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I am not an avid coffee drinker, so tea is my go-to drink in the mornings. To me, tea has endless possibilities when it comes to ingredients. When I started my wonderful position at Burma Spice I was immersed in an education in herbs, and which can be used for tea. We all generally know about the teas that you can purchase at the local grocery store, but loose teas are more potent and higher in quality. Loose tea leaves provide the maximum amount of aroma, flavor, and antioxidants. Here are some healthy teas that will get your kettle going.


Wood Betony



If you want to go the decaf route, Wood Betony is the herb for you. Known for its long history as a medicinal herb, Wood Betony has long been used to treat head related disorders. Headaches, migraines—and surprise—hangovers. Simply cover a teaspoon of dried Wood Betony with boiling water,  let it steep for five to ten minutes and then strain the herbs. Wood Betony tea has the same taste as regular Black Tea, but without the caffeine. In addition, herbalists say this specific cooled tea gargled can help inflamed gums and sore throats.



Hawthorne Berries


Not only will Hawthorne Berries warm your heart, but they can help your heart too. Hawthorne Berries can do a limitless amount of good for your health. They’re used to soothe issues like high cholesterol and congestive heart failure. You may have heard of these berries being used for more of a culinary sense, but did you know they work for alternative remedy teas too? You only need 2 tablespoons of Hawthorne Berries and twenty minutes to allow your tea to curate. Pair with other healthy teas like Neem Leaf, Red Clover, or Motherwort for multiple health benefits.



Neem Leaf


In India, Neem Leaf has long been known for its antifungal, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. Every part of the Neem tree is usable, but for a tea concoction dried leaves are best. Steep 3 – 5 leaves for a maximum of twenty minutes for the stronger tea effect. This tea does have a bitter taste so you can, of course, use sweetener to bring it to your liking. If you enjoy the bitter taste then sip, relax and enjoy! Important note: it’s recommended that women trying to conceive or who are lactating should not ingest this particular leaf.





What are you waiting for? Get sipping on some healthy teas for your New Years resolution. Trust us. Your body will thank you.

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