While I rarely rely on teas to heal my body—the herbs simply aren't concentrated enough to be that potent—I do like to use them to support myself and, perhaps more importantly, to add variety and excitement to my daily hydration practices. In essence, if I'm already going to drink a ton of water every day (and you definitely should), it might as well offer mild health and flavor benefits.
As someone who avoids caffeine, I've become an herbal tea connoisseur. I've used them to crush my anxiety and eliminate my allergies: And now I've found a hormone-balancing blend that I can't stop drinking.
Pukka's Womankind blend mixes chamomile, shatavari, licorice root, hibiscus, marigold, beetroot, orange peel, orange essential oil, rose, cranberry, and vanilla for "a loving cup of nourishment to restore your vitality and balance," according to Sebastian Pole, Pukka's Master Herbsmith.
Let's break that down. I'm on board with chamomile, which has been shown in a number of studies to help reduce stress, which would balance cortisol levels, counteracting the frenetic energy that makes up much of the modern woman's life. The flowers feel a touch on the nose to my skeptical side (women like flowers!) but also offer noted health benefits—rose is calming, and hibiscus is anti-inflammatory and acts as an antidepressant. It also lends the tea a lovely bright-pink color (which again, is a bit on the nose, but what the heck, it's pretty).