The Sustaining Power of Tea

Do you like old movies? I adore them. I mean black and white ones, not the color ones from the sixties and seventies that are often passed off as classic.

I was watching an old one the other evening: In Which We Serve. Filmed in 1943 and written by Noel Coward, it is a classic WWII film about a British naval ship crew and their families. There is a gripping scene, where the ship has gone down, leaving a small group from the crew clinging to a life raft, oily sea water washing over them and enemy planes shooting at them. Finally, the enemy planes are gone. One of the young seamen, actor John Mills, flips water from his head and says:” You know what I’d like about now? A cup o’ tea.”

A little while later in the movie, we are shown the same spirit in the women, when during a London blitz, three of the sailor’s wives are together and listening to the sirens and the bombs falling nearer and nearer. One of the women says, “We’ll have some tea in a minute anyway, just to keep us going.”

The movie gave a good illustration of a successful manner to get through any hard time, which is to keep a sturdy attitude, and that tea helps.

Anyone who is a tea drinker knows from experience the sustaining power of tea, but to back us up, there have actually been a few studies on the matter that I found through an exhaustive couple of clicks on Google Web search.

A study done back in 2006 and reported with good enthusiasm all over the web was done by The University College London. In this study, the sensory comforts of tea drinking were eliminated as much as possible in order to examine the actual properties within black tea. While the actual tea properties were not identified, the end result was stated: “Although it does not appear to reduce the actual levels of stress we experience, tea does seem to have a greater effect in bringing stress hormone levels back to normal.”

I found enough information at The University of Maryland Medical Center Website on green tea to reduce my stress on the spot and make me decide to give green tea another very good try.

There was also quite a bit of information to explain why I drink all those cups of tea while writing. I, as do many writers, have mild ADD. The stimulating effect of caffeine in black and green teas helps the brain to stay focused.

Just now I’m looking at cleaning a floor, taking my mother to the doctor, picking grandson up from pre-school. Before I embark on all that, I’ll just go down and have a cup of Lover’s Leap Estate Ceylon. Frankly, yes, the name got me.

CurtissAnn is the author of many books of fiction. To learn more, visit her site, CurtissAnnMatlock.com.

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One thought on “The Sustaining Power of Tea

  1. Lee Dunkelberg

    When interviewing a woman who was a seaside nurse during WWII, I asked her what they did for their patients when the air raids came.
    “First,” she said, “we put the kettle on.”

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