There is nothing more relaxing to me than sipping a cup of hot tea. No matter what life throws my way, smelling the robust aromas and breathing in the soothing steam bring an immediate sense of calm and peace. Drinking tea requires me to slow down, take a break, breathe, and focus on the present moment – all things that I’m trying to do more often.
Tea provides warmth, inside and out. Physically, holding a cup of steaming tea warms our chilly hands on a blustery, winter day. Tea soothes dry nasal passageways when we’re sick. A cold drink is shocking to our systems because our bodies have to expend much more energy to warm it up. A warm cup of tea, however, provides instant soothing and healing to our entire body. Plus, what’s easier than boiling water?
Tea also provides emotional warmth, by providing a respite from life’s hectic pace. Tea can ease irritability, anxiety, headaches, tension, and insomnia. Tea can help us relax and concentrate more fully on tasks by lowering stress hormones. Tea also acts like natural aromatherapy, calming the mind and creating a sense of overall well-being.
Certain teas have specific healing properties. Peppermint tea soothes upset stomachs, and Chamomile is a natural sleep aid. I’ve had some of the most peaceful naps of my life after drinking chamomile tea! The antioxidants and extracts in tea can help ease mental distress, as well as provide protection against some cancers and Alzheimer’s Disease. Trying adding a little fresh squeezed lemon and honey to your cup to soothe a dry throat or cough.
Tea can also be social. The simple gesture of offering a person a cup of tea is a universal sign of welcome in many countries around the world. So whether sharing a nice cup of tea with a new friend in a far away land, or enjoying a sip with an old friend during Afternoon Tea, tea brings people together. Give yourself and the people around you some TLC by pouring a cup of tea today!
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