I’ve been meaning to do this for a while – starting a series of reviews of products or services I’ve used for the benefit of others who may be researching whether they will be a good fit in their infertility journey, or in life in general.
Here we go!
Can we take just a minute to talk about the power of tea?
Yeah. You heard me. Tea.
It’s amazing, and I love it. Black, green, white, red – just steep it and serve it!
There’s something comforting about drinking a hot cup of tea (or a cold glass of iced tea, for that matter!), and there’s something I can’t describe – the comfort of a special morning routine, maybe – about having that moment to yourself to breathe in the steam and aromatics from the beverage you’re brewing just for you.
It’s peaceful, and some days it’s the only peace I can find for myself; having a moment of peace each day can be vital for someone who is struggling with infertility, loss, and the everyday stresses that come along with TTC.
Anyway, not being a coffee drinker, I’ve loved tea for a long time, but last year after my miscarriage, I discovered this company, Teamotions. They have created specific teas and herbal blends that help assist your body and mind in recovering from different types of stress – grief, loss, tension, exhaustion, etc.
The teas contain adaptogens, which are non-toxic, natural substances that create a nonspecific response in the body. Basically, they assist your body in doing what it naturally should be doing, and they do it without medication or hormonal treatment. Adaptogens are our friends!
Besides being an amazing company that participates in many charitable events and whose foundation came from the devastating loss of two dear babies, the teas themselves are well thought out, and most importantly, DELICIOUS. My favorite is the Achieve Clarity, which is a vanilla Earl Grey (that, sadly, I can’t have right now because it’s caffeinated. Boo.), and the husband loves the Enjoy Rest, an apple cinnamon chamomile.As far as ease of use, I will say that these are loose teas – not your grocery store tea bags. If you want to brew a proper cuppa, you’ll need to have a tea strainer or small pot with a straining insert. You can also buy reusable cloth tea bags in your local home goods store or online, if you want to simplify your life a bit. As for me, I am a loose tea user from way back, so I have several pots at home.
Here’s my routine:
When I get up in the morning, I fill up my electric kettle and get some water boiling, which only takes a minute or so. I choose my tea (I have them all. I’m that obsessed.), and scoop the recommended amount into my tea strainer. Once the water is hot enough, I’ll pour it over the tea and fill the pot, put the lid on, and let it steep while I get ready for work.
Just before I leave, I pour the hot tea into a big metal travel mug that will keep it hot for the better part of the morning. Sometimes I add a teensy bit of honey or a splash of almond milk, but the teas themselves are really delicious on their own, too.
That’s it! Not difficult, and well worth the extra three minutes of effort every morning. If you’re unsure about brewing your own loose tea, there are directions on every canister and on the Teamotions website.
And if you’re concerned that you may not have the right equipment, everything you need can be purchased on their website, in your local Bed Bath & Beyond, or in a specialty mall store like Teavana (that place is like heaven…). You don’t need an electric kettle if you have a glass measuring cup and a microwave, and you don’t even need a special tea pot and strainer if you have a fine mesh sieve. Just place the tea in the bottom of a bowl, pour the hot water over top, let steep for a few minutes, and then strain through the sieve into your mug of choice.
I should mention, and I hesitate to even include this, the only factor that may be a detriment here: the cost. These teas are slightly more expensive up front than what you may be used to paying in a grocery store. For example, a box of twenty Tazo green tea bags goes for around $8 on Amazon.com, which means you’re paying roughly $.40 per cup. With Teamotions, a canister costs around $15 and brews 32 cups, costing you around $.46 per cup. You will also probably pay for shipping to get the tea to you, and you may choose to invest in products with which to brew the tea, which would add to the cost overall.
The nice thing about loose tea is that you can usually get two brews out of one teaspoon of loose tea. I don’t usually have time to do this during the week, but in the evening and on weekends, I frequently brew a pot of tea, drink it all, and then pour another pot of hot water over top of the once-used leaves to brew them again. It’s a slightly weaker pot versus the first one, but still good nonetheless. If you do this, you can stretch that canister of loose tea so that it’s a less expensive option in the long run!
Teamotions costs significantly less than loose tea from Teavana, and far less than loose tea from Republic of Tea, even if you factor in the shipping cost. It may be pricier than your grocery store Lipton bag, but really you’re getting what you pay for here (and for what I’ve gotten from this brand, the price is extremely reasonable).
If you’re looking for something special to add to your daily routine, a way to relax in the evening, or just something yummy to drink that’s not terrible for you, I would highly recommend checking out this brand. You won’t regret it!