“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
So, as you all may have noticed I’m on a bit of a drink (non-alcoholic, of course) binge haha! In any case, today is all about tea. I am a huge tea fan. HUGE. Like, I should of been born in an era where people had fancy tea parties — that kind of huge. I would be the best darn tea-party hostess in the history of ever. Ahem…alright, time to settle down…
Some people like wine, other’s like beer, some like different types of coffee, and others are into candy or what have you. I’m a tea person. Not quite an addict, though I do like my daily dose of tea. You know how some people dream of having a wine pantry? I dream of having a tea pantry. Just a bunch of shelves filled with all kinds of tea.
When most people go on vacation they bring back a key-chain or, perhaps, some kind of ornament. However, when I go on vacation I bring back a local tea from that area. Before you all start to roll your eyes, let me just say that tea not only tastes awesome and has an extraordinary variety of types, flavors, and uses…but it is also very good for your health. I am sure that many of you have tried the typical and common types of teas (peppermint, chamomile, earl grey, English breakfast, orange pekoe…etc.) but did you know that each type of tea has it’s own health benefits and purpose? For example: your every-day peppermint tea is actually a digestive aid. It also relieves nausea, fever and cough, boosts your immune system, clears the sinuses, and relieves stress and headaches. I think that’s pretty cool. In fact, tea has been used over centuries in different cultures as a form of natural medicine and remedy for many kinds of ailments. Today, most teas come in boxes and within those boxes are little tea bags. That stuff is honestly just hooey. If you want real benefits and real tea (not just tea dust, as I call what is in the said tea bags) you should opt for a loose leaf tea from a trusted merchant. My personal favorite is Davids Tea (I shop online and in-store), though I do go to other shops once in a while. Also, I have heard plenty of good about Mountain Rose Herbs (a great online source) but have yet to try their products. Frankly, if you live in Canada or the US there are quite a few shops in most cities that sell loose leaf tea and Google is your best bet in finding the one nearest you. After that it’s all about finding a tea vendor that suits your tastes and your preferences.
In case you are curious, let me give you several of my current favorite teas from David’s Tea:
The Earl’s Garden: So fruity, so delicious. Early Grey + strawberries? Yes please! This tea is super aromatic but the flavor is not at all over-powering. It is my absolute favorite black tea…I think…at least for the moment…
Organic Sweet Dreams: This is an herbal tea with Egyptian chamomile and a bunch of other soothing herbs that make this tea a great pre-bedtime sip. Soothing and relaxing, a perfect tea to unwind with.
Midsummer Night’s Dream: Yes, it is just as magical as it sounds. Hints of apple and spearmint sprinkled with rose petals makes this tea an enchanting treat.
Pink Flamingo: An herbal tea that is perfect as a hot cup of tea or as iced tea, this blend is a pop of summer citrus flavor in every sip…seriously tasty.
Organic Mother’s Little Helper: It really is a great little helper brought to you by mother nature. It has chamomile and valerian root (known as nature’s Valium), both of which are great at taking the edge off. If you are feeling stressed, worn-out, restless, or can’t seem to fall asleep…try this tea.
Jessie’s Tea: This is rooibos tea with coconut and lavender. Aromatherapy and taste-bud happiness in one cup! Plus rooibos tea is a very good source of antioxidants and it also has numerous other health benefits such as: improving circulation, improving absorption of iron, and it can aid in soothing some skin conditions.
Blood Orange Pu’erh: Pu’erh tea has long been known for its properties of weight control and aiding in digestion. Plus this tea comes with a citrus twist of blood orange. Awesome.
Organic Gold Rush: Mulberries and coconut in this white tea will make your taste buds do a happy dance. A cool and unique combination that is sure to please. Plus, white tea used to only be reserved for the Chinese Emperors! I think that’s pretty wondrous.
Kiwi’s Big Adventure: The name is hilarious, but this green tea is really delicious. I guess you could say it takes you on a “flavor adventure” with hints of kiwi, apple, and lemon. Avery tasty experience and great for sharing at a summer outing such as a picnic or BBQ.
Fun Tea Facts:
The first tea bags were hand-sewn fabric bags; tea bag patents date as early as 1903. First appearing commercially around 1904, tea bags were successfully marketed by the tea and coffee shop merchant Thomas Sullivan from New York, who shipped his tea bags around the world.
Tea has quite a bit of caffeine, but the effect of the caffeine is usually rather mellow when compared to coffee. This is due to L-theanine, a substance also found in tea — which is known for its ability to assist in inducing meditative states, since it helps you relax without actually making you sleepy. L-theanine has shown the ability to improve memory, relieve stress, and also has the capability of reducing anxiety.
The term teaspoon does indeed have to do with tea: one teaspoon of loose leaf tea is a correct and simple way to measure out the perfect amount of tea.