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Brewing Health in a Cup

The top teas for the upcoming wintertime and their benefits

By: Pamela Alvarado

Graphic of a teapot pouring liquid into a cup with steam in the shape of a brain
Graphic By: Madeline Michalowski

As winter approaches and the cold seeps through our bodies and the wind makes us chilly, herbal teas are a great way to stay warm and healthy. Not only do they keep us toasty, but they are packed with antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, inducing a boost of immunity. Here are some of my favorite teas to stay warm and healthy during the winter.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is a popular choice for winter because of its warming properties, which are necessary during the harsh temperatures of wintertime. The tea can help increase blood circulation and prevent winter chills. Also, as winter approaches, there is a higher probability of getting sick. Therefore, ginger tea is good to drink because it has immune-boosting properties that can help fight off colds and flu.

Cinnamon Tea

Another tea to drink this winter is cinnamon tea. It’s rich in antioxidants and inflammatory properties. Cinnamon can also help reduce blood pressure and the nerves that keep your stress levels high. This is important because as midterm season arises, our stress levels skyrocket, and it is necessary to have techniques to keep us at bay.

Peppermint Tea

When you think of peppermint tea, you think of a cool and minty taste, similar to that of toothpaste or perhaps a candy cane – Christmas is coming up. That being said, peppermint tea has beneficial properties to help you this winter. It has antiviral and antibiotic properties, helping to support your body’s immune system. It also helps with headaches and migraines because peppermint acts as a muscle relaxant and pain reliever, helping to alleviate certain types of headaches. Also, peppermint has been found to aid in performing complex tasks and help ease mental fatigue, which is essential for the upcoming finals season.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is known for its calming effect, which helps to reduce inflammation, aid sleep, and promote calmness and muscle relaxation. It contains certain antioxidants that help promote sleepiness and, therefore, improve overall sleep quality. So as the winter nights slowly get longer and you feel like bundling up and sleeping because of all of your studying, just drink up some Chamomile.

To boil down the info (pun intended), these teas are some of the popular ones to help you get through the chilly wintertime. These teas can be enjoyed in multiple combinations – you can drink cinnamon and ginger together, cinnamon and chamomile, or perhaps you would like to add some honey or sugar to it to make your tea sweeter. At the end of the day, it is all dependent on how you feel. Hopefully this helps you to have a toasty and warm winter.

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