According to the Tea Association of the USA, next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and can be found in about 80% of American households.
The antioxidants in tea have been researched for their ability to improve heart health, brain health, reduce cancer risk, as a weight loss aid and more.
Several brands have introduced herbs, vitamins and essential oils into their blends to serve up wellness teas with even more health benefits. Here are a few to consider if you’re looking for a new favorite brew.
For winter wellness, organic Echinacea Plus by Traditional Medicinals promotes optimal immune system functioning with Echinacea purpurea, known for its ability to reduce both incidence and duration of the common cold. Lemongrass and spearmint are added to given this caffeine-free blend a mild mint and citrus flavor.
If you’re a green tea fan, try Green Tea Triple Echinacea from Yogi Tea. In addition to the antioxidants in the green tea leaves, this blend includes three varieties of immune-boosting echinacea and black elder berry to keep your immune system humming along through cold and flu season. Each tea bag contains approximately 29 milligrams of caffeine.
Looking to unwind after a stressful day? Reach for a cup of caffeine-free Stress Less from Lipton. Made with calming chamomile, cinnamon and lavender essential oil, sipping this pleasant-smelling blend can help calm the central nervous system, help you relax and even promote a good night’s sleep.
Organic Nighty Night tea from Traditional Medicinals is an earthy-flavored soothing brew made with organic valerian root extract. This herb is known for its ability to promote relaxation and support a more restful sleep. If your goal is to unwind after a hectic day, add this herbal blend to your shopping list.
Cold winter days take a huge toll on our skin. Give your beauty regimen a boost with Yogi Tea’s Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin DeTox tea. This green tea blend contains rose petal and hibiscus flower – both used as skin soothers in Ayurvedic medicine. The fragrant, floral tea will have your skin glowing in no time. Each tea bag contains about 12 milligrams of caffeine.
If you’re feeling bloated or sluggish, your body may be craving a different kind of detox. Lipton’s Detox tea is a green tea blend containing dandelion root, known to help with digestive issues. The addition of grapefruit essential oil and nettle give this tea even more cleansing benefits. This blend contains between 28–38 milligrams of caffeine per tea bag.
Karen Morse, MPH, is a freelance health and nutrition writer. In her free time, she enjoys Pilates, exploring nearby hiking trails and cooking up fresh, seasonal eats in the kitchen. Her work has appeared in Clean Eating, Weight Watchers, YouBeauty.com and others.