When the world gets me crazy I make tea. It's a ritual, it's calming and sacred and it always does the trick. So when in doubt put on the kettle. (Not the microwave.) Oh and I always buy a tea cup or mug when I travel, so at home I'll choose my cup of comfort depending on my mood, they remind me of that place and how I felt there.
In addition to the calming factor there are some real health benefits that have been touted about tea over the years and the evidence is mounting. There are many, many kinds of tea, in fact it's a world in itself and one worth getting to know. So here we go...TEA 101
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Start your tea with pure fresh/filtered water, use a kettle not a microwave! Loose leaf tea gives you stronger tea benefits. Adding milk, sugar or sugar substitutes to TEA breaks down the benefits and is counter productive. Learn to drink it straight, experiment with flavors. Green TEA can be a bit woodsy sometimes so I like to mix a few flavors of loose tea together and use some fruity flavors. For TEA bags my favorite hot TEA is Bigalow Green with Mango and Mighty Leaf Green Sunburst for Iced.
Green TEA is loaded with antioxidants called catchins, which may help prevent cancer in a variety of ways, including keeping free radicals from damaging cells. More on this at Everyday Health.
And these highlights from Harvard Medical School
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