I find sometimes all you need to right yourself is a few minutes sat down, a cup of tea in hand and some silence. I am a big believer in the power of us all needing moments of peace and quiet to help us get through the day unscathed.
A few years ago, I made the decision to stop eating and drinking dairy. It was a part of a larger lifestyle shift I made, a move to feel better within myself and my own skin. I had read a lot about the effects dairy can have on your skin and it all seemed to start to make sense. I have never particularly battled with acne or spots as such, certainly not more so than anyone else, but I do always find my skin to be the first sign that something isn’t right within my body. It can be an incoming cold or a sign I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have, but my skin will become blotchy and dry. The kind of dry even copious amounts of moisturiser is not going to fix. As soon as I removed dairy from my diet, my skin improved. It really was that simple. Removing refined sugar at a later date only went on to improve it further. Everyone’s body is entirely different and I am certainly no nutritionist, but it worked for me.
Every now and then I lapse and will give in to a bit of pizza with some cheese on. Perhaps I’ll buy some feta and use it in an omelette. I love cheese, so it’s tough to be going without it. The rest of the dairy group I am fine to be living without now. Each time I do give in however, well, it comes back to bite me in the proverbial arse. The blotches return, the irritated and inflamed patches begin to rear their head and the regret of that feta omelette slowly creeps in. For the most part I am good at sticking to a dairy free existence however. We all have slip ups. Feta shaped slip ups.
Along the way I’ve found one or two things that I genuinely believe do help me, which is where we come full circle and we arrive back to the discussion of tea. Having been an avid tea drinker (let’s call it what it is and admit I used to drink around 10 cups of tea a day) I have spent quite some time testing out the alternatives over the years. Perhaps it’s all psychological but this tea from SPACE. NK and KiKi Health’s collaboration has been one of my favourite finds. The taste is quite mellow – dandelion, nettle and juniper berries mostly, with a hint of spearmint and chamomile – but it feels quite soothing I feel? Perhaps it’s all in my head.
I find loose leaf tea is always a pleasure, it seems to ensure it isn’t a process you can do in a rush. You must take your time. As a result, it all becomes quite a therapeutic process in my house. The laboratory-like flagon the tea rather nicely arrives in just makes it all quite the event.