Herbal Teas to Replace (GASP!) Coffee in the Morning

OK. Before you think I’ve gone crazy, I just want to say for the record: Coffee is amazing. But it gets a bad rap sometimes and with good reason. The spike in caffeine, excess calories if it’s a Starbucks, and the inevitable crash that follows.

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It’s a new year, and I’ve started wondering if I really should scale back my coffee drinking and replace my morning joe with a cuppa herbal. Off I went to discover what herbs could give me a healthier wake-up call and a side of health benefits. The herbals listed below also caffeine-free!

A disclaimer: you can drink these teas all day long, but if you’re not drinking enough water, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, a cup of tea isn’t going to offset the chronic fatigue. Be honest with yourself and with expectations you may have of these herbals!

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peppermint: The menthol found in peppermint not only will lift your spirits up in the morning, but it will kickstart your internal organs including your digestive system. An added bonus is that your metabolism gets a jolt!

 

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peppermint has the highest percentage of Menthol than other mints.

 

ginger: The spicy kick of ginger is perfect especially when it’s chillier outside because of the warming sensation it gives. Ginger also promotes circulation so your body can really get going in the morning. It pairs well with mint so experiment with different combinations!

 

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ginger tea is best made with the fresh root!

 

stinging nettle: This rather unusual herb has the keen ability to pack in more energy than a caffeinated cup can, according to Susun Weed. To get the full benefits of the Nettle leaf, steep it overnight.

 

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fresh stinging nettle from my backyard

 

 

Rhodiola: this powerful little root is also known as “goldenroot”. It has an energetically bitter taste to it but it definitely wakes you up and keeps you focused. According to the AARGO, Rhodiola was taken by Russian Olympic athletes and even cosmonauts to increase physical and mental performance. I can personally recommend The Viking Moxie Tea by MoxTea. For a full review, check out what I had to say about the Viking Moxie.

 

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Rhodiola rosea is grown in Northeastern United States, Canada, and China.

 

 

Did I miss any that should’ve been on the list? Which teas do you drink for a pick-me-up?

Also, check these out if you’re interested in learning about bloat-fighting herbals, and how you can cold brew teas!

Keep on steeping,

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Teas You Can Drink Today to Avoid Holiday Bloating

We’ve made it through Thanksgiving…but unfortunately, we may have accumulated more than what we bargained for if you know what I mean.

Now, if your holidays look anything like mine, there’s a lot of rich, dense leftovers made of pure carbs and sugar in my fridge! And once you start on the carb and sugar route, it’s difficult to stop! Then the bloating and swollen feelings come, and somehow this joyous season loses a bit of its luster.

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But this is a season of wonder and happiness and we want to enjoy it without the bloating right?!

I want to arm you with some herbal teas that can fight for you against that general bloated and swollen feeling and give you a bit more clarity this holiday season.

 

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  1. Ginger
    From nausea to , ginger is a miracle root that kicks most common ailments to the curb. Best made from fresh roots, this tea pairs well with lemon and honey.d1a8aebbbeab6fe998cb07cebe422956
  2. Peppermint
    Not only will peppermint help with bloating, but this little leaf also relieves fatigue and aids digestion. It fights against stress, nausea, bloating, is an anti-inflammatory herb, and is even a mild appetite suppressant!lemon-1117568_960_720
  3. Lemon
    Paired well with ginger, Lemon is antihistaminic, anti0inflammatory and a mild diuretic. Not to mention, a bright cup of lemon tea will do wonders if you are easily affected by seasonal mood changes, and need a general lift.fennelseed
  4. Fennel Seed
    This is a more uncommonly known herbal tea, but it does wonders for fighting against bloating. Fennel has natural anti-inflammatory properties and it cleanses the digestive system, the kidneys, and the blood.IMG_1656
  5. Hibiscus
    this tropical flower helps flush out water retention due to ingesting excess sodium and is a natural anti-inflammatory. You can easily learn how to make your own hibiscus tea at home.Food_Drinks_Chamomile_tea_028999_
  6. Chamomile
    The relaxing flower does more than just relieving stress. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, helps with indigestion, and soothes the occasional upset stomach.

Any combination of these teas can keep the bloat at bay, but try to stay away from adding too much sugar, milk/cream, etc. If you need to add some sweetness, reach for agave, honey, or stevia. Or you can lean towards the more sweet-tasting teas like chamomile, hibiscus, and fennel. Ginger tends to be a very bitter tea and almost always I end up adding some sweetness to mine!

I hope this quick cheat guide will help you as you enjoy the wonders of the season without the unwanted side effects of holiday meals, Christmas cookies, and dense foods!

 

Keep on steeping,

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