It has been awhile since my last Friday Finds, so to recap, Friday Finds is where I highlight some of my favorite things! These can be from any category, including food, beauty, movies, music…pretty much anything! Today, though, we’re talking about my favorite teas!
Let me tell you, I have SO many teas! I’ll also relay that I don’t buy teas for pleasure drinking, I buy them for therapeutic uses. Some of the ways they help me include pain, liver health, detox, hormones, and sleep.
I’ve been playing with various teas for quite a while now, so I feel like I have a modicum of authority to write this post.
Initially in choosing a tea, I did my own research and read reviews of others’ experiences. I’m also looking for teas to help my particular situation, which is primarily focused on pain at the moment.
I’m not going to cite any studies here, as I’m just writing this to give you ideas that may help your own situation. Please do your own research, as I’m not a health expert.
There is no affiliation with any of the companies linked, though if you’re taken to an Amazon product, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.
1. Cat’s Claw
I became familiar with cat’s claw back in 2008 after I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. My particular case is one of a chronic nature, as opposed to being acute. I’ll tell you honestly, I don’t know what to make of all the recent cases of ‘Lyme disease’. I personally think there’s something doctors are confusing with it, such as another virus or bacteria.
I spent many a summer in Minnesota, so there is a possibility I may have contracted it then, but I don’t know.
The diagnosis hasn’t taken priority in my life until this last year, as I never exhibited any of the dominant symptoms.
As far as cat’s claw, I find it very helpful for pain as well as energy, and I know it to be one of the top herbs for Lyme disease.
This is one of the best teas I drink! I find it helpful with anxiety, sleep, and, strangely, energy.
How I take it is with a pinch of Tulsi tea (explained below) about 30 minutes before going to bed.
I find I sleep better and wake up in a better mood with a driven energy.
I don’t like to take anything for sleep on a nightly basis, as I don’t want to become dependent, but so far, I’ve noticed no negative effects from doing this.
As far as the associated energy, I’ve read that chamomile can help with thyroid issues, which I have struggled with.
(No tulsi tea picture, as I ran out, so here’s a cute Mickie pic!)
I bought tulsi tea in hopes of aiding some adrenal (and overall) fatigue.
With my health, a new baby, three other kids, and 2020 as a whole, I’ve been very stressed, which leads to general fatigue and apathy for me.
I personally don’t tolerate a lot of this tea, but I find that a tiny pinch works great! Don’t hesitate to use less than the entire tea bag, which I often do. I’ll rip open the tea bag and empty the loose leaves into a sandwich bag and use ‘pinches’ as needed.
I’m finding that it’s allowing me to have a bit more ‘calm’ the next day, if that makes sense? Things that might irritate or upset me are taken in greater stride!
4. Yellow Dock
So, I suffered from acne as a teenager and used to take a yellow dock supplement for it, but I recently bought the tea for other reasons.
Yellow dock is touted as a detoxifier for both blood and skin. It’s also high in iron, which is great for me, as I’ve been diagnosed with anemia.
I find it particularly helpful with both pain and digestion, the latter due to the fact that it is a bitter herb.
I generally feel pretty good when I drink this, though, again, I have a limit. After 2-3 days, I think it saturates me with iron and is maybe a bit too ‘detoxifying’, so I need a couple days off.
Another one I came across for pain, fibromyalgia-type in particular, is sarsaparilla. It is similar to yellow dock, in that it’s good for cleansing the blood and liver.
I noticed an immediate difference in pain and energy. In addition to that, it has wonderful taste, very reminiscent of root beer.
My girls like this one too!
I love teas for their health benefits, as well as the idea of using whole herbs to heal the body.
Anymore, I’m a bit averse to using single supplements, as I feel it often throws something else out of balance.
Our bodies were intended to take in whole foods and plants for healing and nutrition, so without a particular deficiency being diagnosed, I find drinking tea to be a great way to supplement and aid myself in combating various issues.