Not only does licorice tea taste delicious (if you like the taste of licorice, that is), it also boasts a multitude of medicinal properties. As a mucilaginous herb, licorice soothes the entire digestive tract. That means it's good for everything from sore throats and coughs to stomach aches and leaky gut. If you don't like the taste of licorice, marshmallow root, slippery elm, and fennel all have the same mucilaginous properties and make great alternatives! Licorice, however, has the added benefit of providing adrenal/hormonal support, so it's a great tea to indulge in regularly.
Spearmint or Peppermint
Mint is an absolute classic, and for good reason. It's a breath freshener, it's a palate cleanser, and it aids digestion. I take mint tea whenever I have a stomach ache! Spearmint in particular can also help balance women's hormones, reducing sensitivity to testosterone, so I usually go with that over peppermint.
Anxiety? Chamomile. Insomnia? Chamomile. Stomach ache? Chamomile. Inflammation? Chamomile. What can't this flower do? An absolute must for your tea collection.
Ginger is a digestion soother, inflammation buster, and immune strengthener. A cup of ginger tea is an excellent way to end a meal. Like mint, ginger also freshens the breathe and cleanses the palate. It's a bright, somewhat spicy herb, and an excellent tea to have on hand. It's also easy to make if you don't want to buy packets; just boil chopped ginger root in water for about 10 minutes, strain, and serve!
Green tea is anti-inflammatory, and the small amount of caffeine in there can help wake you up in the morning! Green tea supports metabolic health, helps keep blood sugar stable, provides a host of antioxidants that fight against diseases like cancer, and can help slow aging. A wonder tea if there ever was one.
Dandelion is an acquired taste; it's very bitter, and dark, kind of like coffee. Whether in tea or capsule form, dandelion helps the liver detoxify, and, by doing so, it also helps clear the skin and heal acne. Other herbs that do the same include burdock, milk thistle, chicory, and artichoke. Mixes of these herbs are particularly effective and are pretty easy to find, but, honestly, they're all bitter! That's what makes them so good for the liver and for digestion as well.