By Chris Robideaux [reposted from our sister blog]
Enjoying tea is something many people around the world like to do. The most popular teas are probably black, green, herbal and chai teas. Brewing a good cup of tea is not only a great way to de-stress after a difficult work day, but a fine sensual treat anytime. Tea has become, in the last couple of centuries, a kind of “social currency” in the West, beginning with the introduction of tea via British trade from Asia and the Orient. It has been seen as a marker of civilization, no more evinced than in the English ritual of afternoon tea time and high tea ceremonies. But even if the British had not introduced tea to the Western world, it would still be an amazingly popular drink. Much of Asian commerce is concerned with the tea trade, as are the economies of other non-Western parts of the world.
Beyond the civilizing aspects of enjoying tea, it just makes good health sense to sip the leafy brew regularly. Herbal teas and green teas in particular contain polyphenols and other antioxidant, digestive-enhancing and immune-boosting properties. Low in calories and caffeine, with no sugar or additives, tea (if “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”) is proof that the Creator (or, if you’re an Evolutionist – Mother Nature) wants us to be ecstatic, healthy and free of anxiety and stress. It can be enjoyed at any age, by anybody of any ethnic or religious affiliation, in any season, and in any part of the world, thanks to the miracle of modern trade.
Enjoying a good cup of tea is also extremely simple. Easier than brewing coffee, all you need is hot water, a mug and a tea bag or loose tea leaf infusion. Some other tips for enjoying tea are:
- Choose caffeinated teas in the morning, decaf teas in the evening
- Steep your tea for at least three minutes
- Use natural sweeteners like honeyand cane sugar
- Use purified water sources or good bottled water
- Never microwave tea — bring water to boil in a pot
- Savor the sensual aspects of the tea, such as the aroma, the steam, etc.
Enjoying tea is a very human, sensual, civilized and healthy thing to do, so drink to your health and well-being!
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Please consult your physician before beginning a tea regimen.