I hardly ever get sick but finally got nailed by a nasty cold. With everyone coming down with the flu I was afraid it could have been more, but so far, it’s just annoying. I’ve been achy and congested but instead of heading for cold medicine I’d rather sip on a cup of tea. It’s my go-to remedy for almost every type of ailment.
One of my favorite tea companies is Art of Tea, based in Los Angeles. They have a large array of tea blends including their wellness collection whose names are fairly self-explanatory:
- Bright Eyed
- For Her
- Feel Better
- For Him
It covers the gamut when it comes to wellness.
Feel Better is a caffeine-free blend of Green Rooibos, Organic Fennel, Organic Linden Flower, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Raspberries, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Neem, Organic Cinnamon, Elderberries, Echinacea, and Chili Pepper. It combines Aryuvedic herbs (such as Neem) Western herbs (Chili Pepper) and botanicals. (Elderberry) It’s a winning combination in my book. Plus, notice that everything is organic.
My suggestion: if you’re suffering from cold or flu relax on the couch and enjoy a soothing and healing cup of tea.
I usually mix my tea with honey when I’m sick because it’s soothing for my throat and I also squeeze in a half a lemon. Citrus, packed with Vitamin C, is wonderful but warm citrus (in a cup of tea) is even better. Sometimes I only drink hot lemon juice mixed with water and honey but tea gives it more flavor.
You can purchase Art of Tea Samplers including the Wellness Collection here.
If you have high blood pressure drink Hibiscus tea 3 times a day. A doctor actually told me this. Try it and see the results.
History of drinking tea
Tea originally came from China and India and there are several theories on how it was discovered. The Chinese say that Emperor Shen Nong, who was not only the ruler but a scientist, had a leaf drop into a boiling pot of water he was heating in his garden. He may have found it tasty, and, of course, the Chinese have used herbs for thousands of years for medicinal reasons.
Tea drinking in England was popularized in the 1660’s when the wife of King Charles II, Catherine de Braganza of Portugal, brought over herbs she had received from Portuguese and Dutch Traders. Her ladies in waiting and other nobility wanted to be just like the queen and started drinking tea as well.
Having a cup of tea in the afternoon didn’t become a staunch English habit until the 19th century when Anna, the seventh Dutchess of Bedford started serving it in 1940 with small sandwiches and cake because she got hungry in the afternoon. It later became an elegant affair for socialites who would dress up in their best finery and hats for a cup of tea with their friends.
I did high tea on the Queen Elizabeth when I went on a Mediterranean cruise a few years back and it was très élégante.
Be careful where you purchase your tea
Although tea originally came from China and the Far East, we all know that China is notorious for importing products that are sub-par or even contaminated. It’s important to make sure the tea products you buy are safe, use the best ingredients, and best practices.
Art of Tea imports and wholesales tea from around the world but only use the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. They vet each grower who comes from small farms and co-ops as well as fair trade teas authorized by TransFair USA. They are diligent that fair working conditions, fair wages and improved living conditions are guaranteed for tea workers from eleven countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
All of the teabags and packaging from Art of Tea is biodegradable and they only use sustainable energy sources rather than fossil fuels.
Have you ever tried Matcha tea?
Matcha originated in China during the Song Dynasty. It’s made from a tea called Gyokuro which is steamed, dried and ground into a powder. It eventually was introduced to Japan where it is extremely popular. Matcha tea is high in antioxidants, Catechin, EGCg, is calming, boosts memory and concentration, burns calories, detoxifies the body, boosts the immune system, and regulates cholesterol. You can also mix it in with yogurt, ice cream, or other foods.
Tea for all occasions
Sipping a soothing cup of tea is wonderful whether you are sick or not. If you’re looking for elegant gifts, (tea samplers, tea accessories) want to learn more about tea, or want to find a tea that’s best for you, try the Tea Wizard.
What’s your favorite tea flavor? Please leave a comment below.