It is best to change the tea you drink as our bodies change per season.
Traditional Chinese Medicine experts and Ayurvedic practitioners have recognized for thousands of years the importance of taking the seasons into account when optimizing health.
We are all familiar with the changes in our lives which occur seasonally just as every culture worldwide acknowledges the changing of each season, no matter how subtle or pronounced it is in their locale.
Spring: A Fresh Start
Spring is traditionally a sign of new birth, love, fertility, and expansion.
Teas which are outstanding for the spring of the year are detoxifying blends which rid the body of stagnation from winter.
Green teas reflect the grass and new beginnings.
Lemony, citrusy, blends are wonderful this time as they reflect the increasing light of the season.
Caffeine-free recommendation: Cleanse
Summer: Full on Steamy Heat
Summer is joyful, and free. It’s time to go to the beach!
Teas which are great for summer include floral blends, cooling mints, tropical blends, and flavored green and black teas.
Enjoy fruity, light flavors as hot or chilled tea.
Have fun making iced tea. It is an American classic which transports well to picnics, sporting events, and family reunions.
Caffeine-free recommendation: Peppermint Tea
Autumn: Reap the Rewards of the Harvest
Autumn represents home and hearth. It’s also the time of year to increase our intake of teas which strengthen and prepare our bodies for winter.
It would be great to try Apple, and spice to warm the soul as we begin to turn inward.
Black teas, chai, and rich, complex flavors echo the harvest.
Sweet, spicy, tart, and hearty teas are also excellent choices at this time of year.
Caffeine-free recommendation: Vanilla Rooibos Tea
Winter: Solemn and Grounding
Winter is a time of reflection.
Restful, soulful blends help us to look inward and discover our deepest selves. Dark teas with cocoa nibs, and restorative teas which are packed with antioxidants soothe best at this time.
Also, teas which contain super-fruits enhance our immune health to promote wellness.
While spicy, warming teas that contain ginger and other homey spices help center and warm us.
Caffeine-free recommendation: Ginger Kiss
Drink Tea Year Round
Drink teas seasonally. It will enhance your level of wellness and help you to harmonize with the earth’s natural cycles. Pay attention to how you feel as you sip your tea. You will soon become adept at selecting teas which meet your needs each season. I suggest that you keep a well-rounded supply of teas on hand. Just as each season offers variety, you will want to have a wide array of delicious delights available to savor alone or with friends and family.