Winter, Warmth and Tea

The impending snow here in Rochester NY is making me dream about spring and brighter days. I have always resisted this time of year. As soon as the first snow flies, I start counting the days until the first official day of spring. Spring is a joyful time of year. I love watching the first crocuses and daffodils peak out from the mulch in our front yard. The best part is watching our tree lined street bloom into a gorgeous green halo.

During my practice of meditation and mindfulness, I’ve learned that the downside of resisting the here and now, is it that we miss the here and now.

Instead of wishing for spring or an island vacation, I’ve started practicing a new tea ritual for wellness. This ritual has made winter feel a bit more charming, cozy and colorful. It has also given me a new sense of winter joy I have never felt before. I hope it does the same for you!

Tea & Warmth
Tea Tip: At the end of a long work week, take a tea bath, light a candle and sip a cup of Tumeric Tulsi to soothe tired muscles and joints.

Turmeric Tulsi
This soothing blend is made with certified organic tumeric root, certified organic green rooibos, tulsi(holy basil), unsulphured apple, orange peel, certified organic ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon and Brazilian rose pepper.

Light a Candle
Light a candle and run the water for a tea bath! During the bath, sip your tea. Breath slowly and deeply. Use this time for silence, meditation and introspection. When anxious thoughts creep into your mind, focus on your breath and continue to sip your tea.

Try this lovely candle from The Serendipitous Soul

DIY Bath Tea Sachet
In the early days of Tealightful we had a gorgeous line of bath tea. We were a bit ahead of our time, DIY bath tea recipes are currently all the rage. Enjoy our simple recipe and DO try this at home.

Peace Potion

Lavender Peace Potion Bath Tea 
2 cups Lavender Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Tealightful Peace Potion (Made with three certified organic herbs: Peppermint, Raspberry Leaf and Chamomile)

Mix Epsom salt with dry tea. Fill extra large tea filter with 1/2 cup of bath tea. Tuck the flap so the tea does not leak or tie it with a small rubber band. Soak the tea filter in your bath. Inhale the beautiful herbal aroma while you sip Turmeric Tulsi or any Tealightful herbal tea.

Warming rituals have a unique perspective in the winter. It’s a time when sipping hot tea, in a hot bath by candle light might just be what the doctor ordered. I hope that you will take time to embrace tea, embrace warmth and find your own winter joy!

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 will make you feel like you have taken a trip to the spa without ever leaving home.
    Our custom blend contains four simple ingredients: certified organic lemongrass, certified organic peppermint, certified organic cinnamon bark, certified organic 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.
    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.

    We adore Just Be for its natural pain relieving, and calming qualities. Natural pain relief can reduce stress which supports adrenal balance.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Our calming blend features all three varieties of certified organic tulsi, certified organic rose petals, certified organic passionflower and natural raspberry rose flavor.
    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.
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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!

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep in 2018

“I want to lose 25 pounds.”

“I am going to become vegan.”

“I am going to the gym 5 days a week.”

It seems like so many of us set very lofty goals – or resolutions – when we turn the page to January on the new calendar. All you need to do is watch the morning news shows or catch the gym ads on television to know that NOW is when so many people plan to start fresh for the new year.

So many of the goals focus on health. That is not a bad thing. I often wonder — and science seems to validate– that we are setting ourselves up for failure. Once we hit February and March, the resolutions we set January 1 are often broken, leaving us with feelings of guilt and self doubt.

What if — just what if — we resolved to be KIND to ourselves in 2018? How would we feel when the end of the year rolls around?

Let’s talk about some self-care resolutions that we all should make (and keep!) in the New Year. Who would like to join me?

1. Resolve to speak to yourself the way you speak to others.

Think about it. I want you to step back and think of the words you are speaking to yourself about yourself in your head. “Ugh. I ate like a pig over the holidays. My clothes look horrible. I look horrible.” Would you ever think to speak those words to a loved one? No. So why is it, then, that we can think such unkind thoughts and tell ourselves such unkind words? What would happen if we changed that dialog? Replace “I could never”, “I am not”, “If I were smarter/thinner/prettier/stronger” with words that build you up rather than tear your down. If you would not speak unkindly to your loved ones, why on earth would you speak poorly to yourself?

2. Resolve to be true to yourself.

Have you seen the graphic floating around on social media which reads, “Be fearlessly authentic”? When I say be TRUE to yourself, that pretty much sums up what I mean. Do you kind of just go with the flow for fear of rocking the boat, even if it means you are unhappy? I have a friend who used to be in a couple’s sporting league. She hated those three hours per weekend, yet she continued acting like she enjoyed it because she did not want to disappoint her friends. Finally, she confessed the she absolutely dreaded playing the sport and decided not commit to another season.

By disguising her true feelings, she was pretending to enjoy something she didn’t enjoy. She started to feel resentful, stressed out, and mad at herself for not saying anything. By remaining true to her heart, she decided to say no to activity she did not enjoy and said yes to herself. She still sees her friends, but has freed up time to enjoy painting classes instead, which is something she enjoys and nourishes her soul. Just be YOU. Your friends will still love you for who you are and will likely appreciate the fact that you love yourself enough to live more fully.

3. Resolve to spend less time on your devices.

We are constantly plugged into technology.

It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?

Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.

By spending a few hours unplugged, you will find that you have more time to engage in conversation, play with your children, get lost in the pages of a good book or maybe even head to bed early.

If the thought of cutting that cord seems scary, take baby steps. Schedule hours of being unplugged to focus on your self care. For example, start with just one evening a week. Commit to this small block of time and see what happens.

4. Resolve to try Matcha for improved mental clarity.

Matcha — an antioxidant-rich green tea powder — was introduced to Japan in 1191 by Eisai, a Buddhist monk. Eisai is believed to have planted the first green tea seeds in Japan. He is even more well known for having developed the philosophy known as Zen. Since that time, Matcha and Zen meditation have been intertwined through the tea ceremony. It is believed that Buddhist monks drank Matcha to help them feel grounded and calm with a sense of clarity while meditating for long periods of time. The tradition has continued centuries later.

Matcha is not your typical green tea — it may take ten cups of green tea to give you the benefits of just one cup of Matcha. What is unique about this drink, as opposed to a cup of coffee, is that it is believed to increase your mental clarity while making you feel at peace. Next time you head to the yoga studio, try sipping Matcha — it will allow you to be in the moment while being better able to concentrate on each pose. You can also try Matcha before a big test, presentation at work, or any other time you feel the need for a bit more focus.

5. Resolve to show your gratitude more often.

The greatest gift you can give a person is your gratitude. Making someone feel loved and appreciated is a true gift. Don’t wait for “later” or a “more convenient time” to show your gratitude for the people you love.

Whether it’s your significant other, parents, friends, your child’s teacher or a neighbor, wouldn’t it be really amazing if you took a moment to show someone your gratitude each day?

There are scientifically-proven benefits to expressing your gratitude. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, people who express their gratitude tend to be healthier. In addition to getting more exercise, they tend to keep up with their regular doctor’s wellness visits, according to the study.

Additionally, Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. says that people who are grateful are less resentful and do not hold on to toxic emotions. His research in the field of gratitude concludes that people who express and feel genuine gratitude are happier overall.