THE TEA MASTER’S Fall Wellness GUIDE
Autumn leaves & crisp air entice us to put the kettle on & have some tea. It’s a season of visual splendor as nature transitions from summer to winter, but it can also mean colds, flu, low moods & low energy, aches & pains or seasonal weight gain. Whatever the season, I always looked for ways to flourish. I hope you’ll enjoy some of my favourite fall rituals & that they bring you well-being & vitality. – Daniela Cubelic | Tea Master + Founder, SILK ROAD
“A DAILY BATH HELPS BEAT DEPRESSION… according to researchers, a regular warm bath can have a greater effect on mood than physical exercise.” – The Guardian Newspaper
Another study suggests a hot bath can reduce blood sugar levels & stimulate weight loss more rapidly than exercise.
My fave fall ritual is a bath with our potent aromatherapy bathsalts, accompanied by a cup of tea. It sounds too good to be true, but science is revealing what many ancient civilizations took to be common sense knowledge. Baths can stimulate circulation, ease aches & pains, boost the immune system, support elimination, help make skin supple & may even balance circadian rhythm (which can aid sleep & moods).
When I don’t have time for a bath or I’m somewhere that doesn’t have a tub, I treat myself to a footbath. There are many nerve endings in the feet & they contain sweat glands, so a footbath also supports detoxification.
All you need is a basic bowl or tub large enough for your feet. Twenty minutes the recommended time for wellness benefits, but I usually linger longer than that. Enjoy a footbath with a cup of tea while you’re reading, watching a show or enjoying a mindfulness practice.
Select a bathsalt & tea to amplify the effects. To counteract rich meals & seasonal weight gain, Detox Tea + Detox Bathsalts are my go to. For sleep, Lullaby Tea + Sweet Dreams. For mood balance, Happy Tea + Westcoast Wilderness. For immune support, Winter Warrior Tea + Cold & Flu Ninja Bathsalts. For PMS, BeauTEAful Tea + Bliss or Heaven Bathsalts. For aches & pains, fatigue or low energy, Detox or Westcoast Wilderness Bathsalts + Quench or Detox Tea.
FIVE FALL SKINCARE RITUALS If you wore sunscreen &/or foundation over the summer, breakouts can arise in autumn as blocked pores can take time to emerge. Sugar & salty treats, alcohol, stress & lack of sleep can also lead to breakouts, skin irritations & dry, lackluster skin.
- Healthy skin starts within, so drink 3-4 cups BeauTEAful Tea daily for hydration (sip instead of water), nutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory & prebiotic benefits.
- Brighten, reduce wrinkles, prevent & calm breakouts, purify & balance skin with our easy 10 min weekly Miracle Spring Mask treatment. For breakouts, also use Purify Blemish Serum.
- Do this easy deep oil treatment as needed. Apply thick coat Nourishing Dew to clean face. Add a few drops Jade Serum. Let sit for 20 min. Remove with cotton pad soaked in Paradise Toner.
- Use our Gemstone Facial Roller for anti-aging, stress management & to help ingredients penetrate more deeply. After cleansing face with Nectar & Waterfall, roll face/neck (instructions here) then apply Nourishing Dew.
- Breathe in deeply to inhale the soothing, delicate scents as you cleanse your face. Slow your movements & your mind will relax. Our entire skincare collection has mindfulness benefits built in.
SLIMMING + DIGESTION Sip 1-2 cups Detox Tea after treats or meals. Several caffeine free herbs in this tea (tulsi, blueberry leaf, rosemary) are traditionally associated with balancing blood sugar levels. Avoid chamomile after meals – it can slow digestion. As already noted, a hot bath with Detox Bathsalts is also great!
LOW CALORIE INDULGENCES Treat yourself with yummy tea based drinks (including tea lattes) that are satisfying but low-cal & counteract stress which may be why you’re reaching for treats. Have them in the mid-afternoon, after dinner or whenever you’re craving a treat. Check out the blog for yummy recipes.
SINUS HEALTH + ALLERGIES Fall allergies make it likelier to get colds & flu. Inflamed nasal passages are more vulnerable to viruses. Green tea, vit C & some herbs can reduce symptoms, regulate immune response & aid breathing. Find these in our Allergy & Hay Fever Defense Tea. Combat airborne allergens (including dust, pollen & pet), purify the air & support sinus health with Allergy & Hay Fever Roll-On & Diffuser Blend. Use at home, work & in the car.
MOOD BALANCING Do you dread rainy days, the lack of sun, & experience low energy or a negative impact on moods? Low energy & low moods also lead to sugar cravings & increased caffeine intake, but these “quick fixes” can create a vicious cycle of poor quality sleep, more food & caffeine cravings, weight gain, even lower energy, increasingly poor stress management & even worsening moods, (including more severe PMS*). Specific essential oils as well as green tea can aid stress & have an uplifting effect. Happy Tea, Happy Roll-On & Happy Diffuser Blend contain these ingredients. Give yourself a dose of happiness on the drive to work by adding it to a car diffuser. Use in a room diffuser at work & home (calms kids too). Keep the Happy Roll-On in your pocket or purse. Apply daily, as well as when you get food cravings. Drink 2-4 cups Happy Tea throughout the day.
*For PMS, use Bliss Bath & Body Oil as a daily moisturizer instead of lotion. It contains rose, neroli, geranium & clary sage, (which are natural hormone balancers). Happy Roll-On & BeauTEAful or Happy Tea also helps combat hormonal mood swings.
WARD OFF COLDS & FLU Green tea, ginger & lemon are natural cold & flu fighters – find them in our Winter Warrior Tea. Drink 2-4 cups daily to ward off illness, reduce symptoms & aid faster recovery. For coughs, add honey, (a natural cough suppressant). To reduce transmission of germs in the home, car & office, diffuse Cold & Flu Ninja (a potent blend of anti-viral essential oils). Keep the Cold & Flu Ninja Roll-On handy too. Sleep is an immune booster, so make sure you’re getting adequate amounts.
HANGOVER REMEDY Quench Tea is formulated as a healthy sports drink for when you’re active & exercising. Since it contains electrolytes, minerals & is anti-inflammatory, it’s also a speedy way to recover from hangovers. Sip 2-4 cups, hot or iced. Apply Headache & Hangover Tonic Roll-On to temples for added relief.
SLEEP IS THE ULTIMATE IMMUNE BOOSTER, BEAUTY TREATMENT & MORE! Rest is vital to your entire system. Sleep boosts the immune system, improves brain power, benefits mood regulation, counteracts stress, reduces food cravings, helps the complexion & assists weight management. Sip Lullaby Tea 1 hr before bed. Also try a warm bath – see Baths for more info.
Apply Night Magic Serum – it’s a double duty overnight skin repair moisturizer that aids sleep. Scent bedroom with ultra-soothing Sweet Dreams Diffuser Blend to maintain deeper sleep. Apply Sweet Dreams Roll-On to temples.
Suffering from all of the above? Start the remedies for the problem bothering you the most. After 3 days, switch to the next item on your list. Healthy habits include avoiding foods & beverages with hidden additives, preservatives & dyes. Look carefully at ingredient labels! SILK ROAD TEAS are expertly blended to optimize tea’s healthful properties. We use fresh, organic ingredients resulting in a naturally sweet taste & more antioxidants in every cup.