I took a poll on Facebook a few weeks ago asking people about their favourite teas. I got lots of different answers and learned about some new teas that I hadn’t tried before. The responses ranged from Masala Chai to Tulsi Tea to Lemon and Ginger and many more. It seems that each tea appeals to us differently according to our personality, palate and mood. This makes me happy because I always look forward to a my daily cup of tea and I can change it up depending on how I feel. In the fall and winter I seem to be drawn to spicy , warmer teas as natural way to warm up. Summer has me brewing up all kinds of fruity and green iced teas. ( ah summer….) But lately the tea that gets me going in the morning with just enough caffeine to tackle the morning gong show is Earl Grey de la Creme. Yummy on so many levels.
It’s a creamier version of your typical Earl Grey and has some pretty blue flower petals in it too. The trick with this one is that you have to brew it as instructed on the package otherwise it gets a little too bitter. I add a drop of maple syrup and a bit of almond milk to mine and voila! If you are feeling extra fancy you can even froth the almond milk and make a dairy free tea latte. It comes in a black tea and green tea version.
Check out Earl Grey de la Creme and tons of other teas at JASMINSTEAS. Steeped Tea will also donate $1.00 from every 100gram bag sold to the Children’s Miracle Network .
If you have any questions about the teas you see just leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you.
I have a thing for essential oils, a little addiction I guess you could say. I am consistently impressed by these little powerful elixirs from mother nature. I have quite a collection of many different oils that each have different healing properties. One of my go to oils for fall/winter is eucalyptus. It has multiple uses around the home and on the body. It is also affordable oil as far as oils go.
Three things I use my eucalyptus oil for:
1. Immune boosting for coughs and colds – as soon as someone in my family gets a cold I start with the Eucalyptus protocol because I find it helps relieve symptoms and speed up recovery time. I will add two drops to some ointment or body lotion and rub it on the kid’s backs, chest or feet before they go to bed at night. It is a tonic to the respiratory system and helps them breathe better when they are all stuffed up. I also will diffuse around the house to help kill any airborne germs that might be lingering.
2. Sore muscles – this has been a big one for me lately as I have been suffering from a pretty sore back and shoulders since my reconstruction surgery. Eucalyptus has strong anti inflammatory properties. I love using it as a massage oil for my sore and spazzy muscles. I add a few drops to olive oil or jojoba oil and then ask my hubby really nicely if he can spread it on my back. Within minutes it takes the edge off the constant ache. So good. Lavender is also a nice
3. Concentration and clarity- a few drops in your shower gel in the morning and HELLO! your brain wakes up. Seriously. Try it. It clears my sleepy head and gets me ready for the day. Another way to use it for clarity during the day is just to put a drop on a tissue and breathe it in.
For these reasons and more eucalyptus is a great oil to add to your roster of home remedies.
If you already use it I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Let me know what you use it for and why you like it!
I am very excited to announce that The Deva Life is a Ninjamatics 2013 Canadian Weblog Award Nominee!
When I started the blog in 2012 it was a way to connect with the world outside of the hospital and medical appointments that made up my daily life at that time. I was just finishing chemotherapy for breast cancer and wanted to create a place to post all the ways I was trying to stay healthy, stay positive and make it through a very tough time. I knew there were others out there going through similar stuff and I wanted to help in some way.
There were weeks when I felt great and was able to do a lot of writing and other weeks when I felt like crap and my mind was mush – so writing did not get done. Chemo drugs and pain killers can really do a number on your brain cells and creative juices! I have tried to be honest and open in my posts because I feel that the only way we can really help others is by truly being ourselves.
It has been over a year now and I am finally finished my treatment! Yay! I still have weeks when writing comes easily and others when I am so incredibly tired that the words are lost and my brain feels like a sieve. My life has changed so much in the past two years . I am looking forward to the road ahead and to writing about life post treatment and ways to live with a smile on your face and in your heart. I am happy that my little blog is plugging along and hopefully inspiring some ideas, thoughts and positive change along the way.
Thanks to all you lovely people for visiting, reading and sharing.
As the weather changes over to a windy, cooler time of year I feel my body needing to warm itself up from the inside. To balance out the damp and cool I want something spicy and warming but not too sweet.
When I tried Hot Yoga Tea I was pleasantly surprised at how delish it was. It was subtle, warm and spicy but still light. It gave me that cozy feeling I was craving and had a great flavour too. The bouquet is multi layered and smells similar to a chai tea but a little less heavy. The bonus of this tea is that is full of things that are good for you – especially as it gets colder out and the body needs to fortify.
The ingredients that make up this spicy blend are:cinnamon, hawthorn leaves and flowers, ginger bits, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, safflowers and malava flowers. Ginger is warming and calming, cardamom can help ease digestive upset and freshen your breath while clove is said to have an anti inflammatory effect on the body. It is a great tasting combo for a cool fall night.
