. Especially for the ladies, peppermint tea is optimal if you are suffering under your monthly cramping-curse (not to mention, it’s a great excuse to stay snuggled up under a blanket while you drink it). If you have indigestion, try to avoid peppermint as it may make you feel worse.

Ginger (10-15 minutes brewing)

Another tea perfect for helping to help fix colds, nausea, upset stomachs, and even motion sickness, ginger tea is a delicious treat when paired with honey and lemon juice. Place a knob of fresh ginger root in a pot and gently simmer it for 10-15 minutes to make your own ginger tea.

Chamomile (5 minutes brewing)

The ultimate calm-me-down tea, chamomile is your go-to for soothing your body and soul. Helping with digestion and an unsettled soul, a cup of chamomile tea before bed will give you a rest that you didn’t know you were craving.

Rooibos (5-6 minutes brewing)

Rooibos, predominantly grown in South Africa, has long been acknowledged as a great way to ward of inflammation and to get a huge hit of vitamin C. It has also been shown to help those suffering from skin conditions like eczema.

Dandelion (5-10 minutes brewing)

This handy tea is a great way to cleanse that hard working liver. Studies have found that it helps the liver to rejuvenate and function at a higher capacity after drinking dandelion tea. It may also help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.

Rose-hip (5-10 minutes brewing)

Rose-hip tea is bursting with antioxidants and vitamin C, and as an added bonus is it said to be a great anti-aging source. You may notice that rose-hip oil pops up in beauty blogs a lot, that’s because it can also help rejuvenate your skin. Hurray!

 

The great thing about tea is that it can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. If you’re hooked on a flavour but finding the heat a little too much, you can also drink the tea at room temperature or chilled with ice-cubes.

 

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It seems as though the kind of people that drink herbal tea are the kind of people that have their life in perfect harmony. They have a serene quality about them when floating through Admiralty MTR at peak hour, have enviable skin all year round, and most likely can give you life advice that will…