No, I am not making this up â€“ January is indeed â€œNational Hot Tea Monthâ€- not surprising, though. Tea is after all the second most consumed beverage in the world next to water. Over the past decade, tea has also experienced a renaissance here in the U.S. and the increasing body of research shows that tea deserves more of a â€œthumbs upâ€ than a â€œpinkie upâ€ when it comes to health. It contains a multitude of flavenoids, substances that may act as antioxidants to reduce oxidative damage in the body and help maintain healthy cells and tissues. Drinking tea regularly may promote overall health and well being and potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Tea may be medicine in a cup, but is also a wonderful drink, complex in taste and aroma and with a selection of over 3000 different varieties, there is much to be explored.
Whether you drink tea for health, to sooth you mind, or simply for pleasure, celebrate Hot Tea Month with these ideas:
- Try a winter flavor â€“ Ginger, Cinnamon and Cardamom are delicious and warming, or add orange and lemon peel to a black or green tea for a zesty note.
- Use good quality tea- Ask a Souvia Tea Consultant and find out why loose leave tea trumps tea bags!
- Learn how to make the â€œperfect cup of teaâ€ â€“ water quality, temperature and steeping time are important factors in preparing tea the right way.
- Expand your horizonÂ – Always stuck with your good old favorite blend? This month, try something new- a silver needle white tea or a Darjeeling oolong. If you usually drink flavored teas, try something non-flavored and if you prefer iced tea, give hot a chance.
- Â Cook with teaÂ Â Â – Tea is not just for drinking. There are many ways you can incorporate tea in cooking or baking. Add a nice jasmine flavor to rice by boiling it in jasmine tea instead of water.
- Â Hold a tea tasting – Invite some friends and have them bring their favorite tea, then sample each otherâ€™s selections and maybe youâ€™ll find a new favorite!
- Nurture yourselfÂ – Take some time for yourself with a nice cup of herbal tea. Rejuvenate with peppermint or relax with a blend of chamomile and lavender