Stress Less with Adaptogens

Carol King’s Beautiful is playing in the background as I write this, and I can’t help but think that there is a lot of truth in the lyrics that you’re as beautiful as you feel.

When you feel good it shows in your smile, in your eyes and in everything you do. We all hope for days like these and we can have more. Modern research has shown that adaptogen infused tea can help to balance stress hormones, and improve our day to day happiness.

For thousands of years adaptogenic herbs have been used in Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicine. Adaptogens have been scientifically proven to help your body adapt to stress.

What are they and how do they work?
Plant-based adaptogens are a unique group of herbs and mushrooms that are used to support the health of your hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA Axis). The adrenal system is in charge of managing the body’s hormonal response to stress. Adaptogens enhance the body’s ability to cope with stress. When used consistently they slowly and gently “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs.

What is Flight or Fight?
Our bodies were designed to help us survive in the face of danger. The trouble is, our bodies react the exact same way to emotional non-threatening stress as they do to real life-threatening triggers. This is called our “flight or fight” response. When this stress response is activated chronically, it can cause adrenal imbalance. Adrenal imbalance can lead to a host of health issues such as, low blood sugar, chronic fatigue, and inflammation.

The HPA Axis shows Mechanism of stress and stress response: The hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is an endocrine cascade that mediates several aspects of physiological stress, including responses to acute stressors (i.e., fight-or-flight response) but it also causes chronic stress.

Tea Breaks and Adaptogens can help!
A very simple lifestyle modification that can support your adrenals is to take regular tea breaks with herbal tea. Choose tea blends that have little or no caffeine and be sure that they include adaptogen and nervine herbs.

Tea Happy, Be Happy!
Today we would like to recommend five Tealightful tea blends that contain adaptogen and nervine herbs. Some are new and some have been favorite custom blends since the start of our tea company!

  • SPA DAY
    Spa day will make you feel like you have taken a trip to the spa without ever leaving home.
  • INGREDIENTS
    Our custom blend contains four simple ingredients: certified organic lemongrass, certified organic peppermint, certified organic cinnamon bark, certified organic licorice root!
  • FEATURED ADAPTOGEN HERB
    LICORICE ROOT
    Licorice root has some of our favorite qualities. It’s warming, moistening and relaxing. The flavor is sweet. This adaptogen supports your adrenal glands and endocrine system.
    SOOTHING AND MOISTENING
    It makes a great expectorant, and has many inflammatory actions. It’s traditionally used to moisten anything that is making you feel dry and itchy. This time of year we sip Spa Day to sooth a sore throat and dry cough.
  • We love this tea blend steeped for 5-7 minutes or longer.
    Tip: Sip a cup after dinner for digestive support.
    Make it festive by using a peppermint stick for stirring.
  • Precautions:
    We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

