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While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. It is easy to neglect yourself when taking care of others. Sometimes we are so incredibly occupied taking care of other folks that we just ignore ourselves. Like everyone else, we have our own special needs, and we have to guarantee that these are addressed. Taking care of yourself or self-nurturing is an essential ingredient to self-respect and your own inner and outer beauty. It’s so easy sometimes to talk about these things, and difficult to implement them on a regular basis, and not let them fall by the wayside. As women, mothers, farmers, nurses, teachers, spouses, and a plethora of other professional care-giving titles…we’ve learned to be great caretakers…of others! Learning to care for oneself is an ongoing experience. It starts today and continues throughout our lives. Here are some ways you can get that much needed “me time”.

Body Care

Start with your body, make sure you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Eating a balanced diet does not just mean high protein and less carbohydrates. It also means making the right choices and smarter decisions with the food you eat and drink. Exercise regularly. If you are not physically fit, then you may not have enough energy to build up reserves to deal with everyday life and be happy. Find a fitness program that fits you. That includes a daily walk around your property, in a park or around your neighborhood, going to a gym, swimming, biking, playing sports and so forth.

Skincare

Having healthy-looking skin is critical to feeling good about your appearance. Your skin is the largest organ on the body, so its beauty is not only important – but its health is too. If you have problems with your skin, then do whatever it takes to find resolve. And for some reason, skincare is usually overlooked by many women farmers who work under the sun everyday. You should change your routine to include a soak in that fragrant bubble bath you love so much every week, or mix up that sugar scrub recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Because when it comes right down to it, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Hair Care

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A change of hairstyle can spell a huge difference on how she looks and how she feels about herself. Like our skin, our hair is often a neglected part of our bodies that we either forget about, not even bothering to do anything with it. Your hair can be either a pleasant addition to your overall appearance or it can be a distraction from your overall appearance. By taking care of your hair (regular maintenance and styling) your hair will look healthier and shinier creating a simple yet flawless look. And by all means go ahead, take that much-deserved occasional trip to the salon.

Leisure Time

Spending some of your free time in such activities that help you relax and reset is one way to stay happy and feel better. In day-to-day life there is (and should be) room for fun stuff. So learn how to balance the work with restful/recreational activities. Spend time with your family, play with children, go for hangouts with friends, or you plan for a fantastic vacation. Find a time when you can get away and recharge. Take up a hobby that you abandoned a long time ago, but would still enjoy doing.

Yes, women who take care of other people have the best jobs – doing for others is an unselfish and truly rewarding way to live. But again, you cannot keep doing all the wonderful things you do for others if you fail to recognize the importance of taking care of you. Implement a little me time in your daily life, it’ll help you to reset and make your life more balanced.

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Plan A Tea Garden

Tea is a good way to add healthy nutrients to your diet while staying hydrated. Even if you are a coffee drinker, tea is always nice to switch to on occasion, with a bit of caffeine to boot. While you’re in the garden-planning stage, consider adding a few plants to make your own tea.

You don’t need to grow your tea herbs separately, and I’ll tell you some easy ones to start with so you don’t have to spend so long caring for them. I’ll go into detail about oxidation later, but that’s basically how black the tea is. With many of these herbs, the most oxidation they’ll get is from drying them.

Home grown Chocolate mint growing in garden.

Mint Plants

There are so many kinds of mint that you can grow; peppermint, apple mint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint or spearmint. The entire family of them grows well without any special care and the only thing you need to make sure of is that they’re watered enough. Other than that, it’ll be a problem if they spread into the ground so it’s better to keep them in pots so they stay enclosed.

Mint teas have general benefits like improving digestion, reduced heartburn, and flatulence, and if you take it with some honey, you can relieve a cough. Mint leaves don’t need to be dried to make tea so you can just add mature leaves and their soft stems to a pot and prepare your tea.

Growing lemon balm is very similar to growing mint.

Lemon Balm

This tea herb looks somewhat similar to mint but it delivers a lemony flavor and scent that’s hard to miss. Grow this herb in pots so that it doesn’t spread too far and take over your garden, literally. Prune it regularly before it releases seeds so you can control growth. Make sure you don’t fertilize it since it already grows quite rapidly and doing so can be risky for other plants.

It’s praised and heralded for its calming properties, earning it the title of an antidepressant from nature. It has a soothing effect on your nervous system that relieves anxiety as well. Since they contain menthol as well, you’ll be getting some beneficial properties of mint as well. You can use fresh leaves, or dry them as well.

Chamomile

While the flower-bearing plant seems very popular, Roman and German varieties are used to make teas. The annual plant, German chamomile, can be sowed in spring before planting them in a shaded spot. Once the plant establishes itself in your garden, it thrives with minimal maintenance, producing the most flavorsome herb in dry conditions.

The tea is beneficial for various conditions but it’s most well known for helping one sleep. It also aids in the treatment of ulcers, menstrual cramps, and respiratory tract inflammation. The sunny yellow middle of flowers is the main ingredient for the tea but you will need many flowers to prepare tea if they aren’t dried. On the other hand, a spoon of dried flowers can produce more tea.

These are some of the easiest teas you can grow in your garden to enjoy healing teas regularly, straight from your own garden. Happy Farming!

More on growing teas: Grow Your Own Tea at Home


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