Personal wellness is defined as the maintenance of your physical, mental, emotional, and sometimes spiritual health. In short: taking care of oneself. And there are many ways to cultivate personal wellness. For starters, herbal tea has been used as a wellness booster for all of recorded history. Wow!
Tea, next to water, is the cheapest beverage humans consume. Drinking the beverage tea has been considered a health-promoting habit since ancient times. The modern medicinal research is providing a scientific basis for this belief. The evidence supporting the health benefits of tea drinking grows stronger with each new study that is published in the scientific literature.
This shows the fascinating trend in current personal wellness. Not only did ancient cultures believe in the health benefits of various herbal teas, but contemporary science has proven these health benefits.
With that in mind, let’s sip on some of the best herbal teas for your personal health and wellness. This includes a variety of drinkable herbal remedies, targeting ailments from anxiety and depression to chronic pain and inflammation. Let’s get started!
Chamomile Tea: Herbal Sleepiness
- What it’s made of: Flowers
- Where it’s from: Asia, Europe, India
- When it’s harvested: August – October
We all likely know about chamomile tea. It’s one of the most popular herbal teas on the planet! It’s widely known as a sleep aid, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. However, herbal chamomile tea also provides a wide array of potential benefits. Chamomile tea can potentially:
- Offer anti-inflammatory effects
- Reduce involuntary muscle spasms
- Provide anxiolytic benefits
- Reduce menstrual pain
- Lower blood sugar
- Induce relaxation
- Treat common cold-like symptoms
A 2016 review published in Electronic Physician additionally stated that chamomile tea can offer antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidepressant, and antidiabetic benefits, among others. A 2006 analysis published in Phytotherapy Research even promoted herbal chamomile tea as possessing antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering effects as well.
As you can tell, herbal chamomile tea is much more than just a nighttime tea. But given its fragrant yet subtle flavor and powerhouse benefits, it’s no wonder why this tea is so popular worldwide.
Ginger Tea: Versatile Herbal Relief
- What it’s made of: Roots
- Where it’s from: Southeast Asia
- When it’s harvested: October – February
Another personal wellness-focused tea, herbal ginger tea, has many renowned properties and benefits. Your mom probably made you ginger tea as a kid when you got a cold, and there’s a good reason why: ginger is considered a superfood. What can it do for your health and wellness?
- Reduce nausea and motion sickness
- Provide anti-inflammatory benefits
- Lower blood pressure
- Relieve heartburn
- Lower cholesterol
- Improve blood circulation
- Alleviate muscle tension and pain
- Reduce menstrual pain
- Boost immune system functionality
- Provide antioxidants
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Alleviate common respiratory issues like nasal congestion
- Reduce allergic reactions to environmental allergens
Talk about a mouthful! But the ginger root – the only ingredient in herbal ginger tea other than water – is considered one of the most potent and impactful natural ingredients on the planet. And when we look at scientific studies of ginger tea and its benefits, we see an even more complete picture.
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years to fight against common forms of pain, and recent scientific studies have only validated its pain-relieving properties. According to one 2010 review of ginger’s benefits, published in Nutrition Today, it’s stated that ginger has the potential to treat symptoms of arthritis, upset stomach, asthma, and diabetes. In the same review, it states there is preliminary evidence that herbal ginger tea offers antimicrobial properties. However, it is unknown whether ginger offers a practical approach to combating infections (like other antimicrobials).
Among the best herbal teas for personal wellness, ginger is top of the line. Not only does it provide a wide array of potential benefits, it is available worldwide, and can grow in a variety of controlled conditions. Furthermore, it provides a spicy yet sweet taste that savors many flavor palettes. If that wasn’t enough, ginger has even shown promise as a dietary supplement, reducing sugar cravings and helping people manage their weight and food intake.
Kratom Tea: The (Not So) New Kid on the Block
- What it is: Leaves
- Where it comes from: Southeast Asia
- When it’s harvested: June – September (or year-round, depending on location)
Kratom tea has been used in Southeast Asia for millennia. However, this herbal supplement only reached western civilization in the last decades. But that doesn’t invalidate kratom’s potential as a high-quality herbal tea.
A member of the coffee family, kratom leaves are crushed into kratom powder and brewed as a tea. In addition, you can purchase kratom leaves and steep them yourself for another approach to kratom tea. But what can kratom tea do for you?
According to a 2017 review published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, kratom offers both energizing and relaxing benefits, depending on which strains of the plant you use. Red vein kratom, for example, is known as a relaxing strain, helping users relax. White vein kratom, on the other hand, is generally used to increase energy, focus, and motivation. Kratom tea also shows potential as an anti-inflammatory aid, but further research is needed to fully understand kratom as a personal wellness aid.
Regardless, it’s important to remember that kratom is new to western society. Kratom trees do not grow naturally in the United States. As such, if you are new to kratom tea, you should start with a low dose and increase incrementally as needed. Kratom tea is not like other forms of herbal tea (like chamomile and ginger) because you need to know which – if any – side effects you may experience.
The Importance of Herbal Teas, in Conclusion
Herbal teas provide many benefits to our personal health and wellness. Incorporating herbal teas into your daily routine can drastically improve your day-to-day life. And remember: chamomile, ginger, and kratom teas are just the cream of the crop. There are thousands of herbal remedies out there, each with unique benefits to your overall wellness. In addition, everyone is different and unique. As such, some teas may work better for some people than they do for others.
What do you think is the best herbal tea for your personal wellness? Let us know in the comments! In addition, if you’d like to make your own kratom tea, check out our guide to brewing the best kratom tea. You can also purchase loose leaf kratom directly from Kratom Spot so that you can experiment with kratom tea recipes on your own!