From the ritual of sitting down for a cuppa and a chat, to taking a few minutes to hit pause and pop the kettle on, tea is one of the simplest ways to make daily life a little more wellbeing-focused.
And the endless array of spice and herb infusions available offer health-protecting and mood-boosting (or calming) qualities too.
Fancy brewing up with some new blends for autumn? Here are five of our favourites…
Pure Leaf Chai Tea, RRP £3.99 for tub of 16 bags (Stockists include Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Ocado)
This warming chai blend has just the right level of sweetness and spice, with cardamom, ginger and cinnamon dancing above a backdrop of rich Kenyan and Ceylon black tea. Delicious.
Hotel Chocolat Teaolat Energise – Cacao Lemongrass & Ginseng, £5 for box of 10 bags (hotelchocolat.com)
Before this tea even touches your tongue, the tantalising aroma of raw cacao hits. Chocolate and cacao-infused teas are a bit of a theme this year, and you can trust Hotel Chocolat to get it right – its rich, creamy, a treat for the senses. There are six varieties to choose from; this one has an energising twist.
Newby Black Tea & Ginger, £5.50 for box of 25 bags (newbyteas.co.uk)
Newby teas are so beautifully packaged – but they’re certainly not all style and no substance. Ginger is a great choice whether you’re in need of a subtle mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or want something to help gently soothe your stomach. You might just love the warm, punchy flavour and drink it for that, of course.
Tetley Indulgence Chocolate Mint, RRP £1.99 for box of 20 bags (Stockists include Asda and Ocado)
On paper, this black tea infused with dark chocolate and mint, sounds a little sweet and sickly – but it’s utterly gorgeous and really works. A wonderful after-dinner treat if you’re trying to curb pudding cravings.
Pukka Turmeric Gold, RRP £2.49 for box of 20 bags (Stockists include Sainsbury’s and Tesco)
Billed as the ‘queen of protective herbs’, golden turmeric is hailed for its health-enhancing qualities, and this organic green tea-based blend has notes of lemon fruit and cardamom, making for an uplifting brew.