After a period of fervid indulgence and festivities one can often feel the need for a lighter start to the new year. One simple way to rejuvenate the body and mind and to cure the winter blues is to incorporate tea into one’s daily routine. Scientifically known as Camellia Sinensis, it is perhaps unsurprising that tea began as a medicine, only later growing into a beverage. This charming drink hydrates the body and is packed with high levels of antioxidants providing incredible health benefits whilst aiding in the reduction of the risk of a whole range of diseases. The drinking and serving of tea also allows us the opportunity to stop, pause and simply take a moment, offering the drinker a sense of nurturing and quiet contentment.
Green tea and black tea have the added bonus of containing caffeine and are a great way to kick start the day. A favourite at the MINT office – Matcha is regarded as a superwoman amongst teas and provides the nutrient value of 10 cups of regular green tea. Matcha which literally means powdered tea enables you to drink the actual leaves themselves which are finely milled into a powder, added to hot water (approximately one teaspoon) and traditionally whisked with a bamboo brush until delectably frothy. This pistachio hued delight can also be enjoyed as a latte (almond milk is our favourite) and serve for the perfect mid afternoon treat. Herbal teas whether fruity or floral can help to calm the nervous system, promote digestion, help with bloating, ease nausea and reduce inflammation. Fermented teas work wonders consumed straight after a meal as they are traditionally used to reduce the absorption of fat from rich or heavy food. A saviour we swear by and perfect for post overindulgence is natural detox tea which cleanses and purifies – Dr. Jackson’s offering is a favourite.
Whichever tea you opt for be sure to incorporate the traditional steps of tea-making for optimal enjoyment. This consists of adding freshly boiled (but not beyond) water and serving in cups – preferably minimal ceramics or fine rimmed china to enhance the natural beauty of this delicate drink.