Ask The Tea Lady

January 15, 2018 | By More

It sounds cliche but its true. “This is the first day of the rest of your life!” January seems to be the time when people take stock of their goals and do a bit of personal inventory and feel like starting new things. I personally find it appropriate to do this ANYTIME of year and on a fairly regular basis, but since the theme of the Tone this month is “New Year, New You” lets talk about a very easy and enjoyable way you can change your life. It has changed mine and many others. Yes, i’m talking about herbal tea consumption. It is a little thing from the perspective that each pot of herbal tea takes an average of 3 minutes to make and can be drunk at your convenience in 10 minute focussed breaks or sip by sip constantly throughout the day.  But the effects of getting familiar with healthful helpful herbs is almost like having a best friend in your cupboard supporting your body every time it starts to tip out of balance. That is often what illness is. There may be deficiencies or excesses and not only can herbs bring the body back into better balance but the mind too!!!

So lets talk about that because the mind is the one which is most elusive and least understood. To begin with, it is useful to consider that the habitual thought patterns we entertain, believe and speak are very powerful in creating our reality.   But when we get tired, sick, stressed we fall into what i call “stinkin’ thinkin’” and this tends to make matters worse.  We feel worse and we attract bad luck. I bring all this up because reaching for a good large pot of a nourishing and calming herbal infusion is one way to turn this around and “Take Charge” of the situation.  Herbs are a great tool for us to manage our state of being including our bodies and our minds.

How to gently honour ourselves with some recalibration and nurture the body gradually to work consistently (and persistently) into our goals. Giving our body the support it needs to be strong, calm and stable increases the success rate for the most popular resolutions: Becoming more fit, and letting go of destructive habits.

Oatstraw is a powerful Ally. Oatstraw is the nourishing herb which has the reputation of heartily “feeding” the nervous system. That is to say that drinking oatstraw tea has the effect of calming and strengthening the nerves. This makes oat straw particularly helpful in managing stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression. The first thing on the “to do” list is to get our sleeping patterns somewhat rhythmic. This one achievement will empower everything else that we are trying to do.

Drinking Oatstraw tea not only provides a useable source of calcium and magnesium. It also contains B- complex vitamins, silicia, flavones, saponins, and Vitamin A. Oat Straw is useful for thyroid and estrogen deficiency, for MS, osteoporosis, appetite loss, anorexia, urinary concerns, colds and chills and to encourage sweating. This herb increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthens metabolism and circulation, prevents and relieves spasms, softens and soothes damaged or inflamed surfaces such as the gastric mucous membranes, strengthens functional activity of the nervous system, helps with the process of assimilating food, and generally restores, nourishes. Overall, Oatstraw is a fantastic way to gently support and strengthen the entire body.

What all this MEANS to the topic at hand is that by drinking oatstraw daily we become better equipped to overcome temptations that we have resolved to avoid; we feel more strong and happy and relaxed enabling us to move away from negative habits confidently with minimal withdrawal symptoms. The compulsion to indulge in temporarily satisfying but unhealthy food choices is minimized by an overall calm demeanour and emotional state. The exhaustion keeping us away from endorphin raising physical activity has been solved by managing stress and sleeping better.

Take Charge of your stress, insomnia and depression this January.  Ask The Tea Lady if you have any herbal questions and if there is responsive interest maybe we can get a Q&A column running here!

Bonnie-Jean Stacey, Herbalist

Take Charge Tea

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