You don’t have to be British to appreciate tea!
Guest post by Liz Long.
It’s getting cooler out where I live, which is not Arizona, so I’m drinking more tea and (slightly) less soda. It took me a long time to start drinking tea because, frankly, I don’t like black tea and that’s what has been offered most often in this country. Times change, though, and there are a lot more kinds available today. I recently bought Red Velvet Chocolate Tea – really. (I actually sacrificed and donated that to a school silent auction so I can’t tell you what it tastes like.) I have black, green, white, red, and herbal teas. It’s a veritable rainbow!
Chamomile is a classic herbal tea. It definitely helps me calm down to go to sleep. We have several varieties. Celestial Seasonings’ Tension Tamer Tea also includes chamomile, but not as the primary ingredient so it isn’t as sleep-inducing. My husband recently told me to go get some to help me calm down, so it clearly makes a big difference!
Mint tea is a great wake-me-up tea. It’ll never substitute for Five Hour Energy, but if you need a smaller energy boost, mint is a real help. (I even sometimes simply eat a mint leaf from the garden.) I recently drank some of the “get charged” tea from The Republic of Tea and was able to skip the afternoon nap that I had felt coming on. It’s a long way from an espresso, but it helps.
Herbal laxative tea works. I find that it’s much milder than medicine and it doesn’t leave me feeling the need to stay extremely close to a toilet. My husband tried the “get soothed” tea for his scratchy throat and it felt better. Of course, lemon tea with honey is a classic for sore throats. There are lots out there, and we’re trying to use more of them.
This is not really about taste or quality, but more about packaging and long-term storage. There are tons of great tea brands, but these are two different popular brands with the two most common types of packaging. Celestial Seasonings teas are inexpensive and easy to find at the grocery store. However, they are boxed in cardboard with a papery liner. For longer term storage, that won’t keep your tea fresh. Bentley’s tea ships in tins with a sealed foil pack inside the sealed tin. That will keep significantly longer, but it also costs more. (I buy most of mine at Tuesday Morning.) Sealed tins are supposed to be the best way to store tea to keep tea fresh.
The Republic of Tea
Normally I wouldn’t call out one company when so many make a great product, but these folks make Chocolate Tea! That deserves notice. As I said, I sacrificed and donated my Red Velvet Chocolate to the school, but I have tried the Chocolate Strawberry and it really does taste like chocolate strawberry tea. The first product I bought from them is their Strawberry-Vanilla Children’s Tea. My kindergartener just loves it, which is why I sought out their website and found all their other teas. He is excitedly awaiting the new Blueberry and Key Lime Teas that he’ll get at Christmas. They also have a line of wellness teas including “get soothed” and “get charged.” Their tea comes in tins with foil packs, and you can get refill packs for your favorite flavors.
P.S. There is also something called Horny Goat Weed Tea. Horny Goat Weed is an herb that supposedly does what the name implies, according to an internet search. If you try it, let us know if it works! Or not.
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