Before I was a coffee girl, I was a tea girl, and recently I’ve rediscovered my love for this ancient beverage. Tea has been a tradition since 59 BC in China, and now dominates the Western world as it competes against its darker, extremely caffeinated companion. Tea, however, is a better option to your usual morning coffee because it contains so many healthful antioxidants. Even better, the sheer variety of teas offers something for every taste, mood or kind of day. Think all tea is created equal? Think again. Here are five teas for every need.
1. Feeling sick.
Ginger tea is perfect for calming an upset stomach and battling nausea. Add some lemon for a boost of Vitamin C, or some honey to help soothe a sore throat or cough.
2. Feeling drained.
Try switching out your black coffee for some black tea, which contains the highest caffeine content of all types of tea. This is also the kind of tea you’re probably most familiar with; think of traditional English afternoon tea.
Try: Twining's Earl Grey
3. Trouble sleeping.
Chamomile tea is the perfect pre-bedtime drink. It has a mild flavor and is nicknamed the “sleep tea” for its relaxing effects on the body.
Try: Tazo Calm Chamomile
4. Need a de-tox.
Two words: green tea. This type of tea really is a cure-all and a favorite of health gurus. Green tea is fantastic for boosting your body’s natural detoxification system, and can make you feel less bloated. If you can, try to drink at least two cups of this tea a day.
Try: Bigelow Green Tea
5. Feeling stressed.
Teas with lemon balm, lavender, or cinnamon are particularly useful for relieving tension. The best advice, however, is to simply switch your coffee for any kind of herbal tea, since the high caffeine content in coffee will only amplify your stress.