Tea is a wonderful, warming drink that can act as both a relaxant and a boost when you need one. However, it may be that you simply don’t respond well to caffeine, want to reduce your caffeine or it’s too late in the day for too much energy before bed.
Fortunately, there are various non-caffeinated tea blends to explore. Here are our top picks of non-caffeinated teas.
Peppermint tea has a minty menthol taste which comes from the essential oils menthol, menthone, and limonene released from the peppermint leaf when it is steeped in hot water. Some people only associate the taste of mint with toothpaste so it may not be everyone’s pick, however, it does have a range of health benefits.
Easing digestion issues and bloating, peppermint tea is specifically beneficial for IBS sufferers and those that suffer from bloating. It has also been proven to ease stomach pains and nausea, as well as clear nasal airways and stop fevers which in turn eases the symptoms of flues and colds.
When it comes to the mind, the essential oils released when the peppermint tea is steeped create a calming sensation. In addition, the anti-inflammatory components reduce blood pressure. This has enabled the tea to become a popular tea during stressful times and as a relaxant before bed.
Lemon and Ginger Tea
Lemon and ginger tea is popular and well known for not only assisting in easing colds and nausea but for the taste. It’s clear the Vitamin C in lemon encourages recovery. Many people don’t actually know that ginger is anti-inflammatory, enabling direct support for stomach nausea and pains, the clearing of congestion, the easing of sore throats, and an increase in circulation.
Of course, lemon and ginger tea doesn’t have caffeine and therefore, you don’t need to worry about the side effects of caffeine.
Chamomile tea is a non-caffeinated tea most popular as a form of sleep tea. Being an anti-inflammatory anxiolytic, chamomile minimizes anxiety and as a result, assists with better sleep.
An interesting element that researchers have found is that chamomile binds to benzodiazepine receptors, replicating the effects of prescription drug benzodiazepine. Thus, acting as a more natural version of a sleeping pill.
Many people aren’t aware that it holds other health benefits too. During various global studies, the tea has proven to lower blood sugar, and reduce inflammation which can assist with other body functions such as soothing menstrual pains. As the topical version of chamomile is often used for skin conditions, chamomile tea can help with mild skin conditions, working from the inside out.
Chamomile has an antispasmodic action that minimizes coughs and cold symptoms, as well as antioxidant components which repair tissue, making it an appropriate tea for when you’re sick.
Lavender is sometimes added to chamomile tea blends to further help with relaxation and sleep, due to the aromatherapy scent.
Licorice tea is made from the licorice root and tastes similar to licorice. Glycyrrhizin gives this flavor naturally and has a hefty 30 times more sweetness than sugar. This makes licorice tea perfect for curing sweet cravings, but with additional positive effects on your health.
Similar to other non-caffeinated teas, licorice tea assists with digestion issues, nausea, and heartburn, and the antioxidants assist with easing throats and coughs during cold seasons. In fact, licorice tea actually coats the throat and reduces inflammation similar to lozenges.
The antioxidants in licorice protect against stress and pollution-free radicals, improving the health of skin and hair and slowing aging in its tracks. While the active compounds, flavonoids, and coumarins decrease the plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Rooibos Tea has been drunk for hundreds of years in South Africa where the tea leaf is grown. It has since spread throughout the globe as a popular tea in many nations. Tasting similar to green tea, rooibos tea is essentially a non-caffeinated, herbal version made from a shrub called Aspalathus linearis.
Rooibos tea is packed full of antioxidants such as Aspalathus and quercetin, which assist in protecting against cell damage caused by free radicals. Drinking rooibos over time has proven to then have long-term benefits of improving heart health, balancing cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure by halting the enzyme ACE from increasing this pressure.
Immunity tea does as the name suggests – boosts immunity. While additional teas can have similar effects, immunity tea is designed to specifically improve immunity. Including ingredients such as echinacea herb and root, with added Vitamin C, these are proven to help prevent illness as well as reduce the length of your sickness if you already are sick.
This tea may not be one you’d necessarily have for the taste; however, it is recommended to drink especially during the colder months to keep on top of your game.
Fruit teas are arguably some of the tastiest teas. It’s almost like a healthy fruit juice and can be served hot or chilled. As fruit tea essentially consists of dried fruit and in some instances, herbs and flowers, it does have vitamins and antioxidants. In this manner, fruit teas are beneficial for cleansing the body and boosting immunity.
Bear in mind, cheaper teas have a higher chance of including additional unhealthy ingredients so if you are on a health binge, make sure to check the ingredients list before purchasing.
There is a large range of fruit teas available, simply utilizing different dried fruits, and each blend will provide its own unique benefits, and likewise, have its own unique taste. Popular teas include strawberry, peach, blueberry, pineapple, pomegranate, and raspberry.
Whether you’re new to non-caffeinated teas or are wanting to branch out and try different ones, this list here consists of the more popular options worldwide. The majority of caffeine-free teas have antioxidant properties which assist with your health, and it is, therefore, beneficial to add to your daily routine. It is significantly healthier to opt for a cup of non-caffeinated tea as opposed to soft drinks or fruit juices filled with sugars.
When reviewing non-caffeinated teas, we do recommend looking at the ingredients list, as with any food and drink nowadays, some companies may add additional ingredients that have the opposite effect on your health.
Olivia Fairhurst is a Business Owner of Loving Local NZ, a platform she co-founded at the beginning of Covid to help local businesses survive amidst lockdowns. Olivia promotes food, products, and services through her Loving Local Instagram and is also a Content Manager for a range of clients, such as Doc Smart Solutions.