English people truly believe this. In England having a cup of tea can cheer you up, calm you down, relax you after a long day, make you feel physically better, the list goes on.
I love a proper English cup of tea but over the years & since leaving the UK, I’ve moved more towards herbal and green teas (oh and coffee of course). When we lived in Shanghai, we discovered the wonderful black and green loose leaf teas that the Chinese drink by the gallon. Tea is most certainly restorative and important health wise in China and I really like that.
I’m an especially big fan of green tea, it has a myriad of health benefits such as its antioxidant properties that can have a wonderful immune system boosting effect on the body. There are some elements of green tea that can also help improve brain function (we could all do with being smarter right?) and research has been carried out to demonstrate how green tea can also aid weight loss.
These days I buy green tea bags which I find easier to brew but really the loose leaf tea is the best.
I’m signing off with a photo that always reminds me of how refreshing a cup of tea can be. I bought this pretty ginger jar covered in butterflies in one of Shanghai’s awesome street markets. It was a sweltering hot day when I bought it – about 40 degrees celsius plus almost 100% humidity. I remember the lady stall holder was coping with the heat by sipping from a thermos bottle filled to the brim with refreshing green tea. Hope the tea made her day better :).