Unwind with a Hot Cup of Tea

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As much as you love the hot summer months, fall brings comfort of its own in hot teas that promote calmness. The cooler weather puts us on the hunt for teas that feel like a warm hug. Here are some recipes to nudge you in the right direction:

Warming Cold-Day Tea

Consuming warm herbs relaxes your mind and warms your restless body in the cooler months. This tea can be brewed in water or milk.

Ingredients and Benefits:

Rooibos

This African plant is sweet and caffeine-free. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants that supports the immune system and strengthens your body’s response to stress.

Turmeric Root

This wonder root is chock-full of antioxidants. It reduces inflammation, warms the body, and supports muscle and joint pain so your body can ease into relaxation mode.

Ginger Root

This very popular culinary ingredient increases peripheral circulation. Increased circulation helps to warm cold hands and feet and heat up stiff and sore muscles allowing the body to relax in the cooler fall and winter temperatures.

• 1⁄2 tablespoon rooibos
• 1⁄2 tablespoon turmeric root
• 1⁄2 tablespoon ginger root

Brew these herbs in 12 oz of hot water, strain and enjoy!

Soothing Tea

This tea is fantastic for calming the mind, easing tension and promoting full-body relaxation.

Ingredients and Benefits:

Chamomile Flowers

Not only does this beautiful yellow flower promote sleep and reduce those restless nights, but when consumed during the day, it helps relax the mind and balance mood. Think of this flower as a natural tranquilizer.

Licorice Root

This herb is a staple in traditional Chinese medicine and is used in a variety of formulas. Licorice root is a sweet herb that soothes the mind, skin and the digestive system. It is even
used to increase focus and concentration.

Lavender Flowers

Not only does lavender smell heavenly, but it also helps promote sleep, balance mood, reduce stress and calm anxious nerves. Plus, lavender does wonders for the skin by removing toxins, helping with dark spots and hydration. This flower is beneficial for your body inside and out!

• 1⁄2 tablespoon chamomile flowers
• 1⁄2 tablespoon licorice root
• 1⁄2 tablespoon lavender flowers

Brew the herb mixture in 12 oz of hot water, strain and enjoy!

Brew your tea, grab a good book and melt into your sofa with a cozy blanket.

By Dr. Nirali Patel

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