Drink Tea for Health & Happiness

john-mark-kuznietsov-61914Is there truly anything more satisfying and rejuvenating than a steaming hot cup of fresh brewed tea? Don’t get me wrong, I too, am a lover of the bean…..coffee bean that is. But, what I’ve found is that I crave the comfort + warmth of tea in the afternoon. The energy jolt I need  in the morning is helped along from my cup of organic coffee. By afternoon I find myself  craving the subtle-“tea” of, well….Tea. It’s like a loving, comforting hug in a mug…

According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A, Inc.:

~ “Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea.

~”Tea is nearly 5,000 years old. It was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, also known as the “Divine Healer,” when as legend goes, some tea leaves accidentally blew into the Emperor’s pot of boiling water.”

The health and wellness benefits of tea has been written about for ages, not to mention that for me, tea also makes me happy! I know I’m doing something good for my body by “indulging” in this healthy brew. When I add a tsp. of locally harvested honey, I’m pretty much in H.E.A.V.E.N. !!

According the the New York Times ,(ttps://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/upshot/what-the-evidence-tells-us-about-tea.html?_r=0), “Tea has been associated with a lower risk of depression. A 2015 meta-analysis of 11 studies with almost 23,000 participants found that for every three cups of tea consumed per day, the relative risk of depression decreased 37 percent.” (I didn’t think I was imaging it!!)…..

The study goes on to say: “Tea was also associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke, with those consuming at least three cups a day having a 21 percent lower risk than those consuming less than a cup a day.”

My thoughts: Green Teas are the least processed, have the most polyphenols. Many herbal teas have medicinal value, like helping to soothe your digestive tract, help to induce sleep, detoxification and almost any ailment that you may have.

 

Chun MeeChun Mee

Green Tea

To order: https://www.harney.com/products/chun-mee

Harney & Sons has some of my favorite teas. Chun Mee is my #1!

Chun Mee is a traditional green summer tea from China, with a lightly roasted vegetal taste.

THAO Tea Lychee Peach

Black Tea

Amanda the Founder of The Organic Bunny, carries another brand that I adore! THAO Tea Co. It’s vegan, organic,  Fair-Trade and (so important….), flavored with real fruit and nothing artificial added.  Best flavor ever, and makes a delicious iced tea for the hot summer months.

T.O.B: Flavor- “The Lychee Peach is great for maintaining digestive health as the rich fibers work hard to keep the stomach clear of harmful toxins.” To Use- Because this is a loose leaf tea, you will need a device to steep your tea in. Simply add 1 tsp of tea per 8 oz. of warm water between 206 degrees F. Steep for 3-5 minutes.”