SPA DAY
  • JUST BE
    We adore Just Be for its natural pain relieving, and calming qualities. Natural pain relief can reduce stress which supports adrenal balance.
    INGREDIENTS
  • It’s made with certified organic apple, certified organic anise seed, certified organic star anise, certified organic ginger, certified organic rose hips, certified organic willow herb, certified organic carrot, certified organic mallow leaves, certified organic elderflowers, certified organic vervain and natural elderberry flavor.
  • FEATURED HERBS
    WHITE WILLOW BARK
    White willow bark has been traditionally used for centuries throughout China and Europe as a natural pain reliever. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). It is also known for its anti-inflammtory qualities.
    VERVAIN
    Verbena officinalis is rich in flavonoids and tannins which are well-known for their anxiolytic and central nervous system benefits.
  • We love this tea blend steeped for 5-7 minutes or longer.
    Tip: Sip a cup whenever you feel a stress headache coming on. While this natural pain reliever works slower than aspirin, the pain-relieving effects are said to last longer.
  • Precautions
    Willow bark contains salicin, people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates (such as aspirin) should not use willow bark. Children under the age of 16 should not take willow bark. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
JUST BE
  • A KISS OF BLISS
    For the days when you wish life was a box of chocolates! A Kiss of Bliss was created to curb sugar and caffeine cravings. It’s rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The ground cacao beans provide a nice roasted chocolate flavor without the sugar fat and calories of a chocolate bar. The orange provides a bright fruity finish that makes you feel energized.
  • INGREDIENTS
    Certified organic rooibos, conventional rooibos, natural dark chocolate flavor, ground cacao beans, organic cacao shells, certified organic orange peel, natural orange flavor, certified organic hawthorn berries and certified organic schisandra berries!
  • FEATURED ADAPTOGEN HERB
    SCHISANDRA BERRIES
    Chinese folklore says that Schisandra can “calm the heart and quiet the spirit”. It is one of the 50 main herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Schisandra is known as the five-taste berry as one berry can taste sour, sweet, bitter, warm, and salty. Adaptogenic qualities include its positive effects on neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. (STUDY)
  • We love this tea blend steeped for 5-7 minutes or longer.
    Tip: Sip a cup after dinner for digestive support and relaxation.
    The minerals in rooibos will soothe tired muscles.
    Make it festive by using a peppermint stick for stirring.
  • Precautions:
    We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
A KISS OF BLISS
  • MERRY BERRY
    Merry Berry is a favorite seasonal blend at Tealightful. Known for its calming and brightening qualities, it’s rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. It now contains our favorite adaptogen herbs.
  • INGREDIENTS
    Made with certified organic white tea, natural blueberry flavor, natural organic compliant raspberry flavor, strawberries, elderberries, blueberries, currants, rose petals, and certified organic star anise and certified organic ashwagandha root.
  • FEATURED ADAPTOGEN HERB
    ASHWAGANDHA
    This warming adaptogen supports your adrenal glands and endocrine system. It has been studied for it’s effects on cortisol levels and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in people with generalized anxiety disorder. (STUDY)
  • We love this tea blend steeped for 7-10 minutes or longer.
    Tip: Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up! It also makes a lovely holiday tea that will soothe frazzled nerves.
  • Precautions:
    We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
MERRY BERRY
  • TULSI RASPBERRY ROSE
    Think of Tulsi as liquid yoga! When you include this amazing herbal tea into your daily routine you are making space to nurture your mind and body so that it is more equipped to deal with psychological and physical stress.
  • INGREDIENTS
    Our calming blend features all three varieties of certified organic tulsi, certified organic rose petals, certified organic passionflower and natural raspberry rose flavor.
  • FEATURED ADAPTOGEN HERB
    TULSI
    Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil), is an adaptogen and nervine herb. Traditionally the herb of choice for stuck emotions. Recent studies have shown that Tulsi can effectively counter act metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties. (STUDY)
  • We love this tea blend steeped for 5-7 minutes or longer.
    Tip: Sip a cup anytime you need both calming and energizing.
  • Precautions:
    We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
TULSI RASPBERRY ROSE
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Try all of the blends in the Tea Happy Collection!
Our collection includes A Kiss Of Bliss, Just Be, Merry Berry and Tulsi Raspberry Rose!

Order by 12/15/19 and receive a bonus sample of Spa Day!

We’re not your ordinary tea brand

There are hundreds — or, more realistically, thousands — of tea brands from which to choose. Something we are often asked is what makes us different so we wanted to share a bit more about our tea.

Tealightful is truly different than other loose tea companies.

Tealightful small batch blended tea

At Tealightful, everything is small batch blended, right down to our baking mixes. Let’s think about something. At big tea companies, you will find a large warehouse (or warehouses) with row after row of shelves full of products. These products sit for months — or longer.  Everything that you will receive from us has been manufactured fresh within days (or weeks, in some instances) of shipping to you.

Tealightful is different and natural

At Tealightful, we thoughtfully source all of our own organic base teas and herbs for our original Tealightful blends. Have you ever looked at the ingredients labels of what you eat and drink? There are so many artificial, chemical-laden ingredients and that goes against our process. We use only the best natural organic compliant flavors in our original blends. In layman’s terms, this means that these flavors are free of preservatives or chemicals. We also choose flavors that are not extracted with chemical methods. This is important, as some “natural” flavors used by other brands actually are extracted via chemical methods.

Tealightful offers the best quality natural ingredients

We all have heard the expression “you get what you pay for” and this is very true.  Cheap teas are just that — cheap in terms of quality. At Tealightful, we carefully source the highest quality, certified organic teas and herbs. We never opt for less expensive quality tea that is simply masked by flavor. Yes, our ingredients do cost more, but it is important to note that our ingredients are fresh and of superior quality. Charlene, our CEO, shared a really great story about one of our herbs:

An example is our certified organic Peppermint. This Peppermint was just harvested in August. A lot of care goes into organic herb farming in the USA unlike herb farming in other countries where herbs are treated like crops that are mass produced and stored in warehouses for sometimes years.”

Be an informed consumer. You and your family deserve the best and we are so happy to share it with you.