To us, tea lovers, this millenary beverage calls for a process of delicacy and elegance; a ritual of delightful aromas, flavors, and unforgettable conversations that have intimately connected people all over the world and for thousands and thousands of years. It is a culture of infinite knowledge, pleasure, and never-ending charm.
Since the beginning of its history, tea has served medicinal purposes. To alleviate stomachaches, get rid of impurities, cure indigestions, and aid digestion are only some of examples. Buddhist monks have used tea for years, because they discovered that tea increases attentiveness, relaxes the body, and prevents somnolence in their long meditation sessions. This property is due to the presence of I-theanine, an anti-stress amino acid, different from caffeine, which excites the brains neurotransmitters and stimulates the alpha waves that upsurge cerebral activity for better mental focus and concentration capabilities.
Tea provides high levels of antioxidants, responsible for fighting against free radicals, thus preventing ageing and cell degradation. In addition, it helps improve skin and nails appearance. Several studies have shown that tea also helps protect the immune system, and fights and prevents cancer. However, it is not to be replaced for the indicated treatment given by a doctor.
Moreover, tea helps maintain adequate levels of cholesterol, helps control blood pressure, and eliminates excess body fat through the activation of consumption of sugars that the body does not need. In science, this is called a thermogenic effect.
It is important to remember that consumption of tea needs to be accompanied with a healthy diet and regular exercise to access these benefits.
For Bettina’s Tea, the spiritual benefits of tea are just as/more important than its health properties.
We as tea lovers know that:
- Tea gifts us a moment to ourselves, for our own enjoyment
It allows us to implement ancient rituals, or create our own personalized ceremony
- It gives us a moment of relaxation and pleasure
- It transports us to faraway places, and it introduces us to different cultures
- It accompanies us when we are alone, and it invites us to share with friends
- It is a nice way to entertain loved ones
- Tea is charm, it is magic and distinction
- Tea makes us feel good
Tea is cultivated with extensive knowledge and love so that when it arrives to us, we can immerse ourselves in it, and carefully understanding it, we can enjoy tea and share it with people and moments that enrich our soul and cultivate our spirit.
This article was written using the previously published words of Tea Club President Victoria Bisogno in the Teterum online magazine, written by Barbara Vega Martinez.