Tea Talk ~ Episode 1

5 Teas You Will Always Find in My Home (1)

 

It is no secret that tea offers an abundance of benefits. It is used to promote health, ward off certain ailments and even lift our mood. It is a common staple in many households, and is available in an endless variety of blends and flavors. Perfect with a nice book or even just as an excuse to stop and savor the moment, my kitchen is stocked with a wide array of tea. However, while my tastes may change, there are 5 teas that will forever have a home among my shelves.

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tea is an absolute must have as a frequent migraine and headache sufferer. 2 years ago I decided to test lavender blends after discovering that the essential oil was very beneficial in my home. I soon realized that this fragrant blend eased my headaches and could help me curb migraines. My go to cuppa is a white tea blend consisting of lavender, roses blossoms and a hint of peach. I also drink lavender when feeling anxious.

Other benefits include: Indigestion relief and sleep promotion.

Ginger tea is another favored choice. While I know the flavor can be hit or miss with many (luckily it is hit with me), it is ideal for soothing an upset stomach and can occasionally prevent nausea. Being a frequent vertigo sufferer, I replenish this staple often, welcoming blends that incorporate a bit of lemongrass and prefer to always serve this warm with lemon and raw honey.

Other benefits include: reduced inflammation, improved circulation, stress relief and easing cramps.

Echinacea was actually introduced to me by the non tea drinking nonhusband. It is the20170601_150656-01_wm only tea he drinks. Why? Because it has this wonderful ability to help fight off illnesses such as the common cold. The herb is believed to give your immune system a nice little boost and help kick those nasty symptoms sooner. I always drink it warm, also with raw honey.

Other benefits include: boosting the healing process of multiple skin conditions and easing arthritic pain.

Black tea contains a low dose of caffeine and a ton of antioxidants. I think it goes without saying why this is my morning cuppa. Packed with numerous beneficial qualities, it is one of the few teas I consume with milk and actual sugar.

Other benefits include: promotes oral health, improves cognitive functioning and boosts the immune system.

Chamomile happens to be my son’s absolute favorite. It has many beneficial and healthy uses. But in this home the light, caffeine free, herbal tea is the “bedtime tea”. Soothing and stress reducing, we have made a habit of unwinding in the evening with a nice warm cup of Chamomile and raw honey to help us ease into a more rewarding sleep.

Other benefits include: aiding in headache relief, treating stomach cramps, calming muscles spasms, and promoting healthy skin.

What are your favorite teas & why?

Do you have specific tea that you always keep in the home? Maybe you have a certain blend that helps you sleep at night or eases specific symptoms. I would love to know how you use tea as part of your daily life. Let’s chat!


**None of the information above is intended to replace medical advice. As always, you should consult a healthcare provider regarding any current conditions or treatment.**

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107 thoughts on “Tea Talk ~ Episode 1

  1. I LOVE tea, although I do drink mostly the ‘commercial’ fruit flavors… I also like green tea if I feel the need to detox and add a little fresh lemon to soothe an upset stomach. I didn’t know lavander helped with migraines! Very useful fact indeed.

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      1. I’m definitely going to try and get some lavender tea now… Fingers crossed they sell it down here. And I do unfortunately… Green tea is great! I’m definitely always having some of it in stock just in case…

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          1. I’ll probably have to wait until I travel to Buenos Aires again (tea isn’t really a big thing here in Argentina), but it’s definitely on my list now! Love the smell, so fingers crossed the tea will appeal to me as well.

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  2. I love tea, too! My favorite tea is from the little Chinese restaurant in my hometown- a perfectly brewed oolong tea, plain, and served in tiny, white ceramic cups. Sadly, my hometown is just shy of a three hour drive away, so stopping in for a quick cuppa isn’t an option. A current favorite is Celestial Seasoning’s Candy Cane Lane, a decaf peppermint green tea a friend introduced me to when I was visiting her in Colorado last year. She made a cup for me to try and I was hooked. It has the right amount of peppermint to give it plenty of flavor without being overbearing (and without making me sneeze!).

    Since Lincoln is a coffee community, there aren’t really any tea shops except for Teavana (which is great, but super expensive) and the coffee shops. While the coffee shops have plenty of tasty teas to try, they don’t have any brewing instructions for them, aside from ‘dunk in hot water for a while’, so it’s difficult to know if you’ve steeped it for the proper amount of time. Oh well. I love my coffee, too!

    I had a lot of wonderful black tea (with milk) when I was in Scotland, but sadly the blend I brought home with me was not as good. I guess that just means I need to go back there to find a better blend!

