Tea forms an essential part of the winter season, especially in India which is predominantly a tea-drinking nation. As the weather gets colder, everyone loves sipping on this tasty, comforting beverage which helps the drinker stay warm and rejuvenate their tired spirits. Winter season is the time when diseases like cold and flu rear their ugly head which is just one more reason to have during tea in winter season. It is because, besides warming properties, it is also rich in antioxidants and several essential minerals which aid in improving the body’s immune system. But if you are bored with the same old flavour, you can consider trying out these delicious tea blends which are sure to liven up your winter teatimes in the USA –
- Peppermint Tea –
There are mainly two types of Peppermint tea. One is made purely from dried peppermint leaves, and the other is a combination of black tea infused with peppermint leaves. This magical beverage, with its array of health benefits, will help the drinker stay warm and healthy during the chilly winter days. The health benefits of peppermint are well known. It contains menthol, a cooling agent that has proved to be quite effective against sinus-related problems, which is a common occurrence during the winter seasons. Apart from that, this herbal, aromatic beverage also contains antimicrobial and antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system.
- Lemon Green Tea –
Colder weather means a slow immune system which is why more individuals tend to fall sick in this weather. This year, one can consider switching their morning coffee for lemon green tea, which is not only healthier but also a tastier option. Green tea is loaded with a component called catechins which is rich in antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that improve immunity and fights against several diseases. Along with these properties, lemon green tea will also have vitamin C as one of its ingredients that reduces cold symptoms and improves immunity.
- Chamomile Tea –
This aromatic infusion made from dried chamomile flowers was used since the ancient Egyptian and Roman times for its therapeutic properties. Its floral, apple-like aroma acts as a natural sedative and stress reliever. Therefore, it is more suitable as a winter night time drink, especially for those who struggle with insomnia. This tea also has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat a variety of symptoms such as gastrointestinal disorder, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, back pain, arthritis, flu symptoms etc.
- Earl Grey Tea –
Robust Flavours of orthodox black tea from Assam combined with the mellowness of bergamot and lavender resulted in this unique blend called the Earl Grey Tea. While the exact origin of this tea blend is unclear; it is however known that the tea has been named after the English Prime Minister and Earl Charles Grey. There are several benefits of drinking this tea during the winters. Firstly, since it has got low caffeine content, it is a suitable beverage for those who are trying to cut back on their caffeine consumption. Secondly, bergamot being a citrus fruit contains vitamin C, which reduces inflammation and improves immunity. The soothing aroma of lavender also acts as a soothing agent that helps in calming the nerves.
When you buy these teas, make sure you know the proper brew time for each of them to retain the flavour and prevent them from turning bitter.