one of my favourite ways to start and end the day is with a good cup of tea. (in fact, as i type, i am sipping on a herbal tea blend that contains lemongrass, hibiscus and rosehips, yum!) beyond being soothing, tea is hydrating and packed with benefits, including that it is antioxidant-rich and contains less caffeine than coffee.
one of the best “tea hacks” that i ever learned came from reading about how miranda kerr stirs a scoop of virgin coconut oil into her green tea—genius! as well as adding a bunch of healthy fats to this already healthy drink, it creates a rich, creamy texture.
another great tip is that you can also use high-quality therapeutic-grade essential oils—provided they are “food” types that are fit for consumption—in your drinking water, smoothies and tea. All you need is just a drop, essential oils are highly concentrated and incredibly potent—1 drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. see this guide for more information on safely ingesting essential oils.
10 WAYS TO ENJOY ESSENTIAL OILS WITH TEA
1. black tea + bergamot = earl grey
did you know that earl grey tea is simply a black tea that has been enhanced with the oil of bergamot?
2. supercharge the benefits of green tea with lemon
lemon amplifies the benefits of green tea. according to researchers at purdue university, the vitamin C content in citrus naturally brings out the antioxidants in green tea, making them easier for the body to absorb. because lemon essential oil is made from the rind of the fruit, it does not wear the enamel on teeth like the acids in freshly squeezed lemon juice
3. add dill to a herbal tea
this might sound like an unusual combination, but dill essential oil is purifying and supports digestion and the health of the gastrointestinal tract. when added to a cup of tea, it also promotes a restful sleep
4. soothe a sore throat with cinnamon + honey
cinnamon is often used as a natural solution for the immune system, as well as oral and metabolic health. add a drop to tea with honey and sip slowly to coat the throat and calm irritated tissues
5. curb cravings with fennel
fennel has a distinctive licorice-like aroma and taste. use a drop in tea to help fight cravings for sweets
6. soothe the body + mind with roman chamomile
as an alternative to drinking chamomile tea itself, just add a drop of roman chamomile essential oil to a tea of choice to soothe the systems of the body and support healthy immune functions
7. replace chai spices with oils
traditional chai is made by adding fragrant spices like cardamom, clove, cinnamon and ginger to a base of black tea. try swapping fresh spices for essential oils and adding almond milk and honey
8. add a refreshing citrus twist to iced teas
level up your go-to iced tea recipe by adding grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon or lime essential oils for an uplifting, energizing burst of flavour
9. settle an upset stomach with peppermint
peppermint tea is revered for its ability to soothe digestive conditions like indigestion, gas and bloating. however, if you don’t have any on hand, a drop of peppermint also supports digestive health
10. promote full-body health with frankincense
frankincense is one of the most prized essential oils due to its extensive benefits and has been used in ancient ayurvedic and chinese health practices. when taken internally, this oil supports overall health, including cellular functions, as well as the immune and digestive systems
email me if you are interested in getting any of the above essential oils at a discounted rate!
enjoy tea time! 🍵
tea collection icons by arthur shlain from the noun project