Everybody knows – or should know – the value of a nice cup of tea when you’re looking for a little relief from your day-to-day. But beyond the naturally soothing nature of a good brew – just curling up with your mug at the end of a long day is enough to ease your mind – picking your tea based on its ingredient inclusions can take the healing properties of your cup to a whole new level, since a lot of the herbal inclusions that make their way into different teas can work to address any number of problems, from your mood to your migraines. Now, even if you’ve got a kitchen cabinet filled to the brim with varieties like chamomile, lavender, and rose tea, believe us when we say there’s a big chance you haven’t even begun to experience the full range of herbal possibilities out there. To help you take your herbal tea game to the next level, snag one of these must-try options that most likely have yet to grace your tea mug (yet, that are sure to become staples soon enough).
Løv Organic Lemongrass-Blackcurrant Rooibos Tea, $20
You may not know exactly how to say it – “roy-boss,” by the way – but this herb, which has its (very literal) roots in South Africa, works wonders when it comes to giving your mind a much-needed dose of relaxation. Plus, rooibos is super rich in antioxidants, so you can bet that when paired with equally-nourishing lemongrass, you’ll get the ultimate good-for-you blend.
MiCacao Natural Cacao Tea, $14
As if you need much of a reason to willingly accept a chocolate-infused tea to your herbal arsenal, right? For the record, though, this you can take comfort in knowing that cocoa has a pretty solid track record when it comes to giving you a boost of energy and taking down your stress levels, so it makes sense that a cocoa-infused tea (which also happens to be totally organic and sugar-free) is going to be the perfect brew when you’re in need of a quick little pick-me-up.
Super Herb Tea Organic Elderflower SuperHerb Tea, $14
While your tastebuds are enjoying the notes of pear, lychee, and vanilla in this elderflower blend, your body will be benefitting from the chest-clearing properties of the herb (which, in the case of this particular tea selection, comes straight from a small family farm in Albania). Especially ideal when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, elderflower is the perfect herb inclusion when you’re looking to breathe a little easier.
Tea Haven Neem Leaf Tea, $7
Neem leaf is a bit of an herbal superstar, if there ever was one. From helping treat the common cold and allergies, to detoxing, to getting your skin glowing, the list of benefits that you can reap from sipping on some neam leaf tea is a bit of a doozy (but, like, in a good way). And while neem leaf on its own isn’t exactly the most enjoyable (the flavor can be super bitter), pairing the leaf with other sweet ingredients to balance out the flavor, like berries, is a great way to reap the benefits of the herb while still enjoying the flavor of your tea.
ST. JOHN’S WORT
The Republic of Tea Get Happy Tea, $11
Feeling a little down in the dumps? St. John’s wort is an herb that can have a seriously positive impact on your mood, because it helps keep serotonin levels balanced in the brain, which in turn prevents emotional ailments, like depression. The combination of similarly mood-boosting rhodiola and calming lemon balm in this tea blend only further helps to get your mood in tip top shape with nothing but a few sips.