Life can be draining. What would the world do without caffeine? But is it really good for you? Some experts say it is, but it’s how you get it that counts. Today is a fun post but it’s still important, Tea vs. Coffee. I’ve learned from past experiences that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. I traded in coffee almost a year ago for the benefits of green tea. This isn’t just resources for writers, it’s for anyone that needs it. Maybe you’ll want to do the same after reading this.
The first time I visited Gulf Shores was the summer after my father died. Funny, I really don’t remember much about that trip. But it must have left a deep impression on my soul. Later after I met my husband, he made a trip to the area with my family and fell in love with Gulf Shores too. Just a pair of teens, we both knew that one day we would live in this wonderful place.
Coastal Alabama is like none other, pristine white sandy beaches, lagoons and backwaters, twisted and sprawling oaks, hundreds of years old. Shrouded in history as deep as the blue hues of the waters that make this place special, it gives me a peace that’s un-explainable.
Living here is a writer’s dream.
However, it’s not exactly my skin’s dream. My husband is a bronze Hercules, I am more of a pale perennial that dries up after noon. I burn just walking to the beach. Though I love the sun, my skin doesn’t. I put sunblock on before I even leave the house but sometimes that doesn’t work either. For those who can identify with me, I’m sharing a recipe for S
un Tea that’s sure to soothe your skin. Here’s one of my favorite resources for writers
1 cup water recently boiled
1/2 cup of dried Plantain (or 1 cup fresh)
Steep for 30 minutes, then drain and cool
Add to the strong tea:
20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil
5 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
Add all to a spritz bottle and lightly spritz the affec
ted area. Try one small patch first to ensure your body reacts well.
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Coffee vs Tea for Writers
Many writers live on coffee but too much caffeine, which is surprisingly different in Green Tea, can be extremely bad for your health, especially women. Did you know that for every one cup of coffee and the amount of caffeine found in it, you could drink 2 – 3 cups of tea. Black tea, any generic brand, holds more caffeine than green tea. So green tea is the right choice. The longer you brew the tea, the more concentrated the caffeine becomes. In many ways, you can control the amount of caffeine you drink with types of tea and brewing times.
Get an idea of what products contain the most amount of caffeine:
Did you know that Green Tea, even with its caffeine, can calm your nerves and reduce stress? Read more HERE>.
I don’t know about you, but after one cup of instant coffee, my body goes into overdrive to the extent that I can’t sit still. How am I supposed to write when I can’t be still for 5 minutes?
Getting Energized the Natural Way
Are you a morning person? If you are, I’m so impressed. I am definitely not. How in the world am I supposed to get going without caffeine in the mornings? That’s a question I asked my doctor. Switching to green tea in the mornings did a lot to help. It gave me the bounce I needed without the shakes and nervous system overload.
This is me after coffee…
This is me after tea…
Managing to still focus with energy is pretty important when you work at home for yourself. There’s no one standing over you making sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
Morning Tea Recipe
1 Single Serving Pure Peppermint Herbal Tea – Twinings 100% Natural
5 Cups Water added to Teapot
Steep for 5 minutes
1/2 Teaspoon Virgin Coconut Oil – Tropical Traditions Gold Label
1 Tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Add ingredients to a Mug of your choice and enjoy. Mugs are always great resources for writers
There’s more to being productive than tea or coffee. Being a writer takes discipline, determination and persistence. It’s like any other goal or dream, you keep working and improving daily. You set short term and long term goals and YOU NEVER GIVE UP.
So fellow readers and writers – What’s you morning cup of sunshine?