Tea, Tea, TEA!!!

Now that Fall is here (well Winter apparently), it’s socially acceptable to drink 12 cups of tea a day, again!! Besides being a delicious, sugar and calorie free beverage, tea contains varying photochemicals and antioxidants that have the capability to aid in numerous functions within the body. Phytochemicals are biologically active compounds found in plants that give them their vibrant colour and individualized health benefits. While, antioxidants  (simply put) are molecules within the body that prevent oxidation of other molecules, limiting free radical production, thus preventing cell damage.  For this reason, tea is often consumed for its medicinal properties. …No wonder tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world (after water of course)!

The chart below is a beginners guide to 25 different flavours of tea and their potential to aid and/or enhance varying functions within the human body. Whether you need help focusing, relaxing, reducing bloating, or an immune boost to fight off that incoming Fall cold, one of these teas will have you covered!


Type of Tea Potential Benefit
Ginger (my fave!!) Loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants, activates the immune system, helps to reduce nausea, GI (gastrointestinal) discomfort, and menstrual cramping.
Green  Is said to be the healthiest beverage on the planet! — Contains numerous antioxidants, enhances cognitive function, boosts metabolism, reduces risk of attaining various types of cancers, may reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), aids in weight loss.
Chai Enhances heart health, reduces nausea, and aids in digestion and weight loss.
Echinacea Boosts immune function –  helping the body to fight various infections and viruses.
Rose Hip Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, has a vast range of anti-inflammatory properties, has potential to help with anti-aging of the skin.
Black Numerous antioxidant properties, boosts heart health, decreases LDL cholesterol levels, may enhance gut health.
Chamomile Calming and relaxing effects, thus often used as a sleep aid, in addition to helping to reduce inflammation.
Oolong Boosts metabolism, regulates insulin spikes, helps to reduce acne, enhances immune function.
Peppermint Often used to support GI health – potential to help to relieve nausea, indigestion, and stomach pain. Additional antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.
Sage Beneficial for cognitive function and brain health – improvements in mental function and memory, as well as mood.
White Rich source of antioxidants, may aid in weight loss, contains compounds that have the potential to fight cancer (by suppressing cancer cell growth and inhibiting metastasis), may reduce risk of heart disease.
Hibiscus Mainly know for its benefits to cardiovascular health — particularly relating to its effects on blood pressure, and decreased oxidative stress. Additionally, may prevent certain types of cancers, specifically leukaemia.
Ginseng May help to reduce inflammation, boosts immune function, increases energy levels, strengthens focus and concentration.
Hawthorn Packed with numerous antioxidants, aids in optimal digestion, various anti-inflammatory properties, prevents hair loss.
Rooibos (Red Tea) Beneficial for bone health – has potential to increase bone density and stimulate bone growth, some antioxidant effects, beneficial for liver function and health.
Lemon Verbena Boosts antioxidant levels, improves skin and heart health, has potential to diminish anxiety. May help to lower inflammatory markers, in addition to decreasing the formation of fatty acids – thus has potential to assist in weight loss.
Eucalyptus Excellent source of various antioxidants, improves dry skin and dandruff, promotes relaxation by decreasing blood pressure and anxiety.
Cinnamon Improves heart health, promotes weight loss, reduces menstural cramping and inflammation, potential to reduce acne.
Violet Helps diminish inflammation and alleviate body aches and pain, helps to manage flu symptoms.
Dandelion Promotes optimal liver function, helps to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), prevents certain types of cancers, aids in optimal digestion.
Bergamot (aka Earl Grey aka Hannah Tea 😉 ) Compounds found within the tea have potential to act as antioxidants and aid in digestion, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Fennel Relieves bloating, helps to subside menstrual cramping and to regulate blood sugar levels, has potential to aid in pain relief.
Lemongrass Lowers cholesterol, reduces anxiety, prevents infections, and relieves bloating.
Jasmine Boosts well-being by:  reducing stress and having soothing and calming effects, in addition to helping to regulate ones mood.
Cardamon Enhances digestion, boosts immune function, improves blood circulation, enhances sex drive, has potential to alleviate joint pain.

& that’s the TEA.


Happy Tuesday! Get outside and enjoy some fresh, crisp Fall air (& bring some tea)!!!

Anna x


Curried Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup

This soup will forever be my favourite! It’s a perfect recipe for fall because its filled with tasty seasonal vegetables.  Making this soup is a bit labour intensive as it involves a lot of peeling and chopping, but it’s so delicious, it’s worth it!



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 diced white onions
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (add extra is you like spice!)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups peeled, diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup peeled, diced sweet potato


  1. Peel and cut squash and sweet potato into 1-inch thick cubes.
  2. Finely chop garlic and onions.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and sauté the diced onions, stirring frequently, until transparent (~ 2 minutes).
  4. Add curry powder, garam masala, garlic, and salt to pot, and stir.
  5. Add chicken stock, cubed squash and sweet potato.
  6. Cover mixture and bring to a low boil, over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes (or until squash and sweet potato are tender), stirring occasionally.
  7. Purée this mixture in a blender until creamy and smooth.
  8. Return mixture to pot, and simmer on low heat for an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with a drizzle of greek yogurt (mainly to make it look pretty) – if you find the soup too spicy, this will help lessen the spice!

This soup is tastiest when fresh, but can be stored in the fridge for up to 4-5 days, or in the freezer for as long as a month.


Happy FRIDAY!!! Have a great weekend!

Anna x