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Drink Up! The Benefits of Tea

Drink Up! The Benefits of Tea

As we step further into fall and the weather continues to cool down, warming foods and drinks become extra delicious and comforting. Think hot chocolate after a morning ski or an apres-surf cup of coffee or tea.

Tea is one of my favorite drinks any time of year. A wonderful tiny tea shop opened up near me last year (The Robin’s Nest) and quickly became my favorite place to splurge. A geisha teapot for grandma, a tin of Rooibos chai for me, and a chat with the lovely owner, Robin.

Tea has been used through time in a variety of ways. It can be used for everything from bath soaks to soothing puffy eyes to making potpourri and soap. Numerous health benefits are attributed to drinking tea as well, with antioxidants being high on the list.

Green tea, for instance, contains vitamins B, C, and E. The tannins in green tea are said to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Black tea is made from the same plant as green tea, but aged leaves are used instead of fresh. Common varieties of black tea are English Breakfast, Darjeeling, and Earl Grey.

Herbal teas donít contain caffeine and can be made using the flowers, leaves, bark, seeds, and roots of many plants.

Peppermint tea contains menthol and can soothe your stomach or strengthen your immune system. Chamomile can help with insomnia, and Rosehip tea is a wonderful plant-based source for vitamin C. Lemon tea is great for cleansing and stabilizing the digestive system.

An important part of getting the maximum benefit from your tea is to choose a tea made with high-quality ingredients. If youíre making it yourself, buy your tea from a reputable tea shop and try mixing up a few of your loose-leaf herbal teas for a new taste. If you want to drink tea on the go, look for ones low in sugar, Fair Trade certified, brewed from whole tea leaves,†and organic (like Honest Tea).

There’s nothing like opening a tin of loose-leaf tea, steeping it yourself, and settling in for a few minutes of calm. Smelling, making, and drinking tea is an enjoyable and beautiful process akin to grinding and making your own coffee or enjoying a good glass of wine.

In our modern day, we donít often have time for the ritual of Afternoon Tea, but we can still retain the benefits by warming up or cooling down with a healthy and delicious cup of tea.

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Monique Minahan is a writer, yogi, and lover of life. She’s inspired by nature’s simplicity and the healing power of love. She finds true liberation in living life fully from the inside out. Her intention is to offer her heart to the world through words that motivate, inspire, and encourage. You can visit her at her blog, mindfulmo.com

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8:29PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

We just LOVE our tea! any time! Got a cup right beside me!
Always is comforting anytime! Thank You

3:11AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Let's drink green

1:10PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Love tea! But my doctor told me that tea prevents the absorption of iron, as coffee... So I avoid it after eating.

6:55PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Oh tea

11:07PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Love tea and Charlene's tip on mixing green tea with black tea, thanks.

8:58AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

tea is awesome, better than coffee

1:59AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

I love tea :)

5:11AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

I like tea

3:43PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for the awesome comments everyone! I recently used coconut milk and agave syrup in my chai tea instead of milk/sugar. It was just as delicious and I felt way better about it :)

8:49PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

I'll take a cup of english tea =)

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