Let’s face it, despite the two heads of kale every vegan consumes each week (please tell me I’m not alone!), germs can still take up temporary residence in our bodies, leaving us in bed for several days at a time. When I’m tucked under the sheets, my cure for feeling better is a steaming mug of tea–not just for its warmth, but for its health boosting properties too.
Aside from sneaking in nutrients, sipping a mug of tea is an easy way to up your fluid intake when you’re not feeling well. Read on to learn about my favorite teas and the launch of a Vegan Cuts special edition box that’s a perfect fit for my fellow tea lovers.
Peppermint tea is stimulating and refreshing without the need for caffeine, which makes it a great option for folks who don’t drink coffee. It also soothes the digestive tract, reduces nausea, acts as a decongestant, and relieves stress, thanks to the presence of menthol, a natural muscle relaxant. If you need to cool off in the summer, make a large pitcher of peppermint iced tea, toss in a few fresh mint leaves for garnish, sit down under a large shady tree, and relax!
Green tea originated in China nearly 4000 years ago and has been used as both a beverage and medicine throughout much of Asia. Since it is one of the least processed teas, it retains most of its beneficial qualities by the time it reaches your welcoming mug. It’s rich in antioxidants and contains polyphenols which reduce inflammation and swelling–ideal if you’re suffering from a sore throat. Green tea is also high in vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. If you’re feeling stressed, pour yourself a cup of green tea–theanine, an amino acid present in the leaves, has calming effects.
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Perhaps my favorite of all teas, chai’s powerful blend of herbs and spices–most commonly ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper–team up to improve digestion, enhance the immune system, and fight inflammation. It’s also rich in antioxidants. So the next time you order a cup of chai, get a fancy pastry too, because you’re treating your body well! And when those heat waves kick in, try an iced chai latte for an indulgent twist on this beverage often served hot.
The wonderful thing about tea is that you can buy it in bulk, which means you can sample lots of new varieties without spending a fortune. And you can mix and match to create your own special blend.
Are you a tea lover? Head on over to the Vegan Cuts marketplace and join our tea party! We’ve put together a box filled with a medley of teas plus a reusable glass drinking straw, and special sweet treat to accompany your sipping. Get your’s here.