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Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, Issue #004 -- Tea & Mental Health, Tea Book of the Month
March 06, 2014
Greetings from The Tea Talk!

Welcome to Issue 4 of Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, our monthly newsletter about the many benefits of tea for health and wellness!

Each month in the Tea Talk for Tea Lovers newsletter, we'll provide you with tea tidbits about health and well-being, reviews of tea-related books and magazines, and other tea tips to help you enjoy this healthful, delicious beverage to the fullest.

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This month...
-- Tea & Mental Health
-- What's the Difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea?
-- Tea Book of the Month
-- Our Monthly Tea Tip

Tea & Mental Health

Simple, small choices we make each day can go a long way in improving physical health, like choosing salad more often than cake, sleeping for 8 hours (or thereabouts) each night, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator when we can. Supporting good physical health is so important, but we can't forget to nurture our mental health, as well.

There are so many fun, easy, effective ways to support mental wellness - yoga or meditation, working on a crossword puzzle with your afternoon tea, practicing a musical instrument, learning a new language, popping into Luminosity for a few minutes after the kids are in bed... And, another very simple way you can benefit your mental health and wellness is to drink tea! Here are some of the teas and herbal tisanes that can cultivate good cognitive and emotional well-being.

Black Tea - The Stress Buster

Effectively managing everyday stressors can play an important part in lessening anxiety and improving mental health.

A quick, delicious way to help yourself deal with a stressful event is to steep and savor a steamy cup of black tea (or a tall, frosty glass of iced black tea on a hot day!). Research tells us that, while black tea won't actually reduce your stress levels immediately after a stressful event, it will help to bring your cortisol (the 'stress' hormone) levels back to normal far more quickly.

So, the next time you're faced with one of life's many worrisome or stressful situations, sip some black tea to help you de-stress and feel better more quickly.

Feeling Anxious? Try Chamomile Tea for Relief

Today's world can be so busy and stressful at times that many of us feel anxious or worried on almost a daily basis, it seems!

Chamomile tea has a reputation in traditional herbal medicine as a calming, effective remedy for relieving anxiety and worry, and recent scientific research has confirmed that regularly enjoying chamomile herbal tea can significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

If you're feeling anxious, nervous, or even a bit down, steep a pot of delicious chamomile tea for soothing relief and to help relax your nerves. If you're going through a stressful period in your life, why not add this delicious, beneficial herbal tea to your daily routine for some additional nurturing support during this tough time?

Protect Your Mental Health with Green Tea

Everywhere we turn, we hear more about the amazing health benefits of green tea. Another benefit of this all-around health and wellness tea is its ability to prevent age-related cognitive decline.

Studies have found that not only can green tea protect us from the cognitive decline that so often accompanies aging, but this tea can also help to prevent neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Green tea is delicious hot or iced, and you'll be doing your mental health so much good by adding this powerhouse beverage to your day.

If you've been feeling particularly anxious or even depressed lately, why not schedule a visit to your healthcare professional and let her know how you've been feeling? She is there to help and provide support not only for physical wellness, but for mental wellness, too.

Please drop by The Tea Talk at to learn more about tea and health (mental, emotional, and physical). And remember, teas and herbal tisanes do have some potential side effects, so it's important to stay informed about the teas in your tea cupboard. Ask your herbal practitioner, naturopathic or homeopathic doctor, or other healthcare provider about the best teas for you and your family, too.

Did you know... Caffeine can affect women differently at different times of the month, based on hormone fluctuations! Have you noticed that you're more sensitive to the caffeine in your mug of black or green tea at certain times in the month?

What's the Difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea?

While the terms 'high tea' and 'afternoon tea' are often used interchangeably, there are actually some distinct differences between these two teatimes.

Afternoon tea, which is usually enjoyed around 4:00 p.m., is intended to tide us over between lunch and dinner. This light refreshment typically consists of tea and various dainty tidbits, such as scones, cake, pastries, and finger sandwiches. Traditionally, afternoon tea is a relaxing social occasion, with linens, pretty china, and flowers, and more often enjoyed by women than men.

High tea, on the other hand, is a more robust meal, in which a strong pot of tea is served alongside hot meat or fish dishes, vegetables, pot pies, cheese, bread, cakes, custards, and more. This hearty meal was traditionally enjoyed by working-class families after the workday was over (between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.), or by children whose parents would have a more formal or grown-up meal later in the evening.

No matter what you call your daily teatime, relax and savor the moments, the company, and your delicious cup or pot of tea, as well, knowing how very good this tea ritual is for your physical, emotional, and social health and well-being!

'Come along inside... We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.' - Kenneth Graeme, The Wind in the Willows

Tea Book of the Month - 'The Colour of Tea'

If you're a tea lover and a reader, as well, you're likely always keeping an eye open for books about tea.

A novel I've recently added to my collection of tea books is 'The Colour of Tea' by Hannah Tunnicliffe. A wonderful story about life, love, friendship, macarons, and tea, 'The Colour of Tea' draws you into the world of an endearing cast of characters - our heroine, Grace, and her husband, Pete, as well as the amazing women Grace meets as she opens her small cafe, Lillian's, on the tiny island of Macau. The story of Grace's journey as she serves tea, coffee, and macarons in Lillian's pulls you in and won't let you go - even after you've turned the last page!

The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful, and another of my favorite parts of the book is the chapter titles... To give you a hint of what's ahead, each chapter is named after a macaron flavor, such as 'Gunpowder Green Tea with Sweet Mandarin Buttercream' and 'Pink Earl Grey Infused with Dark Chocolate Ganache.' Mouthwatering and inspiring.

Well written and thoughtful, this book has everything you need for a good read - an interesting plot, a delightful tropical setting, fascinating characters, and, to top it off, a tea cafe! The perfect read for a relaxing Sunday afternoon with a pot or jug of your favorite tea alongside.

Our Monthly Tea Tip

Depending on where you live in the world, you may be battling through the last few weeks of winter cold, cough, and flu season. If you prefer natural remedies whenever possible for helping to manage these seasonal sicknesses, don't forget that your tea cupboard can offer a wealth of comfort and healing for colds and flus.

If you're suffering from sinus congestion, try a steamy cup of ginger, cinnamon, or peppermint tea to loosen blockage (a peppermint tea steam can work wonders, as well, if you're quite congested).

Sipping warm peppermint or ginger tea can ease a sore throat or cough, and adding a dollop of honey to your tea can provide further help to protect, soothe, and calm your throat, plus give your immune system an extra boost.

Wishing you a peaceful day topped off with lots of your favorite tea,
Della @ The Tea Talk

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