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Can a humble cup of tea help you parent better?

Often, we are so excited about the pending birth of our baby that we forget entirely to prepare ourselves for the months and years of parenting that lie ahead of us. Being a parent can be incredible and rewarding but also extremely exhausting.

The life you once had now includes raising another human being, ensuring their health and safety on a daily basis. This responsibility can sometimes have a huge impact on your energy levels, sleep, physical wellbeing as well as your mental health. Parental burn-out is a real thing.

A recent study in Belgium, of mothers with children over 18 months old, showed that up to 14% of parents will suffer from physical and emotional exhaustion; emotional distancing from one’s children, and a sense of incompetency in one’s parenting role. All participants reported feeling an intense physical and emotional fatigue.

It is widely acknowledged that the behaviour of parents, and in particular mothers, affects their children’s health thus supporting the health and wellness of parents is an imperative.

One answer might lie in the simple practice of drinking tea.

Not only can tea support pregnancy and post-partum but it can also be a fantastic source of nourishment for parents to generate overall wellness and vitality. Natural plants and herbs can help boost energy, mood, support sleep and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Energy Boosting Herbs

When it comes to energy, kids have a lot of it, they love to be active. The Victorian State Government’s Better Health program recommends children make physical activity a part of their daily routine. They state that the main influence on diet and lifestyle for children comes from their parents, so being physically active together is vital.

To keep up with our kids, drinking teas that includes energy boosting ingredients such as siberian ginseng may help. This plant is an adaptogen which helps the body to reduce the effects of stress on the body, improves immunity and increases. It is often used to increase mental performance and focus as well as improve athletic performance and increase muscle strength.

Gotu kola is an important natural remedy in traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, with its Chinese name meaning “fountain of youth. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat disorders of the mind including mental fatigue, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and insomnia.

Organic Merchant’s Energy Tea blend combines siberian ginseng with gotu kola, lemongrass, ginger, liquorice, orange peel, hibiscus and cinnamon for a much-needed caffeine free pick-me-up at any time of day.

Calming and Anti-stress Herbs

Calm parenting is a must for healthy childhood development but it can be very difficult to center yourself and remain calm in the moment. Being able to take a deep breath and halt the stress response can be a powerful way to do this.

Drinking tea with adaptogenic herbs such as Tulsi can also help the body adapt to physical, emotional and environmental stress. This herb supports healthy cortisol levels and works to balance the body to mitigate the body’s stress response. It can also work to create a general sense of well-being, boosting energy and enhancing focus.

Tulsi can be found as the main ingredient in Organic Merchant’s Meditation Tea combined with yerba mate (which is known to calm the mind) gota kola, basil and rose petals.

 Herbs to promote Quality Sleep

Chronic sleep deprivation can become a common side effect of being a parent. A study published in 2019 found that for both parents, sleep still hadn’t returned to normal six years after having their first child. Drinking a calming, sleep inducing tea before bed might help.

Chamomile is known as a mild sedative and sleep-inducing plant due to the flavonoid apigenin creating the feeling of sleepiness and may help you fall asleep faster.  Drinking herbal tea like Organic Merchant’s Restful Tea about 45 minutes before bed will give your body enough time to metabolise the tea, and the chemical compounds that cause those sedative feelings to kick in.

This blend combines chamomile with lemon balm, passionflower, lemon verbena and lavender.  Both lemon balm and lavender work as an anxiolytic (an anxiety reliever) and as a sedative, to increase relaxation and calm, and help bring about sleep. Lemon verbena is also rich in melatonin, a hormone in our bodies that and causes you to become sleepy.

 Herbs for General Wellness and Vitality

An important part of being a parent is looking after yourself too. When you feel well, rested and relaxed, you’re better able to cope with the challenges that come with raising little people.

Drinking tea has been considered a health-promoting habit for thousands of years and has been shown to be a cost-effective and enjoyable therapeutic alternative to pharmacological treatments.

Organic Merchant’s Antioxidant Tea is full of antioxidant and vitamin C rich berries including amla berry, cranberry, elder berry, goji berry, hawthorne berry and schizandra berry. These berries are known to protect against disease, promote recovery, support the liver and cardiovascular system and promote beautiful skin and a healthy body. Drinking a cup of Antioxidant Tea is a great daily tonic for overall wellness and vitality.

Why not try a cup of healthful herbal tea today?