My day in tea - Autumn 2020
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while so last week I decided to document a day in my life in tea.
Autumn usually equates with extra tea drinking for me, throw #stayathome into the mix and let’s just say there’s ample tea drinking to document! Excuse the dodgy photos, these were taken on the fly on my phone.
In an ideal world, I would always wake up well before my children and have a bit of time to myself whilst the house is quiet. On such mornings, I drink a pot of one of our herbal tisanes to gently ease into the day.
But the truth is, most days my two youngest girls are up well before me and once I open my eyes, it is all systems go. On these days I turn to one of our black teas for the shot of energy that I need.
This morning I needed a good dose of bolstering so I began the day with French Lady Grey. It always feels like a treat. The hint of rose and lavender in my tea cup give me ‘queen of the castle’ vibes.
Like many of us, I am juggling multiple roles at the moment and I have been feeling quite physically run down.
When this is the case, I like to proactively support my immune system with my go-to wellbeing tea. I brew Refresh tea (lemongrass, lemon myrtle and ginger) for 10 minutes and then add a slice of lemon, a slice of ginger and small spoon of our backyard honey.
I drank this at my desk whilst getting some work done and helping my daughters with their school work.
And yep, I’m still in my pyjamas. It’s one of those days!
Sometimes on busy days, especially if my head is in a few different places, I find myself with a somewhat nervous energy building up by the middle of the day. The result is often that I can’t concentrate well, I jump from task to task or I become irritable towards those around me.
Going for a walk around the block, stopping to do some stretches and/or taking a moment to drink a cup of tea on the grass all seem to help.
As this is one of those days, a brewed myself a mug of ‘Settle’ tea. The combination of herbs in this tea makes it particularly grounding which is exactly what I needed.
And yes, finally out of my pyjamas!
There was work to be done in my studio/shed after the kids went to bed. The nights are getting cooler so a cup of Traditional Chai was the perfect evening work companion. Tonight I drank it black but I love it brewed on the stove top in milk too.
It has been a very full day and my mind is still busy and my body a little sore. So rather than just collapsing into bed, I pulled my yoga mat out, lit a candle, made a pot of Dreamy tea for my husband and myself and slowed myself down with some stretching and restorative yoga poses while we chatted a bit about our days.
I like to visualise relaxing my body and quietening my mind while I sip my Dreamy tea. I sometimes drink it during the day if I’m feeling particularly anxious, but usually I only drink it before bed and it is an effective cue for my body to wind down.
Fun fact: I don’t usually put my candle on the ground, I just did that for the photo. Then I forgot it was there and nearly burnt myself while I was stretching, ha ha! Lesson learnt :)