There is simple elegance in the ritual of preparing and sipping a cup of tea.
Drinking green tea has been documented for 4,000 years and what began as medicine has grown to become the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. These days, tea drinking can be quite the adventure with an amazing range of choices.
Buddha Teas was founded by John Boyd, who was born in the U.K., heavily immersed in the culture of tea. Launched in 2009, today Buddha Teas offers 120 organic teas including more than 80 single-ingredient herbal teas. (VIDEO)
According to John Weisburger, PhD, senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, N.Y., tea has about eight to ten times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables.
Tea appears to have antimicrobial qualities and studies have found some teas help lower cholesterol, fight cancer, diabetes and heart disease, promote weight loss and encourage mental alertness.
There are four main types of traditional tea, black, green, oolong and white tea, which all come from the same tea plant, but are processed differently. It has been shown that drinking tea can help prevent the blindness caused by cataracts characterized by the clouding of the lens inside the eye.
Feeling stressful? Relaxing with a cup of tea is universally considered a calming antidote and there now seems to be a scientific basis for that. A study conducted over six weeks in 2006 found that drinking four cups of tea daily caused cortisol levels to drop. Black tea has been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation most effectively
Cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone. Tea consumption was found in both studies to reduce the impact of cortisol, slowing the aging process and assisting in weight control.
Herbal teas are infusions from plants, fruits and spices and not from the traditional tea plant. Sometimes called tisanes, herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free and made not only from leaves but also can include the seeds, flowers or roots, even fungi. Herbal tea is caffeine-free and a perfectly simple way to access the health benefits of herbs.
Buddha Teas has crafted a unique line of seven Chakra Teas. These seven blends of herbs that are known to resonate with each chakra are further empowered by infusing the essence of crystals.
I found their green teas, especially the Sencha Green Tea and Cranberry Green Tea to be particularly flavorful and stimulating. For me, Buddha Teas line of Chakra Teas are really a standout and seem positively magical!
Preparing and sipping tea is a peaceful and relaxing practice with many health benefits. Buddha Teas vast selection of teas, include a broad diversity of herbs, spices and other tea ingredients that include many unique blends
They say that Buddha Teas are ‘Positively Enlightening! I have not yet tried all 120 Buddha Teas, but I am definitely going to give it a try!
Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Follow Marie on Twitter
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