10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Teas

Best Anti-Inflammatory Teas

Drinking tea as part of your daily wellness routine is a delicious way to reap a bounty of health benefits from a quick cuppa. Research shows that eating and drinking certain types of food or drinks can help prevent or reduce the painful effects of inflammation - and tea is one of those powerful drinks! Tea contains antioxidants that may help soothe chronic inflammation and acute inflammation. Learn about the best types of tea for inflammation, which blends have the most benefits, and when to drink anti-inflammatory teas for the best results.

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10 BEST ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TEAS

PEPPERMINT

Peppermint tea has proven antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help relieve stress, soothe congestion or irritation related to allergies, boost your immune system to combat colds and the flu, and more! Plus, the aromatic properties of peppermint tea are highly refreshing and invigorating.

LEMON

Lemon may be used to help lower blood pressure, prevent infections, and alleviate inflammation with its natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

FENNEL

Fennel is a flowering plant in the carrot family containing powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C and quercetin that help reduce inflammation. Drinking fennel tea may also help aid digestion, relieve cramps, and help treat skin problems.

ROSE HIP

Rose Hip tea is concentrated with powerful polyphenols and galactolipids that are shown to help relieve joint pains and improve circulation due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

BLACK TEA

Black tea is a good source of theaflavin, a polyphenol that has antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.

CHAMOMILE

Chamomile tea is the perfect smooth and lightly floral anti-inflammatory tea to drink right before bed. It can reduce the painful symptoms of inflammation, relieve anxiety, increase sleep quality, and boost your immune system to prevent sickness.

TULSI

Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a popular herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that is often made into a tea to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. It is an adaptogenic tea capable of fighting off stress and allergic inflammation.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is touted for being high in antioxidants that function as anti-inflammatories and have a host of other health benefits, but it also naturally fights inflammation-causing free radicals.

TURMERIC

Turmeric tea’s health benefits mainly come from the active ingredient curcumin that is found in a high concentration of the turmeric root. Curcumin is full of antioxidants and functions as a powerful anti-inflammatory, so including turmeric in your diet is one of the best and easiest natural ways to fight inflammation.

GINGER

Ginger root tea is one of the most powerful medicinal herbal remedies for inflammation. It’s full of effective phytonutrients called gingerols that are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Plus, ginger tea may also help reduce nausea, aid digestion, relieve pain, boost your immune system, and help reduce allergy symptoms.

WHY DRINK TEA FOR INFLAMMATION?

Acute inflammation is your immune-system's short-term healing response to injury, toxins, and infections by releasing white blood cells to the affected areas. However, it is often accompanied by uncomfortable redness, swelling, heat, and pain. Chronic inflammation is a similar long-term response or it can be a side effect of some autoimmune diseases. It can be dangerous because your body continues to release too many white blood cells that may start attacking healthy organs or tissue. Chronic inflammation can make you feel fatigue, body pain, and an increased risk of infections, stroke, or developing other diseases.

However, there are ways to prevent and help treat some effects of inflammation. In addition to taking certain pain medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or steroids, research shows that making lifestyle and diet changes can also have a positive effect. Taking certain supplements or eating anti-inflammatory food or drinks may help reduce inflammation and its painful side effects.

Tea is packed with powerful polyphenols in the form of antioxidants that help locate and fight off harmful free radicals that can increase or cause inflammation. Plus, herbal tisanes or some types of tea are often blended with extra anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. Though more research should be done, drinking tea just may be one of the best natural remedies for inflammation!

WHEN TO DRINK TEA TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

In order to keep your polyphenol levels high enough to help fight inflammation in the body, you need to drink around 6-8 cups of tea throughout the day. One of the best times of the day to drink an anti-inflammatory tea is right before bed. Not only will it be a calming ritual, but it will also help relax your body and mind so you can sleep better throughout the night and wake up to a better morning.

The only catch is making sure you save the caffeinated anti-inflammatory tea options, such as green tea or black tea blends, for the morning or early afternoon. Instead, substitute these with a caffeine-free herbal tea, such as a ginger, turmeric, or peppermint tea blend. If you want an extra boost, add a teaspoon of honey to your cup of tea as it contains many beneficial antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

10 BEST ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TEAS

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Clari-Tea

Sips by Arteasana
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Why you’ll love this tea

This tea is a breath of fresh air! Start the day right with the power of energizing green tea, soothing eucalyptus and healing peppermint. The all-organic medicinal mix can be used to ease symptoms of cold and flu, clear up congestion and help drain stuffy sinuses.

Why you’ll love this brand

Arteasana's hand-crafted artisanal blends are inspired by the universality, timelessness and healing properties of tea. Their hand-selected USDA-certified Organic teas, herbs, spices and botanical products from various locations around the world to bring you only the best ingredients... so you can feel assured that you are drinking only the best!

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Organic Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon

Sips by Oteas
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Why you’ll love this tea

A light-bodied infusion of lemongrass, ginger & cinnamon, with a subtle citrus finish. A smooth balanced spice blend with a fruity and minty ginger note. For tea lovers who prefer the spicy side of life. Mild hints of all one's favorite flavors.

Why you’ll love this brand

Located in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, Oteas offers a wide variety of teas made from the highest quality leaves, herbs, flowers and spices. Good for you. Good for the planet. Oteas' products are 100% plastic-free, their tea bags are biodegradable, and their packaging is made up of plant-based materials that you can compost in your home.

