I love tea. And it's not just the taste or the health benefits. It's the experience. Until recently I always popped a tea bag in a mug, added some boiling water and drank it down. But in the past six months or so, I've really become attuned to the process of steeping a fresh cup of tea, choosing my favorite mug and breathing in the fresh herbal scent.
In the Chinese culture tea symbolizes earthly purity and is used for many purposes, among them are relaxation, contemplation and healing. Depending on your mood and taste preference, tea can offer a energizing boost or a relaxing calm. I prefer stimulating green tea in the morning and calming chamomile in the afternoon or evening. When I'm feeling under the weather, I opt for Nettle tea - its extremely high iron and chlorophyll content, among other vitamins and minerals, help to drive out toxins and heal many common ailments, from chest congestion and intestinal disorders to eczema and allergies - so I really feel like I'm doing something good for my body when I drink it.
For my bridal shower, I received an adorable owl-shaped one-cup teapot (pictured) and some delicious organic loose teas. So now I regularly steep fresh tea and enjoy the process of picking a flavor to experiment with depending on my mood. I also like to choose a mug that is going to make me happy that day - on rainy days like today, I especially like to use the one I purchased on my trip to Hawaii.
I do still use traditional tea bags, and often bring them with me wherever I go. Yogi brand teas are my favorite, maybe because they taste good, or maybe because of the inspirational quotes. Today's is "Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merits." What a nice thought to start the day with...
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Read more about the health benefits of tea.