Afternoon Tea

After falling in love with sweet tea, chamomile tea and apricot tea, I have decided to make afternoon tea a part of my "better health" quest! I gave up sweet tea to avoid the caffeine, but have been trying different teas since then and love it just as much as ever.

“For thousands of years, wise people have poured hot water over tea leaves and found pleasure in both the experience and the drink that is created. Referred to as the ‘agony of the leaves,’ the reaction of dried leaves to hot water can be a lovely thing to watch; it holds an almost poetic beauty, especially if you brew in a clear vessel and use larger-leafed such as oolong. And the resulting beverage is a truly great tea with an exceptional flavor, aroma, and color.”—Theresa Cheung, Tea Bliss: Infuse Your Life with Health, Wisdom, and Contentment

Health Benefits of Tea

Better than Water!

"[Researchers] found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack."-Dr. Carrie Ruxton

Water replaces the fluid you have lost. But researchers found that tea rehydrates just as well as water does.
And tea provides antioxidants and flavonoids that water does not provide.

What are the Health Benefits of Tea?

Drinking green tea helps reduce the risk of breast cancer. Drinking green tea or black tea regularly has anti-aging effects.

Tea has been found to improve your cognitive ability. That means I was on the right track when I pulled all those all-nighters with tea instead of coffee.

There is a compound in green tea that may slow down or help to prevent type 1 diabetes, which suggests it may be good for children to drink as a preventative measure.

Green tea has been found to help your body recover more quickly after weight lifting. And seems to increase endurance during exercise, in general.

Even drinking one cup of black tea every day can help protect you from heart disease and lower your risk of having a stroke. Green tea and rooibos tea do, as well.

Drinking tea boosts immunity. And white tea, in particular, helps fight germs by slowing down bacteria growth.

Speaking of white tea, research suggests it may be the answer to our national problem with obesity. It has been found to prevent the formation of new fat cells. Green tea also has been found to be helpful in preventing weight gain.

If you’re stressed out, black tea will be soothing. And daily cups of black tea may improve your ability to manage stress and recover from it.

Healthier Cookies

These are made with tea and will be a lovely addition to my afternoon tea experience! :)

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