Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Is National Hot Tea Month

I happen to be a big fan of hot tea, often drinking 3 or 4 cups per day. Whether it's while I'm curled up reading a book, or sitting down for a chat with my mom, there's just something so comforting about a nice hot cup of tea. My favorite is Earl Grey, and I like my tea plain - no sugar, honey or lemon for me. I also enjoy Lipton Orange, Passionfruit & Jasmine Green Tea. Drinking hot tea is something that has always been a part of my life. My parents are both hot tea drinkers. We've even tried to pass the tradition along to my kids. My youngest son, in particular, loves to enjoy a cup of tea with us. He likes a tea made by Bigelow called Sweet Dreams Herb Tea. It's a chamomile and mint tea that is all natural and caffeine free. There are black teas, green teas, white teas, and herbal teas; so many flavors available that you are sure to be able to find one you like.

Tea contains antioxidants, which can reduce oxidative damage in the body and help to maintain healthy cells and tissues. More and more we are hearing of the benefits of drinking tea. Here are just a few ways that adding tea to our daily diets may help us:

*increase our body's immunity to colds and flu
*aid in helping to lose weight
*reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
*green tea, in particular, is thought to have anti-cancer properties

There are many other benefits, as well. Check out 25 Reasons Why We Should Start Drinking Green Tea, and The Top 10 Benefits of Tea, both found on the Bigelow Tea website (actually, their entire website is awesome - a wealth of information as well as an extensive selection of tea varieties). I think you will be amazed at what you read. You will probably want to run right now and make yourself a cup of hot tea. That's what I'm going to do.

Are you a hot tea drinker? What's your favorite tea? Did you know that there were so many health benefits from drinking tea?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. Products mentioned are items that I have chosen to purchase and use on my own.


Joanne said...

I don't really drink coffee (except Starbucks Mocha as a treat). I grew up drinking hot tea and love just plain black tea with a bit of milk. My hubby and I love when we first come home from work and share a wonderful pot of tea together.

Just sad for me that I learned tea and my thyroid meds don't mix - very sad especially green tea. I just have to make sure I wait two hours before I can enjoy.

Beck said...

I love hot tea. I am not a coffee person; love the smell, HATE the taste! I like the Tazo brand calming tea. I also love iced tea in the summer! My neighbor is also a tea drinker and she is always bringing me new teas to try.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Kari, My daughter just called me from college to tell me that she has a very bad cold...they like to torture me that way...I can't be there to take care of her, but she thought that I should know. I told her to make herself hot tea with lemon and honey. I am a coffee drinker, but when I am not feeling well, I always turn to tea.
♥, Susan

Anonymous said...

I just got done with my cup of tea for the evening! "Calm" with some honey in it. Love the chamomile.

Anonymous said...

I'm a chai tea drinker. Love having a big mug of it every morning. :-)

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