“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”
Indeed, whoever said the above statement must be immensely in love with tea just like me.
Every morning, all I need is a cup of tea. With each refreshing sip slowly running down my throat while I sit in the balcony, feeling the morning breeze and looking at my beautiful rose plants, I begin to realize how dreadful my life would be without this cup of tea.
I have been a tea lover since I was 12. And over the years, tea has become one refreshing ingredient of my life. No matter how badly exhausted I am, the very first sip is enough to rejuvenate me to the core.
During my childhood, tea was introduced to me in a very typical way. So, for years, it was just a proportionate combination of milk, warm water, sugar and tea leaves mixed with ginger or sometimes cardamom. That was perhaps the kind of tea I had tasted for long.
Then I came to know about herbal tea that not only tasted good but also had much medicinal value.
Use of different herbs and spices makes it more than just a refreshing drink to have with friends or over a book. Where use of milk is said to have reduced the essential elements of tea, herbal tea has come up with countless health benefits. And with all these, I pride myself on being a huge fan and lover of herbal tea.
Herbal tea has one more advantage to it – it takes much less time for preparation. You can pick herbs such as cinnamon or ginger or basil leaves, prepare a warm cup of tea, squeeze a lemon or mix a spoon of honey in it and your magic sip is ready.
But there are people who strongly advocate against any kind of tea for no good reason and I just don’t get it. Anyway, while I restrict my tea intake to 2 cups a day, each sip brings me immense joy because I believe in enjoying life sip by sip. Here are some reasons that made me fall in love with herbal tea.
- Herbal teas are caffeine and drug free. With ingredients like honey and lemon it helps in maintaining a healthy weight as they interfere with the fat formation in the body.
- Components in green tea positively affect the tissues of the eyes, especially tissue related to the retina. Hence protects our precious eyeballs. Green tea reduced stresses around eyes, puffiness and redness as well.
- Different studies have already demonstrated that green tea is good for skin. So I should no more worry about lines and wrinkles.
- A cup of black tea may be just what you need when you are stressed out after a day’s work. One study found that black tea actually helps in reducing levels of the stress hormones. Another benefit is related to stress that is blood pressure. As stress goes up, blood pressure does too, putting us at risk for developing a heart attack or stroke. Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months of black tea consumption lowered systolic blood pressure.
Most importantly, it’s fun to have tea. Whether hot or cold, it has its own charm and benefits. When we enjoy the little things in our lives, we see their inherent value and this is where life makes sense.
So, these are only some of the numerous benefits that herbal tea provides me with. Although I barely think of these while relishing the magic moment with my cup of tea, it sure feels great to learn how it nurtures my health.
With every sip, I think of good times I spent with my dear ones. Life is beautiful this way.