Avery Wickersham (TheLorian)
The weather is cooling down to a series of brisk 50-degree days, so an influx of warm drinks is coming. Students will attend classes, study sessions, and friend dates with a warm drink in hand. For some, coffee is the go-to; for others, coffee is too strong, they can’t drink caffeine, or they just don’t like the taste. Herbal teas are a great substitution, and many of them have added benefits to help everyone through their busy days.
- Peppermint tea—Love the strong, minty smell of peppermint? Peppermint tea has always been a stomach-soother: the mint properties help cure stomachaches and nausea. Peppermint is usually a strong scent overall, but the tea specifically can also help relieve tension headaches and migraines, improve energy, and even fight bacterial infections (Healthline). Try a cup of hot peppermint tea before class to start the day right.
- Lemon tea—A tangy boost of citrus is welcome any time of the day. Lemon tea, which can be easily homemade or found at the store, is chock-full of goodness. Lemon tea can help detox the body, improve digestion, and even provide skin health by combatting acne and other blemishes (netmeds.com). With a little bit of honey, this is a great drink during a particularly cold day.
- Green tea—While green tea is a very popular iced drink, it’s also just as good warm. Green tea has been used for centuries and is associated with many health benefits. These include: reducing stress, reducing inflammation, and even preventing chronic fatigue (Medical News). Be careful when picking up green tea bags, however, because some brands have caffeine and others don’t.
- Hibiscus tea—For those who prefer sweeter teas to earthy teas, hibiscus tea is a great choice. This tea in particular holds many antioxidants, can help fight bacteria, may help lower blood sugar, and has a lot of flavor (Healthline). This tea is very popular and can be sweetened even more if need be.
- Chamomile tea—If school work is too stressful, brew a steaming cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile reduces inflammation, helps promote relaxation, and even treats cold symptoms (Medical News). Be careful with this tea, though: one cup can put a student straight to sleep.
There are many more teas that would be beneficial to student health. This is only a mere list. Any of these teas can be sweetened with a little bit of honey, which is also a natural anti-bacterial. Want stronger tea? Try steeping two tea bags at a time. As always, everyone needs to pay attention to their water temperature. It’s very easy to burn one’s lips, mouth, and throat with tea that is too hot.
That being said, fall and winter are a great chance to explore the tea aisle at the local grocery store to find the best tea. Grab a cute mug, some honey, tea bags, and have a good time steeping any of the mentioned teas—or, find a different one!