6 DIY Teas To Help Combat Holiday Overindulgence
For many people, the holidays are all about indulgence. From calorie-dense meals to alcoholic beverages, nothing says “festive” quite like treating yourself to all your favorite foods and drinks. But while it’s fun in the moment to enjoy the festivities, your body can pay for it afterward. That’s why it’s best to learn how to recover from holiday overindulgence before the hangover starts. If you’re looking for ways to get back to good health after the holidays, look no further than DIY teas to help combat holiday overindulgence!
Tea is an effective and easily made beverage to help you avoid the headaches, nausea, and indigestion that often follow festive celebrations. But what teas should you try at home? Read on for some inspiration and ideas.
Best teas to help you detox post–festive indulgence
Some teas are better than others at helping you detox from holiday overindulgence. The good news is that there are many to choose from, each with its own benefits. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.
1. Ginger tea
Ginger is well-known for its health benefits, especially in terms of easing nausea. When you wake up feeling a little under the weather from the night before, you can whip up an easy ginger tea to keep that queasy feeling at bay.
To make ginger tea at home, add fresh ginger root to boiling water and lower the heat to a simmer. While simmering, you can add any other flavors you might like, such as mint or cinnamon. After it’s simmered for five or ten minutes, remove the tea from the heat and pour it into your favorite mug. If you want to add a little sweetness, try a dash of honey or maple syrup.
2. Lemon honey tea
Lemon honey tea is one of the best detoxification tisanes you can whip up at home in no time. All you have to do is add some lemon slices and a bit of ginger root to boiling water and simmer for five to 10 minutes. Once done, mix in your honey of choice and enjoy! It’s one of the easiest remedies to make, even if you’re struggling with the post-holiday blues.
3. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is another option that combats gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and indigestion. Mint can also reduce inflammation and help improve digestion, so if your metabolism is sluggish, a morning cup of peppermint tea will fix that right up.
To make this tea at home, you will need:
- 2 cups water
- 15 fresh mint leaves
- Honey, to taste
- 2 lemon slices
This simple recipe will take you less than 10 minutes. Add the water to a saucepan and heat until it reaches a rolling boil. Remove the pot from the water, add the mint leaves, and let them steep for three to five minutes. Pour into your mug of choice, add honey and lemon slices, and there you have it! Mint tea to help your body heal from even the most extravagant of overindulgences.
4. Turmeric tea
Turmeric is often hailed as a super ingredient because of its anti-inflammatory benefits. Since the body is likely to have an increase in inflammation after being constantly fed sweets and treats over the holidays, reducing that inflammation with turmeric is a great way to avoid feeling unwell.
This simple tea is made by boiling fresh, unpeeled turmeric slices in one cup of water. You can also add honey or maple syrup for sweetness, or an orange round to give it a fruity boost.
5. Lemongrass tea
Lemongrass is another tea used to help fight inflammation that can cause harmful effects in the body after a festive season filled with sugar, alcohol, and calorie-dense meals. Another of its handy effects for after-holiday indulgence is its ability to calm your anxiety, alleviating any guilt you might feel for having too many glasses of wine at that work holiday party. Physically speaking, this tea can also help with the bloating, gas, and stomach cramping that can occur after eating way too much holiday food.
To make lemongrass tea at home, you will need:
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups roughly chopped lemongrass stalks
- ¼ cup sugar (or sweetener of choice to taste)
- Lime slices
After boiling the water, add the lemongrass and mix it around in the water for five minutes. Reduce heat, bringing the water to a simmer for another five. Remove the lemongrass stalks and add in the sugar (or sweetener of choice) until thoroughly mixed in. Pour into a cup, add the lime slices, and enjoy! You can also cool the mixture in the fridge for an iced version of this health-boosting tea.
6. Rose green tea
Rose green tea combines two healthy powerhouses into one delicious drink. Rose tea can provide antidepressant effects when those hangover blues hit, and green tea helps revive digestion, reduce inflammation, and soothe the occasional headache.
To make rose green tea at home, you will need:
- 2 bags of loose-leaf green tea
- 1 tablespoon rosewater
- Honey, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of dry rose petals
- 3 cups water
Start this tea by bringing the rose petals and water to a boil for five to ten minutes. Once done, remove the mixture from the heat and steep the two green tea bags for another five to ten minutes. After it’s all brewed and ready to go, strain the petals and remove the tea bags. Add in the rosewater and honey, and enjoy!
Overindulging is just a part of the holidays – tis the season, after all! Just remember to kick off the new year right by trying out one (or all!) of these DIY teas to restore your body to good health.