Hello friends!

It's been a while. Since we last met, I entered a really deep and dark hole that was filled with multiple research papers. It was a very stressful time filled with a lot of reading/writing, little sleep, minimal eating, less cooking, and lots of herbal tea drinking. I'm usually a sugary confection stress eater, but for some reason I found myself in hyper-focus mode where I was cooking less, eating 1 to 2 meals a day, getting less than 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, and sipping a lot of herbal tea...that I bought in the midst of my academic chaos. However, I have emerged from that crevice triumphant and have one more semester left of grad school! It's wild! But I digress.

I've gotten really into herbal supplements. I believe in the healing power of plants. I use this oil combination on my scalp to combat dryness: Castor oil, lavender oil, and eucalyptus oil. The castor oil provides moisture, the lavender oil helps calm the skin, and the eucalyptus oil serves as an antiseptic for the overgrowth of fungus on my scalp. I find that this combination not only works really well, but I also smell so darn good that people know when I'm in the room. Hehe. But more on essential oils in a future post. This is about herbal teas.

I bought the teas pictured above for the main purpose of cleansing my body. I recently got rid of my IUD; although I was living in no period heaven, I was having acne like a teenager. I've only had really bad acne a couple times in my life: During puberty, when I was experiencing symptoms related to untreated Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and that time I worked as a managing editor at a global magazine (read: I WAS STRESSED THE EFF OUT).

Right before I got the IUD, I had clear skin. After the IUD, the acne started on my chin and crept up to my cheeks. And while I can't tell if the pimples are school stress-related or nah, the IUD had to go. I still believe in the use of an IUD and fall in the middle of the argument on if not having a period is healthy or naw; because, before I was taking birth control, my period was heavy and causing me to bleed so much that I became anemic. So modern medicine/birth control has figured out how to help millions of women who struggle with uterus issues. Nevertheless, it was time for me to try a more natural path—in comes my love for herbal tea.

Traditional Medicinals is a brand I really like because their herbs and tea bags are certified organic and non-GMO. This means, they are healthy and safe AF. This is not an ad. I genuinely love their organic herbal tea options. Right now, the main herbal teas I'm sipping are spearmint, chamomile/lavender, and burdock/nettle leaf.

Spearmint is for my hormonal acne and promote anti-inflammatory in my body. I drink chamomile at night to help me relax and get ready for bed; it targets the parasympathetic nervous system (the body's rest and digest system). Lavender has the same effect; it's known as a sedative that can relieve digestive and pain problems. The burdock/nettle leaf is to cleanse my body. Burdock is known as an antiseptic and expectorant that treats fungal conditions; I expect my skin to be glowing within the next 6 months. Nettle is anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, and a blood cleanser; it really helps detoxify the body and is known to help treat joint problems, allergy issues, and chronic skin disorders.

That being said, give an herbal tea a try. You might just naturally heal yourself from a chronic ailment.