Tea is a natural comforting drink with numerous benefits that include everything from weight loss to heart health. I won’t begin to get into the many different teas available today but one of the most therapeutic is Chinese Oolong or Black Dragon Tea. It is a semi-fermented tea that has been enjoyed for centuries. Oolong Tea claims to improve skin and prevent diabetes, hypertension and obesity. It is said that specifically Oolong can increase your metabolism by as much as ten percent. These are grand promises in a world that begs for scientific back-up. But the truth is that there is less obesity and heart disease in the countries where this tea is a part of the every day culture. And how many beauty products have been sold in an attempt to mimic flawless, Asian skin?
According to Ayurveda, drinking the right tea can help balance your Dosha. Teas are used in India to decrease anxiety, lower cholesterol and shorten the duration of a cold or flu. You can make your own therapeutic tea by boiling hot water with ginger, honey and cinnamon to taste. Three to four cups a day is sure to speed your recovery.
There is an art to preparing and enjoying Chinese Tea. First you must begin with good water. The Chinese believe that the water may be more important than the tea itself. Choosing the right tea is very personal so be daring and try different kinds. I like black tea in the morning, ginger tea when I’m sick and decaffeinated apricot spice in the evening. Whatever you choose, make it a ritual;sit in your favorite chair and savor every sip.
The fact is that Tea, even ordinary Tetley or Salada, has given me comfort since I can remember. My mother used to give it to us in tiny demitasse cups when we were sick and I did the same for my children. Make Tea a part of your daily life. Learn about Tea Ceremonies from various cultures. Go to http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-throw-afternoon-tea-party to learn how to have a British Tea Party. Little girls love to have Tea Parties, but big girls can have them too! And most importantly, find a tea that you love and drink plenty of it!