Best Teas for a Chilly Day
Everyone has their own drink preference, but if you ask me, a warm cup of tea is the way to go. There’s just nothing that compares to a nice mug of chamomile and orange tea before bed or curling up with a book and some peppermint tea.
Of course, with so many options, where do you start? That’s where I come in!
Yep, an entire post about tea. 'Cause tea has so many benefits, especially with the months cooling down. I’ll discuss each tea’s good qualities and possible downfalls; that way, you can decide for yourself if you want to take a taste!
Tazo’s Lemongrass and Spearmint Zen Tea
Tazo is one of my favorite tea brands, what with such a wide variety of refreshing, delicious teas, but their is one of my favorites! Containing caffeine, it a great way to start your morning, no matter the season (but I prefer a breezy spring day or a foggy autumn morning). Tazo Zen Green Tea with Lemongrass & Spearmint
Any tea-lover knows that some tea flavors can change depending on what sweeteners you put into it. Not Tazo! Their lemongrass and spearmint tea goes great with stevia, cane sugar, raw sugar, honey, and more! Not only does it taste great, it has some amazing health benefits, too.
Lemongrass can be great for high blood pressure regulation, can relieve some cold/flu symptoms, and can ease menstrual pain.
Spearmint contains many useful antioxidants and can help nausea, boost your immune system, and improve your memory.
The only downside to this is that it can get costly if you purchase it often. To me, that is an excuse to broaden your tea collection!
Yogi’s Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy
Yogi is another one of my favorite brands, and it also offers a wide selection.Yogi is one of those teas that you have many flavors from in your kitchen cabinet (or wherever you store your teas) and you love most, if not all, of them.
Another tea with some caffeine, I love to drink when I get home from school and while doing homework. It’s fruity and floral, and is perfect for concentration and relieving those horrible caffeine-deprived headaches. Yogi Tea Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy
Yogi themselves recommend using this tea before meditation or a relaxing breathing exercise. That’s not all: every one of Yogi’s teas has a positive note on their little tea bag tag thing. It’s so cute!
This is all fine and dandy, but there have been mixed reviews of this product. Some get confused because it says it is an herbal tea on the box, which it is, but it is a mixture of herbal and black tea elements. Other reviews on Amazon and iHerb say they do not enjoy the aftertaste or the hints of floral.
Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Extra
A shift from our two last teas, it’s time to wind down and absolutely relax. Forget laying in bed awake for what seems like forever. A little time before bedtime, brew up a mug of Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Extra and feel your entire body relax. You will be asleep in no time, trust me, it works on me every time.
It even helps get my two little sisters to sleep! Just add some honey, a little milk (or any equivalent, according to your personal dietary restrictions), and ta-da! Sleeping angels.
But, the best part of all of this is that they have an entire collection of tea to aid sleep! These include different flavors (such as mint and peach), types with extra herbs to soothe sore throats and clogged sinuses, and more!
I honest to goodness have almost nothing bad to say about this: it has amazing Amazon reviews, it is one of the least expensive on this list, and it legit love this tea.
My only qualm is the natural taste. I always add a bunch of sugar or other sweeteners to my tea, but some people don’t roll that way! So, I tried it out without anything sweet. Maybe it was because I am so accustomed to sweet things (I have a MEGA sweet tooth), but the natural taste was like cough medicine. It’s bearable, I would just rather not. If you decide to grab this tea off the shelf, add some honey to that bad-boy! Not only will it make it taste 1,000,000,000,000,000 times better, but honey also has a bunch of health benefits!
Traditional Medicinals’ Ginger Green Tea
I don’t normally shop for this brand, but that doesn't mean I don’t like it. I wanted to add something to this list that I still enjoy, but wouldn’t be completely brand-biased about.
Traditional Medicinals is a brand known for their wide range of organic teas, from herbal to black tea.
Green tea, in general, has a bunch of benefits, such as antioxidants and other bioactive compounds which aid or improve your overall health. There have also been some pretty wild theories, claims, and other thoughts on what Green Tea can do, but I’ll LEAF you with the basics! Not only is green tea considered “one of the healthiest beverages”, but adding ginger to the mix makes it even better (personally, I don’t think there’s anything better for you than water, but I digress).
Now, if you know me, you know that I love ginger and all of its benefits. Ginger adds a little more spunk to tea, eases nausea (which is a lifesaver for those who become motion sick easily), aids digestion issues, and more. I could honestly go on and on about the amazing qualities of ginger and why I love it so much, but I’ll spare you from that rant.
There’s not a whole lot negative to say about this one. There are lots of positive reviews on Amazon and other online websites, other than online prices can be high.
Basilur Tea Book (winter): Volumes 1 and 2
You read it right. A tea BOOK. Not a book about tea, a tea tin disguised as a BOOK. How awesome is that! Now, I only put down Volumes 1 and 2 for their winter collection because, well, those are the only two I have tried. But, I can happily say that they taste great!
These cute tin books contain two different types of Ceylon black tea. In Vol. 1, it contains cornflower, jasmine, roasted almonds, and blue malva, whereas Vol. 2 has papaya, marigold, sunflower, and safflower! In case you do not know, Ceylon tea is tea from Sri Lanka (aka Ceylon). The taste of the tea depends on where it is grown in Sri Lanka but typically has a very bold and recognizable flavor. The tins themselves come with one large package of loose leaf tea. But, if you do not have a strainer, then don’t worry! Different volumes come with tea bags to put the loose leaf tea into whenever you feel like having a cup.
Ceylon tea, though slightly unknown, has a bunch of great things that it contributes to you! People use this tea to help lose weight, give energy (as it is a black tea, which contains caffeine), and can help your kidneys and bones!
The only problem is that, since these can be considered collectibles, they can become the most expensive tea on this list. I was lucky enough to get these adorable teas for Christmas of 2017, and they’re still here now!