There's A Type of Tea for Every Problem

tea cup in hands


While someone would have to physically pry me away from a good cup of coffee and the only thing keeping me out of coffee shops are "closed" signs, I can admit that maybe its not appropriate for all occasions.

Say...if you're sick, have a stomach ache, or can't sleep. (Coffee definitely won't help you with that last one).

Sure, coffee wakes you up. It tastes sooo good. It even has some health benefits of its own. BUT, multiple cups and all the added crap isn't always the best opton for your body. You'll end up feeling dehydrated, sluggish, and crash. Oh, and don't forget the jitters. I'm still recovering from the time I thought I was going to have a heart attack from one extreeemly caffeinated cup of cold brew. FYI, if someone who brews coffee for a living tells you it's strong, they are not exaggerating.

Now that I've been distracted, let's get on with talking about tea. Tea (in general) seriously has so many health benefits. Its full of antioxidants, it's been found to reduce cardiovascular risk factors, boost the metabolissm, and some of it naturally has no caffeine in it. Honestly, the list goes on. There are tons of other benefits you can find other online; however, research has its limitations, so remember to take anything with a grain of salt. (Especially if it promises things like drastic weight loss). Just try it and see what works for you.

It gets even better, though, because all teas aren't the same. They all have different benefits and uses. Like, green tea is usually my go-to option, but I'll reach for chamomile if I'm not feeling well. Almost every time my body is upset with me, there's a tea that will help the situation.

Tired?
Black or green tea. Both of them are caffeinated and can give your body a kick start. But with tea, you won't experience a crash after. (Win, win). Green tea also boosts your metabolism so sometimes I like to drink it first thing in the morning before working out!

Stomach Ache?
Peppermint or chamomile. They both help settle the stomach by calming the muscles and also aid digestion. Peppermint has a refreshing effect, while chamomile is more soothing.

Cold? Sore Throat?
Chamomile or ginger. Chamomile has been shown to help the immune system and soothes a sore throat or cough. Add some raw honey for extra help! (Side note: it's also good for cramps). Ginger has a warming effect on your body that helps with chills. (Psst – it's cold season so remember this).

Headache? 
Skullcap or ginger. Both are anti-inflammatory and will help reduce pressure by relaxing your blood vessels. Any kind with caffeine may also help.

Can't sleep?
Valerian root, chamomile, or lavender. Valerian root acts as a mild sedative, chamomile and lavender both offer a relaxing effect that can make you more calm.

There are so many types of herbal teas with so many different uses! I'm pretty sure each kind of tea actually just needs a whole post of its own.

What's your favorite type? I'm definitely a green tea or peppermint person. Do you try drinking tea to solve any of these issues? Do you have other home remedies? Let me know!

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