For many Jamaicans like myself, a good cup of ‘bush tea’ is the unofficial medicine for almost any ailment. While those beliefs are sketchy, it is not hard to believe why January is designated as the official month for celebrating tea!
Adding tea to our diet, as a natural and inexpensive addition to our daily lives, may aid in the ongoing battle of better self-care. If you can’t tell, I love tea. It smells awesome. It’s warm. It’s calming, relives my anxieties, and I am fully present in the moment when I drink it from my giant mug. Every night I waltz into the kitchen, grab that same giant mug, pick a tea, boil water, and steep it until I can smell its rich aroma. I also drink a cup of tea around 3 pm (hence the name 3 pm teatime) each day to re-energize for the second half of my day.
According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc., 2016-17 Tea Market Review, “2016 continued to be a year of growth for the United States tea industry. Millennials and our parents, the Baby Boomers, will ensure that tea is on the front burner for years to come.
The U.S. remains the third most abundant importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, according to statistics from ITC (International Tea Committee). We are still the only western country to grow in both tea imports and consumption.”
While I am overly obsessed with tea for many reasons, these are 4 unusual ways to use tea!
Tea is a great stress reliever. Try having a cup every night and see how much of a difference will make: Turn off the TV, the computer, and your phone, and settle down for a peaceful end to the day. It’s excellent iced, too.
Beef up your metabolism
Have a hot cup of unsweetened green tea 15 minutes before every meal. It’ll fill you up so you consume less at mealtime, and as a bonus, green tea slightly revs up your metabolism.
Bathe in it
Create an oasis in your bathroom with a hot tea bath. Draw a warm bath infused with tea leaves, minerals, and therapeutic oils to improve your health. Tea baths can help you relax, draw toxins from your body and help you rest better at night. It’s also good for your hair.
Settle your stomach
Hot tea, like chamomile, can be good for people with digestive problems because it is an antispasmodic,”. Ginger teas are also great and help relieve nausea.