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    1. I admit to indulging in Teavana from time to time. I spend more, but find their blends keep very well! Plus they sell my favorite lavender mix 😉

      I have not tried much green tea with peppermint but Tazo has a Zen tea that is green, spearmint and lemongrass I believe. Super hooked 🙂

      Also a big fan of Oolong. Teavana also carries my favorite blend of this! So yea, they take my money from time time 😉

      Brewing instructions was something I did not start noticing until about 2 or 3 years ago. If I cannot locate them on packaging, I usually search on line. I still have a lot of friends who drink tea though and never pay any mind to them. But I have learned that the right temp and time can really improve the experience ❤

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  3. I have a huge red basket on top of the fridge full of herbal and flavored teas from Eastern Shores and Celestial Seasonings. Baz drinks a lot of herbal and flavored teas because he doesn’t drink coffee; his favorite is Moroccan Mint from Eastern Shores. I have all the “regular” teas in my pantry cupboard. My favorite is Yorkshire Gold. I used to give away the author’s favorite tea when I had book giveaways. Joe Kipling was laughing and saying good luck finding Yorkshire because she is British, but Wegmans international aisle had three different varieties if it, ha ha. Those British and their tea snobbery; just kidding. Anyway, I bought a box for myself, too, and besides Earl Grey with chocolate desserts, it is now the only regular tea I will drink. My cousin gave a tea caddy from Barney’s NYC full of expensive imported loose leaf teas, but Baz is the only one who has tried them so far. I truely believe in the medicinal properties of different teas!

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    1. Tea is amazing! So many options and flavors and all packed full of benefits! I laughed when I read this, because I have a “red” basket of tea on my counter! Great minds eh 😉 I believe I have had the Moroccan Mint. I love mint teas. I will have to look it up to be sure though. I have not had Yorkshire Gold, but could probably pick some up down the road. We are surrounded be specialty shops that tend to carry a lot of international options. They are so fun to explore. I have Earl Grey in the morning very often 🙂

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    1. Umm if I am being honest, taste wise it is not my favorite, but very doable with a little sweetening 😉 I like keeping it in tea form because that warm drink just seems to help when you have a cold or feel stuffy. Try it and let me know how you feel about the flavor!

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    1. Chamomile is so great! I also serve flowering teas every so often. My son thinks they are amazing (which equates into I like watching them blossom). I might have been any number of flowers or blooms. I keep a glass pot for these and we usually enjoy Jasmine and Oolong 🙂

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    1. Rooibos is a favorite of mine! (well I love them all haha). I have a blend I discovered with almond and vanilla that is heaven! I will have to look up dragonfly. I keep pre-bagged Earl Grey as well for my mornings when I do not feel up to much hassle or want something easy to go 😉

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  4. Great post, which lavender white tea do you use as it sounds lovely? I love Earl Grey and Darjeeling and drink these teas almost every day. I do enjoy white tea and green tea also but don’t have a go to favourite yet with these.

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    1. The Lavender I prefer is from Teavana. It is Lavender Dreams. White Lavender tea with rose buds and peachs (and a few other things). It smells amazing and always seems to tame my headaches if I drink it soon enough. I won’t admit too how much I invest in this tea, but I keep rather large canisters . If it works, it works ❤ Earl Grey is great in the morning time! I keep plenty around the house and maybe in my purse 😉

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  5. Love this post! ❤️ I only became a tea fanatic a few years back, but now it’s pretty much my primary drink 🙂
    I quite like lavender tea too and I have you to thank for that 😀 It’s an acquired taste but like you say, it really does help with sleep. I have a cup and instantly feel relaxed.
    Ginger and lemon is another favourite too. I didn’t know it could help with stress relief too. Stress is my middle name so definitely going to try it for that purpose next time I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed 🙂 I tend to use ginger and lemon when I have a cold. I find it helps clear my sinuses and eases my sore throat.
    My absolute favourite teas, though, are vanilla and cardamom chai. I love the subtle spices flavouring them and they’re fantastic at any time during the day.
    Excited for episode 2 ♥

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    1. Oh Chai is wonderful! So many varieties and just fun. I find the light hint of spice to be perfect on cold nights. I burn through a lot of chai in the winter 😉 I always add a splash of milk to it. How do you drink yours?

      Ginger is truly and amazing root. Best in moderation of course, but some many uses and health benefits. And I love the flavor. I am glad your are enjoying the lavender ❤

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      1. Me too 🙂 It warms you right up on a snowy day! I bought some chai latte powder today so I can make some iced chai lattes now that the weather’s getting warmer 😀 With chai tea, though, I have a dash of milk too. It took me so long to get the perfect milk/tea ratio. It’s so easy to pour too much milk in! I also add a little bit of sugar or honey 🙂 I have something of a sweet tooth!
        Do you like lavender flavouring in general? I was looking through a recipe book earlier and saw some lavender cookies. It made me think of you ☺️

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        1. I do favor lavender! I would love to see the recipe. A friend and I were looking into lavender lemonades. You should message that cookie recipe to me! And you are so right about the milk/tea ratio. I have destroyed many a good cup of tea by getting carried away 😉 Almost always raw honey for sweetener here. I am trying to kick my sugar habit.

