Wow life is hectic!! In this crazy, full on, stress induced life we lead it is vital for us to take a moment and relax… not only our bodies but maybe more importantly our minds. I like to do this in a few different ways depending on what is happening. Sometimes it is as simple as taking a cup of Chamomile Tea and sitting in the sun listening to the birds, or maybe reading a book and listening to my eclectic selection of music. But my favourite and maybe most beneficial way to relax and take some time for me is finding a quiet sunny spot, and stopping for around 20 minutes on my Shakti Mat and savouring a cup of Peppermint Tea. https://www.facebook.com/shaktimats/ https://www.shaktimat.co.nz/
What is this Shakti Mat I speak of? Only the best invention since, well since Tea in my eyes 😉 It is a modern day version of the bed of nails…Ha! Not doing a very good job of selling that am I? It is a mat with thousands of spiky points that apply pressure to your skin and muscles which in turn support your circulation, relaxation, muscle recovery, mental clarity and well-being. In essence, it is heavenly. I was a little apprehensive when my mat first arrived, the spikes are pretty spikey! But after a few goes at it I am now completely converted. So much so that I have also purchased the neck roll which is a divine half round pillow that you can place under your neck as you lie on your mat. I often end up catching 40 winks while relaxing on my Shakti Mat and find nothing better than to finish off this routine with a freshly brewed cup of Peppermint Tea ♥
♥ I have selected a few different herbal teas that are readily available in supermarkets and health stores. All have a very brief description of what they are beneficial in aiding…however please check with a medical and/or herbal professional if you have any questions, concerns or pre-existing medical conditions…just to be safe ♥
Peppermint Tea – perfectly refreshing and assists with digestion and stress. Great for an after dinner drink to settle the stomach.
Chamomile Tea – a delightfully calming tea that can aid digestion, cramping, nausea and help with sleep.
Lemon Balm Tea – Helps with insomnia and stress, said to have antioxidant properties.
Passion Flower Tea – has many attributes including assisting with anxiety, depression, lowering blood pressure and minor skin irritations. (Do not use if pregnant)
Green Tea – high in antioxidants, said to aid weight loss, brain function and help prevent many other illnesses.
Rose Tea – Not only does this tea look beautiful, it can help keep you beautiful! Said to help keep your skin radiant as well as naturally aid cold and flu symptoms, remove toxins and also said to be helpful to sufferers of UTI’s.
Lavender Tea – Great for the relief of indigestion and bloating, mixed with chamomile this can be a lovely relaxing blend to help with sleep. Smells divine too.
Ashwaghanda Tea – can assist with anxiety, stress, fertility, sleep and brain function.
Valerian Root Tea – said to help with sleep, relaxation, menstrual and menopausal symptoms.