Many people can’t imagine going a single morning without their habitual cup of coffee. There is something unbeatable about a hot cup of luscious liquid carrying caffeine and sugar to you first thing in the morning.
What many don’t realize is that their dependency on bean juice can lead to excruciating headaches and a whole laundry list of other health problems. For those who don’t want to give up their vice but also want to lead a healthier life, tea is a great option. It might not be quite as delicious, but that’s where honey comes in! You might also find that your tea has 2-3X the caffeine. I say, BRING IT ON!
Tea has been consumed around the world for thousands of years. Records show tea has been specifically drunk for its medicinal properties, and since 300 AD. There are many myths of how tea was first discovered. Some people believe that random leaves were blown into boiling water, while others think that tea was first consumed by the Gods. As such, tea may have been the official, celebratory beverage at We Created The Universe Party. GO GODS!
Regardless of the origins of tea, the beverage has become a staple in many cultures around the world. People are fascinated by the complexities of taste and doctors are bewildered by its healing properties.
Types of Tea
Technically, tea is any dried leaf that is steeped within hot water. However, many enthusiasts consider only green, black, white, Pu-erh, and oolong teas to be true teas. All of these teas have natural antioxidants and flavonoids that promote wellbeing. Studies have also shown that drinking teas can help with some forms of cancer, diabetes, clogged arteries, and heart disease.
Teas are also wonderful when you want to get to know someone from the U.K. Tea time!
Healing, Longevity, Libido, Energy, and Love
Made with steamed leaves, green tea is one of the most widely studied teas of them all. Green tea has a high concentration of Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG, a compound known to prevent growth in cancerous tissues. Green tea may also help individuals burn fat, prevent calcification of arterial walls, improve cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of stroke.
Courage, Alertness, Mental Clarity, Strength
This tea uses fermented leaves and boasts the highest caffeine of any other tea. Its strong flavors are the backbone to many popular teas: iced tea, chai, and instant. Studies show drinking black teas can help protect the respiratory tract from cigarette smoke.
For many, black tea is the obvious and most treasured choice to replace your daily injection of coffee. The bitter taste and high caffeine mimic its java brother. The higher level of caffeine is one of the reasons this tea is known to bolster courage. The tea causes an increase of blood flow that leaves the drinker awake and aware.
Happiness, Protection, New Beginnings, Cleansing
Unfermented and uncured, white tea is a minimally processed tea. While some teas are aged to bring out varieties of flavors, and others are allowed to decay, white tea leaves echo the purity of their properties. Drinking this tea helps prepare your body and spirit for change, upleveling, and transformation. It’s a wonderful tea for ceremonies, especially those where you are surrounded by forests, embedded in the bosom of a wilderness.
The lighter notes of flavor brighten your taste buds and improve your mood. Many report feeling happier or more relaxed after a cup of white tea. This color of tea is helpful to drink when you feel like you need to re-center, regroup, or peacefully plan your takeover of the world.
Reflection, Psychic Development, Divination
Fermented and aged, pu-erh is one of the rarer teas. It is technically a black tea, but the leaves are processed in a different way.
Pu-erh is aged under pressure. Processors compress the leaves to create a cake. While compressed, the tea ferments more effectively than in normal black teas. The result of the process is a complex tea that connoisseurs prefer and highly recommend, and one for which you might go wild!
This tea is known to help those tune into the world around them. Psychics, clairsentients, and empaths drink the tea and enjoy how it enhances their abilities to look and focus within themselves. This is a great tea to use before, during, and after meditation. It’s also the perfect tea for scrying, you know, piercing the walls of reality and sourcing information from the beyond!
Pu-erh isn’t just great for those trying to tone their spiritual bodies, Scientists have discovered that Pu-erh causes weight loss and better cholesterol in animal studies.
Relationships, Concentration, Romance
Oolong tea is partially fermented. It’s known for its ability to improve mental clarity. Many claim Oolong can help with eczema, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Although all tea has been proven to have some antimicrobial effects, studies are still being conducted to prove Oolong’s bone-restorative traits.
Varies Depending on Herbs
In the beginning, I shared that tea enthusiasts have a very rigid opinion of what a Tea is and should be. Though many herbal teas are not fermented or steamed like a traditional black or Pu-erh blend, the varieties of herbal teas are only limited by your imagination.
Many people drink chamomile to help them fall asleep. Others enjoy honeysuckle, lavender, or jasmine teas to awaken and soothe their senses. Because the flower changes from tea to tea, there are no catch-all properties to this blend. Simply pick flowers that are connected to your current emotional wellbeing, then breathe deeply and enjoy.
No matter which color tea calls to you at any given moment, there is a tea for every occasion. If you are struggling to stop drinking coffee or just trying to live a healthier life, drinking tea can be a great way to improve your mood, emotional stability, and physical health.
If you’re like me, you might consider rotating triple espressos with a nice green tea once in a while. I love noticing the difference in how each of these lovely beverages affects my intuition, perception, and creative flow.
Tune into your muse and ask her, “What beverage, my dear, should I consume today so that I may merge more abundantly and congruently with you?” I bet she’ll answer you!