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What is the best tea for you? Well, that depends on what you’re in need of—a physical boost, or something of a more spiritual variety? We asked our staff what are their go-to “feel better” teas, and we’ve compiled their answers below! Erin: Moroccan Mint My go-to “feel better tea” is and always will be Moroccan Mint. Usually, when people think of Moroccan Mint tea,they picture a heavily sweetened brew of mint leaves served from an ornate Moroccan teapot on a silver tray with beautiful glasses. In this instance, our Moroccan Mint is a perfect blend of Chinese gunpowder green tea and dried peppermint leaves. I generally forgo the sugar for a small squeeze of honey, as it is so soothing on a sore throat. The crisp, sharp peppermint is ideal for clearing out any congestion I may have, and helps me feel more alert and awake. Though this tea is low in caffeine, it’s perfect for in the morning when you need to clear out your mental cobwebs and start your day fresh. Peppermint is also excellent for aiding in digestion and soothing an upset stomach. It is truly my favorite cure all, as it is delicious brewed hot, or shaken over ice. Roxanne: Turmeric Ginger My favorite wellness tea is Turmeric Ginger! I find the natural sweetness from the licorice root very comforting and a nice contrast to the spice of the ginger. I drink it to settle my stomach, and any time I have lower back pain. I personally love the taste of the turmeric in it. When I want to add a little caffeine, I add a touch of masala chai, as the spices and peppercorns complement the spice in the original blend. Jessica: Breakfast Blend A favorite tea for me when I start to feel a little frazzled and stressed is our TeBella Breakfast Blend. It takes me back to New England, sitting around the dining room table with my grandma and just talking about what a marvelous day we had, and the next one we have in store. The feel of the warm mug in my hands relaxes me and the nostalgia is soothing. I personally enjoy drinking it straight up, or with a little milk and sugar. Melissa: Mint Julep One of my favorite wellness teas is Mint Julep. Light and floral, this tea is has a base of Silver Needle white tea, resulting in a blend that is very high in antioxidants. The blend also includes peppermint and lavender, two of my “desert island” herbs for physical and mental wellbeing (we gotta take care of both!). Peppermint is my favorite herb for easing any congestion, and the smell is one that always makes me feel at home. Lavender buds are excellent for promoting relaxation. Brew yourself a cup and feel your anxieties fade away! Emely: Jamaican Ruby Red One of my favorite “feel-better” teas is Jamaican Ruby Red. Whenever I have a cup, I think of the tea my grandma used to put together using similar fruits. She would add a full orange (split into halves), grapefruit, mint leaves, and honey. Now, there’s definitely more in the Jamaican Ruby Red (like eucalyptus, which is something she definitely didn’t have in her backyard) but this tea is just as citrusy and uplifting as Nana's. It is also great for decongestion, which is a plus. Ari: Sweet Banana Créme My favorite comforting/wellness tea is the decadent, soothing, and caffeine-free rooibos blend, Sweet Banana Crème. At first, I didn't think I would like it very much because I am not a huge fan of bananas being out of their original form, but ever since I've tried it, I just can't stop drinking it. After one of my many long days full of college classes, extra-curriculars, networking, and slinging tea, I like to go home, run a hot bath, light a candle, put on a face-mask, and get some "sweet nana" steeping. The relaxing chamomile, soothing lavender, and sweet coconut (and the absence of caffeine) help me get away from the hustle and bustle of life, and helps to halt my anxiety. Not only does it help me relax, but the rooibos is rich with antioxidants (chemicals that help stop or limit damage caused by cell-damaging free radicals), Vitamin C (necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues), and much more! Oh, and may I add, I love this tea because you can always jazz it up with a hint of milk and honey to make a creamy, guilt-free bed time snack…I mean tea!