1. Matcha Tea: A specially processed green tea, matcha offers a smooth, steady energy without the jitters of coffee or other caffeinated teas and beverages. For many, it aids mental clarity. Providing vitamin C and rich in catechins and chlorophyll, it’s a rich antioxidant. Matcha comes as a ground powder or in tea bags. The powder is my preference. It's very strong and a little goes a long way.
2. Licorice Tea: An age old remedy for stomach ailments including bloating, constipation and heartburn, licorice tea has been known to protect the lining of the stomach. It’s natural sweetness makes it a perfect after dinner tea, a digestive and a relaxer.
3. Milk Thistle: Another digestive aid, milk thistle tea, has also been traditionally taken for its detoxifying effect on the liver. This herb is a demulcent, a substance that relieves inflammation or irritation of the mucous membranes in the system, specifically the digestive tract. For those suffering from gastritis and heartburn, it’s been found to have a soothing effect on the esophagus and upper digestion.
5. Orange Tea: Made from dried orange peels, as well as its cousins, tangerine or mandarin tea, made from their respective dried peels, these teas, offer vitamin C, A and potassium, and are great immune system boosters. Their bright zesty flavors are a great perk up in the middle of the day or early evening. Usually the store bought versions are mixed with other herbs, making some wonderful mixtures. I often add some fresh ginger slices to my orange tea.