Temperatures are plummeting in the northern hemisphere and there’s no better time to enjoy a warming tea to counteract those cold days! All teas benefit from being hot, at least if you serve them right, but some also have ingredients that offer warming benefits to the body that go beyond simple temperature. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Ginger has long been used to treat nausea, spasms and stomach aches and also to aid circulation. Research shows that ginger helps to lower blood pressure and has cardiovascular benefits. In short, if you struggle with cold fingers and toes, a mug of hot ginger tea can help to counteract the problem. You can either make your own by simmering thin slices of fresh ginger in a pan with water and a little lemon to taste or buy pre-prepared teabags for ease. Ginger is also naturally sweet and the root is wonderfully fragranced, calling to mind the spices and cozy feel of the festive season.
Chai tea comes in so many blends, but this ancient Indian drink is usually packed with beneficial spices that help to boost circulation and to encourage sweating. You may not get that hot on a cold winter’s day, but you’ll certainly feel the benefits of this warming, healthy drink. Peppercorns, cardamom, coriander, allspice, cinnamon and cloves are popular ingredients. They are all packed with antioxidant benefits that help the body work as it should, whilst fighting off disease. Spices are central to ancient Indian health systems such as Ayurveda, and they also taste wonderful in this ancient drink with a little milk and sweetener if you wish.
Tulsi and Cinnamon tea
Holy basil, or Tulsi, is said to be a powerful blood cleanser. It helps to provide relief from sore throats and aids with any congestion. Cinnamon fights against common infections and is anti-inflammatory and naturally warming. If you’re struggling with a cold, then this tea will help you to feel fighting fit once again. This is a great blend to personalize for a private label tea.
It’s a classic for a good reason! When it’s cold and dark outside, you need a beautifully rounded strong tea with a hit of caffeine, taken as you like it. If English breakfast isn’t your absolute favorite then try Assam, Ceylon or Earl Grey. Black tea usually has around 60mg of caffeine in a cup, but you could also try Yerba Mate Tea which has around 85mg a cup. A mug or two of these warming teas will make you feel cozy and ready to face even the coldest day, and you’ll also benefit your health as tea is packed with antioxidants and polyphenols that help to protect the body.
Choose the perfect private label tea
There are so many teas that contain warming and soothing ingredients such as ginger, cardamom, cloves and orange. They all work to wind your mind and body down and give you that comforting, warm feeling at the end of the day.