It is that time of year! Winter is fast approaching so here are the 17 Best Types Of Herbal Teas To Drink During Winter Part 1:
I am a coffee drinker, I LOVE coffee… However, if I had to give up coffee, the herbal tea that would replace my coffee would be HIBISCUS tea all. the. way.
Firstly, it tastes amazing… And around flu season and cold season we all need to load up on that vitamin c… Enter Hibiscus Tea!
So, let’s talk about the benefits of Hibiscus and why you may want to add this to your tea shelf this season.
- Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C so it is a great way to build your immune system: Vitamin C is one of the most powerful vitamins in fending off colds.
- Hibiscus is high in antioxidants
- Helps to promote stronger liver health
- Can help regulate blood sugar
- Great for digestion
- Can support healthy weight loss
Let’s just rank this as my favorite tea and yes, with all its benefits it would be a great tea to add to your herbal tea cabinet.
Honestly, besides the pretty white flowers with a bit of yellow in them being fun to look at, I keep Chamomile tea as a year-round tea for us.
If my kids ever complain about their tummy not feeling right, they get chamomile tea…
Almost without fail, it calms their stomach down. That being said, it is another popular tea that is just great to have on hand.
- So, an added perk of chamomile tea is its anti-inflammatory properties… Most people need anti-inflammatory foods and drinks in their diets these days.
- As said earlier, it’s great for the digestive system
- It’s very calming and could support your system when anxious
- Chamomile is also very soothing to sore throats
I could go on about the benefits of this calming tea but, I’ll stop there and just say you won’t regret adding it to your tea cabinet.
Okay, so peppermint tea is probably unanimously my kids’ favorite tea which, I think is a great choice!
With its minty taste mixed with hot water and raw honey, it meets all the standards for my tea lovers.
Now, let’s talk about why you may want to keep it in your stash of tea…
- Peppermint can support your lungs when you are dealing with an upper respiratory infection
- Helps clear your sinuses. Have a stuffy nose? Smell the peppermint while you are drinking your warm cup of tea
- Can help calm headaches
- Can promote better sleep at night
- Smells AMAZING! Okay, some may think that that should not be one of the benefits of tea, but for this one though it is a benefit for sure!
This tea is SO easy to grow. Peppermint leaf grows SUPER wild, wherever you plant peppermint it yields SO MUCH!
Okay, let’s talk elderberry! This is a must-have for the winter months in our house! Not only do we make homemade elderberry syrup. We make Elderberry/Fenugreek Tea and it is the best tea for when my kids are dealing with cold symptoms.
I add a 1/4 cup of dry Elderberry and 1/4 Fenugreek seed to an 8 cup french press, let it steep for 10 minutes or so, add some honey to taste and they have a delicious hot cup of tea.
The benefits are like a lot of the rest of these teas…
- Builds up the immune system
- According to Martins’s Wellness… Elderberries are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, which are beneficial for health. A cup of elderberries has 106 calories and contains:
- – Vitamin C (52 mg)
- – Vitamin A (870 mg)
- – Dietary fiber (10.2 g)
- – Carbohydrate (26.68 g)
- – Protein (1 g)
- – Calcium (55 mg)
- – Iron (2.3 mg)
- – Potassium (406 mg)
- – Folate (9 mg)
This is a powerhouse berry that we like to keep around during any sick season and is another one of the kid’s favorite teas!
Not only is this purple flower incredibly beautiful, but it is also SUPER good for the cold/flu season… It is just a great winter tea all around…
- It is another immune-boosting tea
- It is great for inflammation and could help calm your body of aches and pains
- Echinacea is rich in antioxidants
- Helps fights infections
- Echinacea tea is also a very calming tea
#6 Fenugreek Seed
I first heard about this tea from my mother-in-law. She highly recommended it every time our little kids found themselves with a sore throat or a runny nose.
Along with its benefits of helping mothers with their milk supply… Fenugreek seeds are known in India for helping with upper respiratory infections, and while they mostly include it in their food recipes, we make it a part of our tea recipes.
It kind of has a sweet taste, but if you let it sit for too long it can become a little bitter. Like I said above though, we like to mix it with Elderberry to help bring that berry sweetness.
#7 Fennel Tea
Another powerhouse tea with all the health benefits one needs to get through those long winter months.
According to NDTV.com, these are just a few of the benefits of Fennel Tea:
“Fennel contains a mix of antioxidants, antimicrobial components, and anti-inflammatory volatile oils, which help alleviate the risk of cold, cough, and flu and provides instant relief. It also helps keep several seasonal infections at bay and keeps your body warm from within According to the book ‘Healing Foods, by DK Publishing House “A syrup made from the juice is traditionally used to thin mucus.”
You will definitely want to have this one hand.
#8 Nettle Tea
According to Passport Health USA:
“Nettle plants are rich in a lot of vitamins and minerals, but two of the most important are vitamin C and carotene. Both properties further help your immune system fight foreign bacteria.”
Who doesn’t love a good tea with antibacterial properties?
#9 Hot Lemonade
Okay, okay… This is not an herbal tea but it is definitely one you will want to add to your “tea list.”
Hot lemonade is basically lemon tea…
We add 1 tbs of water, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar raw honey to taste and there you have it! A cup of hot tea that soothes that scratchy throat. Often, if the cold is bad enough we will add a clove of minced garlic to it!
If you know anything about garlic it is one of nature’s most powerful antibiotics… Garlic is a must for the long winter season.
So there you have it! 17 Best Types Of Herbal Teas To Drink During Winter Part 1:
I will share Part 2: on the next week!
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I highly recommend buying as much loose leaf tea as you can in bulk. It is WAY cheaper and SO super easy to brew in a Fresh Press Pot!