As the weather beings to turn colder, we all want the comforting things that keep us warm and cozy nearby. For me, that list of winter warmers and wonders includes increasing my tea consumption. I have always loved the soothing and comforting feeling a hot cup of tea can give you in the winter (or anytime). Luckily for me, tea has many health benefits as well that give every cup a boost. Below are some of the great reasons to add a cup of tea to your daily routine this fall and winter.
Health benefits of tea:
- Tea provide many antioxidants which attack free radicals to prevent them from harming healthy cells. These antioxidants help our bodies by protecting us from pollutants.
- Tea can help soothe a cough or fever. Drinking tea while you are fighting off a cough or fever will help you stay hydrated while providing some antioxidants.
- Tea can help with stress. Blends that include lavender can help pick up your mood and reduce that anxious feeling while providing some soothing comfort. This has the most impact when combined with other stress relieving activities.
- Tea can help with nausea. Peppermint tea is great for soothing the stomach and combating nausea. The soothing effects of tea can also help with digestion.
- Tea can help with weight loss. Some studies have show tea can help reduce cholesterol.
- Less caffeine than coffee. Black tea is a great option if you are trying to keep your daily caffeine consumption low.
Tea for the family:
Tea can be enjoyed solo or with the whole family. There are many caffeine free options for children to enjoy as well. Although some pediatricians will suggest chamomile tea to infants after 6 months to help with constipation or colds, few experts recommend introducing tea to children under the age of 18 months. Check with your pediatrician if you have any concerns.
If you are a regular tea drinker, your toddler may be very interested in what is in your cup. To keep your little ones caffeine free, stay away from black teas such as orange pekoe, English breakfast and earl grey when making a family pot of tea. In addition, green teas contain caffeine in lower doses.
Tea can be a great alternative to sugary juice for your toddler. Some herbal teas to try include rooibos, chamomile, mint, hibiscus and lemongrass.
Remember to serve your tea at a lower temperature for you child. Consider serving tea at the same temperature that you would have used for warm baby milk.
You can even make your own tea using a few simple ingredients.
Here is a easy recipe to make your homemade mint tea:
- Lemon (tbsp. freshly squeezed)
- 7 fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups of water
- Agave or honey (optional, to taste)
- Wash mint leaves and cut into small pieces. This will help release the flavor into your tea.
- Place cut mint leaves into a fresh press or tea ball.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Pour water of the leaves and let it steep for 6 to 10 minutes. The longer you leave the leaves in the water, the stronger the tea. Once your tea has reached your desired strength, remove the leaves.
- Add freshly squeezed lemon.
- Add honey or agave.
- Sip and enjoy.
Enjoy creating happy memories with your family and a pot of tea.