Summer is not over yet and that means it’s time to refresh our drinks and soak in the sun for at least one more weekend!
And what’s better than enjoying a colorful and cooling cup of tea!
Tea is milder, more hydrating and less heating than coffee. The variety of herbal teas can offer a bouquet of health benefits. Spicy and warming teas, such as ginger and chai, are more suitable for fall and winter. For warmer days, a more balancing match would be teas such as peppermint, hibiscus and chrysanthemum which are naturally cooling.
Wonderful Summer Teas:
Peppermint might already be in your tea selection. The invigorating aroma alone will keep you awake and offer long list of health benefits. Peppermint is great for an upset stomach, overall brain health and headaches. It also relieves menstrual cramps.
Hibiscus offers a vibrant taste that matches the color of the tea. It is a great blood purifier, which means it is cooling. It is specifically used to keep body temperature balanced and support healthy upper respiratory system.
Chrysanthemum is cooling in its nature, perfect for hot summer days. The anti-inflammatory properties make it great for the liver and lungs. When used for its medicinal properties, a higher dosage than what your tea bag will provide, chrysanthemum has been used to improve the function of the cardiovascular system, reduce heat and congestion in the liver, lungs and eyes, ease coughs and colds, fight viral illness and infection.
Mighty little flowers, if you ask me! Now is the perfect time to steep them, let them cool and drink up! If you can, avoid ice! You can get your chrysanthemum craving satisfied by using HERBTHEORY Eye Care, as well. If you are feeling adventurous, check out a great list of edible flowers by our friends at Organic Authority and Eco – salon.
References http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/peppermint http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/14/peppermint-health-benefits.aspx