How To Have Your Own Tea Ritual At Home
I've previously written about the benefits of a morning coffee routine, but believe me, a tea ritual is even better. Having a tea ritual is all part of slow living and a balanced lifestyle.
I am the ultimate introvert and I spend most of my time at home working (writing) and relaxing or doing chores. I have 8 cats, 3 dogs, and 6 chickens. Sometimes I feel like I am out of balance and life is a bit too fast-paced. My brain is always on alert and I feel anxious because I am not going all the things checked off my ever-growing to-do list.
Here's where the tea ritual comes in. And I don't mean a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. All I mean when I use the term 'tea ritual' is a small yet fancy ritual for you and your family. A tea ritual will help you return to the natural rhythm of life - a slower-paced form of living.
Consider it a break or a time to re-energize and re-focus.
For me, tea time equals me time and I usually sit on the porch or on the sofa during colder months and I listen to music, read, or watch a good show. If my boyfriend is at home, we spend our tea time talking and just relaxing in each others company.
Now think, what does a tea ritual mean to you?
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To have a tea ritual, you need 3 basic things.
1. BREW DELICIOUS TEA
The first step of a great tea ritual is to brew a pot (or a cup) of your favorite tea.
There are so many types of teas, besides the traditional varieties. Have you ever tried loose leaf flavored teas?
Here are some of my top picks for flavored teas to make even tea haters interested.
Chai is a spiced black tea with an intense flavor. It also contains caffeine so it's a great alternative to coffee.
Tealyra - Tranquil Dream - Chamomile Honeybush Lavender - Calming - Relaxing - Herbal Loose Leaf Tea - Caffeine-Free - All Natural
A good herbal chamomile blend is the best calming tea out there.
You can have a different tea every day and try all of the flavors in this variety pack.
What are the benefits of tea?
Tea gives an energy boost. The caffeine in tea doesn't leave you with an energy crash like coffee.
Tea is high in antioxidants which help your immune system fight free radical cells.
Tea is beneficial for weight loss.
Tea helps manage cholesterol levels.
Some teas are good for your heart health.
Teas cleanse the gut and help keep the good bacteria working optimally.
Tea can even boost your mood.
2. HAVE SNACKS
No tea ritual is complete without some snacks like tea cakes and scones. You can buy some delicious treats to enjoy alongside your tea, or you can bake.
A snack can be sweet or salty, depending on your preferences. Here are some ideas: