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Holiday Tranquility with 5 Herbal Teas *ONLINE ONLY*
November 2023
By Suzy Cohen, R.Ph.

With the bustling holiday season, finding calm amidst the festive chaos is essential.

While wine and cocktails are popular choices, the serenity brought by herbal teas should not be underestimated. I always carry a selection of high-quality, organic herbal teas, especially during travels, as they offer a personalized touch that hotel teas don’t provide.

Herbal teas, known for their soothing qualities, are ideal for the holiday rush. They're not only calming but also carry medicinal benefits. Their universal appeal is evident across cultures, each with its unique herbal traditions. My collection of herbs in Mason jars is a testament to my passion for natural remedies!

The cultural significance of herbal teas is profound. From Chamomile in ancient Egypt to the Green tea ceremonies in Japan, these brews have been central to wellness practices for ages. Their health benefits and diverse flavors have been recognized worldwide.

Why choose herbal teas for the holidays? It’s an understandable question when there’s a dazzling array of alcohol everywhere. And the obvious answer is that herbal teas don’t damage your liver, or intoxicate you and make you unfit to drive!

Incorporating herbal teas into your holiday regimen (as opposed to liquors) offers various advantages too. They’re often hydrating, vital for our bodies during colder months and they also have medicinal benefits. Let’s talk about that next.

1. Chamomile: Known for its calming effect, it's perfect for relaxing during holiday activities. However, it's advisable for pregnant women to limit its intake and for those allergic to certain flowers to avoid it. Chamomile's apigenin content aids sleep and reduces insomnia.

2. Peppermint: Beyond its festive flavor, Peppermint tea aids digestion and eases stomach discomfort, making it ideal after holiday feasts.

3. Cinnamon: This spice isn't just for pies. Cinnamon tea's warming quality is great for chilly nights. It also helps regulate blood sugar, which is beneficial during holiday indulgences.

4. Ginger: Known for its digestive and immune-boosting properties, ginger extract adds zest to your holiday table.

5. Rosehips: A lesser-known choice, rosehips are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, adding a unique tangy flavor to holiday blends. Rosehips grow at the base of the blossom of roses.

Creating a personalized tea blend is an art that’s why I’ve listed 5 herbs above. Balance the flavors and consider the desired health benefits. Choose organic, fresh herbs for potency. Opt for loose-leaf over bagged teas for a fuller experience.

Herbal teas can enhance holiday gatherings, like post-dinner tea sessions or holiday tea parties. They can even be mixed into festive cocktails for a unique twist.

People often assume herbal teas are perfectly safe and in most cases they are. But I still know that there are some safety and allergy considerations you should be aware of. For example, some have blood-thinning properties, others are estrogenic, and some can increase the risk of miscarriage. These natural remedies offer a historical connection and a source of relaxation during the holiday season.

This information is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose your condition. Always consult your physician for all medical matters. Visit www.SuzyCohen.com. ©2023 Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. Distributed by Dear Pharmacist, Inc.


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