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Holiday Tea Survival Guide

With many merry gatherings, rich foods and holiday shopping adventures, it can be challenging to keep up and preserve the holiday cheer! While many of us avoid these occasions, it’s hardly possible to ignore the sweet treats and general anxiety omnipresent around the holiday season. When you’re working hard to stay well and keep a positive perspective, it’s important to turn to plant allies for support. Whether it’s occasional indigestion, nervousness or minor throat irritations, there’s a tea for that!

During the festivities it seems like our healthy eating rituals go out the window. As a consequence, many people occasionally experience bouts of painful indigestion. To help with the digestion of fats and all the weird combinations of foods, we take Citrus Spiced Dandelion Bitters about thirty minutes before we sit down to eat. You can also take bitters during or after meals, depending on what feels right to you. If spasms are felt post meal, we turn to our Ginger Aid® tea to relieve stomach cramping. This blend includes Zingiber officinale, also known as ginger rhizome, which is warm and soothing to the digestive system.* Ginger Aid is also a wonderful tea to get circulation going after a cold winter walk.

Our Chamomile with Lavender tea is a delicious aromatic blend for those who are holding tension and nervousness in their stomach.* This tea also includes lemon balm, an herb that’s traditionally used for nervous indigestion and was said to be the bringer of gladness. We would recommend drinking a couple cups of Chamomile with Lavender Tea before and during a long flight home to see the folks.

Whether it’s in a hot toddy or a tea cup, we love sipping on Throat Coat® Lemon Echinacea throughout the holiday season. This is a powerful blend that helps to support both throat health and the immune system.* For four decades, singers, performers and our tea drinkers have adored our Throat Coat Tea. With the addition of Echinacea purpurea, this blend will not only clear your throat for caroling, but also give your immune system the boost it needs during all the holiday excitement.*

Even with all the commotion, we really do love this time of year. It is an opportunity to catch up with those we hold dear and to remember how important these relationships are to us. We hope our herbal teas can bring you and those you love wellness and cheer this holiday season.

*We would also like to note that every person’s body is unique, and many different herbs might work for any of the above. To learn more about herbs for you specifically, we would suggest seeing a local herbalist or naturopath.

Posted in Tea on December 16, 2014