And by bags, I mean tea bags of course. Although, I am lugging an excessive amount of luggage over to New York City today, but hey, it’s winter and I need big, bulky, snuggly things like my poncho and boots and other such space hoggers.
Anyway Happies, as I sit here in the Qantas Lounge at Sydney airport, tapping away at my laptop, practicing some egg-laying breaths and sipping on green tea, it came to my attention that tea has become a huge part of my life to date.
Every morning, my bf and I take about 30 minutes to share a huge pot of green tea and talk about the day ahead. These precious moments have become routine for us, and allow us to spend quality time together before the craziness of the day kicks in and we get lost in translation. Well, I might, he on the other hand has everything perfectly balanced out. Clever man.
But it’s not just Alex and I who have brought the ritual of tea into our lives. When I think back to my childhood, I was always making tea for my parents, nurturing their different choices (mum was white with one, dad was black with honey) and desperately hoping it was just the right sweetness.
Which brings me back to where I’m at right now, sipping on a green and lemon tea and enjoying every second of it. The benefits of green tea are well researched and include everything from inhibiting cancer to lowering cholesterol. But personally, I just like the taste.
If, like me, you’re a tea nut, I’d also recommend you try some of these winning blends:
1. Chamomile: Old mate Cham is a life-saver when it comes to stressful situations. Known for its calming abilities, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, this is one to try when you’re stressed or need to chill out. In summer, you can also have it chilled with a touch of honey and lots of ice. YUM!
2. Chrysantemum: Is a super sweet tasting brew that is wonderful when you have a fever. There’s some funky thing in it that helps you cool down. It’s also said to protect your liver (from too many drinks) as well as neutralize toxins in the body.
3. Cinnamon: Is another calming tea that is thought to support healthy circulation and digestion. Pop a pot of this on if you’re bloated or need to rest.
4. Fennel: Is an amazing digestive aid. It does taste like licorice, so be warned if you’re not a fan, but the benefits sure outweigh the average taste, Happies.
5. Ginger: My go-to guy when I have an upset tummy is ginger. This tea has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy used to treat a wide range of health concerns from nausea and colds to indigestion and migraine headaches. Add some honey and mint in there too if you want to boost the flavour. Delicious!
6. Hibiscus: Jamie Oliver did an amazing version of hibiscus tea on ice, which I LOVE. He simply added hot water, lemonade, mint and lots of ice and it turned into this beautiful pink delight. Not only is it pretty, hibiscus tea has also shown to help reduce high blood pressure and soothe period paid. Yep, period pain. Get on that one girlies.
Well, my teacup is empty and my flight is about to board so I’d better shuffle off to my seat. In the meantime, enjoy your morning brew Happies. I sure did.
Tell me Happies…
What’s your favourite herbal tea?
Do you make tea for your loved ones too?
What’s your ritual with your mates, bf or family?