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Time for Tea!

I was recently sent some wonderful Pukka Tea by the Nutrition Centre to review. I love trying new tea, and love having herbal tea at work, as it keeps me focused and alert.

I was also sent this really useful information about different herbal teas and their benefits, and I thought my readers may find this interesting too! I have Clean Green Tea and also Morning Time to review which is a mix of roobios, honeybush and red ginseng. I’ve found it really interesting to read the benefits of this tea, and also some great suggestions for other teas to try.

I’m currently getting my kettle boiling and a review will be on the blog soon so keep your eyes peeled!

In the meantime, here is the article by The Nutrition Centre for you to enjoy:

Time for tea: The 7 best herbal teas

Drinking tea has been a British tradition for decades, from the traditional dark builders brew to ‘new-age’ herbal teas.
We all know a good cuppa makes you feel warm and relaxed inside, but there are also significant health benefits associated with certain types of tea. Here are a range of herbal teas and their benefits:

• Peppermint Tea – Peppermint tea has a lovely minty, refreshing taste and has many health benefits. Peppermint tea is a great natural treatment for stomach ailments such as bloating and gas, it also acts as an appetite suppressant and helps to boost your metabolism. On top of all this peppermint tea acts as a natural stress reliever and the menthol present in the tea acts as a muscle relaxant, helping relieve stress. Drunk before bed, it can help aid sleep and make you dream more vividly than normal! Try crushing fresh mint leaves into hot water and adding sugar for a lovely reviving drink.

• Camomile Tea – Camomile tea has a gentle, calming and sedative effect. Perfect for aiding sleep and relaxation, this tea is made from flowers and is great for people suffering from insomnia. It is also used to aid digestion post meals. Chamomile is recommended for cases of bronchitis and bad coughs or for a cold or fever, as it’s soothing effects help ease tickles. Try Clipper Organic Camomile tea for the best night’s sleep of your life.

• Ginger Tea – Ginger tea is a great digestive aid and is used to curb feelings of nausea, vomiting or upset stomachs due to motion sickness. Ginger tea can be created by simmering a piece of root ginger on the stove for 10-15 minutes and adding lemon and honey. The addition of lemon and honey is a powerful germ-fighting combination and can be used to help with the symptoms of the common cold. But if boiling root ginger seems a bit too much like hard work, give Pukka Three Ginger Tea a go to soothe belly ailments.

• Green Tea – Green tea has a slightly bitter taste, but is more delicate in flavour when compared to black tea. This tea contains about 25 milligrams of caffeine per cup and is jam-packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants are called catechins and can help protect against some types of tumours and cancers. Green tea is often dubbed the ‘wonder herb’ and has been used for centuries to help with brain function, weight loss and prevent diseases. Try Pukka herbal teas Clean Green Tea to give yourself a quick boost.

• Liquorice Tea – liquorice tea is one of the most underappreciated teas with so many of its health benefits generally unknown to most tea drinkers. Mainly digestive, liquorice tea works as a mild laxative and helps relive constipation, it also helps protect the stomach lining. It has anti-inflammatory properties which ease the pain of arthritis and significantly eases pre-menstrual tension as well as being a substitute for St Johns Wort which is used to treat low blood pressure. Try Teapigs Hush Liquorice tea for a little lift.

• Rooibos Tea – This tea is high in vitamin C, as well as other minerals. An easy drinking tea with a light flavour, it is largely grown in South America and has been touted for its antioxidant properties. The antioxidants are claimed to help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help common skin concerns such as eczema. Give Clipper Organic Rooibos tea a go and reap the benefits.

• Black Tea – Black tea is the most common variety of tea and accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption! Black tea has a slightly bitter taste and contains the most caffeine (about 40mg per cup). It has a high concentration of the antioxidant compounds called theaflavins and thearubigins which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol. Try East India Company’s black tea and ditch the coffee for that caffeine boost!

Clare Galpin is the MD at Nutrition Centre, an online health supplements brand who’ve recently celebrated 40 years in the industry!

I was sent some Pukka Tea by The Nutrition Centre in order to undertake a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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