Herbal Teas: The Ultimate Alternative to Coffee

Are you a big caffeine fan? It’s hard to not really love that hot cup of coffee with double the creamer in the morning. Maybe you like something quick and easy from the gas station so you opt in for energy drinks.

Well forget all of that!

Herbal tea is the best alternative, and there are a lot of health benefits.

No more afternoon crashes or feeling super bloated because of sugary creamer or on the verge of a heart attack because of energy drinks.

Let me introduce you to something that will offer multiple flavor options and a lighter, healthier feel for the summer. Lake and beach days call for something refreshing!

Herbal Tea: What is It

Herbal tea is a beverage made by infusing various herbs, flowers, fruits, and other plant materials in hot water. Unlike true tea, which comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the tea plant.

Serve iced or hot. Mix with your favorite fruits for an extra twist. Increase your water intake by pouring over some ice and you are set!

The amount of caffeine varies depending on which type you buy. There are also caffeine-free options if you just want something for the taste.

Popular herbs and ingredients used to make herbal tea:

  1. Chamomile: Known for its calming properties, chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flowers and is often enjoyed before bedtime.
  2. Peppermint: Refreshing and invigorating, peppermint tea is made from dried peppermint leaves. It is known for its soothing effects on digestion.
  3. Hibiscus: Hibiscus tea is made from the dried petals of the hibiscus flower. It has a tangy and tart flavor and is often consumed hot or cold.
  4. Lemon balm: Lemon balm leaves are used to make a tea with a subtle lemony flavor. It is often enjoyed for its calming effects and as a digestive aid.
  5. Ginger: Ginger root is often used to make a spicy and warming herbal tea. It is known for its soothing properties and is commonly used to ease nausea and promote digestion.
  6. Lavender: Lavender flowers are used to create a fragrant and calming herbal tea. It is often enjoyed for its relaxing properties.
  7. Echinacea: Echinacea tea is made from the leaves, flowers, and roots of the Echinacea plant. It is believed to boost the immune system and is often consumed during cold and flu season.
  8. Sweet Orange: A favor because of the sweet flavor. This is a good afternoon tea.

These are just a few examples, and there are countless other herbs and ingredients used in herbal tea blends.

You can find a ton of tea options at any grocery store. Switch it up too! You will really love the flavors and these will help you feel lighter and more energetic this season.

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Rosemary Fields

Publisher of The Edit, a monthly publication focusing on all things creative, home and design, lifestyle and travel. Freelance creative designer, photographer and videographer.

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