Caffeine is one substance that many people are reluctant to consume and it is understandable. Caffeine does not suit everybody, some are sensitive to it, some under prescription drugs are not allowed to consume it and for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant, it is not safe at all. Caffeine is a major reason why people opt to not drink tea regularly and for tea lovers like us, it is disheartening.
But fret not my friend, we have the best solution to address this issue of caffeine. In this article, we are going to talk about the alternatives to caffeinated teas and we’ll focus solely on the best caffeine free teas.
What are the alternatives to caffeinated teas?
The answer to this is simple, Herbal teas or tisanes. There is no other beverage in the world that is healthier than Herbal teas and caffeine free at the same time. Herbal teas do not contain the leaves of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis which is the main ingredient that contains all the caffeine. It is made of all-natural ingredients that are caffeine free like buds of flowers, leaves, roots, stem,s, etc. Herbal teas have a huge variety to them and have some of the most delicious flavoured teas on their list.
5 very popular and healthiest Herbal teas:
This tea is one of the most beneficial among the Herbal tea family. With all the goodness of ginger, this tea is the best beverage to consume in the early winter morning to warm up the body and also to keep away from issues like the common cold, sore throat, and cough. Drinking Ginger tea regularly will surely boost your immunity to new levels. And what’s more, it’s absolutely delicious! With the spice so unique and characteristic, you can pair this one with mint, honey, or even some cinnamon and you’re good to go!
Turmeric tea is another great beverage to boost your immunity. Consuming this tea every morning will help you with your digestion and bowel movements and also ward off diseases like the common cold, cough, digestive issues, etc. An age-old tradition and staple in Asia, Turmeric is raved about for its endless list of benefits and of course the taste itself! Shouldn’t skip this one for sure.
A beautiful looking tea that also gives out an oh so pleasant aroma of dried apples, Chamomile tea is best known for its calming effects. Many people drink Chamomile tea before going to bed to soothe their unfocused minds and relax their bodies. This tea helps with reducing stress and anxiety and also may lessen the impact of insomnia.
The minty flavour of Peppermint tea is favourite to many. This tea is not only flavourful but also has some good health benefits. The mint in Peppermint tea will instantly cheer you up and make you energetic, it can also cure headaches or menstrual pains, help with the digestion process, and improve your immunity.
Lemon balm tea:
Lemon Balm tea is another healthy drink that helps with stress, anxiety, and insomnia. This tea is very good for drinking before going to bed as it helps reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia, also relaxes the muscles of the body, providing you with better sleep. It also has antiviral properties that treat cold sores and similar issues.
Other common healthy Herbal teas are
- Rooibos tea
- Hibiscus tea
- Rosehip tea
- Passionflower tea
- Sage tea
- Echinacea tea
Did you know decaffeinated teas and caffeine free teas are not the same?
Decaf or Decaffeinated teas are those that go through a certain process of removal that removes most of the caffeine but not all. Unlike caffeine free drinks like Herbal teas, Decaf teas have some amount of caffeine in them, which amounts to be less than 2.5% of the original caffeine content in that particular tea to be labeled as “decaffeinated”.
Decaf teas can be of many types, Black tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, and so on. Although that very small amount of caffeine shouldn’t be of any harm at all, this will depend completely on your body’s reaction to it and we’d suggest you opt for these true teas based on how safe it is for you.
Herbal teas are pure, natural, and totally caffeine free, they have many variations and all have zero caffeine content provided they are not mixed blends. Mixed blends of Herbals teas are the variations that contain caffeine to some extent. So make sure to read the details and ingredient list of your Herbal tea packaging thoroughly before making the purchase.
You can also go for the Decaf teas that are not totally free of caffeine but have the least amount which can be neglected and won’t do any harm. Tea is an obsession and we have only one life, enjoy tea and your life to the fullest.