January 06, 2017 Sue Mowrer


When I was in 7th grade, my best friend and I became enchanted by all things English, especially Agatha Christie mysteries.  Her characters always seemed to be enjoying a restorative “cuppa tea”.  We seized on this civilized tradition and would get together after school for tea and cookies.   We drank a lot of Lipton (sweetened with a teaspoon of sugar) but found our way to the more traditionally British Earl Grey.

I went off on a coffee tangent in college and some years after, but I’ve come back to tea.   I’m not alone; 4 out of 5 of us drink tea, and 87% of millenials are jumping on the tea train.  What other drink has no sodium, no fat, no sugar and has health benefits to boot?

Which is why this article from Well+Good caught my eye.

6 Teas to Drink for Seriously Radiant Skin

“Tea is a superstar in the natural skin-care world,” says Theresa Krier, founder of Big T NYC, a brand that makes curated and bespoke teas and tisanes.”

“It’s packed with a host of vitamins, amino acids, and catechins that work holistically to slow aging, stimulate collagen production, reduce body fat, and maintain healthy skin cells. Tea also combats dehydration, a major culprit of dull skin.”

“Tea is also inherently rich in antioxidants. “It has EGCG, which is a type of antioxidant that is really well-known for boosting metabolism, but also is great for fighting free radicals that cause skin damage and premature aging,” says Krier.”

Read the whole article here


Delicious teas abound in markets these days.  One of my favorite tea makers is Smith Tea, from Portland OR.  They’ve got lots of exotic and fun flavors like Rooibos, Hibiscus, White Petal, Jasmine Pearls and  a sweet, herbal tea called Bon Bon.   Their  clever website is full of information about each of their teas, including a list of Tea Terms so you’ll feel like a connoisseur.  (https://www.smithtea.com)

So why not make a nice hot pot of tea on a chilly night?   Breathe in the fragrance.   Feel the warmth of the cup.   And voilà –  instant mindful meditative moment!




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