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Digest

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Why you’ll love this tea

Digest harnesses the soothing sweetness of fennel, mint and licorice to create a refreshing brew that gently calms and restores. Fortified with biotin and spearmint to help support digestion. 100% all-natural and caffeine-free.

Why you’ll love this brand

Ahmad Tea is a British family business with over four generations of passion for producing the finest teas. Their comprehensive range of classic black teas, delicious fruit teas, healthy green teas, and natural herbal infusions are sold in over 80 countries around the world! Ahmad Tea's mission is to "Inspire Kindness" and improve lives in tea-producing communities by contributing to projects that support healthcare, community development and the environment.

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Spiced Chai

Sips by Sarjesa
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Why you’ll love this tea

The luxurious blend of fragrant spices in Dappled Sunlight is sure to warm your belly and your heart. With the slightest hint of rosehip adding an Alberta tang to each sip, this blend will remind you of better days and warmer seasons.

Why you’ll love this brand

Sarjesa Inc. is a socially-focused tea company, supporting local violence prevention programming for women in crisis through the sale of high-quality tea. With a focus on flavor, their blends are intentionally crafted in conversation with the land around them, made with a combination of Canadian grown and international ingredients.

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Royal Pain Tonic

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Why you’ll love this tea

Stop allowing pain to royally ruin your life! A variety of botanicals in this tea take effective action for stopping pain in the body. Blue Lotus helps manage pain associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, and fibromyalgia. White willow bark contains salicylic acid, the active anti-inflammatory component in many over-the-counter medications that relieve pain and reduce swelling. Holy basil and nettles sedate nerve inflammation contributing to pain while California poppy, cramp bark, and citrus peel reduce muscle tension and spasms. Plus, hyssop reduces general inflammation in the body.

Why you’ll love this brand

Crooked Crows travel the planet, researching different methods of herbal and historical healing practices. Each product from our Apothecary is meticulously made by hand in small batches through our unique, alchemical method inspired by our explorations. At Crooked Crows, we are inspired by knowledge through adventure because the lessons we learn on our global journeys help expand our abilities to create naturally-sourced items which fully support whole body wellness and self care.

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Chamomile Comfort

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Why you’ll love this tea

Feel serenity with chamomile, aromatic lavender, and fennel to add comfort and relaxation to your day. This blend contains all-natural, certified organic ingredients.

Why you’ll love this brand

Veda Wellness is an Organic Wellness Teas Brand specializing in creating tea blends inspired by ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda. Their mission is to enhance human well-being through natural means. They use nature's best herbs to bring you a healthy beverage option that will invigorate your minds and spirits, while leaving you with amazing taste.

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Holy Basil

Sips by Aesthete Tea
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Why you’ll love this tea

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is an adaptogenic herb commonly used in Ayurveda. It highly revered for its ability to elevate the mind, heal the body, and uplift the soul. This caffeinated blend includes Organic Krishna Tulsi, Organic Rama Tulsi, and Organic Vana Tulsi.

Why you’ll love this brand

Founded by Briana Thornton in 2017, Aesthete Tea & Collective is a Portland-based loose leaf tea brand, specializing in farm direct organic teas and herbal blends. Aesthete Tea’s proprietary tea blends are created by Master Blender Maggie Cassidy, who also happens to be Founder Briana Thornton’s mother. Aesthete maintains a strong mission to know their farmers and source from beautiful farms around the world that share the same values in quality, health and positivity.

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Jasmine Green Té

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Why you’ll love this tea

This popular drinkable tea features antioxidant-rich green tea along with organic brown rice, coriander, and jasmine flower to add a smooth and rich flavor.

Why you’ll love this brand

TheTéSpa founder Alexis Jones is a jill-of-all-trades with a background in culinary arts. Art and giving back to the community are qualities that were instilled in her at a young age, and these values have always emerged in her work outside of tending to her own garden and developing products for TéSpa. The premise of TéSpa has always remained the same even when it was merely just a garden of leafy green herbs planted on Mother's Day as a gift: "give and create beauty, be healthy and kind". Alexis hopes to inspire the world with her creativity that resides in the beauty of TéSpa and continue to blend her talents into healthy multipurpose products that will bring you closer to being healthy and kind.

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Golden Turmeric Chai

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Why you’ll love this tea

This chai tea with a twist is caffeine-free and contains plenty of turmeric that brews a beautiful golden color and provides an earthy punch. The ingredients make for a dreamy and spicy chai that is soothing and creamy, yet lively in flavor.

Why you’ll love this brand

Stash was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1972 by two hippies seeking a tea euphoria. Since then, Stash Tea’s mission has been to brew the boredom out of the world, with best-in-class ingredients and diverse flavors that delight the senses, surprise your taste buds, and brew up brighter and true-to-name.

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Organic Moringa Herbal Tea - Lemon & Ginger

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Why you’ll love this tea

Miracle Tree's Lemon & Ginger Organic Moringa Superfood Tea pleasingly combines the fresh flavors of citrusy lemon with the 'zing' of ginger, and the superfood qualities of Moringa.

Why you’ll love this brand

Miracle Tree is a family-owned superfood brand that focuses on sourcing quality herbal teas and powders that feature unique and attractive nutritional profiles. They are committed to socially and environmentally responsible sourcing and production and are organic certified.

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