This Valentine’s Day, show a little extra love to that special someone who’s always there for you… yourself!
Sure, you could go for the usual slate of chocolates, wine, and roses. If that makes you happy, we are all about it! But you don’t have to head to the spa to indulge in well-earned self care. Self care can happen in quiet, early-morning moments, in a short bedtime ritual, or in a 15-minute mid-afternoon coffee date with yourself.
In fact, with a few special ingredients, you can turn your daily cup of tea or coffee into a cup of self care.
We have even gone the extra mile for you and checked out the health claims of some of the most popular add-ins. We struck gold with a helpful infographic from Information is Beautiful, which compiles scientific studies testing the health benefits of supplements and superfoods. According to their data analysts, the add-ins below have science-backed promise – one of our favorite kinds of promise!
A bonus? Coffee itself makes the “worth it” list. Strong evidence shows it reduces risk of cardiovascular disease. So your treat your heart to a cup, and boost benefits with these proven add-ins.
Peppermint oil can sooth stomachs, especially for those who suffer from IBS, due to its muscle relaxing properties. Add a couple of drops to your coffee or tea for a minty treat.
Ginger has a long history as a digestive aid, and science is coming around to the idea, placing ginger above the “worth it” line for treating nausea. You can steep ginger root right in your tea cup. Or try fresh ginger powder in your coffee if you’re a gingerbread fan.
Coconut oil shows promise in reducing waist size and fighting obesity. Start with a couple of teaspoons and work your way up to a tablespoon.
Ashwagandha can relieve stress and anxiety, according to 5 separate scientific trials. It also earned a nod for possible arthritis relief. Add a scoop of powder with a little coconut oil, or check out any of the “adaptogen” coffees on the market.
And honorable mention for our favorite self-care standby
Dark Chocolate may have inconclusive health benefits according to the lab coats, but it’s place in our coffee is very, very conclusive. We’ll take a scientific maybe as a good enough reason to keep dark chocolate on our own personal “worth it” list!