“Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? What a better way to kick off your new year’s resolutions than by learning more about the power of tea. The entire nation has deemed it important enough to set aside a whole 31 days of love and admiration of tea; I’d say that it’s worth getting to know what’s behind this humble little leaf.
Oh, Tea, how we love thee! Let us count the ways. Check out the following fun tea facts with the spotlight on our favorite, which is white tea in case you didn’t know, that will turn you into a tea-lover all year round! Jump on board and turn over a new (tea) leaf!
- Loose leaf tea is more flavorful than tea bags. The whole tea leaf is grouped with others and sold as “loose leaf;” you can expect to find the remnants of those leaves in tea bags.
- Tea can help prevent heart disease.
- Tea bags were introduced to America in the 1800s. They were used to transport samples of tea from India, but presently are responsible for 96% of the cups of tea made around the world.
- White tea is harvested before the buds have fully blossomed so it is as close to its natural state as possible. This means less processing.
- Tea tastes best prepared with pure, filtered, or spring water so that its flavor is not altered by chlorine or fluoride often found in tap.
- Tea has what I would call a cult following. There are even websites dedicated to, and I quote, “…Those Who Love Tea.” http://www.teadiscussion.com/
- White tea contains high levels of antioxidants that cleanse the body of toxins.
- Tea can lower your stress level and enhance your mood.
- The young buds contain a large amount of amino acids which are preserved in white tea because of its early harvesting time.
- The natural stimulant found in tea leaves is called Theanine.
- Brewing time and temperature altars the bitterness of tea. Are you steeping yours correctly? Find out here: http://www.numitea.com/pure-tea/steeping-instructions/
- There is a strong concentration of antibacterial qualities in white tea.
- Tea is hydrating!
- Some teas have properties which give it the ability to help fight cancer cells; white tea providing the most of these properties.
- White tea grows from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis, that green and black tea is harvested from.
- Tea strengthens bones and cuts down on tooth plaque.
- The scent of tea repels mosquitos. Dampen tea leaves and place where desired.
- White tea provides extraordinary antiviral properties as a direct result of its minimal processing.
- Tea contains around half of the amount of caffeine as coffee.
- Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) is a white tea found in China that is the rarest tea, consequently making it the most expensive. Learn more here: http://www.therighttea.com/silver-needle-tea.html