February's theme at Intown Doula is all about self love and self care and part of that means indulging in moments of down time, which are commonly all too fleeting. Let's be honest, what is self care without relaxation? Tea is like the universal symbol for relaxation!
Morning, noon or night, there is a tea that just right for you. Wake up with a white tea with just enough caffeine to get you started, or a lunchtime green tea to boost your metabolism. Relax in the evening after all is said and done with a cup of black tea to cut through the sweetness after dessert. Get on your favorite pair of sweats, grab your favorite book, and reap all the soothing benefits. What better way to get cozy and unwind than with a pot of tea?
Basic types of tea:
Herbal-made from aromatics & herbs not actual tea, strong flavors
White-very delicate, hand harvested and rich in antioxidants
Green-rich in antioxidants and minerals due to minimal processing
Oolong-golden green to amber in color, great for weight loss
Black-most common, rich, strong & robust
Some flavor combinations to try:
Green tea & lemon herbal tea
Earl Grey (black) & Peach tea
Green tea & mint/peppermint
White tea & berry tea
Chamomile(herbal) & ginger tea
You can combine two of the bags in a larger mug (12-16 oz) and pour over hot, not boiling water. More delicate white and green teas should steep for 1-3 minutes while darker and herbal teas should steep for 3-5 minutes.
Not your cup of tea? Not a problem! Check back with Intown Doula for more tips and updates all month long on our blog. Don't forget you can also follow Intown Doula on Instagram and Facebook and tag us (#intowndoula) so we can peep your favorite relaxation creations.
An alumnus of the famed Culinary Institute of America, Chef Joe Cardinale has shifted gears from the New York City restaurant scene to working passionately with ProDoula, a certification organization for modern doulas. With bonding and recovering from birth being the focal point of the postpartum period, proper nutrition and comfort eating are a must, and Chef Joe is leading the way. Through Skype consult and an understanding of his client’s abilities and limitations, Chef Joe is able to coordinate menus and nutritional recipes that doulas can prepare for their postpartum clients.