Today I want to chat about something that may be quite mundane for most, but plays a crucial role in my daily life. Tea.
A ritual is an action that has meaning beyond its appearance. A meal can simply be a source of nutrition, or it can be ritualised into a sacred time of day, in which a family can be united. And so, tea is a part of my nightly ritual which symbolises the end of yet another day. It is a marker for the time of day in which I can slow down, and settle into the relaxation needed for a healthy good nights sleep.
What makes a ritual sacred is intention. Tradition and religion are not exclusive to ritual and the act of giving mundane actions special meaning will increase satisfaction and create purpose. Along with my nightly tea is the time to feed my precious cat. I use this moment to feel my connection and responsibility towards her and express gratitude for her company and love.
Regarded for thousands of years in Eastern medicine as key to good health and happiness, tea has now been proven by researchers to have many health benefits. Studies have shown some teas may help with heart disease, diabetes, it can help lower cholesterol levels and improve cognitive health. Today I will be taking you through some of my favourites and their associated health benefits.
Its antioxidants have been shown to interfere with the growth of certain cancers, preventing clogging of arteries, boosting metabolisms and counteracting oxidative stress on the brain. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Drinking 3 (steeped leaf) green teas per day is the best way to reap the most health benefits. It may not be the best nighttime tea though due to its caffeine content.
Black tea has the highest caffeine content. Studies have shown that black tea may have the capacity to protect lungs from the negative effects of cigarette smoke and may reduce the risk of stroke.
Antioxidants present in chamomile tea may help with compilations from diabetes and interfere with the growth of cancer cells. My personal choice of a nighttime herbal tea!
What you drink can have some repercussions and replacing those sodas with teas (steeped not bottled) may have a big impact. Herbal teas are my personal favourites. I drink green tea regularly as I know it has extensive health benefits, but nothing beats a hot cup of chamomile tea with a spoonful of honey and a slice of lemon.