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Teas You Should Welcome into Your Life and What They’re Good For

Alright, it's time for a serious conversation. It is time to give tea the recognition it deserves. There is a type of tea to aid you in just about any circumstance, whether you're starting to wind down for the night, looking for a midday pick me up or trying to calm down a rumbly stomach. Not to mention that it can be enjoyed hot or iced to even further specify the benefits you need. This listicle recognizes five of my personal favorite teas and how exactly they can help you through your day-to-day routine.

Lemon Ginger Tea

Lemon ginger tea is totally awesome. My favorite use for a hot mug of lemon ginger tea is for nausea and indigestion. Lemon ginger is fantastic for relieving these symptoms from whatever may be causing them, including menstruation, pregnancy, motion sickness and overeating. Additionally, a hot cup of lemon ginger tea can improve your immune system, promote skin clarity, strengthen hair and aid weight loss. 

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is my go-to before bed tea. It is the perfect hot drink to sip while you wind down and cozy up for the night. Its aroma and taste are extremely helpful in relaxation and mental clarity. Chamomile is also great for reducing inflammation and easing menstrual pain. I try to go to bed every night with a warm belly of chamomile tea and highly recommend it to everyone with a busy schedule full of long days.

Irish Breakfast Tea

Irish breakfast tea is my favorite midday pick me up to supplement my morning coffee. Being a blend of black teas, Irish breakfast is a strong, caffeinated drink that can give you just the boost you need to make it to the end of a long day. Irish breakfast blend can also boost immune function, soothe nerves, strengthen your teeth and enhance blood circulation. Next time you're feeling a midday crash coming on, try drinking a cup of Irish breakfast tea, hot or iced, and keep powering through.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is absolutely jam-packed with antioxidants. This tea will make you feel totally refreshed after just a couple of sips. It has a strong, tart and fruity flavor accompanied by a beautiful, vibrant red color. Hibiscus also benefits your heart, liver and blood health while fighting off bacteria.

Peppermint Tea

Finally, peppermint tea, my one true love. Peppermint tea is a jack of all trades in that it will literally benefit you however you need it to and treat you right. A hot mug of peppermint tea can help with bloating and other digestive issues, headaches and migraines, sinus congestion, fatigue, menstrual cramps, bacterial infections, problems sleeping, weight loss, seasonal allergies, bad breath and concentration. Even just the aroma this brew provides can perk you up during a long day, completely caffeine-free.

If I haven't made it clear enough, I love tea. I love tea for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. I hope this list has helped open your eyes to the benefits a cup of tea can provide you at any time of the day. You don't need to have an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to it, but why not try out one of these the next time you're feeling bloated, restless or under the weather. Just remember to pay attention to caffeine content, add honey or lemon for extra flavor and don't burn your tongue!

Emma Stroka

Hofstra '22

Emma is currently a Junior Public Relations Major at Hofstra with a minor in Sustainability Studies.
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