Most of us don’t often have time to pause in our busy lives and enjoy taking tea. It’s time to dust off those special cups (the ones you got from Grandma or even as shower gifts when you got married) or attend at your favourite tea house with friends to relax, socialize and rejuvenate. There are many teas and tisanes with which to tempt you for a relaxing moment in your day or week. Try a different tea from your usual…perhaps a subtle Pai Mu Tan White, citrusy Green, aromatic Oolong, fragrant Darjeeling, bracing full-bodied Assam, fruity Rooibos, or a Wellness Herbal.
A fun event with friends is “Tea Tasting” where you choose to sample several teas. Ideas might include teas from a particular country such as India (Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri or even Masala Chai); various blends of white teas or green teas; comparing teas from different countries such as Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, and China. There are endless possibilities and while you pause to sample, compare and discuss you can’t help but relax.
Cream Tea is an enjoyable repast of tea and scones with jam (or lemon curd) and Devonshire or clotted cream. Preparing your scone is part ritual and part anticipation of its yummy goodness.
The major beneficial properties of tea include controling hypertension, reducing fatigue, strengthening your immune system, reducing cholesterol, balancing body temperature and detoxification so it is also a very “healthy” break. Take time for tea and conversation (turn off the cell phone!) and the stress of your day will just melt away.