The Three Best Teas For Holiday Houseguests
Are you prepping your home for the holidays? If you’re expecting to host family and friends this season, keep a collection of Pukka’s teas on hand to make your guests (and yourself!) feel comfortable and right at home during their stay. Enjoying a moment of calm in the morning, afternoon and evening is a simple way we can maintain stillness during what may feel like a hectic time of year. Not only are these delicious herbal teas grounding and comforting, they each support our seasonal health and wellbeing from the inside out.
Morning - Three Ginger
Warm yourself up on chilly mornings with Three Ginger tea - a combination of organic ginger, galangal and turmeric. This warming and stimulating blend brings immediate glowing warmth to your core that radiates to your fingers and toes, energizing your whole body and sparking your digestion. Enjoy this on quiet mornings during your yoga practice or sipped mindfully bundled up in a cozy blanket on the porch.
Herb Hero: Ginger
Ginger’s spicy flavor supports our ability to digest food, as well as stimulating digestion and calming an upset stomach. It supports a healthy circulation, leaving you feeling positively uplifted for the rest of your day. Ginger is warming due to its high levels of several volatile oils, such as gingerol and zingerone which have potent anti-inflammatory effects. These make it an excellent circulatory stimulant particularly for the peripheral circulation (our fingers and toes!). Our ginger is grown in warm and wet areas of India. We have worked with Indian farmers for over a decade to increase the amount of land to grow the organic ginger we use in our Three Ginger tea.
Afternoon: Elderberry & Echinacea
Winter is prime time for colds and seasonal illness to make a run through households, schools and workplaces. Keep our Elderberry & Echinacea tea handy for yourself and your visitors to enjoy midday for extra immunity support and a warm burst of berry flavor. Afternoon tea is a simple and calming practice to take a few moments out of your day and come back to center. Enjoy this delicious tea break while you take a few deep breaths, go for an afternoon walk, or sit quietly and journal.
Herb Hero: Elderberry:
Bursting with brightly coloured pigments that act as natural antioxidants, elderberries are a natural source of vitamin C. Well known for supporting our immune function, vitamin C plays an important role in allowing our immune system to properly communicate and respond. Elderberries are also rich in flavonoids which support a healthy inflammatory response while protecting our cells from seasonal bugs. Daily use of elderberry can be a great ally in supporting your immune health this winter.
Evening: Night Time
There’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm, gentle mug of tea before bedtime. Keep our Night Time tea close for those winter evenings when your guests are shuffling off to bed to ease them into peaceful and deep sleep. Enjoying a warm cup of tea an hour or two prior to falling asleep will help to relax your mind and body that may feel tense from a long day. Pair this tea with your favorite book or sleep story for the optimal night time wind down.
Herb Hero: Chamomile
Long recognized for its relaxing and calming effect, chamomile flower is perhaps the most widely used herb for soothing stress and nervous tension. It is one of the most effective remedies for soothing our nervous systems (both the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system - our digestion!). Chamomile’s relaxing effects mainly come from its beneficial essential oils, which have the ability to calm our body and relieve both physical and mental tension. These properties make it one of the most soothing and calming herbs for adults and children.
Keeping a collection of these teas on hand for your overnight and holiday guests will keep them feeling their best throughout their stay, and will remain herbal staples in your home tea cupboard to enjoy yourself!
Author: Lindsay Kluge
Herbal Educator, Pukka Herbs US
Lindsay is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a passion for bringing plants and people together. Through her work as a teacher and practitioner, she is passionate about helping people feel empowered in their health through community organic gardening, health education, and connection with nature. She has worked in clinical practiced with naturopathic doctors and MD’s alike, bridging the gap between alternative and conventional medicine to bring comprehensive, research based botanical medicine to her local communities. With an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a Masters in herbal medicine, plants are Lindsay's love language. She currently serves as the herbal educator for Pukka Herbs in the US, and teaches clinical nutrition at her alma mater, the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a guest lecturer at herbal medicine schools and conferences throughout the US.
MS Herbal Medicine
Years of Experience:
10+ years as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist practitioner