Not everyone likes or wants the buzzy effects of black tea. For those seeking a natural energizing tea experience minus the caffeine jitters, here are some options.
Rooibos. The first tea type to consider is rooibos (aka bush tea, red tea, red bush tea). It’s from the leaves and stems of a tree grown in South Africa. Some camps believe in rooibos’ medicinal effects, such as protecting the heart, offering rich antioxidants, helping digestion, protecting the brain against age-related illness, and providing some essential minerals and flavonoids. As with any new herb added to your diet, be sure to research its possible side effects for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a liver disorder, or hormone-sensitive cancer.
Excellent blends with rooibos include cinnamon, cardamom, fresh ginger root, ground coriander, ground cloves, and cracked fresh pepper.
Ginger. What is not to love about the ginger root’s medicinal herb - a little blend of spice and calm. Many swear by its effects to fight inflammation, provide menstruation relief, reduce indigestion, and protect against cancers. Ginger tea can turn up in flavor or tame it down, depending on your mood.
Blending potential includes cinnamon, honey, lavender, lemongrass, lemon wedge, licorice root, orange peel, and turmeric.