Herbal Tea Tasting at Amara HQ!

 

As part of the Wellbeing 100 programme, the Amara team were treated to a selection of herbal tea to try! The Social Committee placed a range of herbal teas in the kitchen and shortly after there was a queue for the hot water tap! This week we take a further look into the benefits of drinking herbal tea and what was on offer…

 

What is herbal tea?

Herbal tea isn’t actually made from tea – which is a specific kind of plant the Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas are sometimes called tisane, which is a little more accurate, since herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. In drinking a well-steeped herbal tea, we get all the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible form.

 

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C. S. Lewis

 

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

 

How to choose a herbal tea

When choosing a herbal tea, it’s important to look for a well-sourced product made from high-quality ingredients. If you’re drinking tea for the medicinal benefits, then you should steer clear of products that add things like essential oils or flavours. To reap the full benefits of drinking herbal tea, you should make sure you steep your loose tea or tea bags long enough – in some cases, as long as 10 to 15 minutes to really bring out all the beneficial properties.

 

As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing. – Kristin Chenoweth

 

 

There are so many wonderful herbal teas to choose from. Here is what were on offer at Amara. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

 

Peppermint Tea

Aids in digestion, helping to reduce bloating & any stomach discomfort

Can be used to ease nausea & vomiting

Can help relieve stress & tiredness

Supports the gallbladder & liver

 

 

Coconut & Mango Tea

Reduces cholesterol & helps improve blood circulation

Can to increase energy levels & keep you hydrated

Contains anti-bacterial properties and helps strengthen your immune system

 

 

 

Jasmine Tea

Contains antioxidant properties which can help boost your immune system

Can be used to help reduce feelings of stress or anxiety

Helps to lower high blood pressure & cholesterol levels

Lemon Tea

Can help with digestion

Helps to cleanse and detox your body

High in antioxidants and nutrients

 

Ginger Tea

Helps relieve digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain

Helps fight respiratory problems

Can help to reduce certain types of inflammation

 

 

 

Vanilla Chai Tea

Helps aid digestion and support the immune system

Also helps detoxify the body, improvode circulation and may also fight respiratory allergies

 

 

 

Camomile Tea

Can help to promote sleep

Helps to reduce stomach cramps

Can help to ease headaches and migraines

It can also help reduce skin irritations

 

 

 

Echinacea & Raspberry Tea

Encourages the immune system & helps reduce symptoms of colds, flu and other similar illnesses

Can sometimes also help with conditions such as eczema, acne & psoriasis

 

Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea – Sydney Smith

 

 

We also checked out tea heavyweights Twinings who give a handy guide on how to make the perfect herbal cuppa…

 

Image courtesy of Twinings

 

You can also find out lots of useful information on herbal teas here .

 

 

The whole team certainly enjoyed their refreshing tea tasting session and some members have been a bit more adventurous and brought in their own flavours. Perhaps there’ll be a few caffeine converts?

 

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn’t try it on. – Billy Connolly

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