Sure, they’re all good for you. But with so many varieties on offer these days, choosing the right herbal tea to best suit your needs can be confusing. So we asked the masterminds behind two of our fave organic herbal tea ranges, Sebastian Pole, master Herbalist and co-founder of Pukka and Samantha Sargent, holistic nutritionist and founder of Be Genki to give us the lowdown on the best sips for any situation. Whether you want to calm down or are in desperate need of a natural pick-me-up, this herbal tea guide has got you covered!
Need a burst of energy in the morning or an afternoon pick-me-up?
Try green tea
“Green tea’s key active ingredient is caffeine, a known stimulant, but it doesn’t have the jittery effects associated with coffee,” says Samantha. “Green tea contains more than just caffeine though. It also has amino acids that work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.” Sebastian is also a fan of green tea, adding “an antioxidant-packed green tea will give you a healthier alternative to that morning coffee.”
You could also try: Astragalus
“This provides energy to combat fatigue, increases mental clarity, physical endurance and recovery from exhaustion,” says Samantha.
Red ginseng root and maca
“Perfect natural pick-me-ups if you’re avoiding caffeine,” says Sebastian.
“Traditionally used as an energy and stress tonic, withania has the ability to restore vitality in those suffering from stress or nervous exhaustion,” says Samantha.
Had a big meal or need a bit of help with your digestion?
Try peppermint tea
“Peppermint is a classic digestive herb,” says Sebastian. Samantha also loves is peppermint tea. “It enhances digestion by increasing stomach acidity, while also helping to alleviate bloating and gas,” she explains.
You could also try: Fennel
“Fennel tea is also a brilliant digestive herb,” says Sebastian.
Suffering from period pain and bloating?
Try ginger or rose petal tea
“Ginger is great for helping get your digestive juices kicked into action which in turn counteracts bloating,” says Sebastian. “It is anti-inflammatory and has pain relieving properties too”. If you’re not a fan of ginger, consider rose tea. “Rose is good for period pain and bloating. Its calming properties along with antispasmodic function can help relieve cramps.” Samantha agrees, adding “rose tea has been used throughout history to relieve period pain.”
You could also try: Raspberry leaf
“It has anti-inflammatory properties which can help muscles to relax and ease cramps,” says Samantha. “It is also a good source of iron, which is helpful if you are depleted during menstruation.”
“Is renowned for being helpful in the relief of period pain as it has a balancing effect on hormones,” says Samantha.
“Maca is famous for its hormone balancing properties,” says Samantha. “It is also high in vitamins and minerals, making it beneficial for helping with period pain.”
Have a thumping headache?
Try tulsi tea
“The Indian herb tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a perfect herb for treating headaches and maintaining focus,” says Sebastian.
You could also try: Ginger
“It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties which help with headache relief,” says Samantha.
“It’s relaxing and soothing properties can be really helpful if you have a headache,” says Samantha.
Seriously stressed and need some help to calm down?
Try chamomile or liquorice tea
“During anxious or stressful moments, try chamomile to help you unwind,” says Sebastian. “Liquorice and marshmallow root also help to settle and soothe..”
You could also try: Passionflower
“This acts as a gentle sedative, with its calming properties being helpful with anxiety, nervousness and stress,” says Samantha.
Need help getting to sleep?
Try chamomile or valerian tea
“Chamomile is a beautifully delicate and calming herb,” says Sebastian. “Valerian is also brilliant at preparing your body and mind for a relaxing night’s sleep.” Samantha also loves a combo of these two herbs. “Chamomile relaxes and valerian acts as a sedative and can be very helpful with insomnia,” she says.
You could also try: Passionflower
“This acts as a gentle sedative, with its calming properties being helpful with preparing you for sleep,” says Samantha.