It’s my belief that taking care of yourself is all about the simple things. So when I boarded a plane from New York to Los Angeles, readying myself to visit the epicenter of wellness culture, I made sure to have a cup of black tea in hand. (And a copy of Bret Easton Ellis’s The Shards in my tote—turns out that on page 27, they even drink cinnamon tea.)
Over the years, I’ve become the kind of person who brings their own tea on planes—typically a Masha Tea bag from my own tea company—and asks for a cup of hot water at the airport cafe. Yet while my goal in going to L.A. to work on this guide was to drink as much tea as possible, more than that, I hoped to lean into the (admittedly now highly commodified) spirit of unapologetic self-care that permeates the city, and then to try and find the crossover between that culture and tea.
I should start by saying that I absolutely love Los Angeles, and that as a naturopathic doctor, I’ve dived into wellness trends more than most. While my relationship with naturopathic clients in New York centers on people’s daily lives—helping to solve issues like poor sleep or anxiety—many of my fellow naturopaths in L.A., such as Dr. Brendan Coutneeneare and Dr. Bryant Esquejo, are taking more direct, beauty-focused approaches with their patients with treatments like PRP facials, B12 shots, and IV infusions. It made me wonder whether people have different expectations from their wellness providers on opposite coasts, even when it comes to smaller daily habits. (Like, say, drinking tea.)