I love drinking tea. It's genuinely one of my favourite pasttimes to take time throughout the day to make sure I always have one by my side whether it's your classic English Breakfast tea or a loose-leaf Herbal concoction. So grab yourself a cuppa and have a read through of some herbal teas I'm currently loving..!
Happy Autumn! It is the season of cosy hot beverages, although that doesn't stop me for the rest of the year! I have a few go-to favourites I often find myself reaching for - Chamomile tea to relax and wind down at nighttime and Peppermint tea is great for after meals to ease any bloating or indigestion issues. These are firm favourites and can be found across any herbal tea brand easily in any supermarket. This Pukka Herbal Collection is a great choice of you're not sure which one to try, you get a few of each flavours to taste without the commitment of getting through an entire box of 20+ teabags. As well as being a great brand that promote organically grown herbs, Pukka teas are founded and formulated by Ayurvedic herbalists also so you can guarantee they not only great taste, but are good for you and the environment as well.
I also found this selection so helpful when travelling to Thailand as a mini medicine cabinet for mild, common travelling issues such as, trouble sleeping (Night Time tea), adjusting to the food and surroundings of a new environment can cause a dodgy stomach (Three Mint or Detox), or warding off a cold from the airport/aeroplane (Elderberry & Echinacea). I also love the comfort and time out you get from the process of pouring the tea and sitting for 10 minutes slowly sipping away - so therapeutic for the mind and body!
The amount of herbs contained in a shop-bought teabag are a lot lower dosage than a Herbalist would prescribe. Therefore loose teas are given for you to then measure out and brew your own herbal tea. Tea infusers, such as my metal owl-shaped one (from Sass & Belle, can be found here) pictured, are quite handy for loose leaf teas as it's a bit less messy than using a teapot and more suitable for one cup at a time as you just hook it on the edge of your cup and leave to infuse.
One of my homemade blends pictured in the jar above, I created during exam season whilst I was at University. It is a mix of dried Gingko, Lemonbalm and Rosemary. It tastes lovely and boosts microcirculation to your brain as well as increasing concentration and memory.
A recent discovery of mine is the M&S range of herbal teas, I particularly like their 'Detox' one as they can often taste awful but this one is very sweet and refreshing. I'm sipping below their 'Lemon, Ginger & Ginseng' flavour which is quite a mellow flavour despite being Ginger, but is a great boost to wake you up in the mornings or one to reach for when you're feeling a bit under the weather.
I have so many more to discover! I'm constantly trying out new ones and there's some missing I don't have in my cupboard at the moment but I'll be sure to be grabbing some more from the Pukka range as they're all genuinely tasty and good quality as are the Teapigs range you can find in Tesco, in particular their 'Peppermint & Liquorice' is deliciously sweet and rich it's almost like a dessert! So snuggle up and get sipping to discover your favourite new flavour of tea!
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.