I am a huge herbal tea drinker. Being a Southerner, I drink sweet tea by the gallon, but when the weather cools off, I start with big steaming mugs of tea morning, noon, and night.

I have found herbal tea to be really helpful with certain things like calming down, getting some energy, and just generally making my body feel better. When I was trying to get pregnant, I created a special herbal tea for myself, and when I was breastfeeding, red raspberry leaf tea was my friend, along with fennel tea in the beginning to get things going, so to speak.

I’m well past having any kids (honestly, I can’t think of anything worse than to be my age with my body and be pregnant), but my love for herbal tea remains. A big mug, sweetened lightly with honey or molasses (don’t judge), and a good book is really all I need on winter nights.

These three teas are in heavy rotation these days at my house:

  1. Teami¬†Skinny Tea: I’m not trying to lose weight, per se, but I wouldn’t be adverse to it by any means. Regardless, this blend has oolong in it which is not only my favorite tea, but it actually gives me a nice reasonable surge in energy. Nothing like straight up espresso will, but nice and gentle. It also has yerba mate, which is also great for a pick-me-up. Other ingredients in the blend are lime leaf extract, lotus leaf, ginger root, dandelion leaf, rhubarb root.
  2. Kusmi Tea BB Detox: I’ll try anything to detox my skin. At least once. Now, I don’t know if this is actually detoxing my skin or not, but it’s a lovely tea to drink anyway. Ingredients include green tea, mat√©, rooibos, guarana and dandelion, with the scent of grapefruit. Green tea is everything, I drink a lot of it. The guarana is going to give you some caffeine, which is delightful in the morning. Mate is also going to give you some caffeine. And what does all this caffeine do? That’s right – you’re going to pee all day. The good part about that? It’s a way of detoxifying your body. If you’re not down with the caffeine, this is not a good tea for you.
  3. Love tea by Pukka: such a charming herbal tea. It was created by the company cofounder as a way to win over his partner, who is now his wife, so I’m assuming it worked! This is a nice calming blend, and I drink it before bed. The chamomile flower alone has great calming properties, and the elderflower can help with allergies, so I sleep a little better. The full list of ingredients include: chamomile flower (25%), limeflower, elderflower, marigold flower, licorice root, rose flower (5%) lavender flower (5%).

So I’m not just drinking coffee all the time (although I don’t play – every morning there is a coffee in there somewhere, unless I’m chugging down some of my Kusmi), but also loving my teas. I drink plenty of non-herbals too, but there is just something so natural-tasting about herbal tea.

Grab some, put them in a basket, add some herbal honey, some cookies, and a tea strainer, and you have a most excellent gift for a tea-lover in your life.

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