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Good morning, sweet tea sippers. I hope that you all are having a lovely week. Moreover, I hope that you are having a calm, stress-free, peaceful week. If you have been a regular reader of the blog, you know that I am in Puerto Rico right now, and thus, while this has been a relaxing and serene week, the weeks leading up to the trip were stressful. In planning this trip, the COVID restrictions and procedures were continually changing, we had to make sure our professional responsibilities were covered prior to leaving, we encountered delays, we had trouble getting to the airport, we faced challenges in finding places to stay, etc. There just were numerous factors that left me feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and unsure about what was to come. One thing that helped me dramatically in this time of uncertainty has proved our teas and creating a tea ritual for myself. Teas, as a whole, are known for their calming and centering properties. In this blog post, I'll be detailing a few of our teas that helped me personally or have been known to help others with settling their nerves, composing themselves, and just taking life as it comes.
Mint, peppermint, spearmint, and other variations within the mint family are known for their embodiment of the essential oil methanol. Methanol is what gives these pleasing herbs their definitive and anticipated cooling and refreshing notes. These properties coupled alongside the warmth of hot tea, or the iciness of cool, iced teas, are known to bring about feelings of a restorative and revitalizing nature. This can be incredibly therapeutic when a long days worries seem to weigh heavily upon your shoulders. A few of Good Life Tea's most popular teas that utilize mint, or a mint variation, as an ingredient include:
- Moroccan Mint green tea
- Autumn Sunset herbal tea
- Peppermint herbal tea
- My personal favorite, as of late, our C of Tranquility herbal tea
Another herb that has been well documented and revered over the course of thousands of years for its soothing and tranquilizing properties proves chamomile. Chamomile is a flower that grown and dried to be used for these calming effects, and subsequently is included in many of our most popular teas. This beautiful flower, grown and harvested from the banks of the Nile in Egypt is golden in color and very light, and fluffy. You will find this beloved decadence in all of the following of our herbal teas:
- C of Tranquility (as you already know)
Each one is absolutely delicious and unique but recently, at the end of the day, and after I have already swam in the deep end of the C of Tranquility, I find myself reaching for a tall cup of our Sleep Better. One of the ingredients in this relaxing elixir is valerian root which is known for its sedation producing properties. From personal experience, especially in the past few weeks, I can tell you that valerian root certainly does carry this quality, and that soon after sipping on this lullaby of a potation, I would be drifting off to dreamland free of worry and stress free.
Lavender is another floral component that is included in many of our teas which is not coincidental. This perfectly plum colored constituent is widely used for its promotion of the calmer and more relaxing things. Lavender itself is often kept in undergarment or sock drawers to keep these items smelling fresh and clean, and its addition to our teas does just the same. The smell of lavender, alone, encourages one to breathe deeply and exhale any negative, or "stinky" thoughts or worries that they may be feeling. Some of our most loved teas that incorporate lavender prove:
- Lavender herbal tea (This is simply dried lavender and is lovely to sip on.)
Another thing that has always helped me to center myself, relieve any bothersome stressors that plague me throughout the day, and just give it over, is being beside Canandaigua Lake. Because of the cold temperatures we have been experiencing, I haven't been able to do this physically, and in place of that, I have found myself sipping on Lakeside Calm. The beautiful dark pink color that this tea brews into reminds me of the breathtaking summer sunsets on the lake. It also puts into perspective that these sunsets are not as far off as they may seem, and that the present stressors are only temporary.
As mentioned, I do hope that you are all having a wonderful, and stress-free week. If not, give one of these teas a try and let us know how you fare. I love to hear your feedback. If you have a tea of your own that you find to put you in a particularly tranquil state of mind, let us know that too so I can update this blog post to include it! Another option to relieve a little bit of stress overage that I can recommend is a quick trip to Puerto Rico, as that has worked wonders for me thus far as well.That being said, the tea alternative is much kinder on the purse strings. Stay safe and warm up there, friends. Happy sipping! - Kaytea :)