So, I just posted on Facebook about how I had not been posting lately, and for that, I truly apologize. Things have been crazy, to say the least. Of course, there is the typical Christmas-time cleaning and running around. Throw in that mix Operation Warm Heart, to help the homeless (worth mentioning that at the first program, one of the guests enjoyed tea so we were swapping tea facts), and some health things going on, and I just haven’t been able to sit at the computer to do too much.
Health problems, thankfully, are not severe! I had gone in for some routine check-ups and the doctor discovered both two hemorrhaging ovarian cysts the size of grapes as well as a cyst on my kidney that is about half a foot long. The ovarian cysts got cleared as OK. The one on my kidney, I learn more about on Friday. Though I was informed it is nothing big, the kidney one scares me a bit and I have been doing a lot of stuff to keep distracted, things that involved not writing my blog. I know, it’s nothing big, but still…
Well, decided to update my blog after seeing an eye-opening comment on my Facebook page how a person was unfollowing me due to content that was not relevant! I do apologize for that! And now, I write something about tea as well as something related to health – what does tea do to cysts?
First, let’s start on the ovarian cyst. For those that do not know, a cyst is a fluid-filled sac that sometimes forms. According to my doctor, most women get them and do not even realize it. They are normally seen through other scans. If a cyst is bad, you can get some symptoms. Mine, they are expecting to disappear on their own and I will be checked again to make sure. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if tea had anything to do with the cysts, or if I could drink a tea to help with them.
Please keep in mind, I am not a doctor, and I was looking this up for personal usage. According to the LiveSTRONG website, two different teas are sometimes prescribed for those suffering from ovarian cysts – red clover tea and uterine herb tea. Sometimes, herbal teas also make the cut. Why red clover tea? Apparently, red clover helps to balance the hormone levels, which might be a cause of ovarian cysts (thus why birth control is often another method of controlling cysts). This might take 3-4 weeks until any noticeable results. Being that the wait and watch approach is also used (as in my case) and I need to wait a month anyway, this is not necessarily a bad thing, though something to definitely take up with the doctor beforehand.
According to Natural Remedies and Cures, uterine herb tea contains cramp bark, motherwort, burdock root, rhizome of wild yam, ginger root, mullein leaves, cleavers leaves, and prickly ash bark. Coming from someone who doesn’t know herbs all that well… what? These ingredients, which can be found at a health food store, are used to clear the debris out of the uterus and help balance the hormones. You can buy it either as a pill, or as the dry ingredients, and should only take as needed and in conjunction with your doctor.
Now, the one that scares me a little more – the kidney cyst. The reason why this one is raising red flags is because my cyst is what is called a complex cyst, which can indicate kidney cancer. I am trying not to jump to conclusions and have been sharing this with very few people, but am praying for my doctor’s appointment this Friday. After all, everything on the internet creates cancer now-a-days, right? According to PKD Clinic, green tea can help with kidney cysts due to the fact that there re so many vitamins and minerals contained within. However, that being said, green tea also contains oxylates, which promote the growth of kidney stones. And of course, herbal teas can help as well due to their many benefits.
So, that about sums up what is going on in my life and why I haven’t been able to write! I am so sorry about that, and I do apologize for the less-than-substantive articles as of late on my Facebook page. But know that this is getting worked through and, for the time being, things might be more me just posting general updates. I am excited to list that I do have another tea review coming up, though, and I hope to do that sooner rather than later.
So in the meantime, happy sipping ❤
It’s that time of year again! Scrambling for presents, decorating houses with Christmas trees, menorahs and/or snowflakes, and hosting holiday parties to gather friends and family in order to exchange gifts and share happiness.
Well, what kind of a “tea-o-phile” would I be if I did not prompt you to have a Holiday Tea Party?
There are plenty of cute ideas that you can do in order to make this holiday merry, bright and tea-rific! Why not try to…:
- Have an area where people can decorate their own tea mugs! You might have seen the pin on Pintrest suggesting this fun activity. All you need are some mugs (found cheap, about $1.29 at The Christmas Tree Shop), some assorted colored Sharpies and an oven to throw your mugs in once you are done decorating. This activity is fun for both children and adults.
- Stock up on some holiday tea. Just go in Google and type, “Holiday tea” and watch the onslaught of tea!!! Personally, I love Celestial Seasoning’s selection. A green choice and all very tasty.
- We all know about mulled wine, but what about mulled tea? Check out Food.com for a yummy recipe.
- Sit down and watch some tea-inspiring movies, such as Alice in Wonderland, or some nice Beauty and the Beast.
- These recipes made with Bigelow Tea are bound to make you drool, whether you choose to serve appetizers, a meal or some sumptuous desserts. Personally, I am contemplating persuading my family to let me try Jasmine Green Tea Truffles.
- Make cute gifts for your party guests, such as a tea traveler pouch! Need ideas? Go on Tea Love’s Pintrest page.
- And of course, relax, and enjoy your good company.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, however you choose to celebrate, make sure that it is a happy one!
A very merry Christmas to all!