Enjoy tea properly – wellness for body and soul
Tea is much more than just a drink. Tea is pleasure, wellness and health in one. That’s why it’s important to know how to enjoy tea properly.
It is not for nothing that, for thousands of years, many cultures around the world associated tea with meditation, peace of mind and enlightenment.
“You drink tea to forget the noise of the world.”
Tea drinkers are connoisseurs because tea takes time and dedication. The East Frisians treat themselves to this break most often.
Every year they drink more than 300 liters of tea there. This is even more than they drink in Japan, China or Great Britain.
According to statistics, the most popular types of teas in America are herbal and fruit teas, which are sold in sachets.
Strictly speaking, these are not “teas” at all, but “tea-like products”. Basically, we can only call the infusions of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) tea, i.e. green, black, yellow and white tea.
Bagged teas – often artificially flavored and far too sweet
Herbal and fruit teas have unfortunately largely turned into aroma spinners. Additions of sugar or sweetening ingredients and aroma are the rule rather than the exception in supermarket goods.
A look at the list of ingredients is also worthwhile for a supposedly natural food such as tea.
If you want to make sure you have high-quality goods in your bag, you should pay attention to organic goods or buy teas in the health food store.
If, in addition to enjoyment, health benefits also count, then you should choose drug-quality teas. These teas are of the highest quality, tested for their effectiveness and freedom from harmful substances and mostly available in pharmacies.
Tea is a character drink!
Every tea, if it is a natural product, has specific properties and ingredients that unfold in their own when the preparation is right.
The preparation is crucial for aroma and taste. For example, one should not pour green tea with boiling water.
Rather, the water should cool down for 5-10 minutes after a short boil before you brew the tea. Black tea has less sensitivity here.
According to the package, we should usually infuse herbal and fruit teas with boiling water to kill any germs.
The right brewing time is also crucial. Usually, the times recommended on the packaging are a very good guideline.
If the tea brews for too long, it often tastes bitter because it releases too many tannins from the plant parts.
Keeping it warm for a long time is also not good for the tea, because any mold spores that are present can germinate.
We’ll show you what else you should know about the individual teas below.
Black tea was invented in China during the Ming Dynasty (14th century). Like green and white tea, the leaves for black tea come from the tea plant.
After harvesting, the leaves are rolled to break up the plant cells. The escaping plant sap then oxidizes and gives the tea its characteristic dark color and taste.
Unfortunately, many healthy ingredients of the tea leaf get lost or converted through oxidation. If you don’t want to do without them, you should go for green tea.
Green tea is harvested from the same plant as black tea, but the leaves are not allowed to oxidize in this case.
This preserves the green color and at the same time many healthy secondary plant substances. The best known of these are the catechins. They are said to have a variety of health effects. They also give the tea the bitter taste when you brew it too long.
Incidentally, the younger and more tender the leaves are when harvesting, the higher the quality of green tea. The first tea harvest of the year and the early leaves obtained from have the name “first flush”.
If you use whole tea leaves, you should rinse them briefly under running water before brewing to remove dust or similar deposits.
Then, you brew the green tea with hot but no longer boiling water (max. 194 ° Fahrenheit). You can brew green tea up to three times. Some swear that the second infusion is the best and the healthiest.
The basis of white tea is the unopened leaf buds of the tea plant. Since the harvest is laborious and a relatively large number of buds are required for a cup of tea, white tea is quite expensive.
As with green tea, oxidation is prevented as much as possible with white tea. The preparation of white tea is the same as that of green tea.
The indigenous people of South America used to drink mate tea even before colonization. The beverage is still very popular there today. The leaves come from the South American mate shrub.
Traditionally, one enjoys mate tea from a so-called calabash, a hollowed-out and decorated bottle pumpkin.
Then, you draw the tea itself through a metal rod, called a bombilla, which works like a straw. There is a sieve at the bottom of the bombilla so that you won’t accidentally drink any herb pieces.
Mate contains a variety of healthy ingredients, including tannins, vitamins and essential oils. In the United States, and certain parts fo Europe, the FDA approved mate as a medicine, but one can also purchase it over the counter.
Simply make tea yourself
If you would like to lend a hand with tea, there are almost no limits. You can collect fresh herbs and dry them if stored appropriately for several weeks to months.
For example, nettles, lavender, linden blossoms, lemon balm or chamomile are suitable, whether pure or as a mixture of herbs. To dry, you can hang the herbs together in a warm and sunny room.
Freshly plucked and brewed, of course, they taste particularly good. Peppermint, for example, is easy to draw in a pot and offers aromatic leaves for cooling hours all year round.
Fruits are also suitable as tea ingredients – fresh or dried. Pears, apples, strawberries, blueberries or raspberries and citrus fruits are particularly aromatic.
With all the variety of intense fragrances, essential oils and colorful fruits the preparation of the tea becomes a wellness experience.
Who needs artificial aroma bags when mother nature makes it so easy for us to enjoy tea properly?
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