The Three Teas You Need To Have On Hand At All Times

Tea is totes amazingPeppermint Tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea

I absolutely love tea! Anyone else? Whether you’ve been drinking tea for ages, or you’re new to this wonderful world of flavor, I’m going to tell you the three teas that you should always have around. Why? Well…

Tea can offer medicinal properties

Did you know that drinking tea can give you health benefits and help you feel better? In a world where so many health trends are a hoax, it’s refreshing to have something on hand that actually does what it’s supposed to. Now, many times people will claim that a specific tea is a cure-all. Don’t you just strongly dislike when someone gets your hopes up by exaggerating what a product can do? Me too, that’s why I’m only going to tell you the benefits I can personally vouch for. I’ve had the most success with three specific teas:

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Peppermint

Headaches, tummy trouble, and cold/sinus/breathing problems. Peppermint is supposedly a painkiller and I’ve experienced this first hand. Drinking it will often take away a minor headache. When my stomach is upset or my digestive system is having a fit, peppermint tea calms everything down. And last but not least, that menthol quality that the tea possesses gives me great relief when I’m having any sort of respiratory issue.

 Chamomile

Heartburn and stress relief. I have had terrible heartburn for a few years, and very few things took it away. Chamomile was a game-changer! Almost every time I drink it, the burn disappears, I highly recommend it. This tea is also tremendously helpful for those stressful times in life. After those first few sips, I always feel remarkably calmer.

Ginger

Nausea, dizziness, and cramping. Ginger tea is probably the tea I drink the most often. It settles my stomach when it’s feeling uneasy, so I always take it with me during car rides (if you suffer from carsickness, give it a go! Peppermint tea is helpful for this as well, try both a see which works better for you!). I’ve also suffered from dizziness and vertigo in my day, and ginger somehow slows the spinning. There are several studies that I’ve seen that prove ginger is helpful for motion sickness, even a test on the amazing show Mythbusters! The last benefit I’ve experienced from ginger tea is pain and cramp relief. Some people say their relief lasts for hour, but mine is usually for 30 minutes. Anything is better than nothing when something hurts!

If you don’t enjoy the taste of straight ginger tea, I recommend the ginger blend from Yogi teas. It contains other wonderful ingredients like lemongrass and licorice root!

My favorite tea add-ins

Raw honey. If you’re anything like me, then you need your tea sweetened. But put down that sugar! Raw honey is the best way to add some sweetness to your drink. Some say it has health benefits as well, but I haven’t personally experienced any major changes from it.

Collagen Powder. This is one of my favorite things to add to any hot beverage. I especially like to put it in my tea when I’m taking it on the go. Since collagen provides protein, it helps keep my blood sugar stable when I don’t have access to food in the moment!

Bonus tip!

Each of the above mentioned teas are also great for your skin! If I feel like my skin needs a pick-me-up, I’ll take my tea bag (after it’s been used) and rub it on my face. I can specifically recall one time when I rubbed a ginger tea bag on my face while I was struggling with some acne, and the next day the spots were smaller. Try it out! P.S. if you struggle with acne too, take a look at my single ingredient acne fighting weapon!

 

What are your must have teas? How do they help you? Share in the comments below. And don’t forget to pin, share, and subscribe!

 

Being The Skinny Girl: Skinny-Shaming Is Real

Being the skinny girl, the reality of skinny shamingI’ve been skinny most of my life. But a few years ago, I became even thinner due to illness. Since then, I’ve struggled to gain back the weight that I had lost. At five feet two inches, my weight hovers around 95 pounds, I usually have to get belts from the children’s section. Until this happened to me, I never realized that skinny shaming existed.

Most people don’t realize what they’re doing when they skinny shame someone (although some do, personally I experienced people spreading rumors that I had become anorexic). Phrases like ‘You’re a twig’, ‘You have no butt’, and ‘You’re so lucky to be skinny, I wish I was your size’ can actually be hurtful. Why is that you ask?

Today’s culture is plastered with phrases like ‘real women have curves’. So am I not a real woman? When there are campaigns for women to accept that their bodies are beautiful, they show pictures of women who have a little extra weight, rarely, if ever, showing an underweight woman. Do I not need encouragement to accept my body?

Not only are skinny girls excluded from ‘everyone is beautiful’ campaigns, but we are often judged for looking the way we do. People assume that we starve ourselves, or that we must exercise excessively. They assume that we don’t enjoy eating and that we look down upon those that do.

Things like this couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love eating. But my body loses weight much more easily than it gains. I don’t starve myself or excessively exercise (in fact, I rarely workout consistently). I simply have a medical problem that makes it hard for me to be at a healthy weight. Yet most people don’t bother to think there’s anything behind what meets the eye.

That’s exactly where all of these believing you’re beautiful campaigns started: trying to overcome the judgement of others. Well, I have something to say to everyone:

We are all beautiful. Thick and thin, tall and short. All of us, every single one, possesses beauty. We need so badly to stop looking to others for our validation and accept it for the truth that it is.

Now that that’s out of the way, I also need to point out that working to achieve your desired body proportions (within reason of course) doesn’t mean that you haven’t accepted yourself. It just means that you want to make something great even greater!

In my life, this means that I’m actively taking steps to get to a health weight.

I’m focusing on fueling my body.

Increasing my calories is the only weight to put on some pounds, but I’m making sure that they’re healthy calories.  Organic fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed meats all frequent my plate.

I’m exercising the right way for my body type.

Since weight gain is the goal, I make sure to stay away from cardio (unless it’s walking). Instead, I do muscle building exercises to help put on muscle weight. Things like squats and lunges are the way to go.

I make it fun.

I think we can all agree that things that aren’t fun to do, are a whole lot harder to stick with, am I right? So if I need to eat more food even though I’m stuffed, I try to make it something I like eating. If I need to make myself exercise, I do it to some awesome music or while watching my favorite shows.

I’m going to say it one more time so that you remember, okay?

We are all beautiful.

Tell me how you’re doing with believing you’re beautiful, let’s support each other in the comments below. I would love to hear your story!

If you want to know more about inner beauty, read this post. Don’t forget to pin or tweet and spread the ‘beautiful’ word!