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

Directions:
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
    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!

Drinking tea to relieve stress

Today is International Stress Awareness Day. Halloween is over and it’s time to start preparing for Thanksgiving. Before you know it, the holiday season will be in full swing and even the most optimistic, cheerful person may begin to feel stressed out.

We had the opportunity to get some really helpful tips from holistic physician and best-selling author, Dr. Bradley Nelson. You may be familiar with Dr. Nelson’s book, The Emotion Code.

We really found his tips to be helpful to us and wanted to share some of his expertise with you — afterall, who can’t relate to feelings of stress?

tea helps relieves stress

How to Manage Stress: 3 Tips from Dr. Nelson

1. Plan ahead and be flexible about your expectations. Think about your plans for the upcoming holidays. Everyone else has expectations and sometimes they won’t match with yours. Plan for spontaneity. If you allow the plans that others have to be a part of what brings you joy, you’ll have more fun as everyone shares ideas and activities. Be the one who makes the holidays fun for others and it will be more joyful for you.

2. Be aware of what your body needs. This includes healthy food, plenty of water, rest and exercise. So don’t throw your routines out the window when you’re on vacation. Get plenty of exercise so you’ll feel good. Continue eating healthy. You’ll feel better about yourself if you’re really taking care of your body!

3. Decide to take care of yourself emotionally. You may need specific things such as the emotional support of a spouse, a lunch date with a friend or even just some time alone. Decide how busy you want to be ­– or not be! Say “no” to trying to do too much if it interferes with your health, family time or if it feels like it’ll cause too much stress for you.

Can drinking tea help to reduce stress?

Dr.  Nelson touched upon the need to eat healthy foods and to drink lots of water. Let’s discuss, though, how tea specifically, can help.

  • The ritual of drinking tea — whether it be a regular afternoon tea, tea before bedtime or while you read the morning paper — helps alleviate stress. Andy Puddicombe, mindfulness expert and co-founder of Headspace, shares that when you build a ritual around your tea drinking experience, you are promoting zen.
  • Brad Camp, CIP and founder of Breathe Life Healing Center, explains that drinking tea promotes a sense of calm because the aroma of the natural ingredients acts as a mood booster.
  • There is more. Amy Weschler’s book, The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You addresses more health benefits of tea when it comes to reducing stress —

 “Any warm drink is a super stress soother, and curling up with a cup of aromatic jasmine tea can make the whole day go away. But with tea, it’s not just the warmth at work. Skin-friendly tea also has two magic antistress ingredients: L-theanine, an amino acid that produces a relaxed but alert frame of mind, and catechins, antioxidants that, among other things, lower corticosterone, a stress hormone.”

Which teas are best for stress relief?

You will likely feel more calm and less stressed after enjoying any flavor of tea. If you are not sure where to begin, try chamomile or peppermint.

There is some solid scientific research about the many benefits of chamomile tea when it comes to stress relief.

Peppermint tea is also believed to be a great stress reliever. In a study funded by NASA, the aroma of peppermint affected study volunteers who reported a 20 percent reduction in feelings of  fatigue and anxiety.

We should note that it is important  to source certified organic Peppermint that is grown in the USA. Our peppermint tea features domestic organic peppermint, which is sourced from a family herb farm where there is much care to insure the quality from growing, to harvesting to drying.

Pour yourself a cup of stress relief. Be well!

 

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Srivastava, J.K., Shankar, E., & Gupta, S. (2010). Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with a bright future (Review). Molecular Medicine Reports, 3, 895-901. https://doi.org/10.3892/mmr.2010.377

American Chemical Society. (2005, January 4). Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 1, 2017 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm

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