The Many Faces of Mental Illness and The Magic of Tea

The Many Faces of Mental Illness and The Magic of Tea

Today is one of the most important days of all.  It is time to break the silence with the stigma attached to mental illness.

For centuries, mental illness was considered to be a part of “witchcraft” or the person being “evil”.  Irrational behavior, psychotic disorders, paranoia, and obsessions were the basis for abnormal behavior.

The history of mental illness

Trepanning was practiced more than 10,000 years ago.  This practice was where the skull had holes cut into it.  It was a way to release the demons and/or evil spirits that were believed had possessed the mind.

During Charles Darwin’s generation, he and his colleague, Henry Maudsley explored psychiatry.  They investigated behaviors and mood disorders.  They concluded emotions were the basis of mental disorders.

Mental illness and the stigma

Canadian Mental Health Association statistics are 1 in 5 people will experience mental health problems or illness. Approximately 8% of adults will experience depression during their life span. Mental illness is becoming an epidemic. There are many faces of mental illness and science is breaking the emotional scar.

We support the change in the stigma that the word “mental illness” has had in the past.

Celebrities like Clara Hughes, Howie Mandell,  and Chloe Chow all have been diagnosed with some disorder.  They have gone through treatment, medication, and therapy and today have eliminated the stigma of mental illness.

The Magic of Tea

Tea has been used for centuries as a “healing elixir”.  It was first discovered in 2732 B.C. by the Emperor Shen Nung, in China.  Tea has been used in India, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asian by physicians and naturopaths.  Also, herbs and flowers which normally were grown in that region are calming. Herbal tea offers the magic of tea.

Peppermint is plentiful in India, particularly Bangladesh.  Peppermint is used in many culinary dishes.  Also, it is easily accessible, therefore is a popular drink, which is usually sipped hot.

Chamomile is a popular herb in Japan.  It is used as a calming and relaxing drink.  Many Japanese partake in “forest bathing“, which has been proven to enhance your health.  Japanese are noted to practice “Zen” or meditation.  They incorporate their culture along with their diet which is strong on green and herbal tea.

Ginger is one of the most commonly used flavoring in Korea.  Main culinary dishes usually contain fresh ginger.

In addition, Ginger is considered to be the best home remedy for improving digestion, reduce nausea, anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar, antiviral, and improves heart health.

In addition, tea is considered a “healer” with the many faces of mental illness. It contains no caffeine, there are no limits to how much you can drink, and you do not need a prescription. It can make a “rainy” day seem bright.

Above all, if you have down moments a cup of our herbal tea is guaranteed to pick you up.

 

 

 

 

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