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          1. I try to use honey when I can but I find I can’t really taste the sweetness. How much do you use?
            Next time I visit my mum, I’ll be sure to grab a copy of the lavender cookie recipe to send to you 😀 Lavender lemonade sounds delicious! If you get round to making it, you’ll have to let me know how it is 😀

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              1. That last sentence puts me in mind of my great grandma. Whenever somebody asked if she’d like sugar or sweetener, she’d say “No, I’m sweet enough already.” ❤

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  6. I’m a big fan of tea. Even in hot summer I can’t start my day without a hot cup :P. My favorites are black tea(for an energy boost and its amazing taste), rooibos (love it because I can drink it at any hour of the day), linden (reminds my of my childhood and it’s perfect before bedtime and when you have a bad cold) and thyme (for its lovely scent).

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  7. I never drink black or any tea with caffeine in, I’ve been completely caffeine free for 12 years now. I regularly drink a super fruits tea (you will have some of this soon 😉) made with whole berries it’s just amazing and full of all the good stuff.
    Then there is peppermint, I love how good peppermint is for your body, especially your gut, so I drink it every day.
    I always have lemon & ginger on standby for colds and sore throats and like you echinacea is a staple although I prefer mine with something fruity as I find it too bitter so will often have raspberry & echinacea blend. But my cupboard is overflowing! 😆

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    1. Ecchinacea is definitely a more bitter blend. I have to sweeten it always! I am so excited for the tea. I cannot even thank you enough ❤

      I cannot believe 12 years! Wow 🙂 That is incredible Claire. I am ashamed to admit that I seriously need to work on kicking a lot of caffeine from my life. Particularly since my anxiety levels have been rising!

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  8. I’m very dull and only ever drink ordinary black tea and the occasional cup of green tea. I’m interested in your lavender tea because my mother in law has headaches and migraines. Is it something you have blended yourself or do you buy it ready blended?

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    1. Lavender has done wonders for me! I buy a premade blend at Teavana that is called “Lavender Dreams”. It is a white tea blend which also includes rosebuds and peaches. I have a hard time finding too many lavender blends to be honest. I am sure they exist though. I just cannot get out often due to health so I haven’t explored quite enough.

      There is not a thing wrong with black or green tea! I keep and use both regularly 🙂 Green tea is a perfect pick me up and metabolism booster. Do you have a go to brand?

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      1. I mentioned lavender tea to my mother in law and she said she had tried it and didn’t like the taste. Oh well! I feel like I want to try it now though.

        To be honest, I only just started drinking green tea very recently. I found some in a cupboard – green tea with lemon – and I found it very refreshing. We’d had it ages so when I finished it I bought some more (similar but not the same) and don’t like it nearly as much.

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  9. I drink more coffee but when I drink tea I drink black tea (earl grey) most of all. I had no idea lavendar tea could really help with migraines and headaches! I usually just suffer through them but this is something I’d definitely try next time! Love this post!

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        1. I have not reached the point of starting my morning with soda, but my tea and coffee habit could probably rival you soda addiction 😉 I am not actually a soda person until I see that cherry soda.. then it is gimme gimme haha.

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  10. Ginger tea is my favourite tea – I love it and it’s such a bonus that it’s so good for me. I also enjoy Apple and Cinnamon – I’m not sure if there are benefits to that tea but it’s so refreshing. I really enjoyed reading this post and learning more about the benefits of different teas and how they help you, I’ll look forward to reading more of these posts 🙂

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    1. Thank you Hayley ❤ Isn't ginger tea so amazing! I adore it. I have a few blends here and all offer so many benefits. It works wonders for my nausea too! I am not sure about Apple Cinnamon. I have some currently and I enjoy it. I am sure it has plenty of antioxidants 🙂

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  11. I regularly drink black tea (with milk and sugar), but I sometimes also have green tea. I have tried chamomile tea once and I really want to start a bedtime ritual with it as soon as I get my hands on some more!
    I didn’t know lavender was good for migraines. I get frequent headaches too, but that’s sinusitis. Maybe it helps with that as well? I’ll try to see if it’s available nearby and experiment with it. I’ll let you know if it helps.
    Thanks for all the info! Although I love tea, I haven’t tried a variety of them and I learnt a lot from this post. 🙂

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  12. I love tea (and your blog!) I like to mix things up so I keep a stock of Chamomile, Orange & Coconut, Morrocan and Rose tea. I used to get lots of tension headaches, so I mix powder magnesium with my herbal teas – works like magic 😉

