Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you.
Now tell me about hundreds of things.
Tea is a fabulous antioxidant. It hydrates your skin, stabilizes blood sugar, and lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure. It is packed full of vitamins, and contains zinc, potassium, fluoride, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
To reap all of these esteemed health benefits drink four cups of tea a day; two in the morning and two at night.
Allow leaves to steep in boiling water for 3 to 6 minutes only. Increasing brew time will not make your tea stronger, it will make it bitter instead. If you prefer a stronger beverage, simply use more leaves.
However ... Don't forget, physical health benefits are only part of what tea has to offer. Each time you sit down to enjoy a hot, steamy cup of tea a ritualistic experience is within your grasp. All you have to do is embrace it.
Consider the words of the Minister of Travel ...
The mountains hold the sky.
The melting snow causes silver
rivers clear and deep.
Filling my pot with water for tea,
Soon I will transcend
from the realm of form to the formless realm.
In a moment of perfect fluidity,
all entanglements will cease.
This is drinking tea
Ahhhh ... Imagine having this simple, yet indulgent, relationship with tea!
It can happen for you too!
Brew a cup and enjoy it, one sip at a time
Don't gulp your way through it ... savor it!
Let it ground you ...
Let it lift your spirits ...
Let it calm your nerves ...
Transcend to a place of peace, of comfort, of purification ... revel in the spirit of the beverage
True Tea; One Plant, Many Gifts
Getting to know tea can be a significant first step to experiencing the joy and contentment that this ancient friend so easily brings to body, mind, and soul
Herbal Tea; Broadening the experience
Expand your tea-drinking experience; brew with medicinal herbs
Tea related trivia to be shared over your next 'cuppa'