Melanie Sykes - Favourite Herbal Teas - Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint

From Liquorice to Matcha – Some Of Our Favourite Teas

If you’re embarking on a bit of a health kick this summer and part of your new regime involves switching from caffeine to herbal tea then it helps to have a few ‘go-to’ teas you already know you’ll love. Herbal teas don’t just taste good, many of them have the double bonus of making you feel good too (calmer and less stressed). There are so many blends on the market these days, so once you have found your favourite herb or root combination, you can start trying out the many different brands, both large and small, that offer it.  We have chosen a few of our favourites here, but this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Teapigs Peppermint & Liquorice

Melanie’s favourite herbal tea is made from liquorice root (rather than the plant) and peppermint leaves. This is a sweet, comforting drink that’s also nice cold with some iced water and lemon/lime. The leaves come in little bio degradable triangular tea ‘temples.’

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Highgrove Organic Rooibos

This tea is sweet and has an aroma of caramel. You might recognise Rooibos tea it as the favourite drink of Mma Ramotse in Alexander McCall’s popular Number One Female Detective Agency books. It’s not just caffeine-free but famously contains anti-inflammatory properties too.

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Teasan Matcha

Matcha is a Japanese green tea once used as medicine because it contains antioxidants, as well as the amino acid L-Theanine (which has a calming effect). A drink partaken in those famous Japanese tea ceremonies of old,  this particular version has a fabulous combination of being both creamy and sweet.

Melanie Sykes - Pukka Vanilla Chai

Pukka Vanilla Chai

This tea contains not just organic sweet vanilla but also cinnamon and ginger so it’s pretty uplifting as well as a great mid-afternoon nurturing drink. The Green Chai version contains an equally tempting sweet cinnamon and star anise combo.

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Dr Stuarts

An Ayurvedic-inspired infusion, this contains hibiscus (which is believed to be good for your blood pressure), ginger (for its digestive powers), and goji berries (a super food and favourite of Madonna and Miranda Kerr which is said to be packed with anti-oxidants). It also tastes great!

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Yogi Choco Chai

A delicious blend of chai spices and cocoa shells, Choco Chai is all about the sweet liquorice, cinnamon, spicy ginger and cardamom. And it really does smell of chocolate: drink it with milk for a super-soothing night time drink.

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Clipper Snore & Peace

This lovely infusion of chamomile, lemon balm and lavender is pretty sleep inducing (which is why it’s marketed as a night time drink). The chamomile is the sedative, the lavender the relaxant and lemon balm helps drown out the lavender so it’s not too overpowering.