The Benefits of Drinking Tea
Jayme Whitcomb | Writer
As winter slowly approaches, we move into the cold and flu season. Many of us are trying to run through classes and celebrate the holiday season with sore throats, runny noses, and final exam stomach swirls. Drinking tea is a simple way to alleviate tension, stress, and symptoms of common sicknesses. It is inexpensive, natural, and tasty. You don’t have to be an expert in herbs to begin the practice of sipping - you just have to raise your pinky. Chamomile tea is a well-rounded tea. It contains anti-inflammatory properties which reduce bodily aches while soothing the symptoms of a common cold. It has a sweet taste, and you can find it in just about any local grocery store for less than five dollars. Peppermint tea is known for its ability to relieve sinus pressure and congestion, as well as soothe an anxious stomach. It is quite delicious for those who enjoy minty flavors. Ginger tea is one of my personal favorites because it aids in digestion and it rids me of heartburn, which I struggle with most days of the week. It does have a spicy flavor, though, which took a couple of cups to get used to. My favorite tea brands are Yogi Tea, Traditional Medicinals, and Tazo. All of these can be found online or at Walmart, and dozens of flavors exist. I’m in the practice of drinking tea each evening, and I’ve gradually felt better each day because of it. As we dive into wintertime, consider buying yourself a box and thanking your body with a soothing cup of herbal medicine.