What better day to talk about all things green than on St Patrick’s Day! And while some will opt for pitchers of green beer tonight, I’ll be seeing green in pots of tea! If ever I was to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I’m sure it would be a tea pot of the most beautiful golden hued liquor of a very satisfying green tea.
You needn’t be Irish to celebrate St Patty’s Day, nor do you need the luck of the Irish to reap the healthy benefits of green tea. Luckily there is a lot of research these days which verifies what people have known for centuries – that green tea is good for your health and your health is worth its weight in gold!
Did you know that green tea can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, help prevent cancer and liver disease, assist in protecting against tooth decay, improve metabolic rates to support healthy weight loss, and increase clarity and focus?
And for those who did opt for green beer instead of green tea, you may want to take a page from The Kissa Yojoki (Book of Tea), written by Zen priest Eisai in 1191. It describes how drinking green tea can have a positive effect on the five vital organs, especially the heart. The book discusses tea’s medicinal qualities, which include easing the effects of alcohol. For even better hangover results, find a green tea with either peppermint and/or ginger. Both of these herbs are known to sooth the stomach, decrease nausea and generally help the body feel revived and refreshed.
Try Your Luck at Finding the Right Green Tea For You!
Gunpowder – tightly rolled green tea leaves which have a distinctive nutty or woody taste and a dark green color to the tea.
Ceylon Green – satisfying green tea with all the subtle character of a full-bodied black ceylon.
Sencha – the most common green tea in Japan. Light and smooth in taste with a gentle golden green color.
Jasmine Green: is one of my favorite teas that combines little hand rolled pearls of early harvested green tea leaves with Jasmine flowers.
Now to reap the many benefits of green tea, it should be noted that one cup by itself is not a cup of magic. Increase your luck by drinking 3-4 cups of tea a day, every day. That should be equivalent to a pot of tea – the pot of tea at the end of rainbow.
Madam Potts’ blog, Mad Pots of Tea!
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