Tea has become apart of my self care because I need a routine and it helps my body feel grounded and focused. I just recently started drinking tea because that’s all work had that was warm that wasn’t caffeinated. Due to my debilitating anxiety, I cannot drink caffeine and have been caffeine free for 2 years now. But caffeine in tea may help you focus and calm you down. Everybody’s brains are wired different.
I prefer lemon tea and I like it strong. I use two tea bags with stevia to sweeten it. At work their tea is super lemony and super strong. And I got used to it. I noticed how it would calm my anxiety at work. I work in a call center and have to talk to people all day which is a nightmare, but its a job. I do my best and apparently my best is one of the best in the office.
Ok, back to tea. Lets travel into the world of the best teas for self care:
Commonly known as purple coneflowers, Echinacea flowers sooth sore throats and alleviate cold symptoms when brewed in a tea. Also helpful for laryngitis or simply the day after a concert where you screamed the lyrics a bit too loud, Echinacea tea will coax your voice back to life and help it return to normal.
Echinacea tea has been invaluable to me in the past — I often drink it after ski races in subzero temperatures, when I lose my voice from the cold air abrading my throat. While Echinacea on its own certainly does not make the most delicious tea, combining it with mint or lemon — as one tea company does in its Echinacea Plus tea — creates a tangy flavor, both pleasant and healthy to drink, making it one of the best teas for self-care.
When it comes to teas for self-care to drink right before bed or throughout the painful days of your period, chamomile tea both helps you sleep and eases menstrual cramps. A common tea available from most brands, chamomile is easy to find in supermarkets or grocery stores, so it is an easily accessible resource when you are suffering from insomnia or bad cramps.It is also meant to help regulate the bacterial composition of your stomach; people with a temporary form of lactose intolerance or other stomach issues can drink chamomile tea to bolster their stomach. It is crucial to remember, however, that teas for self-care should offer supplementary relief — it is not the end-all be-all of remedies, and you should not use it in lieu of a prescription medication if you are in need of such treatment.
Ginger tea is best for soothing nausea, whether you are suffering from morning sickness, stomach flu or just a bad hangover. It is particularly helpful to drink this tea right after vomiting to sooth your stomach before you try to eat again. And if you often get carsick, it may be helpful for you to have a thermos of ginger tea with you in the car; drinking it at the first sign of nausea can ease your symptoms and prevent you from being sick.
Ginger tea is not only useful during the (hopefully) rare times you may feel nauseous — it helps reduce bloating as well. A cup of ginger tea after a big meal will improve your digestion, beating back heartburn and stomachaches as well as stopping your stomach from bloating too noticeably.
Lemon tea helps you recover from a hangover by easing headaches and nausea, as well as cleansing your body, specifically your liver. The idea of drinking lemon water when you wake up is tried and true, a popular trend in recent years, but hot lemon tea is arguably even more useful for making your body feel healthy and refreshed. This tea also helps with weight loss due to its cleansing properties.
While there are a lot of lemon blends on the market, with lemon ginger being the most common, the tea company Twinings sells a delicious tea that is almost purely lemon, with only a dash of white hibiscus. It offers all the benefits of lemon tea in an almost undiluted form, making it both delicious and one of the best teas for self-care.
Used as both a medicinal and everyday drink since its origin in ancient China, green tea eases stress and helps relieve headaches, nausea and diarrhea. Often lauded as something of a cure-all, green tea is said to soothe any number of ailments, both physical and emotional.
Nearly every tea brand sells some sort of green tea, so you can find either a cheap or quality tea — whatever you are looking for — anywhere online or at a store like Target or Walmart. But before you buy green tea, bear in mind that although it is a stress reliever, it is caffeinated, so it will calm your mood while also making you more awake. Remember that a stress-relieving tea is not always parallel to a sleep-inducing one.
Lavender tea, on the other hand, offers the perfect intersection between stress relief and anti-insomnia. The perfect tea for easing the strains of mental illness, lavender tea helps you sleep, relieves stress, improves overall mood and is especially helpful in lessening the insomnia often caused by anxiety or depression.
The tea brand Yogi sells a blend of lavender, chamomile and lemon that is the perfect tea to drink before bed. After all, there is nothing like a cup of warm, soothing tea to put you to sleep. Especially if you are having a rough semester, I recommend curling up in a blanket with your favorite show and a cup of this lavender tea to help you relax before a well-deserved night of rest.
7. Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry leaf tea eases various discomforts of pregnancy, such as leg cramps, morning sickness and diarrhea. It also eases menstrual cramps, so if Midol isn’t quite doing the trick for you, it may help to supplement the pain reliever with some tea.
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