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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Cup of Tea

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Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? We celebrate tea all year long but we thought that it would be a great time to focus on the many reasons to add a cuppa to your day. We had a hard time keeping the list down to just 10.

1. It relaxes you.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea that is known to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving relaxation.

2. It contains antioxidants
While it will never be a cure-all, tea contains antioxidants which help our bodies defend themselves against free radicals. Some studies suggest that it may protect against certain kinds of cancer.

3. It’s a healthy alternative to sugary drinks
Tea in its natural state contains zero calories. That makes it a great alternative to soft drinks and sugary juices.

4.It protects your teeth and gums
Tea contains catechin, an antioxidant that supports healthy gums and teeth.

5. It keeps you hydrated.
Despite it’s reputation because of caffeine, tea has been proven to hydrate our bodies just as much as water.

6. It keeps your heart healthy.
The flavonoids in tea promote heart health by reducing plaque build up in the arteries.

7. It is one of the world’s oldest beverages.
Tea has been cultivated since the Neolithic period. Each sip connects you thousands of years of history.

8. It’s celebrated by cultures all of the world.
England, India, China, Japan..the list goes on. There’s not many things that the whole word can agree on but a love for tea is definitely one of them.

9. It lets you get creative.
Tea can be prepared in so many different ways. Infuse it with fruit or even try using it as a base for a cocktail.

10. It tastes great!
All other benefits aside, we love tea simply because it tastes amazing.

What are your favorite reasons for drinking tea? Let us know in the comments!

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New Year’s Health & Wellness Resolution Roundup

Hoot Hoot! The healthy OWL has kicked off the start of 2013 with a health and wellness resolution that centers around tea in its many forms. For each of the first five days of the new year, we highlighted a different type of tea and its benefits: green tea, black tea, white tea, rooibos, and peppermint.

While a new year is always a good time for inspiration and renewal, the OWL hopes our tea fans will continue to infuse their lives with tea and healthy choices well into 2013 and beyond! In case you missed it, below is a guide to our five-day tea resolution.

Green Tea: Green tea, like black and white tea, is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Today green tea has expanded far from its origins in China, and for good reason too. Drinking green tea has been associated with many health benefits including lowering cholesterol, burning body fat and a reduction of certain types of cancer. The Teaologist has crafted many custom blends that incorporate green tea, including the Jasmine Green, pictured here.

Jasmine Green Tea

Black Tea: Black tea is rich in antioxidants, provides natural energy and boosts the immune system–all good reasons to swap out your cup of coffee for a black tea blend! With a bolder flavor as well as more caffeine than green tea, black tea is an excellent choice to start the day. Try our traditional English Breakfast blend.

English Breakfast

White Tea: As the least processed tea, white tea contains the highest levels of antioxidants and is low in caffeine. Brew one teaspoon of loose tea per 8oz. cup, steep for 2-3 minutes and enjoy! The Tart White blend pictured below combines white tea, lemon peel, raspberry and hibiscus for an energizing beverage packed with vitamin C.

White Tea

Rooibos: Rooibos, an herb from a South African plant also known as “red bush,” can be steeped to make a bright, flavorful tisane. While naturally caffeine-free, rooibos contains electrolytes and is ultra-hydrating–the perfect refreshment post exercise. The Camus pictured below blend combines rooibos, blueberries and raspberries for a tart yet earthy beverage–delicious hot or cold!

Rooibos

Peppermint:

Peppermint, a plant originating in Europe, has long been associated with medicinal uses ranging from treatment for nausea to memory enhancement. This caffeine-free tisane is excellent hot or cold and is also known to promote focus. The Teaologist’s Lemon Verbena Peppermint is a natural energizer and mood enhancer.

Peppermint

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