Top 5 Herbal Teas when you don’t drink alcohol
Hey alcohol could kill me so I am always looking for an alternative option from alcohol free beer to wine.
However, if are avoiding the sugar or wanting to chill herbal tea can certainly take the pressure off. Here is my take on the top 5 herbal teas.
The thing is if you are being careful about your liver consumes the trick is to make it natural and keep a well-balanced diet. Even if you do not have liver health issues or just want to cut back on alcohol, herbal tea is a great source of relaxation and all you need is some boiled water and herbal teabag.
Even I can do that!
One thing to clarify though.
Not all herbal tea is tea if we are really honest. Yes we have green tea, black tea and even white tea, but fruit tea is really from dried fruit herbs and spices.
Who cares, I don’t, it’s all tea to me and any alcohol free alternative is welcomed. All these herbal teas can have very relaxing benefits and the good news is you don’t have to worry about alcohol by volume, so ABV.
The good news is that there is almost a flavor for every day the choice is truly amazing. Like anything to do with fruit just remember that like sugar herbal tea can eat into your tooth enamel so it’s good not to avoid any mouth hygiene measures and use it with a balance.
I know many people who say it’s better than sugary drinks and I agree but it can still have an effect so I want you to make sure you are aware as I talk from personal experience, evidence from my dentist and colleagues at work.
That should not stop you from enjoying them though as an alternative to alcohol this are excellent. They can also keep us away from more fizzy drinks which are easy to substitute on an alcohol free lifestyle or if you are just reducing what you drink.
In addition to being delicious, some herbal teas have health-promoting properties. In fact, herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years.
It comes with a caution though!
Interestingly, modern science has begun to find evidence supporting some of the traditional uses of herbal teas, as well as some new ones.
Here are my top 5 healthy herbal teas you might want to put into the mix. In case, you don’t read to the end 🙂 I am putting my favorite first and my least favorite last.
Look at me rolling with it!
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is one of my top favorites as it packs a punch and does lend itself to winter but can be drunk all year around. I like it for various reasons including :
- Flavorful drink
- Has a kick that packs a punch not quite chilli but near it
- Has healthy, disease-fighting antioxidants
- Great for the stomach and nausea
Ginger comes up time and time again at being a natural help for remedies. In fact if you go into your chemist many of the cold remedies have ginger in them at some level.
It is also recommended by natural practitioners not just for everyday sickness but nausea as a result of pregnancy and during certain health treatment. I know a friend of mine swears by ginger sweet but on a sailing boat.
However, with any health condition such as pregnancy also check with your pharmacy! Even herbal teas need a cross-check.
It has helped me with sickness though.
I hate boats and I am not good at them either in even calm sea but I went around Turkey on a Gullett Boat and did not feel sick once at any serious level. I still think ginger tea played a big part.
There is more medical research needed around ginger in helping lots of health issues so I am always nervous about saying it as a fact. Because its not!
It’s best to enjoy the warmth and kick and see how you feel about it!
I know many people add lemon to the mix as well and that is a great antidote for so many things.
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2. Peppermint Tea
For me this is a no brainer and is one of the first herbal teas I tried. Basically I decided I was drinking too much coffee and rather than hot water this was a good alternative. If you go into any coffee shop and ask for a herbal tea this is definitely one that will be on the menu.
And I was one of my colleagues used to stay “ I trust peppermint its been in sweets for years”
Go and figure that one out!
I know colleagues who have used peppermint to help with sickness and indigestion though so I am not always certain there is something in it, I just don’t believe all the herbal tea guru claims.
3 Chamomile Tea otherwise known as Night Tea
There are lots of studies about this tea and the effect on diabetes. Again these results are outside the norm of modern day medicine. As one doctor I spoke to told me “take a long walk and drink normal tea, it could be just as useful”
I think he has a point and to be fair he was not a fan. We often try the sticking plaster approach rather than dealing with the cause.
Never do that is not worth it. I took my supplement for my liver but it had no effect whatsoever. I still developed liver disease. So herbal teas for me are about alternatives to alcohol or sugary drinks and that is a good thing!
