❦ If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ❦
William Ewart Gladstone
Tea is a ritual that slows you down and gives you perspective. Tea is patience, it is meditation. I love Twinings tea, I love all kinds of the way that tea is presented. But Twinings are something else. Each bag is wrapped in an envelope so that once the box is open the other teabags remain fresh. Tea bag contains a glimpse of all the amazing herbs, spices, fruits, and other amazing entities from this planet, and it’s all there for you to see, in all its glory. It’s much different than you standard steeping tea bag. For me, this is an event. And the way the bag opens up while it steeps is all part of this fantastic journey. Did you know that after water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Staying well hydrated is so important to good health since losing as little as 1 to 2% of body weight from fluids can impair physical performance and our ability to think. Tea is soothing, relaxing and the ultimate stress reliever; which as we all know is part and parcel of maintaining beauty within and without. When you reduce stress in your life, you are doing yourself a huge favour – bye bye lacklustre hair, brittle nails and acne! Green tea is especially known to contain compounds which enhance the skin’s suppleness and improves complexion. You can drink tea moderately throughout the day without having to worry too much about its caffeine or calorie content. Most teas contain only 25 – 35 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving, while the same serving of coffee can contain between 95 – 200 mg of caffeine. This time I received 7 packages of the NEW Twinings super blends tea. The new SUPERBLENDS range, consisting of green teas and infusions, have been expertly blended with botanicals, natural flavours and super ingredients to support your everyday wellbeing. There are seven flavours from – ‘Sleep’, ‘Energise’, ‘Glow’, ‘Defence’, ‘Detox’, ‘Matcha’ and ‘Turmeric’, there is a blend to suit your differing lifestyle needs and tastes. I tried all but my favourite one is Strawberry and Cucumber Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Green Tea, Aloe Vera and added Biotin. It tastes so good and the strawberry flavour is so strong that even people who don`t like the taste of a green tea love it! In this particular one is Biotin who contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and normal hair. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is a spiky green plant, with thick leaves that juice can be derived from. It has varied uses across the world, from skincare to food & drink. Cucumber – A juicy plant which brings freshness to this blend. And like Lao Tzu said: “Tea is the elixir of life.”
How do I drink it?
Simply use freshly boiled water and infuse the bag for at least 3 minutes. Give the teabag a few little stirs and a gentle squeeze to release the flavour before removing it from the cup. Enjoy & Glow! 🍓
Tea awakens the mind, helps us to stay aware, and tames the train of thoughts that are usually going through all our heads when we have a lot going on. The act of drinking tea helps us to stay “in the moment” and at ease, and the tea itself contains theanine which promotes relaxation. It also improves concentration, alertness and fends off fatigue.
There are plenty of studies which suggest that the theanine found in tea also reduces anxiety and calms us by increasing the number of inhibitory neurotransmitters. The result is a better mood, and happier, emotionally balanced you. Tea may help moderate the levels of serotonin and dopamine which are responsible for making us feel good.
Tea contains catechins (an antioxidant) and biotin (Vitamin H) which boosts and strengthens the immune system. Tea contains flavonoids, which aid in the prevention of cellular damage and many diseases. Vitamin D also found in tea helps build stronger bones, while the amino acids found in tea help your body build muscle, bone, skin and hair, as well as fight bad bacteria and viruses. Some studies also suggest that tea may improve muscular strength by reducing inflammation, strengthening bone development, and by discouraging the breakdown of muscles and bones.
Stock up on your favourite black and green teas now because there are many studies that show how tea may help prevent stroke and heart disease. When you include tea as part of a daily healthy diet you are assisting your body in reducing high and bad cholesterol. This is really important for heart health since cholesterol can eventually build up in the artery walls and slow down – or even block – the natural blood flow to the heart muscle. Furthermore, the phytochemicals in tea may improve blood vessel function as well as enhance the arteries ability to dilate – in turn increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure. Tea is great for improving and increasing circulation, which plays an important role in cardiovascular health.