As many of you are shivering from Snowpocalypse 2017, I’m sitting in bed nursing a super fun combination of sinus infection and stomach virus, and the only thing I have been able to calm my stomach with for the last two days has been warm tea. Tea has always been a comfort to me for a tight stomach, which I suffer from pretty routinely. Anyone else get anxiety or excitement that travels straight to your tum? So a cup of tea became a pre-show ritual for me, especially the night before a big event I’m hosting.
So I asked some friends, dancers, and even a few tribal superstars what their favorite soothing sips are – whether it’s to stay warm and cozy in the winter or to soothe a stressful day or simply post-show winding down…here are their recommendations:
Jill Parker says, “My favorite brand of tea is Chico Chai made by Sarah Adams, the director of Origin Tribal Bellydance (2004-2014) from Chico California. Her tea is delectable and the packaging has cute details. Exciting tidbit: she travels directly to India to source spices for her tea. She is a lovely woman… support her business! https://chicochaitea.com/
Emily says, “I love this with a few cloves and some honey mixed in! I think the process of slowing down to make it (I use a diffuser and make it by the cup) is half of the relaxation process.” http://www.alwazahtea.com/ Emily is an elementary teacher as well as a performer, so I trust she needs plenty of help relaxing!
Cucumber + Mint + Lime Infused Water
Stress doesn’t just happen during the winter, so Allen suggests water infused with cucumber, mint and lime, “Super refreshing on a hot summer day”
Spruced Up Sleepy Time Tea *wink*
Amber prescribes sprucing up a cup of Sleepy Time tea (two bags) with a slice of fresh lemon, honey, and a shot of whiskey. Now THAT’s a recipe for winding down. She may not be a doctor, but she works in the medical field by day and is a lifelong bellydancer by night.
And what does headliner Amy Sigil of Unmata use to fuel herself?
“Coffeeeeeeeeeee! And bubbly water all the way!”