Stick the kettle on!
We all enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee, but there are a variety of herbal teas that are thought to promote good health, as well as being a comforting drink. The list below includes just a few of our favourite herbal teas – they are easy to find and are a great way to boost well-being.
Rooibos is thought to improve skin health as it contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which is good for the complexion. It also absorbs the oil in our skin (sebum) and can be used to help ease irritations, such as itchiness, eczema, sunburn and acne.
Try it yourself: Rare Tea Company, Wild Rooibos (£7)
Chamomile is well-known for its soothing qualities, which is why it is so popular for calming tummy troubles. Chamomile tea increases the levels of glycine (an amino acid) in the body.
Try it yourself: PUKKA Chamomile and Vanilla (£2.39)
Hibiscus is believed to be good for the blood. Studies have shown that the flavonoids found in this tea contain antioxidants known to reduce the build-up of fatty deposits in our arteries.
Try it yourself: Simply Hibi Hibiscus Tea (£5)
Oolong tea is thought to aid weight-loss and burn calories. This is thought to be done through a process called lipoylsis – this enables the body to use fat as its primary source of fuel, rather than sugar.
Try it yourself: ATTIC Tea, Iron Goddess (£6.95)
This tea is thought to be beneficial for the respiratory system. Liquorice contains glycosides, acids that work to reduce inflammation in the body. The soothing and calming properties of liquorice tea can be effective in easing irritating coughs, asthma and chest infections.
Try it yourself: Yogi Tea, Egyptian Liquorice (£2.35)