Remember when I told you [seven hundred times] how much I like coffee?
Well, I like tea quite a bit as much. I easily drink it as often, and in as crazy a quantity. Green tea, black tea, white tea, herbal tea…pour it in my cup, please.
I’ve often wondered if what initially drew me to drinking tea was the warmth of it. Being a person who tends on the cold side, I craved that piping hotness. It was a way to warm my insides. Over time, I’ve come to love the aromas and the flavors, which only make me drink it more, seek it out more.
Now, I can appreciate tea for the ritual. Drinking three cups a day for well over five years, the part of it I love most is the way it slows me down and makes me sip…s-i-p…siiiiiip. It’s a calming, soothing act. It forces gradual savoring, which is why I especially love to drink a mug of tea alongside a richer dessert.
So, given my love of tea, it should come as unsurprising to you that my house is full of various blends. Like Teavana, only much less cool and the inside smells like a pug. And every day, I’m able to go to my cupboard as the kettle rolls to a boil and select something new to suit my mood.
Recently, Traditional Medicinals sent me a big package of their herbal teas to sample. Amazing considering the variety offered and the fact that I do already enjoy the brand. I’ve purchased their teas a handful of times before while shopping at Whole Foods, and not once have I been disappointed.
Opening the box, I found a few teas that seemed like exactly the kinds I would have bought on my own: peppermint, which I love for its refreshing zing, and chamomile with lavender, a tea I love to drink at bedtime.
(unrelated: eeeep! How dry are my hands?! Unpainted nails!) Then, digging deeper, I saw dozens more. A whole wooden box full of unusual tea packets, organized by their wellness qualities. I noticed I could choose a specific tea based upon symptoms, like nausea (ginger tea), bloating (fennel tea), and cramping (raspberry leaf tea); and by categories like digestion (peppermint), joints (nettle leaf), skin (organic burdock), and detoxification (roasted dandelion root). Each type of tea came with its own brief list of real ingredients and a bit of information about its wellness and qualities.
**Per the Food and Drug Administration: These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
What I loved immediately about the variety was that it reminded me of how rife tea is with antioxidants and health benefits. Because I love tea for its ritual and its taste, I often forget the ways that it can heal and affect all on its own. Sometimes in the midst of routine, I forget that when I’m drinking chamomile tea at night—thinking that it’s just a good way of winding down, it’s the chamomile itself that is helping to naturally calm me, to ease me into sleep. Often, I forget that the peppermint tea I love so much is also helpful in making me feel more invigorated as I approach the midday slump, while it can also aid in calming my occasionally aching belly. It’s a nice reminder, and a nice way to feel like I can connect my behavior with good health.
Thank you, Traditional Medicinals, for the lovely assortment of teas. They will be very well loved and enjoyed. My two favorites so far are the ginger and the fennel, which are both gently spicy, naturally sweet, and smell fantastic.
Full Disclosure: Traditional Medicinals sent me these teas free of charge. I chose to review them on my own, with my own true and honest opinions.
What about you? Are you a tea drinker? Do you drink tea for its wellness/health qualities?