When stress rushes in and demands too much of our energy, a calming daily ritual can be the perfect antidote to bring us back to center. A simple cup of tea offers a timeless way to unwind, inviting us to enjoy a moment of comfort. Read on for some of the best teas to ease the soul, restore the body, and calm the mind.
CALMING HERBAL TEAS
The words "herbal tea" evoke a tranquil vision: a cup of steaming hot water infused with soothing botanicals. Technically speaking, herbal "teas" aren't teas at all since they don't contain the same Camellia sinensis leaves as their black, green, white, and oolong counterparts, and tea connoisseurs may refer to them as "herbal tisanes." Whatever we choose to call them, these leaves, flowers, fruits and roots are a sensory delight when properly steeped.
Unlike other blends, it's not possible to over-steep an herbal tisane. An herbal blend's flavor profile may be subtle or powerful, depending on its ingredients and the length of time you choose to steep it: the longer the steep, the deeper the flavor.
Naturally free of caffeine, herbal tisanes may be enjoyed at any time during the day or night.
Traditionalists may prefer classic combinations like Chamomile Citron or Lemon Vervain, while adventurous tea enthusiasts revel in an unexpected flavor profile like Blueberry Merlot or Mojito Marmalade. Even the most vivacious blends are as calming to the nervous system as they are invigorating to our senses of taste and smell. Even the act of inhaling a beautiful fragrance can invite us into a state of repose, suggesting we take a deep breath, let our shoulders drop, and simply relax. Paired with the age-old ritual of sipping a cup of hot tea, this sensory experience is a welcome respite from daily stress.
For those who enjoy variety, Tea Forté's Herbal Retreat Collection includes five vibrant blends, each with its own tasting notes to help you discover your new favorite cup of tea.
GENTLY ENERGIZING GREEN TEA
Green tea is known for its ability to deliver a calm energy lift without the jitters that coffee can cause. That's because green tea leaves contain a compound called L-Theanine, which takes the edge off of the tea's caffeine content and delivers a rounded-out sense of focus and alertness.
This makes green tea ideal for those who are trying to limit their coffee consumption but who may need a gentle pick-me-up in the afternoon, and it's also a delicious alternative for anyone wishing to leave coffee behind altogether.
Green tea is teeming with healthy antioxidants, which are excellent for the immune system and the heart, and its subtle, earthy flavor blends well with a wide array of ingredients, from mint to mango. To experience this superfood's versatility and find your favorite blend, try Tea Forté's Essential Greens collection, featuring five thoughtfully-curated green tea blends.
Enjoy some comfort in a cup after exploring Tea Forté's luxury offerings and treating yourself to a relaxing blend of organic ingredients.