Magick and self-care go hand in hand. Magick is focused on healing, healing of the self, healing of the earth, and healing of humanity and nature. Herbs has always been a powerful tool in a healers medicine bag. This is why my solution to everything wrong in the body is always tea. Tea is also an amazing tool for self-care, providing physical and spiritual benefits. Incorporating tea into your self-care routine can help you recognize the importance of caring for yourself and honoring your body.
Tea contains L-theanine, a non-dietary amino acid found in tea leaves that promotes relaxation and raises dopamine levels. It helps relieve stress and affects brain-wave patterns to create an alert, calm state. The compound is found in both green and black teas, with the highest levels in green tea like matcha.
Let's take a closer look at some of the common herbs used in herbal teas, and the benefits they offer:
Chamomile: This daisy-like plant is often used for its anti-anxiety and sedative effects, as well as its ability to promote relaxation. However, it should be avoided by pregnant women as it can trigger uterine contractions.
Lavender: With its classic association with serenity and calm, lavender is a great herb for promoting emotional and mental relaxation. It can be blended with chamomile, verbena, and mint for a soothing and de-stressing herbal tea.
Lemon balm: This herb has relaxing properties that can help soothe headaches, calm anxiety, and treat insomnia. It also has antiviral properties, making it a good choice when you're coming down with a cold.
Lemon verbena: With its fresh and lemony flavor, lemon verbena can help promote restful sleep, ease stress and anxiety, and improve digestion.
Passion flower: This herb has been shown to combat anxiety, panic, insomnia, and depression, and can also help balance mood. However, pregnant women should avoid it as it can stimulate uterine contractions.
Skullcap: This nervine herb promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being in the face of stress, and can be helpful in treating anxiety, headaches, and insomnia. Just make sure to use American skullcap, as Chinese skullcap is an entirely different plant with different applications.
Drinking tea is a great way to show respect to your body, which is the vehicle that houses your spirit. Nourishing and caring for your body through tea is a form of self-care that strengthens and supports the work you do to keep your mind and spirit healthy.
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