A Simple and Enjoyable Ritual!
If you could pick one thing to do every day to enhance your overall health and sense of wellbeing over time, a cup of quality herbal tea should be at the top of your list. Herbal teas are a highly effective, inexpensive (and super easy) way to boost your immune system.
- Herbal teas are rich in minerals we don’t get readily from our food. And unlike other foods that are a strain on the digestive system, the nutrients from teas are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and put to use by the body.
- They’re also cleansing. The herbs in the teas work to renew and clean the blood and organ systems of the body, gently and effectively.
- Herbal teas pack a big punch over time, and it doesn’t take long to notice the difference. My husband and I drink a brew a day. We just recently switched back to our Spring blend, and we could feel it really start to affect us after just a couple of weeks.
It’s funny … we all think that life is somehow going to get easier someday. When we cross that next something off our to-list, then we’ll have time to relax, treat ourselves to a little R&R, and start making healthier choices. But I’ve found that the finish line keeps moving forward. Such is the reality of modern-day life – a juggling act of work, family, and friends.
So in my quest for balance, I try to make things easy for myself. I find simple, enjoyable ways to bring the right things into my life every day.
A mug of herbal tea is my daily ritual. Cradling it in my hands while I sit at my desk or take a moment to watch the world wake up outside my kitchen window... If I don’t do anything else for myself today, I know I’ve done something good.
A few tips to keep in mind when you’re thinking about tea:
- Loose herbal tea contains more nutrients and healing properties than tea bags. Teabags have a teaspoon of herbs, compared to the tablespoon of loose herbs I recommend for an 8-ounce mug. Plus, the herbs in tea bags are crushed and macerated so they lose their properties.
- Teabags may seem more convenient, but you’ll be amazed at how simple it really is to make a cup of delicious, nutritious tea with loose herbs. Measure 1 tablespoon of loose herbs per cup of water into a jar or covered container (a French Press also works great). Pour boiling water over herbs and cover to steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
- The steeping time (of 10-15 minutes for loose herbal tea blends) is important because this is how long it takes for the volatile oils found in many herbs to disperse into the water.
It's the simple things we do consistently that will give us a slight edge on staying healthy during these challenging times.
Light & Love,