Winter Teas for Yogis to Warm and Balance
As the temperatures drop and winter rolls in, keep yourself warm and energized with this season’s best teas. While you might enjoy drinking tea for the taste and experience, tea also energetically and medicinally guards your system against dampness and wards away colds and viruses. Ignite your internal warmth, get your body moving, and drive away cold-weather ills with the right combination of herbs and spices—spring will be here before you know it.
The ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda outlines three constitutional principles or doshas: vata, kapha, and pitta corresponding to the elements of air, earth, and fire. The winter months are kapha dominated, which tends to make us more lethargic, heavy, and slow moving. For those who live in cold but dry climates, vata is dominant, which leads to feeling dry and ungrounded.
Counterbalance the kapha and vata dominated season with spices that add more fire to your system. Ginger, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds are especially helpful in stimulating the digestive system and bringing warmth to the body.
Balance sweet and spice with Rishi’s Cinnamon Plum Tea. Enjoy this rich blend on its own or infuse it in apple cider or wine as a mulling spice.
Eating seasonally is one of the most important tenets of Ayurveda. Enjoy the combination of orange, one of the few fruits in season during the winter months, and the rich spice of rooibos in Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea.
Ginger is a great root for adding spice to plates while also soothing the stomach. Try Numi’s Ginger Pu-erh Tea for a smooth and spicy blend.
Ashwagandha known as the “Indian Ginseng” is a highly recommended herb in Ayurveda that boosts the immune system, increases energy, and counteracts inflammation. Sip some tea made with Ashwagandha root to get all of the benefits. Note: Ashwagandha is not recommended for pregnant women.
With winter comes closed spaces, less fresh air, and common colds and viruses. Give your system extra love and help soothe the symptoms of sickness with these teas.
Let the minty aroma of Traditional Medicinals Gypsy Cold Care clear your sinuses and restore your body with the combination of elder, yarrow, peppermint, and the season’s best spices including cinnamon, ginger, and clove.
Licorice root soothes sore throats, calms coughs, and eases intestinal discomfort. Treat yourself with Tulsi’s Licorice Spice Tea.
Arm yourself for the season with Yogi Tea’s Cold Season Sampler, which includes their Echinacea Immune Support blend for boosting the immune system, the Cold Season blend filled with warming spices, Breathe Deep to clear congestion, and Throat Coat for when you’re feeling raspy.
Make the most of the winter by embracing these seasonal blends.
What’s winter without your favorite chai blend? Try the Art of Tea’s White Winter Chai to energize your taste buds with rich spices.
Curb your sweet tooth by skipping the sugar-laden house and opting instead for Teavanna’s Gingerbread Black Tea.
However you plan to spend the winter, be sure to spend time taking care of yourself. Teas are just one simple way to keep your body in balance. What teas do you enjoy during the winter months? Share below!