HotTea Mama – Little Cups Of Positivi-tea
I thought it would be nice to have a few guest blog posts up on the site and I have been in touch with some lovely people who are kindly going to write some posts for Raise Workshops.
Todays post has been written by Bethan from HotTea Mama, I have bought countless friends a box of their tea as a gift when going round for new baby cuddles and it has been loved by them all.
Becoming a mum is impossible to truly prepare for, or fully understand until you’ve been through it. That was my experience anyway! I thought I knew what to expect, and then it quickly became obvious that I didn’t have a clue!
One thing that I did know though, was tea. I’d been a tea buyer and blender for over 11 years when I had my first baby. I have a degree in Tea Science, having lived and worked in and out of China for over 10 years. And it was quickly obvious that tea could help me with some of the issues I faced. Sleep deprivation and breastfeeding being my major hurdles.
It’s what inspired me to set up HotTea Mama with my good friend Kate, after she had 2 babies in the space of a year, and I was pregnant with my second.
We wanted to make blends that could support mums on the journey that we’d been through – and are still going through!
A cup of tea can seem like such a small thing, but it’s truly a way to bring a moment of calm to your day, and if the cup includes herbs that have been used for millennia to support the female body – even better!
Each of our blends have a purpose, based on helping with areas that we struggled with as Mums. They’ve even won awards, including the Best Maternity Product in the 2019 Baby Awards. Some of my favourite blends are below!
Breastfeeding – Milk’s Up
For breastfeeding mums, our Milk’s Up tea offers a way to naturally support milk supply. Blending herbs that are known as ‘galactagogues’ to increase production of prolactin in your body, and therefore stimulate milk production.
Fenugreek is a key ingredient, and research has shown this tiny herb can not only increase women’s milk supply, but also the fat content in their milk. Fennel, anise and nettle have also been used for millennia, for the same reason, and we blend them all together with lemon verbena for a touch of sweetness. It makes a delicious way to hydrate and keep your milk supply going.
Stress, anxiety & sleep – Night Owl
We originally called this blend of relaxing herbs, the ‘3am Blend’ as we drank it so often after the 3am feed during it’s development! It is made up of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients, that relax your muscles. Whole chamomile flowers, lavender, valerian root, limeflowers, and rooibos, really help you to get a deeper sleep than without them.
Valerian root in particular is an amazing herb. It’s been shown to be more effective gram to gram than a pharmaceutical sedative in research! It’s also why we only have a small amount in there – it’s in safe levels for both pregnancy and breastfeeding!
We thoroughly recommend having a cup an hour before your last feed of the day too, so that some of it’s sleepy benefits can transfer into your breastmilk and through to your baby. It’s not guaranteed, but it’s got to be worth a try!
Caffeine free boost (when you’ve had too many coffees!) – Get Up & Glow and Morning Rescue
These two teas are designed to give you a lift without caffeine. At any stage of motherhood this is important. Exhaustion is par for the course, but the more caffeine you drink on a daily basis, the less effective it will be in helping combat tiredness. Your body basically builds up a resistance to caffeine so keeping you intake low/moderate will actually make it more effective!
Morning Rescue has revitalising, zingy ingredients to give you a lift, and can also ease nausea. Whole ginger pieces, lemon grass, lemon balm, lemon verbena and African mint are invigorating when you most need it. Get Up & Glow is a vitamin rich blend of fruit, with grapes as the base. The grapes are unusual to find in tea, but they give you a natural sugar lift, which can kid your brain on that you’ve had some caffeine! It’s smooth, tropical flavour is uplifting on its own too – and works whether it’s iced on a hot day in summer, or hot on a cold winters day!
Co-Founder HotTea Mama