There’s always a reason to brew some tea. Need an energy boost or a little help winding down? Try tea. Looking for a natural way to soothe an upset stomach or sore throat? Tea. What goes with your breakfast, cures your afternoon slump and calms you before bed? Yep…the answer is always tea.
That versatility is just one of the many reasons we love tea, and frankly, it has a lot to do with the fact that there are many varieties of tea. Tea leaves can be rolled or fermented (oolong) or oxidized (black tea) for a variety of different flavors and experiences. Herbs and dried fruit, like peppermint, ginger and citrus, can also be added to tea leaves or brewed on their own to make herbal teas. Tea can also be consumed hot or iced and mixed with sweeteners and creamers as desired.
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Overwhelmed just a little? Here are some of the best teas to keep on hand for (almost) every occasion.
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1. Taylors of Harrogate English Breakfast
English breakfast tea is one of the most popular tea varieties in the world. Typically robust and traditionally mixed with sugar and cream, English breakfast tea is especially invigorating, thanks in part to the fact that, as a black tea, it contains caffeine. (Dairy free? Lemon also brightens up breakfast teas beautifully.) Taylor’s of Harrogate’s breakfast tea is bagged for convenience and brews a delicious, bright, rich cup of tea without being overly bitter.
2. Yogi Tea Green Tea Super Antioxidant
Green tea is made from the same tea leaves as black tea. However, the leaves are minimally processed to keep them from oxidizing — and the result is a milder, less tannic brew, though green teas also range in flavor depending on the type of leaf and area of the world where they’re grown. While many people tout green tea’s health effects, not all are proven. Still, many people swear by their daily cup. Yogi Tea’s green tea is a is a low-caffeine alternative that can be enjoyed all day, and is a great budget buy. Bonus: each tea bag is compostable.
3. Twinings of London Pure Peppermint Herbal Tea
Herbal teas, like mint tea, can be blended with tea leaves, other herbs and flavors, or be packaged alone. Pure mint tea is a caffeine-free option that can help soothe upset tummies, and the menthol in mint may even help unclog sinuses. If you’re just starting to dabble with herbal teas, mint is an approachable and delicious place to start — hey, it even freshens your breath!
4. Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender Herbal Tea
Pretty much any herbal, caffeine-free tea is fine before bed, but chamomile has long been a folk remedy for insomnia. While science is inconclusive, many people still find it to be a calming, pre-bed ritual. Chamomile, infused with lavender, also has a more soothing effect than, say, peppermint tea. It can be a great way to drink soothing hot water that can help with your throat and digestion before bed, as well.