Drinking tea for me has been a love I have had since I was a child! I truly just love everything TEA!
If you were to ask most avid tea drinkers why they drink tea they may go into all the benefits of tea, such as the fact that many teas are known for their health properties. They will go on about the antioxidants and flavonoids and how it helps to keep your heart healthy and your blood vessels flexible as well as how teas are known to reinforce the body’s defense system making sure that one stays healthy. All information that is important and pertinent to why some one would participate in the act of drinking tea.
I on the other hand am a little less likely to go into all of the health benefits, which is for a later blog. See when I was a little girl growing up, they called me ‘Tea Bag,” the name came because I had to have something warm or hot to drink morning and night. I would not go to bed or leave the house if I had not had my “Tea.” Sometimes it was just a warm cup of milk fresh from our cow, scald with a little brown sugar added that substituted for tea. Most times it was the dark, rich flavored cup of mint tea made with leaves fresh from the garden, sweetened with brown sugar that sent me off to my daily adventures, feeling warm and loved! Where I grew up anything warm in a cup was tea, even hot chocolate was called tea. As a little girl I did not know the benefits of tea, all I knew was that when anyone was sick or not feeling well, they were given a cup of tea to help them feel better. There were different types of teas for different ailments. The tea seemed to work most times to make the sick well. Even in our playtime we would imitate real life and prepare tea for those who were not well. Even my cousins who played the doctor would recommend tea as a remedy for any ailments that came into the office.
Now as I have grown older and now own a mobile tea parlour, WWW.SIPSTEAPARLOUR.COM I am very aware of all the benefits that tea has to offer, however I have searched my mind as to why I love tea and still as beneficial as teas are, I am back to the place in my heart where I first experienced tea…HOME. So I came up with a brief list of why I love tea.
MY LIST OF WHY I LOVE TEA
Even though my reasons for liking tea are a little different than most tea drinkers I will gladly take the health benefits as well.
Sonia: Tea lo
We always hear about Green Tea, Black Teas and many other teas and how helpful they are for our bodies. One tea that you don’t hear much about is the Rooibos Tea. I want to tell you real briefly the health benefits of one of the gems in the tea collection.
When I think of rooibos tea, I hear ANTIOXIDANTS!! ANTIOXIDANTS!! in my head. Rooibos tea is fast becoming a popular and delicious beverage for all ages to enjoy and reap the benefits of it. Rooibos tea is caffeine-free and full of antioxidants like aspalathin and nothofagin and extremely potent and versatile phenolic compounds. Its high levels of antioxidants are said to help protect against cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. The green variety of rooibos tea is said to have higher levels of antioxidants. Rooibos tea has very low tannin levels. Tannin, which is a natural compound have a bad reputation because it interferes with the absorption of certain nutrients, like iron. Rooibos tea with its low tannin levels makes it easy to absorb nutrients like iron and for people with kidney issues to consume. Rooibos teas also contain no oxalic acid, which decreases your risk of kidney stones. Rooibos tea is also rich in many minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha hydroxy acid. Continued drinking of rooibos teas can improve bone health, improve digestion; improve sleep, increase reduction of allergies, headaches and colic.
In closing, rooibos teas are healthy, caffeine-free, low in tannins super rich in antioxidants, and offer many other minerals as well as providing many health benefits. There is much more information out there on rooibos teas but I wanted to share with you a BRIEF rundown of how beneficial this tea is.
Grab some from our collection at www.sipsteaparlour.com and enjoy the benefits of this rarely talked about tea.
Sonia Tea Lover and Tea Drinker