Summer Hacks With Tea
Posted On May 18, 2016
No matter the season, tea can be a tasty refreshment whether served hot or iced. Since it is mostly comprised of water, tea encourages hydration, but the benefits go beyond its refreshing effects.
Andy Hayes, founder and creator of Plum Deluxe, an online tea shop, told New You, “Tea, itself, is also full of trace minerals, and depending on the spices and herbs mixed with it, [there are] more antioxidants and other nutrients.”
There is something even more special about the aromatic beverage. Tea has the astounding ability to slow us down, which is counter to our currently fast-paced culture.
Hayes shared, “if the label says steep the tea for 5 minutes, you have to wait 5 minutes – we haven’t invented technology to make it go faster. That’s the biggest benefit I see with tea.”
Slowing down and appreciating tea-time is an important ritual to keep us all sane in an intense and fast-paced world. Tea-time gives us an opportunity to be mindful and present with ourselves and our thoughts or, alternatively, to be connected in thoughtful conversation with a friend or loved one.
With the weather heating up, you might think we’re crazy for suggesting you connect with a cup of tea, but trust me, we’re far from that. An experiment done by Ollie Jay, a researcher at University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetic, shows that hot beverages on a scorching day can actually cool you.
How does this work? Well, since a hot drink is typically much hotter than your body, consuming it causes you to perspire. The sweat compensates for the heat from the drink, ultimately cooling the body.
However, if hot beverages are simply not your cup of tea, there are many other ways to reap the benefits of the concoction. Old fashioned sweet tea and the world famous Arnold Palmer (half tea, half lemonade) are options, but on a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than an ice pop.
Bring on the nostalgia of childhood summertime with tea-infused popsicles – Mint-Strawberry, anyone?
If you can’t wait to have your dosage, tea works well with a number of tasty mocktails (and cocktails) or other cool thirst-quenchers.
We’ll toast to that one!
Tea can even be used as a delightful addition to baking projects like giving your next batch of shortbread an “English breakfast” boost or soaking raisins in Earl Grey.
How you choose to have your tea is totally up to you, but we all need some tranquility in our lives, so whether it’s an early morning pick-me-up or an evening wind down, set aside some time for tea.