I’m a HUGE tea drinker. I love loose teas, Yogi Tea, random exotic teas I find in TJ Maxx, and pretty much any other kind you can think of. Tea is to my afternoon snacks as a glass of cabernet is to my dinner; it’s all about balance, am I right? 😉
Any time I can fix a small ailment with natural remedies, I have to give myself a pat on the back and count that as a small victory. It just feels so cool to have some control over minor aches, right?
Here’s what my little tea apothecary looks like…
For “that time” of the month:
TMI ALERT! Ladies: This stuff really does work when it comes to easing cramps. I’ll drink two strongly brewed cups in the days leading up to that time as well as the first day, and I notice a significant difference. A lot of times I can even skip the ibuprofen, which is awesome!
EDIT: If you read the comments, you may have caught an important disclaimer about this one. Check out this little PSA from a fellow bad yogi:
“Just a psa that raspberry leaf is one of of several herbs that are known to sometimes interfere with hormonal birth control methods. To be on the safe side, I would not advise consuming it if you are simultaneously on hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy.
‘common herbs that are known for promoting ovulation. They include “Red Clover Flower, False Unicorn Root, Kelp, Nettle Leaves, Red Raspberry Leaves, Black Cohosh, Don Quai Root, Wild Yams, Pumpkin Seeds, Saw Palmetto Berry and Sarsaparilla Root.” Many of these ingredients are found in your internal body cleanse products. Unfortunately, the lack of tests done on these herbal interactions with birth control pills, and also the interaction of phytoestrogens, estrogen hormone-resembling chemicals found in plants, especially in soy, have left people who take birth control pills with limited information at their exposal. Even with the limited amount of sources out there, care should still be taken when mixing herbs with birth control pills. Having one stimulating menstruation while another is trying to prevent it may have negative consequences for those wishing to avoid pregnancy.’
For stomach upsets:
Straight ginger or peppermint tea. Nausea, digestive upsets or just a general post-meal drink, I hit these teas first. They always seem to do the trick, even if it’s for flu-like stomach aches. Plus, I LOVE spicey ginger stuff, so this tea in particular is my current fave.
To calm down:
Chamomile with Lavender. This one is a little more subjective, but I love the floral smell and the calming nature of chamomile in this because it’s so cozy and warm. It just makes me want to snuggle on the couch in sweatpants and super soft socks while watching DVR’d shows.
To just have a cuppa:
I’m kind of a sucker for any tea that’s peach flavored, so whenever I just want to have a glass of iced tea on a summer day, or am in the mood to warm up after being outside this winter, I usually reach for this one. Tasty, refreshing, and mild.