Photographing weddings is hard work, y’all. 8-10 hrs of holding a 10lb. camera up in front of your face, with 20lbs of equipment strapped around your waist and dragging around 40 more lbs. of equipment behind you all day can really take a toll on your body. Or at least it has mine. Not to mention the next week sitting in a dark room in front of a large computer screen editing for hours and hours on end and the subsequent migraines that follow.
Even when I started photographing weddings 8 years ago, my body was always tired and sore the next day. Lately however, I don’t seem to recover as fast from my “wedding hangover” and can be sore the whole week leading up to my next weekends wedding. Chiropractor appointments and a multivitamin just aren’t doing the trick for me anymore… which is where my Photogra-tea comes into play.
As I grow older I find myself becoming more of a natural health fanatic. Researching supplements and natural remedies for whatever ails me. After a particularly grueling wedding one night I just wanted a cup of tea before bed, but I didn’t have any. I did however have a bunch of superfood spices and some cheese cloth so I decided to concoct my own. I went to bed that night already dreading how I was going to feel in the morning, BUT when I woke up the next morning to my surprise, I didn’t feel like death! I actually felt pretty good!
So here’s what’s in it:
Tumeric – Tumeric’s active ingredient is Curcumin. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory and has pain-reducing characteristics. This is probably the most important ingredient in the tea if you are drinking it for “ouch my achy body” symptoms like I am.
Black Pepper – Black pepper is important in the tea because the pepper helps your body absorb the benefits of the curcumin, and it has it’s own anti-inflammatory properties all on it’s own to boot.
Garlic – Garlic is my best friend. I put garlic in just about everything, and tea is no exception! Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties to ward off any illnesses while your body is recovering from a hard day’s work. I always up my garlic intake during wedding season because as many of you know, there is no such thing as a sick day in wedding photography!
Basil – Basil is also an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, pain reducing immune booster. I grow basil in my back yard, so along with garlic I pretty much add basil to just about everything!
Lemon – Lemon also improves immunity with a dose of Vitamin C, but I mainly add it because it can help boost your energy and mood.
So there you have it. Easy peasy! Just wrap it up in some cheese cloth and let it steep in a tea pot until its filled with all the goodness. Taste wise I actually really enjoy the flavor. I also eat raw garlic and raw onions while I’m chopping them up for dinner, so don’t hold me to it if we have different taste buds!
Now obviously I’m no doctor and just a natural remedy hippy dippy wedding photographer, so drink at your own risk and consult an actual physician if you have any real health concerns other than just an achy body. It is just something that has really helped me out the last few months that I thought I would pass along my “photogra-tea” recipe incase it could help any of you recover from a profession that can sometimes be physically taxing.
Let me know if you give it a try and what you think!
XoX – Nikki May
P.S. The photos pictured are taken with the iPhone 8s in Portrait Mode and edited in phone.