I'm wavering off my normal blogging path today to discuss tea.
Ages ago, when I had only one reader, I wrote a post about tea.
To be honest, I barely remember it myself.
I drink coffee every morning, but I like tea too. The weather is so warm here, a lot of time tea means a glass of iced tea for lunch. I'll often make a cup of hot tea when I'm writing or editing photos.
Tea has a lot of health benefits. I think a lot of us know that, but how many of us really drink it (especially here in the United States)?
I've always been a tea drinker, but I increased my tea consumption a lot after being diagnosed with melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) several years back. Tea, green tea in particular, is an "anti-cancer" beverage. It has been over six years now, with no cancer recurrence. I'm not sure if that can be completely attributed to my tea drinking or not, but I think the health benefits of tea are real.
I'm sure I don't drink as much tea as I'm "supposed to," but I know I drink more than most of my friends and family members. My son, PR, loves tea too and drinks a cup most nights as he works on homework.
In recent months, I've been drinking less tea than normal. Over the last two weeks, I got my butt kicked by The Plague. On Friday, I went down to my favorite tea shop and said, "Help! Make me well!"
They fixed me a large cup of tea which was a blend of four different teas.
The four teas were:
• Silver Yin Zhen Pearls which is a white tea. It's supposed to detoxify your body and provide antioxidants. I needed to be detoxified, did I mention I've had The Plague?
• Gyokuro Imperial which is a green tea. Green teas are rich in antioxidants, may prevent some cancers, and help boost the immune system. My immune system was in need of some serious boosting.
• Peppermint which helps with many ailments including sore throats, headaches, and pain. I'm not a big fan of peppermint flavored things, but it's very healing. (Also, I think most people like the flavor of peppermint – I'm just weird!)
• Honeybush Vanilla which is an herbal tea (blend) rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
Three of the teas listed above steep together for 5 minutes. The Gyokuro Imperial is added in for just the last 45 seconds of steeping time.
I'm not kidding, I started feeling better that afternoon. My sore throat decreased in severity, my coughing lessened … I just felt better.
And yet, it re-motivated me to increase my tea consumption.
Did you know Rooibos tea can help with allergies and colds?
Or that Oolong tea boosts your metabolism, causes you to process carbohydrates faster, and may help with weight loss? (By the way, Jasmine Oolong is one of my all-time favorite teas.)
Different teas have different health benefits. I find the science behind tea fascinating.
I'm fortunate to have an amazing tea shop close by.
The shop is also very expensive. But? I haven't found better tea, or a better selection of tea, anywhere. When I buy tea, I store it in air-tight tins. The tea stays fresh for a year if it's stored this way. If you leave your tea sitting out, it won't stay fresh.
My husband cringes when he sees the receipts from the tea shop. (He doesn't drink tea, ever, so the only thing my tea habit represents to him is less money.)
A tin of tea lasts so long, I don't need to buy it very often. I suppose, when you look at it THAT way, it isn't as expensive as it first appears. I usually only stock up on teas once a year.
I ended up making a second trip back to the tea shop yesterday. I decided to purchase the four "get well" teas they steeped together for me last Friday. I want to have them here for myself, and my family, in the future. Three of them are great preventative medicine. I intend to drink them on a regular basis – either individually or steeped together.
This isn't a sponsored post, but I know inquiring minds will want to know. I buy my tea at a local Teavana store. I sometimes use a teapot, but I most often steep my tea in their Perfect TeaMaker which I love. (It's also a great conversation starter – everyone who sees how it works falls in love with it.)
I also use Teavana tins for storing my tea because I don't want to spend the money to buy high quality tea and have it lose its health benefits before I steep it. (I buy the cheap Teavana tins vs. the more expensive decorative ones.) When I run out of tea, I take my tins into the store to have them refilled. This saves me from having to buy more tins for storage.
I look at my tea purchases as an investment in health. Drinking tea is an investment in me.
And now, I'm curious.
Are you a tea drinker?
And if so, what's your favorite tea?
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