I know that a lot of people think this day is cliché; trust me, I’ve been there too, but I actually love the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. Once you get past the materialistic side, it really is just about sharing love with others. And I don’t think this day has to be just about romantic love either. So single people (or couples), if your only plan is to stay indoors today, I’ve got a nice treat for you. Today I want to share some of my favorite teas and their amazing benefits to bring on all the good feelings! Get cozy and I hope you enjoy every moment of today.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I had to use this adorable heart shaped tea set. The dried hibiscus flowers featured in the picture are just as great as the flowers you got (or didn’t get) on Valentine’s Day. So anyway, here’s the list of a few of my favorite teas and their benefits:
- Green tea: It’s one of the more well known teas and it’s loaded with health benefits. Green tea is known for its antioxidant, EGCG, which prevents diseases and other free radicals in the body. It’s also claimed to boost the metabolic rate as well as your brain function. Green tea does have some caffeine so steer away from it right before going to bed.
- Chamomile tea: Although I wouldn’t recommend green tea before bed, chamomile tea is more than fine! It actually calms your muscles/nervous system so after a long day, this may just be what you need. You can call this tea the beauty tea- it helps clear up skin irritations, eczema, acne, and allergies. As a bonus, it’s also a great immune booster!
- Hibiscus Tea: This tea is on the top of my favorites list! As with a lot of teas, it also has anti-cancer benefits. It improves your digestion and helps shed toxins and fluids away from your body. Definitely a good option for those beach days when you want to feel light. Hibiscus tea also lowers your (LDL) cholesterol and improves your liver. Aside from all the health benefits, it tastes amazing! The benefits go on and on but I’ll keep it short for now.
- Peppermint Tea: Peppermint is so beneficial for anything stomach related. Nauseous? Bloated? Feeling pain from cramps? This tea may be perfect for treating that. A powerful component in this tea is menthol. The smell of menthol can improve mental alertness, memory, and treat headaches. This is why it is widely used for aromatherapy. Just a word of caution: Although menthol has some amazing health benefits, it may cause mild skin irritations or allergic reactions for some people so just be careful.
- Chai tea: Chai tea is actually a combination of herbs and spices. I personally love its rich taste! The basic components of this Indian tea include black tea, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, and black pepper. Yep! Black pepper. Trust me though, it’s really tasty. One of its health benefits is that it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer. Chai tea improves your immune system and helps fight off free radicals. Here’s a tip: Some chai teas come prepared with cow’s milk. I recommend buying just the tea itself and adding almond milk at home along with honey to sweeten it. That way you have more control over what you’re consuming.
- Oolong tea: This traditional Chinese tea is not always easy to find in conventional stores but it is common to serve in Chinese restaurants. It is known for its ability to control the metabolism of fats in the body. It also helps strengthen bones and teeth. Keep those pearly whites pretty, my friends! On top of that, it’s amazing for your skin. Definitely another beauty tea!
Comment below what your favorite tea is! I’d love to hear your opinions!