Did you know that tea has some amazing health and medicinal benefits?
Take advantage of tea's myriad of benefits the next time you travel to ensure a happy, healthy, and relaxing trip!
Travel season is upon us! We love the thought of exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new delicacies. It almost makes us forget about the stress associated with travel, the jetlag, the upset stomachs, and commuting in a flying petri dish. But that said, we still wouldn’t give it up!
Kabaki’s been doing a little traveling this summer and we figured out some sure fire ways to help make it a little bit easier. The ace up our sleeve? Tea!
Tea has a myriad of health benefits and is the perfect travel companion as it’s easy to transport and takes up very little space. All you need is a cup and some hot water. Usually, easy enough to acquire on a plane, a restaurant, or your hotel. And if you’re checking your luggage, don’t forget to throw a few bottles of Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea in there too ; ) It’s a great way to stay hydrated and boost your immune system while you’re out sightseeing!
STRESS & ANXIETY
We all know that with travel, inevitably comes stress. Whether from the stress of booking your travel, packing, figuring out how to get all your toiletries into ridiculously small bottles, or arranging for the dog sitter.
Chamomile Tea is great choice for reducing stress and anxiety. Chamomile is an herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family and is loaded with antioxidants. Chamomile tea can help increase serotonin and melatonin levels in your body which helps to reduce stress and worry. Take a break from travel prep to enjoy a soothing cup!
Green Tea contains a naturally occurring amino acid, theanine that is said to promote relaxation and treat a number of mental health problems. According to Very Well Mind, preliminary research suggests that theanine may help lift mood, enhance brain function, and calm the body’s response to stress. Throw a few bags in your carry on, grab a cup of hot water once you get through security, and take a load off while you’re waiting to board!
If you’ve ever traveled outside your time zone, you’ve probably experienced some type of jet lag. Jet lag is a temporary sleep issue that can affect anyone that travels across multiple time zones. It occurs when your body's internal clock is still synced to your original time zone and hasn’t yet acclimated to the new time zone. It can cause daytime fatigue, insomnia, a feeling of being off, trouble staying alert, and even gastrointestinal issues. If you’re suffering from jet lag and having trouble adjusting your clock, try one of our suggested teas below.
Chamomile Tea is not only great at reducing stress and anxiety but it’s also great for improving sleep quality. Chamomile tea contains apigenin, a flavonoid that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain which can create sedative effects and thus help with relaxation and induce sleep according to the National Center for Biotechnology.
Passionflower can be drunk as a tea to help with insomnia and sleep issues. Passionflower is part of the Passiflora family, which also includes passion fruit. Research has shown it has a positive effect on sleep patterns including reducing the time it takes to fall asleep, helping with insomnia, and increasing the duration of sleep. It appears that passionflower boosts the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is thought to lower brain activity, helping with relaxation and sleep
Another hazard of travel, tummy troubles! This could be due to the change in your diet, the stress of travel, or even not drinking enough fluids…..and that glass of Sangria doesn’t count ; ) You may end up with digestive problems, heartburn, diarrhea, or gas. Make sure you bring along a few of your favorite tea bags for combating tummy issues.
Peppermint Tea is one of the most widely used and respected teas for supporting wellness and overall health. Peppermint is a great way to relieve digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, and indigestion. It can help relax your digestive system and prevent the smooth muscles from contracting which can relieve gut spasms and ease pain.
Ginger Tea is traditionally used for stomach problems especially for preventing or stopping nausea. Ginger is commonly used for motion sickness, upset stomach, gas, and nausea according to WebMD. It contains a number of positive chemicals but gingerols and shogaols, in particular, are known to help relax the intestinal tract.
Another pitfall to traveling, getting sick. There’s a few reasons outside of flying that contribute to lowering our immune systems when traveling. A few things that can contribute to lowering our immune system are stress related to changes outside our normal routine, not getting enough sleep, not eating a healthy diet, and drinking too much. Make sure to take care of your body and mind while traveling and keep our tea suggestions handy to help boost your immune system and make sure you have healthy, happy travels!
Echinacea is a flowering plant that has been used as a medicine for centuries. It has anti-inflammatory compounds and can strengthen the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells that fight viruses and bacteria. Grab a cup of echinacea tea if you want to keep your immune system strong and to fight off an impending cold!
Rosehip Tea has many properties that can help protect you from disease and infection. It’s rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. Rosehip tea’s potent source of vitamin C, may help reduce the severity and frequency of colds. The vitamin A in rosehip tea is an immune booster and can help protect against bacterial and viral infections.
And last but not least, Purple Tea! Purple Tea contains one of the highest levels of polyphenol antioxidants and anthocyanins than any other tea. The type of polyphenol found in purple tea is thought to be better than others because it is more easily absorbed into the body. Malvidin is the highest anthocyanin found in purple tea. Malvidin antioxidants have multiple benefits such as lowering inflammation and increasing white blood cells. So make sure you keep your purple tea handy for staying healthy on your holidays!
Like anything, always consult with your doctor before adding anything new into your diet.
Kabaki wishes you happy and safe travels! 🛩🚂⚓️