I adore herbal tea for all it’s worth, and I have some really fun add-ins to your cup of tea that might help you love this amazing treat more. If you don’t drink tea, please do yourself a favor and start. Tea is so great for your body, mind, and spirit. Some varieties, such as herbal teas, are also caffeine-free and so soothing. All forms of tea have tons of mind and body benefits, made from nature’s finest plants, herbs, spices, roots and flowers. You don’t have to drink tea as it is though. Whether you choose green, peppermint, chamomile, black, or white tea, there are some fun add-ins that serve as my personal favorite things to add to tea. Try one of my fun add-ins to your cup of tea next time you brew a pot, or your first time trying it. You might not like them all, but you’ll surely find one that you love too!
Lemon is one of my must-have add-ins for my tea and one of the first add-ins to your cup of tea that you should try. Squeeze half the juice of a lemon to you next cup. It brings a slightly sweet and acidic punch that is also so healthy for your skin, liver and your blood. As a bonus, it’s sugar-free and a great way to flavor just about anything. Lemon also has Vitamin C and is great to put in your tea if you have a cold or illness. It also helps your tummy if it is out of balance too.
Oh, stevia- don’t you just love it? I do! Pure stevia liquid or pure stevia powder is another fun add-in I hope you’ll try in your tea. Calorie- free, from an herb and so much sweeter than sugar but containing absolutely no sugar at all, stevia makes any tea 100% better. You also need less of stevia than you do sugar, so it even saves you money over time, along with your waistline and health! I like to put it in all my teas, especially when my sweet tooth won’t leave me alone. Stevia has also been proven to lower the glycemic index and promote good digestion.
Another option for sweetening your tea is honey! Since most teas aren't naturally sweet, honey will make non-tea-lovers fall in love with the warm, delicious beverage! I love putting honey in white and chamomile tea. Try it and see what teas you love honey in the most!
I don't know about you, but I can't take black tea without milk! Tea by itself tends to have a bitter taste to me, but not with milk! Milk softens the flavor of an otherwise harsh beverage, and also adds calcium and protein to your morning drink of choice!
Ginger root is another great add-in to try in your tea. It aids digestion, adds a slightly spicy taste to your tea, and you can use ginger root or powder, which will both work great. Ginger compliments lemon and cinnamon well too, so try using them together.
If you’re not drinking mint tea, try adding a peppermint tea bag to your cup of tea. It adds such a satisfying and refreshing flavor. It is one of my favorite things to drink in the afternoon to settle my stomach and give me a little alertness to keep me awake. Mint is naturally refreshing and aids digestion, prevents and treats bloating, and can help tame anxiety. It also has a slightly sweet taste which is really nice too.
That's right ladies, you can sneak in some extra chocolate into your diet through your tea! If it's melted, the calories don't really count... right? In chai tea, dark chocolate adds a deep, rich flavor that will leave your mouth watering between sips! Some people even add white chocolate to black tea for a creamier flavor!
Some people choose to infuse aromatic flowers into their tea to take their drink to the next level! Honeysuckle is a common additive to herbal tea that any tea lover ought to try! Doing so will provide your tea with a sweet, nectar-like flavor.
I’d like to ask you to add a rooibos, or red tea, to your cup of tea next time you make some. You can also try rooibos alone, but it is also a fun idea to add it to your cup of tea as well. It goes great with just about any tea form, and offers a really deep, sweet and refreshing taste I enjoy. It is also full of antioxidants, caffeine-free and incredibly great for your skin and fighting acne. You can find it sold in stores as rooibos or red tea, since it comes from the African bush known as the red bush.
Okay, so not everyone has rooibos and honeysuckle lying around in their kitchen. But most of us do have a pint of fruit juice in the refrigerator! Really, any juice will do—pomegranate, cherry, cranberry, or even lemonade. Add a splash of your favorite juice to your tea to enhance the flavor and add extra vitamins and nutrients!
You might think I’m crazy here, but I love making basil green tea. I steep a basil leaf in my pot of green tea, add stevia, and I’m all set for one amazing, calming drink. Basil is so great for anxiety and it sends relief throughout the entire body. It is also refreshing, so if you’re a little fatigued or not feeling well, adding some basil to your tea can wake you up and make you feel a little better. You can also use dried basil for the same effect, though I prefer fresh.
Who says boba is just for hipster tea shops and restaurants in in Taiwanese towns? You can put boba into your own tea at home and enjoy the squishy spheres of joy any time from the comfort of your own home! You can buy boba online, or perhaps at a nearby Asian market.
For the summer months, after growing tired of drinking plain iced tea every afternoon, you can switch things up by adding in some sorbet! A simple scoop of fruity sorbet added to your favorite black iced tea will infuse it's tropical flavor into the beverage! Goodbye plain jane drinks, hello summer delight!
Maybe your iced tea needs to pack a little extra punch, and warm you on the inside as it cools you on the outside. Adding a splash bourbon and maple syrup to your iced tea will create an old fashioned-like drink that you'll adore!
Cinnamon makes a great addition to any tea, since it is a natural metabolism-booster. Plus, cinnamon is such a warming, cozy spice. I put it in all my teas and smoothies for this reason. In hot or warm tea, cinnamon offers such soothing benefits that promote good blood sugar, healthy digestion and a nice warming touch to the tongue.
I’ve heard of people adding goji berries and even mushrooms to their tea, but I haven’t tried those add-ins quite yet. If you drink tea, what do you like to add?
This article was written in collaboration with editor Sabrina Yates.