Tea has been an important part of my meditation rituals for the last nine years. Tea is also significant from the point of view of Buddhist beliefs. I came across this great free eBook, Buddhism and the Tea Ceremony from Buddha's Light Publishing, which goes into more detail about the relationship between Buddhist beliefs and tea. Drinking tea gives you an opportunity to slow down and be in the moment, plus it has many health benefits, including:
- speeding up the metabolism through caffeine and catechin polyphenols
- providing antioxidants, including EGCG, which may protect against or suppress cancers
- improves the immune system response to illness through the amino acid theanine
- EGCG may reduce the chance of cognitive impairment as we get older
Green tea appears to have greater health benefits than other types, although other types of teas still provide significant benefits. The greatest benefits can be achieved when you drink tea without adding dairy or sugar, although adding citrus, honey or other additives may improve the taste.
What am I drinking today? Teavana's Samurai Chai Mate
organic orange blossom honey or organic amber agave cectar.
This tisane is by far my favorite. The warm and spicy flavor reminds me of family time at Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. I know, it's strange to be drinking this in summer when Miami is boiling hot, but this drink is my form of liquid comfort, especially when mixed with organic amber agave nectar, which adds a slight maple syrup flavor. Just imagine all of your favorite family memories rolled into a delicious and warm beverage, and that's what you get with Samurai Chai tea.
Samurai Chai Mate contains green mate, green rooibos, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, lemongrass, orange peel, cornflower and other good stuff. The experts at Teavana tell me that mate contains less caffeine than coffee and gives you a slower, more sustained boost of energy, without the harsh crash that sometimes comes with coffee or energy drinks. I believe in limiting your caffeine consumption, so I don't drink this daily, but it is my absolute favorite.
What are you drinking? And what is your favorite tea or tisane?
Posted as part of Rednesday.