However, personally I have listed this tea here not for anything to do with diabetes or anything radical like that but I do find it calming. If your alcohol intake is the result of a stressful day then having a cup of chamomile tea can be very helpful.
I am not always sure of the taste to be fair so I find that one cup is plenty but I do find it destressing so one to add into the mix. I also find it very restful in terms of help with sleep.
It seems there are various studies about Chamomile tea being most commonly known for its calming effects and is frequently used as a sleep aid.
Make your own mind up but its worked for me personally over the years.
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4 Licorice Tea
So you have finished your dinner and you don’t fancy a coffee and you can’t have a brandy! However, you may fancy something sweet.
This is one of the sweetest herbal teas I have ever tasted but not in a bad way.
The use of licorice to help with ailments dates back to many ancient history textbooks including of course Egypt. This is when the Pharaohs got their kick from this sweet drink including tea and blended licorice.
So yes this goes back to medicine and in other times during our history as well as Chinese, Middle Eastern, Greeks who all swore by its effect of calming of the stomach, inflammation and various other issues that I am sure were made up if I am honest with you.
Harsh I know!
Nowadays people still swear by the effects of licorice including chemists through various sweets and health food shops are in abundance with it. They often highlight help with things like heartburn, acid reflux and coughs so we have licorice cough sweets and it is alleged to help with bacterial issues.
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Before we get too excited, caution should always be used for this thing so always get medical advice from your pharmacist but I do find the tea both tasty and even relaxing.
Licorice root’s compound is glycyrrhizin and gives it its sweet taste and is often highlighted as anti-inflammatory.
However, sometimes it is linked to certain side effects. The NHS in the UK advise you to be careful when it comes to black licorice and no this does not relate to tea but I am putting it out there for full disclosure.
Courtesy NHS England
“Eating more than 57g (2 ounces) of black liquorice a day for at least 2 weeks could lead to potentially serious health problems, such as an increase in blood pressure and an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
For most people, liquorice found in foods is safe to eat and safe when consumed in large amounts in medicines for short periods of time.
General health advice about black liquorice
No matter how old you are, you should avoid eating large amounts of black liquorice over a short space of time.
If you have been eating a lot of black liquorice and have heart palpitations, muscle weakness or other health-related problems, stop eating it immediately and seek medical advice.
Black liquorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements.
Get advice from a GP or pharmacist if you have questions about possible interactions with a medication or supplement you’re taking”.
So now you know. I think tea is fine but people get carried away and once they think something is good for you they shove lots down. Its “now” is always the way.
Read, do it, regret it!
5 Rose Hip Tea
Not my biggest favorite of my list for top 5 herbal teas but I will add it in for its benefits around vitamin c which is well documented and to be honest I am probably on safe territory here.
There is evidence again around the benefits and inflammation and also it helps with your skin. Now I am not saying this is our “skin savior supplement” so I would again urge caution!
Having said that it’s get good reviews and consumers drinking it within normal levels as an alternative don’t consume it in that way. It’s also talked about in terms of weight loss and again buyers beware.
I have come to believe that this weight loss is about calories in and calories out!
It’s the best one page book I ever read if you want to dump all those crazy diet fads.
Remember most tea in limited amounts are really safe to drink, however if you have any underlying condition such as pregnancy or in my case liver it’s important to check with a doctor or pharmacist.
The bottom line is for most people it’s an ideal alternative to too much caffeinated tea or coffee and especially too much alcohol !
What do you think?
Science might in the end prove all their remarkable claim about herbals tea just as the research into the liver and coffee are showing some good results. For now take with it in moderation it’s an alternative way to enjoy a hot drink .
The top 5 herbal teas are just suggestions, check out the range and see what you like. For the majority they are a good alternative.
I would love know your top 5 herbal teas when you don’t drink alcohol. What are your suggestions and do you actually believe in their healing properties? I would love to know what you think. Leave your comment below and I will always get back to you.