January is here, and with it comes all those associations we have with the New Year. Fresh starts, new beginnings, upcoming adventures… whatever you may have lined up for 2015, there’s something so refreshing about the knowledge of a new year and the chance to reflect upon what you want from it.
The list of possibilities for those New Year’s Resolutions lists are endless. Procrastinate less, exercise more, eat healthier, learn a new skill – the list goes on and on. This year at Teahouse, we’ve decided to put the emphasis on our emotional and physical wellbeing.
You may be wondering how this relates to tea. Well, one of the great things about the natural world is the myriad of properties that seemingly every day and unremarkable plants wield. These properties can help to take us into the new year in the best place we can possibly be.
This is where tea comes in. We have chosen 3 blends to help you deal with stress, insomnia, low mood and various other ailments to help you relax and give yourself a break. It can be so easy to let stress get the better of you, so maybe it’s time to start giving a little TLC to your emotional health, as well as your other resolutions! As said by Bernard-Paul Heroux:
“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.”
We think that deserves a hearty ‘hear-hear,’ don’t you? So pop the kettle on, dust off your favourite mug and settle down with one of our wellness blends this January. Time to focus on you.
Antistress – £5.50 per 100g
St John’s Wort, bean peels, mistletoe, birch leaves, gingko, nettle leaves and lemon grass.
This herbal blend has a light sedative effect to de-stress the mind and the nervous system, and help ease the woes of the day away. St John’s Wort is often taken as a supplement for people suffering with conditions like depression and anxiety, and we’ve included it in this blend as a calming influence to support you through stressful times. Combined with gingko, which helps to enhance the mood and improve concentration, you’ve got a good balance of calming and uplifting influences. We all need a little boost now and again! Mistletoe and lemon grass are other useful ways to lessen anxiety, which in turn should give you a bit of a break from those sleepless nights when you’re under a lot of stress.
Even the process of making a hot, comforting cup of tea can be a relaxant in its own right, so it’s definitely worth seeing if a blend like our Antistress can give you that extra help along the way when your brain is trying to do a million things all at once.
Evening Herbal Blend – £4.50 per 100g
Camomile flowers, lemon balm, blackcurrant leaves, peppermint leaves, sunflowers and heather.
This blend is perfect to take just before bed to help you drift off into a restful, undisturbed slumber. Camomile is well known for its relaxing properties and ability to ease insomnia, and in our Evening Herbal Blend we’ve added some other ingredients that do the same thing so you can go to bed feeling ready to drift off anxiety-free. Lemon balm is often used for this purpose, as it too can help with restlessness.
Things such as peppermint, blackcurrant and sunflowers are also useful because they can aid your body’s digestive system. Often, people who are feeling stressed will describe an unsettled stomach as one of their symptoms. Drinking this before bed should help to ease any stomach upsets and prepare you for a good night’s rest.
Good Mood and Memory – £4.50 per 100g
Lemon balm, lemon grass, oregano, rosemary, ginseng, schizandra berries, lavender and mullein flowers.
A herbal ‘pick-me-up’ to refresh your mind and improve your memory – definitely one to take with you into the New Year! This tea is all about helping you to feel your best. Ginseng in particular is known for enhancing performance and improving concentration, which is why it has found its place in Good Mood and Memory. Schizandra berries are a Chinese berry that are also used to combat fatigue, which means this tea is great for those moments when you’re in need of a pick-me-up to see you through the day.
Oregano and rosemary might seem like something more suited to your Sunday lunch than your cup of tea, but these humble herbs do a lot more than just giving you a delicious dinner. They are rich in antioxidants and can help boost your immune system, as well as aiding problems like tiredness and anxiety. There’s a lot more than meets the eye here!
Get January off to a good start with these teas and some well-deserved down time. Sometimes the simplest things, like sitting down with a steaming cup of tea, are all it takes for you to be able to take on the world with renewed vigour.
If you’re still in need of some convincing, how about this Japanese proverb?
“If man has no tea in him he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
Do you have any favourite teas to help you relax and unwind? If not, seize your day without the haze of stress and fatigue with one of our wellness teas this January. Let us know what you think!
Each tea comes in bags of either 100g, 500g or 1kg.
Photo Credit: Maciek Bielec