Centre Yourself With Tea
Tea tempers the spirit and harmonises the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.
– Lu Yu, Eighth Century Chinese Poet
In many cultures across the globe, tea is enjoyed for its ability to both boost health and improve your state of mind. Here in Australia, many of us start and finish the day with a comforting cup of tea, perhaps without knowing just how important the brew is for our wellbeing.
Tea is well known for being a rich source of antioxidants which provide many benefits for your health. A particularly powerful antioxidant named ‘flavonoids’ is prevalent in all teas, though green and white teas contain the most. The consumption of flavonoids is linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, and can also greatly benefit your skin. In addition to the restorative and preventative abilities of tea, a cup with a meal can assist with digestion and reduce bloating.
You’ll often hear people say that they can tackle anything after they have a cup of tea. From black to white, all teas contain L-Theanine, an amino acid that serves to relax the nervous system. Along with assisting with relaxation, it is thought to increase dopamine levels that make you feel good. There are studies concluding that L-Theanine can even improve attention when combined with the caffeine also contained in tea.
We think you should incorporate a pot of tea into your everyday routine. Tea time is ‘me time’. Taking a moment to brew and enjoy a pot of tea is an important act of self-care. Steep, sip and slow down.