January is National Tea Month. Or, as tea expert Kakuz Okakura, author of The Book of Tea, says “Tea … is a religion of the art of life.” And there is no doubt it has been long regarded as such around the world.
Tea is the bind that ties countrymen together. In the United Kingdom, tea drinking is widely known for its rituals. Queen Anne drank tea so regularly that she substituted a large bell-shaped silver teapot for the tiny Chinese teapots. The earliest tea service dates from her reign. And famed Englishman Henry James tell us that “Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Check out this link to see how people in even more exotic locales around the globe drink their tea. In Laos, “Tea leaves are roasted or steamed then packed into bamboo tubes or baskets and fermented.” In Mongolia, they add goat milk to their tea. In Eygpt, they boil their tea with mint. http://www.omotesenke.jp/english/chanoyu/map.html
To Your Health
Tea has several different health benefits such as reducing cancer and heart disease risk or improving dental health. Read all about the health benefits from the Dallas Morning News.
Drinking tea is a great way to loose weight. Healthy eating and loosing weight has been a big priority at Sara’s. One study found that people who drank hot tea regularly had a smaller waist circumference and lower BMI than the people who didn’t drink it. In addition, the antioxidants in green tea can help the body burn more fat.
Need a Boost?
Need caffeine? Make sure you choose black tea because it is caffeinated where as chamomile tea isn’t. If you are trying to switch from coffee to tea, read this article for inspiration.
New Tips Taking Tea
Try these tips to using tea:
- Steep the tea with mint. Sara’s carries fresh mint to add to your cup of tea to drink tea like the Eygtians!
- Use tea to marinate meats – Spice up your weekday meal with this unique marinade – http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/20-new-ways-enjoy-green-tea?page=11
- Put tea bags on your eyes for a rejuvenated look – Turn back the clock with this trick – http://www.ehow.com/how_2214964_treat-dark-circles-tea-bags.html
- Put green tea on a sunburn – Tea can be an effective solution to solving your sunburn. Read about it more here: http://lifehacker.com/5547350/apply-black-tea-to-effectively-treat-a-sunburn.
- Use fresh ginger root – Cut up some fresh ginger root and let it steep with your tea to enhance the flavor.
Let us know your favorite ways to use tea in the comments below!