A broader perspective on health and wellbeing

When considering the best teas for any season, we only need to look outside. Nature often provides us with the ingredients we need most at any point in time and autumn is a fantastic example.

The best teas for autumn contain fresh, seasonal produce that can boost immunity and warm our bodies ready for the colder months ahead. Here are some of our favorite blends:

  1. Pear and honey throat soothing tea

Pears are one of best ingredients for autumn teas. Not only are they in season, but in Chinese medicine terms, they benefit the Lungs, the organ associated with this time of year.

In autumn, the air can become dry and harsh on the Lungs, leading to coughs and sore throats. The best foods to combat this are moist, sweet, and white – making pears ideal.

Honey enhances this soothing tea further, with its moistening and nourishing effects. Modern research has also shown that honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, great for keeping sore throats at bay.

Ingredients:

  • Pears (peeled, cored, and pounded to pulp) – 500g
  • High-quality, organic honey – 50g 

Method:

  • Place the pear pulp in a large pan and cover well with water
  • Cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the honey
  • Stir well and drink while warm
  1. Immune boosting mushroom tea

The idea of drinking mushroom tea may seem unappealing to some. However, mushrooms are fantastic for immunity and one of the best ingredients for autumn teas.

Like pears, they are highly seasonal and beneficial for the Lungs. In fact, take a closer look at many species of mushrooms and they almost look like little lungs themselves.

Research has highlighted the potential immune benefits of medicinal mushrooms like reishi, shiitake, and chaga, among others. Therefore, these ingredients have become widely available online either as single ingredients or in combination with other immune-enhancing herbs.

To get the most out of mushroom tea, you need to simmer it for a while – approximately 40 minutes. If you find its earthy flavor unpalatable, try adding a regular teabag or some aromatic chai spices as detailed below.

  1. Warming chai autumn tea

In Chinese medicine, one of the Lungs’ primary functions is to spread qi throughout the body. This includes wei qi (defensive qi), the closest thing in Chinese medicine to the immune system. Wei qi is said to circulate around the outside of the body, acting as an invisible barrier between our delicate skin and the constantly changing environment.

One of the best teas to support this crucial role is chai tea. It contains warming, pungent spices that help the Lungs to disperse wei qi to the farthest reaches of the body. Research into chai spices like ginger also suggests they influence immunity with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Ingredients:

  • 10–15g fresh ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom pods (crushed)
  • A few black peppercorns
  • 1 black tea bag

Method:

  • Place the spices in a pan and cover well with water
  • Cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and add the teabag
  • Allow to steep for 2–3 minutes
  • Strain and enjoy while warm

The real beauty of this recipe is its versatility. You can adjust the spices to taste and add a small amount of milk or honey if desired. Omit the tea bag for a caffeine-free version, or combine with medicinal mushrooms as detailed above. We think this is one of the finest autumn teas around!