Around the world, even in summer, drinking hot tea has served as an age-old remedy that promotes rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Be it black, white or green, caffeinated or herbal, tea naturally embodies a wide array of health benefits and healing properties. This is just like receiving a Health In Hands massage from a member of our 5-star therapist team. In fact, tea drinking can help to deepen the therapeutic effects provided by our range of massages from Trigger Point Therapy to a Swedish Massage. Here are 3 healing teas that aim to ease, please and even release your summertime blues.
1. Matcha Green Tea
Originating from Japanese tea leaves that are ground up into a fine powder, matcha green tea packs a powerful punch of relaxation-promoting antioxidants that outweigh many other superfood contenders like leafy greens, nuts or blueberries. Most potent when it’s bright green and organically grown, matcha has both caffeine and the amino acid theanine. This produces a relaxed yet energized mental state, simultaneously boosting alpha waves in the brain while bringing you a sustained sense of clarity. Matcha is also rich in catechins, which aid in weight management by boosting your metabolism and may even help fight diseases including cancer. Age-defying and often described as “yoga in a cup”, matcha green tea can be added to yogurt, smoothies, desserts and more to increase your inner peace on the go.
2. Yerba Mate Tea
Indigenous to South America and traditionally consumed communally, yerba mate tea is made by steeping ground leaves and stems from the yerba mate plant. Like matcha, yerba mate balances caffeinated stimulation with health essentials such as amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and about 90% more antioxidants than green tea. This super immune boosting tea reduces insomnia and stress, inspiring relaxation with every sip while enhancing your physical endurance. By revving up your metabolism and preventing lactic acid from building up in your muscles, yerba mate helps you burn more calories, reduce post-workout soreness and speed up recovery time. Slowing down the aging process, bettering digestion, detoxifying the blood and decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, yerba mate tea is an awesome coffee-alternative, heightening mental focus without any jittery or headachy side-effects.
3. Ginger Tea
Believed to have Indian and South Asia origins, ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome (rootlike stem and offshoots) is used worldwide as a spice and medicinal healer. Once cut or grated and steeped in boiling water to make fresh tea, you can add honey, lemon or peppermint to taste and reap its amazing health benefits. Its strong aroma is considered a therapeutic way to calm your nerves while reducing tension in the body. Possessing ample antioxidants like matcha and yerba mate, ginger also boasts an abundance of minerals such as magnesium and the wrinkle fighting, immune boosting Vitamin C. Drink it or add it to soups at the first sign of a cold or to soothe seasonal allergies. If sipped before traveling, ginger tea can help alleviate the nausea and stomach issues associated with motion sickness. And for women who suffer from menstrual cramps, try soaking a towel in warm ginger tea and placing it on your lower abdomen to relax the muscles and relive the pain while enjoying a cup of this wonder tea.
So, go on and sip any of these 3 curative teas this summer, in combination with one of our healing massages, and experience the enhancement of your restorative health benefits all year long.