A cup of tea could be answer to all life’s problems… Well, that’s the inspiration behind a best-selling gift box from Hooves & Love.
If you follow our social media feeds over here at TPPR and on the coaching side of the business you’ll know that we are partial to a glass of fizz once in a while (read – at least once a week!). Indeed, it’s even the inspiration behind one of Tara’s coaching courses – the Champagne Mastermind.
But we can’t drink champagne all the time, can we? In fact, as a British business through and through, it’s pretty clear what we should be imbibing.
Tea is the second-most popular drink in the world, after plain old water, and it’s safe to say that us Brits drink our fair share. Apparently the average British person drinks 2 to 3 cups per day, which means around 165 million cups across the UK… and that’s an incredible 60.2 billion cups of tea a year. No wonder we have a reputation for being a little bit tea obsessed!
But what you might not know is that tea actually has some fantastic health benefits, so drinking plenty of tea is an excellent habit to nurture. So long as you remember to swop it out for champagne once in a while. Let’s have a little look at them:
Tea is packed full of antioxidants
All different types of tea, including humble English breakfast, contain antioxidants which help cells fight off damage from free radicals. However, some teas contain higher levels of antioxidants than others. If you’re looking for maximum antioxidants from your cuppa, we’d advise you to choose green tea.
Tea can boost memory and concentration
The winning combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, an amino acid found in tea, has been proven to improve memory and increase focus and concentration. Perfect for those days when you have oodles of admin to wade through. Or perhaps for helping out teenagers when they are cramming for exams.
Tea perks you up when you feel off colour
Both peppermint and ginger teas are well worth having in your cupboard. They are both shown to help ease symptoms when you’re feeling a little bit under the weather. Peppermint tea is credited with relieving stomach cramps and aiding digestion, whilst ginger is effective in easing nausea and indigestion. And, they’re both all-natural so you can cure your ills without chemicals and a visit to the pharmacy.
Tea can help you unwind
A study by those clever people at UCL found that tea can help calm our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone which makes skin age and leads us to layer on belly fat. The medical journal Psychopharmacology published the study and concluded that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute.
Now something which isn’t scientifically proven (but that any true Brit can confirm), is that just the process of brewing up a nice cup of tea can calm a worried mind. It’s a ritual that you can do with your eyes closed. It helps to soothe and centre us when the world is a little bit crazy.
Time for a Cuppa?
That’s why we love the “Time for a Cuppa’ gift box from Hooves & Love. It contains a bone china horse mug, a wild rose and geranium Hooves & Love candle and a box of all-natural and biodegradable tea bags from British company Bird & Blend. You can choose one of three tea blends. Peppy Mint (peppermint tea!), Triple B (a blend of strong balck teas to shake off that morning fug) and Great British Cuppa (a lighter and more fragrant take on English breakfast tea) – depending which one you think the recipient would love most. Then it’s all down to Emma at Hooves & Love. She will hand wrap it in the beautiful box before shipping it to the recipient.
Take a closer look at the Time for Cuppa gift box here . Tea, plus Hooves & Love = perfection.