What’s in your mug? There are coffee enthusiasts, and there are tea aficionados. If you’re a bigger fan of tea, then you already know how it can directly impact your mind and body. Whether it’s your first beverage in the morning or your last before bed, drinking tea is part of a routine that helps many people get through the day and establish a sense of well-being. If you want to be more intentional about drinking tea, here is an overview of the best teas you should be drinking.
For Physical Health
Tea is defined as an aromatic beverage. It just requires hot (or cold) water to infuse the flavors and other compounds into your brewed cup. For physical health, various types of tea feature elements that have a positive impact on your body.
- Peppermint tea has a minty and cool flavor. It can help calm an upset stomach if you’re feeling nauseous or generally queasy. It’s also great for bloating and indigestion.
- Chamomile also works against bloating and nausea. It’s also helpful for irritable bowel syndrome and colic.
- Fennel tea can help settle stomach pain, including heartburn and bloating.
- Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help boost your immune system.
- Hibiscus tea features useful vitamin C and antibacterial properties.
- Ginger tea helps relieve muscle aches, motion sickness, and headaches. It can also help loosen congestion and relieve a sore throat.
Cramps and PMS
- Ginger tea helps relieve muscle aches and can be beneficial for increasing comfort during menstrual cramps. It can also help reduce heavy blood flow.
- Tumeric tea features curcumin, a biologically active compound that helps relieve pain.
- Green tea contains health-promoting compounds called polyphenols that inhibit inflammatory responses.
- Holy Basil tea helps the body overcome physical stress. It’s rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, and chlorophyll.
- Rose Hip tea contains antioxidants, beta carotene, and vitamins C and E.
For Mental Health
- Herbal teas can help stimulate mental health by bringing about specific effects that include relaxation and tranquility. A cup of tea can also help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing mental focus.
Calm and Relaxation
- Lavender tea is caffeine-free. It’s known for its aromatic head that can help induce relaxation and calm agitation.
- Lemon Balm tea helps calm restlessness and reduce feelings of alertness. It’s also beneficial for reducing nervousness.
- Hawthorn berries are tiny fruits that grow on trees and shrubs. Making hawthorn tea has been known to calm emotional distress and lower blood pressure.
- Valerian Root tea can help ease the inability to sleep by reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
- Catnip tea contains nepetalactone, which induces drowsiness, reduces anxiety, and calm restlessness.
- Banana tea helps blood vessels and muscles relax, allowing you to stay asleep longer.
Governing Vessel 14 is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C 7 on the spine. C 7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is great because it is the intersecting point for all of the Yang meridians in the body. In winter time, this point is often used to treat colds and other illnesses that are common this time of year. continue reading
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were being developed, people were living in harmony with nature. People rose with the sun, ate what was available during the different seasons and they were much more aware of their natural environment. What to wear, when to wake up, when to go to sleep and what activities to engage in were all dependent on the weather and the environment. Because of this, people were capable of staying healthy throughout the year and their immune and organ systems were strong enough to ward off disease. continue reading
It’s been about a week since we’ve set our clocks back an hour to accommodate daylight saving time. Although we’ll be on this schedule until March 2020, many people may still be having trouble adjusting. It’s just an hour, but that’s enough to throw off your internal clock and rhythm. If you’re feeling unusually fatigued and groggy, there are some changes you can make to help you get used to the shift.
1. Stick to Your Schedule
While it may seem counterintuitive, don’t change your schedule to accommodate the shift in time. Sticking to your usual schedule will help your body gradually adjust to the time change. Trying to stay awake for an extra hour could be more of a shock to your system than you intend. Therefore, if you usually go to bed at 10 p.m., you should continue doing that. The same goes for the time that you typically wake up. Maintaining a consistent schedule will help automatically regulate your sleep patterns. You’ll feel less groggy and exhausted. In addition, check out these sleep tips:
- Create an optimal sleep environment with temperature and darkness
- If it’s helpful, use white noise or other ambient sound devices or apps
- Make sure that your mattress has your ideal level of firmness
- Avoid using electronics directly before bed
2. Take In As Much Sunlight As Possible
During this time of year, the average time for sunset is 4:55 p.m. The extended time of darkness has various physiological and psychological impacts. Some people even experience seasonal affective disorder — a type of depression related to the change in the seasons. To combat these effects, try to take in as much sunlight as possible throughout the day. Wrap up and take a quick walk outside during our lunch break. You could also open your blinds and curtains in the morning to start your day with a full dose of sunlight. Here are a few ways you can get more sunlight:
- Go for a jog or walk (at least 20 minutes)
- Keep the blinds open in your office space
- Consider light therapy using a lightbox
3. Rethink Your Evening Routine
Although you’re sticking to your established sleep schedule, it will be helpful to rethink your evening routine. It will help you wind down and settle your body and mind so you can rest. Enjoy your dinnertime, but give your body time to digest before getting into bed. Get into a peaceful rhythm with your body with stretching and meditation. Open up a new book to keep your mind active while saving your eyes from the blue light of electronics. Consider adding these activities to your routine:
- Take a warm bath a couple of hours before bedtime
- Start writing in a gratitude journal
- Spend uninterrupted time with family/children