Friday, January 8, 2016

Hot Beverages with Benefits

After our well-deserved and well-enjoyed holidays, it's time to resume our year-round "wellness" schedule for fitness, balance and beauty.

These warm beverages not only provide comfort when it's chilly out, they also provide a variety of benefits.


Besides awakening your senses with a burst of minty freshness, peppermint tea is a natural remedy for stomach troubles. Containing dried peppermint leaves, this tea is perfect for settling an upset stomach and relieving nausea.

2. Licorice Root

If the change in seasons is wearing on your immune system, brew up a cup of tea containing licorice root! Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like those black jellybeans you leave at the bottom of the candy jar, but it does have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling or irritation in your throat.

3. Senna Leaf

If your digestive system is giving you a hard time, a tea containing senna leaf can give you the relief you need. Senna leaf is often used in laxatives, but the effect of drinking it as a tea is much gentler than taking over-the-counter products that often contain unnecessary ingredients.

4. Chamomile

Having trouble sleeping? Brew a cup of chamomile tea and let it steep for several minutes. Drink it right in bed, and you will feel a light wave of drowsiness. Sleep tight!

5. Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate

We’ve saved the best for last! Yes, hot chocolate does reap a few benefits surprisingly. Eating chocolate releases endorphins enhancing your mood! Plus, if you can find a dark chocolate hot chocolate, dark chocolate contains a ton of antioxidants that our bodies need. Just skimp on the whip cream, marshmallows and extra sprinkles on the top!

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