I love a good cup of tea. I don’t really care for coffee- but sitting down with a good cup of tea feels luxurious. In addition, so many teas have great benefits as well, and can even be used medicinally. To learn more about this, please welcome Justine from The Tea Chest Blog to Mama Shark to give us some great teas for moms!
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I am living the dream in New Zealand and about to embark on an overseas trip I have only ever dreamt of. I surround myself with my beautiful family, friends and wee dog Ellie. My passion for all things tea related started as a child and I love researching and discovering new things about tea ♥
Medical Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner or midwife. Please do your own research and consult your medical care provider with any questions!
Tea for New Moms ♥
The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.Jessica Lange
Postpartum can be a tricky and uncomfortable time! I wish I had known a few self care tips to help with the healing process after having a baby. Learning to look after yourself as a new Mama is a hard thing to do but so worthwhile.
My midwife shared this little gem: an Herbal Sitz Bath…a bath especially for the postpartum healing to help with swelling, hemorrhoids, pain and hygiene.
To Make the Tea Bath:
Add a good handful of Epsom Salts to the bath water (not too hot) as it runs; they have exceptional healing properties and are helpful in relaxing those weary muscles too. Try and relax in the bath for at least 20 minutes, it takes this long for the salts to work their magic ♥
To add something a little herbal, you can make up your own ‘teabag’ of beneficial herbs to steep for 20 mins (or longer if you can) in hot water before adding to your bath. There are many herbs that we all have growing, if not in our garden then locally, and you can always purchase a set of herbs already mixed as well.
The ‘teabag’ can be a muslin draw-bag, knotted cheesecloth or even some old pantyhose – whatever you have on hand. You can also use a simple tea infuser.
Grab a handful (of fresh) of either one or two herbs or a mixture of a few. I like it to look pretty as well as knowing that each herb is bringing something different to the table, so to speak.
- Calendula, Rosemary and Lavender have antimicrobial properties.
- Comfrey, Lavender and Chamomile have relaxing qualities.
- Soothing is found with Yarrow
- Cleansing properties are offered with Witch Hazel.
If using dried herbs, mix what you have into a clean jar. Take a scoop and add it to your ‘teabag’ with some Epsom Salts if you like. Steep for a minimum of 20 minutes, don’t worry if you forget about it and it’s been sitting there for a few hours.
Remove the ‘teabag’ and pour the concoction into your bath…relax and enjoy. Once you have fully healed and if you get an hour to yourself indulge in a long, relaxing bath – you as a new Mama deserve a lot of TLC, and a bath to help sooth the aches and pains is a perfect way to go. So let’s run you that bath…dim the lights or better still surround the bathroom or tub with tealight candles, pop on some relaxing music and roll a towel to rest your head on. Don’t forget to enroll the help of Daddy or a friend to be on call if bubs decides to wake up earlier than expected or just needs a cuddle.
Tea for Every Mom ♥
Being a Mama can take a lot out of you! Teas are a great way to get in your vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants so you can keep going strong.
Teas for Moms to Drink
- Raspberry Leaf Tea is high in antioxidants, rich in B Vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium, and is said to be beneficial postpartum to assist with milk production and balancing those hormones.
- Chamomile Tea is my go to for a cup of calming and relaxing tea. I especially enjoy this close to bed time. Well known to assist with relaxing and assisting with sleep. Only drink postpartum.
- Nettle Leaf Tea is said to aid with hemorrhoids and milk production. Nettle Leaf is high in calcium, iron and magnesium as well as Vitamins D and K.
- Lemon Balm Tea can assist with anxiety, stress, nausea and indigestion.
- Select low or caffeine free teas to enjoy while breastfeeding, such as ginger or rosehip tea.
- There are some beautiful Mama Tea Blends available that are designed with specific things in mind- milk production, stress, relaxation etc. These often combine the herbs mentioned but also add fenugreek, blessed thistle fennel, coriander and anise.
Thank you for the T(LC), Justine!
We appreciate your knowledge and look forward to trying some new teas! I’ll also add that one of my personal favorite teas are these delicious dessert teas from Plum Deluxe (what can I say, I love anything dessert!) and their Self-Care tea is wonderful, too!