It’s no secret that tea holds an abundance of benefits for your mind, body, and life. Today, I want to talk about how we can use tea to help achieve our goals and resolutions for the new year. Whether your goals are health-oriented, work-oriented, or somewhere in between, there’s a tea to help you achieve them.
Getting Better Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep helps us feel better in all aspects of our life, but sometimes falling asleep can be difficult. Herbal teas are caffeine free and great for relaxing and unwinding at the end of your day, especially ones with ingredients like chamomile, lavender, and peppermint. A few of my personal favorites here at Hackberry include Evening Peace and Quiet, and Calm Mango Beach.
One of tea’s more well-known benefits is that it contains caffeine. The caffeine levels in tea are lower than those found in coffee, giving you just enough of a pick-me-up to help you stay active without giving you the jitters. Quite a few types of teas have caffeine, but black teas tend to have higher levels for those looking for the extra energy. A cup of our Warm Vanilla Chai or Scottish Breakfast in the morning will give you just enough caffeine to stay active and power through your to-do list.
Healing Ailments Naturally
Most people face a handful of ailments each year, whether you’re dealing with allergies, indigestion, the flu, or anything else making you feel under the weather. Tea can be a great way to help aid these issues in a more natural manner. Here are some examples:
Rooibos for Allergies: Rooibos tea has bioactive flavonoids which work similarly to antihistamines, which allows them to help alleviate allergies. Try our Orange Almond Spice Rooibos this allergy season to see for yourself!
Green Tea for Indigestion: Green tea is packed with antioxidants and can increase metabolism, making it a great way to improve digestion. For a simple green tea, try our Gunpowder Organic. If you are looking for something with a slightly fruity twist, try our Blackberry Jasmine Green.
Hibiscus for Your Immune System: Hibiscus teas contain high levels of Vitamin C and iron, making them similar to a nature-made multivitamin that can boost your immune system. Whenever I feel the need to get some extra vitamins, I reach for a cup of our Hibiscus Cranberry Cherry.
Creating Good Habits
The art of brewing tea is often seen as a practice of mindfulness, an idea that dates back to tea's earliest uses. Adding a morning cup of tea to your daily routine won’t only offer you fulfilling ingredients, but the act of making that cup of tea is a mindful way to start your morning. Next time you are waiting for your tea to steep, close your eyes and appreciate the quiet moment at the beginning of your day. One of my favorite teas to steep is our Jasmine Love because it creates a sensational aroma that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Living More Sustainably
Tea is often seen as a sustainable drink because it requires less packaging, especially if it is loose-leaf tea like what we have here at Hackberry. The small packets that we sell our tea in have a much smaller carbon footprint than soda cans, k-cups, or plastic cups from a drive-through. If you really want to focus on sustainability this year, try a reusable tea steeper instead of single-use bags for your loose-leaf tea.
Spending Less Money
One of the many unique things about tea is that it is relatively inexpensive. Going out and ordering a cocktail, smoothie, or latte can run you $5-10 on average, and sometimes even more. A cup of tea, on the other hand, usually only costs $1-3. If you buy loose-leaf tea by the ounce and steep it at home, you have the potential to save even more money.
I hope that you find these tea suggestions useful and are able to fulfill all that you want to accomplish this new year! Check out our education page to find more information about how to use tea to its full advantage in your life.
Written by Kourtney Camm