Sunday 27 September 2015

Time for a cup of tea...

With Organic September coming to an end, I think it is time to revisit my tea cupboard. Weather is changing and I'm definitely feeling the effects, it is becoming a little harder to wake up in the mornings. Luckily the past few days have been full of sunshine, which generally makes me feel more upbeat, but when it is hiding behind the clouds herbal teas are a huge help.

Higher Living Good mood tea comes in biodegradable teapees, allowing for dry herbs to be encased without having to be ground into powder, this gives a better quality infusion. It is a blend of apple mint, raspberry leaves, blackberry leaves, sunflower petals, marigold flowers, blueberries, strawberry leaves, and chamomile. You infuse it in freshly boiled water, allowing to brew for 4-5 minutes. The flavour is very fresh and predominantly minty, however it tastes more like a fresh mint infusion rather than usual peppermint tea bags. The overall infusion is mild and delicate, with a hint of sweetness. Everyone who likes mint tea would enjoy this, and I am in better spirits after I have a cup.

However I think this blend is pretty special because of the herbs that are in it, sure the tea is tasty and it does make me feel a little more cheerful, but let's have a closer look at what is inside. Apple mint can be useful when you are just starting to get a headache, it's also soothing for the digestive tract, and like the rest of the mint family it can help with feverish conditions. Blackberry leaves are rich in antioxidants. Sunflower petals as far as I can tell are used for the taste, without any extra health properties. Marigold flowers are rich in beta carotene. Blueberries keep the gut clean and healthy, they also help fight infection. Strawberry leaves contain trace minerals and vitamins, and are supposed be high in vitamin C. Chamomile is probably the most well known herb for its calming effects and helping with insomnia ( it is often used in bed time blends). So while this tea isn't a herbal remedy, and is not designed to treat any illness, the overall blend is a great addition to give your body and mind a little boost (as always everything in moderation, and there definitely is such a thing as having too much herbal tea).

While I do drink this tea whenever, I find that I tend to reach for this blend specifically when I feel stressed out, or when everything seems to irritate me. Drinking a nice tea and rubbing aome aromatherapy balm on my temples makes me feel more like my normal self. This isn't a magic potion, it doesn't make an awful day better, but I find that the herbs in the blend combined with the scent and the time that it takes to drink a cuppa helps me get my thoughts back on track and let's me get on with things that I would rather not deal with. Good mood tea has earned its place in my cupboard.

Do you guys turn to herbal teas when you are feeling down? Let me know in the comments.

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