Teas That Will Warm a Cold Day
If you’re cutting down on caffeine, it can be hard to train yourself out of reaching for a steaming mug of tea or coffee to warm yourself up on a cold day.
Here are a few ideas for warming drinks that won’t send your caffeine levels sky-high:
Neat herbal infusions:
- For a short herbal infusion, brew up some boiling water and add fennel seeds or rosemary. The fennel seeds are also good if you’re suffering from post-holiday indigestion. It can help smooth and relax the gastrointestinal system’s muscles and reduce gas, bloating, and stomach cramps.
- Add star anise to hot water in a mug and steep until you reach the right intensity for a warming licorice brew. Star anise in teas helps to treat respiratory infections, nausea, constipation, and other digestive problems.
- Spearmint can be a warming herbal infusion because of its intense flavor. In some countries, spearmint tea is used to treat stress and insomnia. Peppermint, by contrast, can have a cooling effect.
- Fresh peeled ginger is warming, but don’t overdo dried ginger as it can be a little bit too spicy for some palates. If you feel a cold coming on, a few cups of fresh ginger tea can fend it right off. Ginger tea also alleviates arthritis pain and muscle aches. It is also traditionally used to treat stomach problems, especially nausea.
- Try not to add pure sugar to herbal infusions; if you can drink them neat, that’s best but if not, opt for molasses, maltose, and palm sugar which all have warming rather than cooling properties.
Who needs a caramel latte anyway? These neat herbal infusions are more than enough considering their incredible health benefits—best after a relaxing massage. Call us now or book online for a massage appointment and enjoy a hot soothing neat herbal tea after.
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