How Do You Take Your Tea?
Updated: Jun 23
Hello friends! It’s Gillian again, and I thought I would begin this week’s natural healing blogpost with a little bit of story time. One of the reasons that I am able to be on the Partner in Lyme team this summer is actually because my original plan to spend the summer studying literature in Bath, UK was cancelled due to COVID. Yes, I was very excited about reading Jane Austen, exploring cobblestone alleys, and visiting the Roman Baths, but I was probably most excited for the copious amount of tea that I planned on drinking while I was there. You see, I have always had deep love for hot teas. Irish Breakfast is my go-to in the morning, Matcha in the afternoon, and I will never turn down a Chai Tea Latte on a magical October day. For a long time, I drank tea simply because I enjoyed it, but lately I have been learning about all the ways teas can be used to support the overall health and well-being of the body!
This week we are going to be talking all about using herbs, spices, and herbal teas to support symptoms commonly associated with Lyme and other chronic illnesses. Many of these herbs can be found as standalone teas, but they are also found in blended teas (oftentimes together).
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. These recommendations are based off my research and the experiences of myself and others.
Ginger is natively found throughout the Asia and has a long history of use in Chinese, Indian, and Arabic herbal medicines. Ginger tea has been known to support the following symptoms:
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean. When made into a tea, it can help support:
Muscle and joint pain
Memory and concentration problems
Yarrow has been used in ancient medicine since the Greeks and its scientific name Achillea millefolium is thought to come from the mythological hero Achilles. Yarrow has been known to treat:
Cold and Flu Symptoms
Peppermint tea is one of the most popular and easiest to find herbal teas! It can help:
Provide a caffeine-free energy boost
Cardamom bright and spicy flavor makes it a perfect addition to your favorite fall beverage, but when used in tea year-round it:
Promotes healthy digestion/prevents stomach ulcers
Tea is really a magical beverage. It tastes delicious, can be transformed into lattes, and provides support for your body and mind. I hope these recommendations are helpful!
Did I miss your favorite tea? Comment below and tell us your favorite tea for supporting Lyme symptoms!