Top 10 Favorite Herbal Teas That Provide Flavorful Alternatives to Coffee
Many ancient cultures have relied on herbal teas for nourishment, healing, and comfort. Herbal teas provide a flavorful alternative to drinks containing caffeine like coffee and many other teas for the caffeine sensitive.
Some people with compromised assimilation abilities, especially the elderly, have difficulty retaining their minerals. Herbal tea provides a healthy alternative to coffee which is a potent diuretic. Folks with adrenal fatigue would also benefit from the gentle effect of herbal teas as caffeine stresses the adrenals by requiring them to produce the stress hormone cortisol.
I personally have to avoid caffeine thus this list only includes caffeine-free options. However, if you can handle some caffeine I think green tea is a very healthy choice as well. I also prefer organic teas because I can trust their herbal properties to provide me with the most nutritional benefits.
1. Yogi Bedtime Caramel
Honestly, if I could only drink one tea for the rest of my life this would be it. Whenever I have a tension headache, I drink some of this, and the pain melts away. The amino acid added to it also helps to relieve anxiety. The flavor gives me Chai vibes without all that caffeine!
2. Alvita Lemongrass
Lemongrass is a potent herb very helpful for calming the digestive tract, and it is a traditional staple of Asian cuisine. An epidemic of inflammation is sweeping our country so this tea would be a great choice to keep your gut healthy and happy. It is certified organic. This tea has a sweet, lemony flavor.
3. Traditional Medicinals Echinacea
Echinacea is a powerful immune stimulant, and it was used by the Native Americans for hundreds of years before it was introduced into Western herbal traditions. I have warded off a cold many times by drinking several strong cups, and I have a compromised immune system so I am living proof of its immune-boosting properties. This tea is certified organic.
4. Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry
This is one of the teas I drink for flavor alone. The deep blueberry flavor tastes like dessert in a cup. All of the teas by Celestial Seasonings have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
5. Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger
Occasionally, I like a fruity zing to my tea in which case this Raspberry Zinger fits the bill. Raspberries are my favorite fruit, and this tea allows me to have them all year round.
6. Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice
This tea tastes like apple pie or mulled cider, but the flavor is quite spicy. I don't recommend it if you don't like a little heat. This tea never fails to warm me up in the fall and winter months.
7. Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger
This tea tastes like an explosion of berries as they all vie for your attention. If you are a berry junkie like me then you will love this fruity tea blend of black raspberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and black cherries.
8. Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry
This tea tastes like a bowl of cherries, literally. It has a lovely, red hue, and the sweet flavor doesn't require any further boosting from creamer or sweetener. If you like black cherry juice then you will love this tea.
9. Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion
This tea is just peachy with vibrant notes of sweetness and sunshine. I love the summertime vibes it provides when the world is in a winter sleep. It tastes great iced as well.
10. Organic Oolong (THM)
The ancient Chinese called Oolong the “Elixir to prolonged life”. It is a thermogenic beverage that helps to burn those extra calories, and plus it has a rich, complex flavor that makes it a gem amongst all varieties of tea. I love the soothing taste.
I am the kind of tea drinker that likes their tea brewed really strong with a hint of creaminess added. I even drink my tea with the tea bag still in the cup because I want to reap all of the herbal benefits right down to the last drop. Because I am dairy-free, I have tried many alternatives to my much-loved cream, but I have found that I like a splash of rice milk best in mine. With some herbal teas that have a very earthy flavor, I also like to sweeten my tea with some liquid stevia.
All of my favorite teas are readily available both in grocery stores and online, but I love to use my Amazon prime to get the best deals in this instance. Many teas, such as the Celestial Seasonings, can be found for at great discounts if you subscribe and save as a prime member.
I hope this list has been helpful in broadening your tea horizons. Personally, I am always on the hunt for new teas, so please comment and share your favorite herbal teas. If you know someone who struggles with caffeine then please share this article with them and give them hope that there are healthy and flavorful alternatives out there!