Tea Two Ways

I can drink almost any tea with out sweetener. Green tea. Lemon Ginger tea. Rooibos tea. You name it.

Except Chamomile tea. Every time I try drinking it without sweetener, the strong taste gives me an instant headache.

I’ve avoided the tea for so long due to that reason alone. But alas, my continuing nervousness has left me looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals to alleviate my anxious feelings.

I am a fan of lattes so I [finally] had the great idea to make a Chamomile Tea Latte. I steeped two tea bags (one should suffice but I was going for a strong tea) in hot water for about 5 minutes. Then I added unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I used a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part milk. Finally I sweetened the latte with vegan honey. I also tried brown sugar, but the honey gave the tea a delicious depth over the sugar.

I was in heaven. Until after about a week or so of drinking this mixture every night, I grew tired of waking up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. I thought there has to be another way of reaping the calming benefits of this tea, besides upping my tea time to two hours before bed.

Soon after, I was giving my daughter a bath and let her finally try out a bath bomb. Looking at the lavender leaves in the tub gave me the idea of using actual tea leaves in a bath. Moreover, the nutrients from the tea could be absorbed transdermally instead of internally, making the case for a better overall effect on the body.

(A quick note: as mentioned in a prior post, I do not buy everything organic. Tea however, is one of those things that I will buy organic 99.9% of the time. The first time the tea leaves are being “washed” are when you are making a cup of tea. Something to think about!)

The next bath day (I bathe my children everyday, but I space out baths for my daughter) I excitedly drew a separate bath for my daughter and son using Epsom salts (for magnesium – a mineral we are all most likely deficient in), Lavender essential oil for my daughter and Frankincense essential oil for my son, and one bag of Chamomile tea per child. Although we did not have a fizzy bath bomb, the children were excited to pour in the salts and leaves while I handled the essential oils.

They loved their bath very much and went to sleep much more quickly than they had over the past several nights. They slept deeply (my son has a habit of waking up at least once) and did not complain in the morning upon waking up. I was so excited they had such a good night’s rest – it was then I remembered to try to Chamomile tea bath on myself!

I finally got around to it and boy did I enjoy that bath. I used two tea bags and both Lavender and Frankincense essential oils in a nice warm bath. I practiced deep breathing for about ten minutes in the bath and literally felt my anxiety slip away.

Of course, I shower 90 percent of the time (more like 98 percent) so a long relaxing bath isn’t always feasible. However, I am glad I found this remedy to add to my list. Who knows, next time I may sip on my Chamomile Tea Latte whilst relaxing in my Chamomile Tea Bath!

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