It’s a little bit of a cliché, but everything stops for afternoon tea.
Whatever else may be happening, I like to have some tea every afternoon. Vacations are no exception, and no matter how high the temperatures, we still have a pot of tea. (I have been known to travel with my own teabags, but please don’t tell anyone …) In fact, hot tea is quite cooling during hot weather – and a better option than iced drinks.
Lady Sarah’s quick guide for summer tea.
In the summer I favour a lighter, greener tea, like green jasmine or white tea. (Types like : Silver peony & white needle are good basic ones to start with). Loose leaf is usually best, but it is also possible to find excellent quality teabags – for those occasions when life demands a tea bag.
Never, ever, use boiling water for those delicate green tea leaves, the temperature will kill the delicate flavour and destroy the healthy antioxidants. Drink immediately after brewing. Green tea should in fact look pale green, if it looks brown it’s already oxidised and in all likelihood has an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Generally white and green tea are best enjoyed plain with no milk or sugar, though some like to sweeten them with a little honey.
Health & Beauty benefits
There are many amazing claims for green tea and fantastic health benefits – not all of them are supported by scientific evidence. In any case these claims include, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, stabilising healthy weight and offering some protection against tumour growth. More research is needed to verify those claims, but all looks promising, Acquiring a healthy tea habit may be worthwhile, I have done my own research, and it does seem to have a beneficial effect on creating beautiful, clear skin. I consider daily cups of green tea, combined with regular yoga an essential part of my beauty regime.
Incredible as it may sound, tea will always taste better in a china or porcelain cup, avoid plastic and paper like the devil. It is important to turn this into an enjoyable ritual, slow down and savour.
Do you have a favourite afternoon tea? And do you believe the alleged health benefits?
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