A Cuppa Tea

Tea

I was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad in college living in London. It was a life changing experience and if there are any young people out there reading this I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend looking into a study abroad program. Its an amazing opportunity and you will learn so much. But I digress. While I was living in England I soon discovered (and joined in) the British people's love of tea. Tea was at breakfast, after breakfast, in the afternoon, after dinner. Tea was after a long hike or a day in the city visiting museums. Tea was when I wasn't feeling well or felt homesick or over a deep conversation with a friend. When I came back from London I found myself craving tea during certain times of the day and while I don't drink much black tea any more, I do drink a lot of herbal teas.

Tea was originally drunk in China for medicinal purposes during the 16th century and was introduced to Britain during the 17th century. Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. 

There are many different kinds of tea out in shopping market shelves, but how do we know which ones are the best to drink? The less processed the tea leaves are, the more health-promoting catechins (natural antioxidants) they contain.

My personal favorite teas come from Yogi Tea. Yogi Tea was named after Yogi Bhajan who served a specially spiced tea for his students.  

The recipe contained five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. When blended and brewed, these delicious spices leave you feeling vibrant and alive, while boosting overall well-being. 

Yogi teas use all natural ingredients, whole spices and botanicals in their tea blends and do not supplement their teas with vitamins and minerals. To me they are the most delicious teas all on their own - there's no need to add anything to them. Each box also comes with a yoga pose specific to what you're hoping to feel from the tea:  Calm, Comfort, Defense, Harmony, Relief, Renewal, Revive, and Uplift.

I always keep a box of Bedtime, Stomach Ease, and Honey Lavender Stress Relief in my cabinet.

(Also please note, I am in no way associated with Yogi Teas - I just really like them!)