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      1. Wish I could take the credit for the cleverness of that idea, but it was the sales assistant in the health food store! As for the a-maaaa-zing orange and coconut tea…. Ta-dah! https://shop.clipper-teas.com/products/clipper-organic-orange-coconut-20-bag I live in Ireland and they just started stocking it in my local supermarket, but I haven’t seen it anywhere else, so I hope you can find it where you are, or order online. Because it’s yummy 🙂

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  13. I love any tea related posts you do… 🙂 I love tea, too… but you already knew that. You probably know my favorite as well, but I have 3 favorites… 1. green tea with echinacea and honey; 2. caramel flavored tea, and 3. raspberry tea made of raspberry branches.
    Darn it.. I love peppermint as well… XD
    For some reason the smell of lavender doesn’t sit with me at all… and for that reasin I have never tried the tea either… hmm… but maybe I should try the tea and I might start liking it..
    Oh and ginger! Yes to ginger tea… I usually just boil some sectors of the root in the pot (longer for stronger flavor) and it’s a helluva cup! XD

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    1. Oh I would love to try your ginger tea! I think maybe skip the lavender though. If you do not enjoy the smell, it is a very fragrant cuppa. I doubt you could get past that. It sort of tastes like it smells for lack of better description. Have you had Raspberry Earl Grey?! I love t ❤ ❤ ❤

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  14. What a lovely post! I drink tea of all kinds throughout the day; I find it to be so comforting and refreshing. Or relaxing and pain relieving even. I do like ginger since I’m prone to stomach issues, and my gastroenterologist also has me drinking dandelion tea every once in a while to detox my liver, digestive system, etc. It tastes unusual, but I am used to the taste now, and I actually enjoy it with a bit of honey! I really need to find the lavender tea that you recommended! I suffer from chronic almost daily migraines, and I won’t even begin to list the medications I’m on for them! I’m a huge believer in lavender and peppermint to help treat migraines, and I diffuse both essential oils and have the oils in a roller ball with fractionated coconut oil that I always carry with me for my headaches. But I think the tea sounds lovely! I’ve had lavender and honey tea (I can’t remember who makes it, and I loved it), but I will look for the Teavana lavender tea..right now 🙂 Are there any other lavender teas you recommend? I see people making it homemade, but I’m not sure where I would get the lavender since I don’t grow a garden 😦

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    1. I also suffer from chronic migraines due to the lesion, so I am very sorry to hear that you are combating so much. I definitely understands about the meds. I can be over whelming. I am sending many healing vibes!

      It is funny you mention Dandelion tea, as I was just looking at some last night and telling myself I need to start utilizing it!

      As far as lavender blends, I know that Yogi makes a nice Honey Lavender called Stress Relief (I think) that I enjoyed. It is available here in the organic/health section of stores. It might be easier to locate 🙂

      Ah, I use eucalyptus as well. I often place lavender, mint or eucalyptus showers bombs in my shower in the morning. Have you ever tried them? They can be made very easy with essential oils 🙂

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      1. Sending healing vibes to you as well! Chronic migraines are no joke! Many people think they are just a headache and don’t understand how incapacitating they are! They are awful…

        How funny you mention the Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea! I went looking in my pantry last night to see if I still had any of the lavender tea, and that’s what I have 😀 So, I had some at bedtime! It’s so good!

        I been drinking the Dandelion tea for several years now, and I do enjoy it. It’s interesting taste. Definitely try it with honey. Although now, I can drink it alone since I’m used to it.

        I’ve never made a bath bomb, but I have a cabinet full of essential oils, so I have that part! I should try it though! I’ll Google how to make them! 😊 Thanks! I’m sure the eucalyptus would be wonderful when you have a bad cold or cough!

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          1. I will! That sounds wonderful since I do often wake up with a migraine! I usually buy the Traditional Medicinals Organic Dandelion Root tea although Yogi has a Roasted Dandelion Spice Detox that I have bought on occasion that tastes better since it has cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in it. But, I do prefer the organic, plain Dandelion tea for day to day drinking.

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  15. Wahhh, this was highly informative and will definitely be my first stop for when I decide to bring more variety to the tea I drink (black..). Is it just me or all these teas have such fancy and epic names? Definitely a + factor for me. 😛

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    1. I think there is nothing wrong with black tea 😉 Still plenty of antioxidants and a nice boost! Some of then names do sound a bit fancy. Usually it will be your herbal teas since they take their names from roots and flowers. We could not have flowers without lovely names 😉 That would be horrible. I might suggest starting with some chamomile ❤

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  16. Ginger isn’t a fav of mine, but I do drink it because it does help with upset stomach, as you said. So do mint tea, which I LOVE!!! 😀
    It’s the first I’m hearing of Echinacea. I’ll have to look that up.

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