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Many of us rely on coffee as a daily pick-me-up and warming drink. However, if you want your hot beverage to pack more of a health punch, consider choosing a natural herbal tea to stay warm this winter. When the temperature drops, it is beneficial to drink warm liquids as well as water to regulate the body’s internal temperature and stay warm. Ayurvedic medicine recommends drinking warm liquids and eating warm foods in winter time to avoid putting the body under extra stress and trying to ‘warm up’ cold foods and liquids before digesting them.
At Perelandra, we stock a wide range of herbal teas, ranging from green tea to chamomile to nettle and ginger. We also have a large selection of bulk herbs in the vitamin section of the store, many of which can be boiled and made into teas. These include astragalus root (an adaptogen which helps the body to combat stress and disease and is anti-inflammatory), Echinacea angustifolia (traditionally used as an antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory), mullein leaf (traditionally used for coughs and respiratory infections, and other inflammatory infections such as diarrhea, bruises and burns, and ear infections), eleuthero (another adaptogen, eleuthero is traditionally used to shorten the duration of colds if taken in early onset, help relieve stress, and improve cognition and mental capacity), oatstraw (high in calcium, this herb has traditionally been used for bone, skin and nail health, and also contains silica, an important mineral for skin health, as well as lots of B vitamins), marshmallow root (traditionally used to soothe a sore throat and irritated stomach, can be used as a laxative also), lemon balm (traditionally used for a calming effect, which may help to improve sleep for insomniacs and help with anxiety; also may help with cold sores because of the flavonoids it contains), burdock (traditionally used as a blood detoxifier, and helps to cleanse the liver), and feverfew (traditionally used to help fight headaches and migraines, may help with treating rheumatoid arthritis, and help the skin condition dermatitis). These are just a small selection of the bulk herbs we have available in store, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff to show you the others. Buying bulk herbs and making them into a tea yourself means you are getting a nice potent dose of the dried herb and all of the health benefits. Many of the bulk herbs we sell have a general detoxifying effect as well as more specific effects, and many of them work well synergistically when paired with one or two other herbs.
To stay hydrated in cold weather, it can also be a good idea to drink warm or hot water with lemon juice and ginger first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The warm water will help to cleanse the digestive system and wake it up, while the lemon juice is considered by some to have positive and cleansing effects on the kidneys. Try not to drink too much ice cold water in the colder months as this can be a shock to the system; instead try room temperature water or warm water instead.
Most herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free too, which means that they do a great job of hydrating you naturally and do not give you that hyped-up feeling that coffee can sometimes produce. Happy tea drinking!