A cup of tea solves everything.
The sound of the kettle coming to a boil. Selecting a tea from my embarrassingly vast trove of flavors and blends. Watching the curls of steam rise from the dark liquid. The heat radiating from my mug, warming my seemingly always cold hands. I love the ritual of making and drinking tea. It demands that I sit down and slow down, and for the time that it takes to sip a cup, relax.
The nice folks at Traditional Medicinals sent me the perfect winter gift: a “relaxation kit” of three herbal teas. I was duty-bound to give each tea due diligence – life is rough, no? – so I enjoyed many a relaxing, late afternoon teatime. Traditional Medicinals has a huge variety of organic herbal (and green) teas. You’ve probably seen some of them at places like Whole Foods (though you can also order directly through their website if your store doesn’t carry the variety you like). They focus on creating beverages that provide beneficial effects on your health. You’ll find teas for detoxing, teas to help digestion, teas for the ticker, and teas just for us women. Traditional Medicinals consider their teas to be herbal supplements. They also happen to be delicious.
Chamomile with Lavender: I love the surprising hint of spicy, floral lavender in this brew. Traditional Medicinals suggests drinking this tea to help calm your digestive system and to take the edge off a frazzled or stressed day.
Easy Now: This tea was my favorite of the three. Maybe because it has passionflower in it – a crazy looking flower (which produces an oval, edible fruit) that I found growing in the middle of one of our pastures. Catnip (not just for kitty, folks), lavender, and chamomile add their distinctive flavors as well. Great for easing tension.
Nighty Night: Another calming tea that includes passionflower along with linden flower and hops, this brew helps you unwind after a busy day.
If tea is your thing, you might want to try one or all of these teas. In the meantime, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your own “relaxation kit!” The kit includes full-sized boxes of Easy Now, Chamomile with Lavender, and Nighty Night teas. Contest open to residents of the U.S. only. (Fear not, my international friends! I have another giveaway on Thursday open to one and all: a copy of High Protein, No Powder: Protein Bars and Smoothies Made with Real Food.)