How To Have Your Own Tea Ritual At Home
Updated: Jan 12
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 other's 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
Did you know tea was discovered by accident? According to a popular legend, Chinese Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 B.C.E. He was in his garden, boiling some water when a leaf was blown into the water. He tried the infusion and he loved it! It could be a myth, but it's a fun story nonetheless. Who knows, as you try different teas you might fall in love with the taste!
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:
Have you ever tried traditional British scones? Here's a scone mix so you can bake your own at home easily.
Now, the final step is to relax. First things first, bring your tea and snacks to the most comfortable seating area in your home. Start sipping on that tea and just relax.
If you are alone, listen to music or read.
If you are with your family, just chat and talk about pleasant things. If you can sit outdoors, listen to the birds and bask in the sun. The most important thing is to ENJOY THE MOMENT.
A tea ritual is a form of self-care.
Yes, self-care is always thrown about as a life necessity. But trust me, it really is. It can do wonders for your mental health.
Having a tea routine helps you practice self-awareness and relaxation. Calmness is a hard state to achieve these days. That's why you need to actively practice self-care.
The motions of making, pouring, and drinking tea help you clear your thoughts and release tension in your body.
As well, a tea ritual is a perfect time to process the thoughts racing through your mind and make plans for the future.
How to make your tea ritual even better
I know this is purely for aesthetic purposes but a nice tea set with cute cups makes a world of difference.
Sure, you can have tea in a nice mug, porcelain teacups are even better!
The reason I insist on getting a nice tea set is that it makes it feel more special and exciting when you bring out the china.
Think like the British. Did you know that the concept of 'afternoon tea' dates back to the 19th century? It became socially acceptable to take a break mid-day to enjoy a cup of tea and some desserts.