My love for all things tea has lead me to become a part time Tea Consultant for a company called Steeped Tea. There are so many health benefits to drinking tea that I feel it is a perfect match for me and for my blog. I will be reviewing teas each month and if you like what you read you can purchase them directly through my online Steeped Tea page at Jasmin’s Teas
On October 1 I had the opportunity to share my story with MPP’s and staff of the Ontario Provincial Government. I was the guest speaker for an advocacy reception hosted by Rethink Breast Cancer. The issue that they were hoping to bring awareness to is that there is a huge need for province wide nurse navigators for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t get a chance to tape my talk so I have included the text of the story I shared instead. I was honoured to be there and hopefully help make some change for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
In 2011 I gave birth to our second daughter Adria. That year kicked off with the excitement of a new baby and watching our older daughter get use to her role as big sister. I started out my mat looking forward to life with our girls and all the new adventures it would bring.
I never expected one of those adventures to be a cancer diagnosis. What started out as a year of new life ended with me staring at my mortality in the face.
When Adria was only 8 months old I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. I had a tumor that was almost 3 cm and had already spread to my lymph nodes. I still remember the day my GP called me, only 2 hours after going for a breast ultrasound for what I thought at the time was only a blocked milk duct as a result of breast feeding the baby. Turned out it wasn’t.
I heard her say that I needed to go for a biopsy to confirm that it was breast cancer. In that moment could feel my adrenaline starting to kick in and my heart start to race. I think I even stopped breathing for a minute as her words sunk in. I continued to hold my breath for the next few weeks as we went through what felt like hundreds of tests and doctor’s appointments.
It was the start of so many big changes for our little family.
I ended up going through 5 months of chemo, having a mastectomy, radiation and then delayed breast reconstruction. My tumor was estrogen positive so I am also on Tamoxifen for 5 years.
In the middle of all this, my own mother who was always a source of strength for me, passed away from cancer related complications while I was in the middle of going through chemo. I wasn’t sure how much more my heart could take. But I knew that my choice was clear, I was going to kick this and enjoy a full and happy life with my family. Nothing was going to stop me.
It was a challenge – and our daughters were so young. They wanted to know why mommy had no hair and so many band aids. We tried to keep things normal for them – even though it was far from normal. We had daily kitchen dance parties to keep my spirits up. They would consist of me dancing around in my pj’s,bald following a routine my 5 year old was leading. It was fun and my girls were my ray of sunshine through it all.
As was my hubby, he drove me to all of my appointments and treatment sessions. He had to miss work sometimes which was stressful since he was the only one working while I was in treatment. I was lucky because he never complained even though I knew he was anxious about what this all really meant for us as a family and if I would be around to raise the girls with him?
My diagnosis affected all of us in so many ways.
We were completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tests and appointments I had. It was like a full time job to keep track of it all. My husband and I had to research all these new drug names and read up on everything we were told. It was confusing and scary. How did I know if every doctor I saw would know exactly what was going on with my treatment. There were so many people involved in my team and I didn’t want anything to fall through the cracks. It was hard to make so many life changing decisions so quickly.
Thankfully I was one of the few lucky women who had a nurse navigator during treatment. In fact most of the women who I have met didn’t. Their experience with treatment was very different than mine and I truly believe it is because I had Christel, my nurse extraordinaire guiding me through it. She is the nurse navigator for the Pynk Program at Sunnybrook. She connected me to a fertility specialist and a plastic surgeon to discuss all of my options before treatment. She explained things to me when I was confused, kept track of my appointments and talked me through many teary conversations about what was happening to me during treatment. Treatment was the hardest thing I have ever done and I can’t even imagine how much more difficult it would be without a nurse navigator.
While in treatment I started to feel like I needed more support from other young women. Honestly it was very hard to find anything geared ay my age group since the majority of women diagnosed are over 40.
I looked into Rethink Breast Cancer’s programs and I decided to try their Rethink Connects peer support program. It was a huge help for me, so much so that I have since decided to become a peer volunteer myself and I really love it. Through Rethink I have met a community of strong young women on this same journey and we support each other in so many ways.
I speak to you today from my own experience, my own journey but at the same time I stand here on behalf of all young women with breast cancer.
When diagnosed so young our lives as we know it change forever. We are just starting out, just starting new jobs, new families and all of that gets put on hold to make it through the fight of our lives. This journey is one that can be painful, frustrating, and tiring for us and our families but with the right support in place we can find our strength, our voice and our ability to make it through one day at a time.
The Deva Life
I am Jasmin Fiore, a yoga teacher, aromatherapist, reiki master, mother and young breast cancer patient interested in all things that keep us happy and healthy. Please join us for weekly insights and info as we explore ways to create a brilliant,healthy, love filled deva life.
Deva - a sanskrit word for celestial or shining – a powerful connection to nature, the universe, and the ability to connect with the divine.
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