Tea is loved around the world,  a comforting beverage that can relieve stress, settle the stomach, and warm you up on a cold day.

What you might already know is that there are plenty of important health benefits to tea which vary depending on the variety of tea you choose. What you might not know, is that there is a best time to drink the tea of your choice.

In this article, we will go through the best time to drink tea and give a few options for each time in the day so your tea routine doesn’t get too dull. We’ll also try to explain the science behind our choices so that you can take your tea drinking to the next level!

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Teas For Different Times of Day

First Thing In The Morning

When you first hop out of bed, you may be tempted to reach for the freshly brewed coffee. Instead, try getting into the habit of making yourself a cup of tea.

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Black Tea tends to contain the most caffeine of all teas. If you are trying to wean yourself off coffee, but you still feel like you need an extra boost in the morning, brew yourself a cup of black tea.

If you like the taste of black tea in the morning but want to cut back on caffeine, even more, try Lapsang Souchong, which is made from older leaves and thus contains less caffeine.

English Breakfast Tea is technically a type of black tea. It’s usually made from a blend of black teas such as Keemun and Assam. This type of tea has relatively high caffeine content. Try adding spices in addition to the usual milk and sugar for extra taste.

Black teas, including English Breakfast Tea, come with a range of health benefits that make them great for early morning consumption. Benefits include a healthy digestive tract, increased energy, stress relief, and oral health. Starting off your morning with a revitalized digestive system, a boost of energy, and a calm outlook will help you have a productive and happy day.

Mid-morning

Lots of people reach for their second cup of coffee some time after breakfast and before lunchtime. Instead of another caffeine-heavy beverage, try getting your energy boost from one of these teas.

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White Tea is a very delicate, light tea with a subtle, sweet taste. Most people recommend drinking this tea on its own, without food, so you enjoy the taste. This tea contains L-theanine, which is said to calm anxiety, and improve mental focus, making it a great option for that mid-morning slump.

After Lunch

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Peppermint Tea is a tasty flavored tea that has some great health benefits that you’ll likely find helpful especially straight after lunch. This is a good tea to drink with a meal or immediately after eating because of its ability to kickstart the digestive system and keep it running smoothly. If you suffer from IBS, for instance, peppermint tea can help to ease your symptoms.

Peppermint tea can also help to relieve headaches caused by stress. Choosing peppermint tea will help to minimize the pain so you can get on with your day. Finally, peppermint can help to freshen your breath, so it’s perfect to sip on straight after eating.

Mid-afternoon

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Green Tea is a good option for your mid-morning tea break. Green tea contains caffeine, so it will give you a little energy boost. Like white tea, green tea also contains the amino acid called L-theanine, which is reported to help brain function, so it’s the perfect drink to encourage productivity all afternoon long.

In The Evening

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Fruit Tea is a wonderful option to drink with dinner or right after. Fruit tea doesn’t contain much caffeine, so it won’t keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. Because fruit tea comes in a wide variety of flavors, you’ll be able to satisfy your tastebuds by choosing your favorite fruity flavors to go with your meal. Lots of people find that fruit tea can be a good, satisfying substitute for sugary drinks like soda.

Before Bed

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Chamomile Tea is famous for its calming effects and many people swear by it as a sleeping aid. This is because chamomile contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which binds to receptors in the brain. This helps to decrease anxiety, slow the breath, and ultimately helps the body to fall asleep.

When You Have A Cold

Lemon Ginger Tea is widely regarded as an excellent tea for easing the symptoms of the common cold. Ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to relieve a sore throat and reduce nasal congestion. The steam from the tea will also help get rid of mucus buildup in the nose and throat. Try adding honey to your brew for its soothing properties.

When You Have Just Finished A Workout

Most people reach for water or juice after a hot, sweaty workout. However, there are a few teas that can be extremely beneficial after exercise making it a best time to drink tea.

Rooibos Tea is caffeine-free and flavourful. It’s full of beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Calcium will help to strengthen your joints and bones and will help with post-workout muscle recovery. Potassium is a crucial electrolyte that we lose through sweat while we exercise.

Oolong Tea is another wonderful option. Oolong tea contains EGCG phytonutrient, which can help your body to convert fat into energy. If you’re trying to lose weight, add this tea into your workout routine. It also contains catechins which have been shown to help increase the body’s metabolic rate.

When You’re Pregnant

Pregnancy comes with lots of food and beverage restrictions. While some things can be helpful for your energy levels and the baby’s growth, other ingredients can be harmful while you’re expecting.

Here are a few of the teas that are safe to drink during pregnancy:

  • Ginger tea
  • Nettle tea
  • Dandelion leaf tea
  • Peppermint tea
  • Rooibos tea

While these teas tend to be completely safe, try to avoid any teas with traces of caffeine.

You’ll probably find some teas labeled as Pregnancy Teas. These teas are typically made with red raspberry leaves. Many health professionals consider this ingredient to be an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Studies show that it can reduce labor time and prevent early or late deliveries.  So if you are not already a tea drinker, drinking tea while pregnant might be a good time to start!

When You’re Stressed

Lots of teas have been proven to be helpful for stress relief because of the antioxidants they contain. Here are a few tried and tested teas for dealing with stress.

  • Lavender tea
  • Green tea
  • Ashwagandha tea
  • Turmeric tea
  • Rose tea
  • Licorice tea

When It’s Cold Outside

All teas are great for keeping you warm. Nothing beats snuggling up with a steaming mug of your favorite brew on a cold winter day. Arguably some will say it is the best time to drink tea. However, if you want to take things up a notch, there are a few teas that can help to warm you up. Try to choose teas with spices like peppercorns, cardamom, and cinnamon. These flavors will give your tea a festive flavor, while they can also increase blood circulation to keep you warm from the inside out.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it - our recommendations for which teas to drink and when. All the teas we’ve listed in this article come with a wide range of excellent health benefits. However, if you start planning when you drink these teas, you may notice that the benefits are optimized.