“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Don’t get me wrong…coffee is awesome. I love it. I drink it black. No sugar. No cream. Well of course that is unless it’s a lazy holiday morning and it’s spiked with Bailey’s, or I’m ordering it from a coffeshop – then I’ll take it as a latte or cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso… especially if they have a pumpkin…mmmmm. (Bonus: I just found this recipe for making a pumpkin spice latte at home!!) It is true that a really good cup of coffee is hard to come by. I will admit to being a frequent coffee drinker at work as well….BUT…
I am a tea fanatic. I drink quite a bit of tea. I actually have a tea cabinet at home – right now it has about 10 different types of tea (that I can recall off of the top of my head)…dandelion root, plain green tea one of the engineers at work was kind enough to bring me from China, a cool blooming tea that starts as a flower “ball” and blooms when you steep it, a couple of different chais, Teavana’s Samurai Chai Mate (my FAVORITE chai), Lipton’s Orange, Passion Fruit and Jasmine Green Tea Blend, a peppermint Yerba Mate, and a couple of specialties that my Mom picked up in Tryon, NC (I think). I also have about 4 different types at work as well. Like I said, I’m a fanatic.
“As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones?There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.”― Aprilynne Pike, Illusions
This time of year, I’ll drink hot tea all day. It does a better job of warming me up than coffee, and it’s not as overpowering (smell and taste). I can drink it all day and still be able to go to sleep at night. And tea has soooooo many health benefits!! Tea is good for the brain, which in turn, is beneficial to creativity! It’s also jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. It also fights depression. Green tea helps fight weight gain as well, and who doesn’t want help with that? The burst of caffeine doesn’t hurt in executing all those new ideas you’re coming up with as long as you don’t overdo it. (Caffiene crash = BOO) There are so many different teas out there – which one do you drink? Well, for creativity, your best bet is to try a green tea or yerba mate which can help boost productivity. Rooibos tisanes can also help creativity because they contain electrolytes which can help you beat sluggishness. A what-sane? A tisane is consumed like a tea – brewed or steeped, but is actually a blend of dried herbs.
“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”
― Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea
In addition to helping you expand your creative thinking, tea can help with other things too:
Chamomile Tea if you’re:
- Stressed out
- About to go to bed
Green Tea if you’re:
- Trying to lose weight
- Feeling sick
Chai Tea if you’re:
- Feeling sluggish
- Having a stomach ache
Oolong Tea if you’re:
- Trying to burn fat
- Breaking out
Peppermint tea if you’re:
- Prone to headaches
Oh, and P.S….in looking for some info to back up my beliefs for this post, I stumbled upon these 2 sites which I CAN’T WAIT to order from…the Groove Tea Project… LOVE their greeting cards and will definitely be ordering some tea!!! So stinkin’ cute! …and POSSIBILITEAS – Teas for Creatives, featuring three special blends specifically with boosting creativity in mind – no pun intended. If you have a minute – check out the sites.
“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog