National Hot Tea Month
I love tea particularly on a cold weather day while making a batch of my Living Healthy Essential Oils Soaps. I use my favorite cup that affectionately call the LOVE CUP place hot boiling water into it then add my favorite herbal tea from BE WELL TEAS (I love the Get Charged one made with organic Red Rooibos herbs from South Africa) then add a little honey and sometimes lemon.
January is the perfect month for celebrating National Hot Tea Month.
Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households? It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion.
The Tea Association of the USA Inc. states that:
On any given day, over 159 million Americans are drinking tea. In 2017, Americans consumed over 84 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.8 billion gallons. About 86% of all tea consumed was black tea, 13% was green Tea, and the small remaining amount was oolong, white and dark tea. The U.S. continues as the third largest importer of tea in the world after Russia and Pakistan, and literally the only western country to grow in both tea imports and consumption.
Much of the world’s tea is grown in mountainous areas 3,000 – 7,000 feet above sea level, situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn in mineral-rich and acidic soil. Leading tea-producing countries include Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Tea is a refreshing beverage that contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar. It is virtually calorie-free. Tea helps maintain proper fluid balance and may contribute to overall good health
There are some research on the health benefits that tea brings:
Drinking tea just one to six cups a day of can offer significant heart health benefits including reducing the incidence of cardiovascular events, slowing the progression of disease, lowering Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, and improving blood pressure.
More than 3,000 published research studies have evaluated the effect of tea—White, Green, Oolong or Black—and tea compounds, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), on the risk of a variety of cancer types.
Several studies suggest drinking calorie-free tea may help with weight management. Preliminary research suggested that tea flavonoids help elevate metabolic rate, increase fat oxidation and improve insulin activity.
Research has identified several modifiable factors that may help slow the progression or reduce the risk of age-related neurological declines and diseases. Tea may be one of the modifiable factors as the antioxidants in tea may protect brain cells from environmental insults from free radical exposure.
Today make sure to brew up some hot tea, sit back in your comfortable chair and relax!