Life today is so fast-paced it feels like everyone is constantly on-the-go – sometimes we need to take the time to step back, relax, and recuperate. Our hectic schedules make stress seem like the norm, but it’s okay to stop and smell the CBD tea leaves.
There’s nothing cozier than staying home on a gray, rainy day, cradling a piping hot cup of tea, with nothing more than an empty agenda ahead of you – pure bliss.
In honor of the importance of self-care, let’s look at the wonderful world of tea
But we’re not stopping there, we’ll take it on steep further (see what we did there) and throw some CBD into the pot – All pun intended. It makes for a power-packed brew that will melt away your stress, while soothing your body and mind.
CBD and Tea: A Match Brewed in Heaven
The Perfect Cuppa
The title is a bit misleading because, the truth is, there really is no such thing as the “perfect” cup of tea. What it comes down to in the end is personal taste, though there are some basic rules you can follow to ensure your cuppa is grade-A quality every time.
But first, which kind of tea are you going to use? There are six main types:
1. Black tea
The leaves are fully dried, then crushed and left out in the air for a prolonged period of time. This process is referred to as wilting and oxidizing the leaves. Black tea is strong and dark in color.
Think English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling.
2. Green tea
The leaves are immediately wilted using steam or fire to prevent oxidation from occurring. The lack of oxidation means green tea is a more delicate brew with less caffeine than either black or Oolong tea. It is also high in the catechin, or EGCg, which is believed to have many potential health benefits.
3. White tea
The leaves are neither wilted nor oxidized; instead, white tea is made with the buds of the tea plant, making it the mildest of all the teas. This also means white tea is lower in caffeine yet also relatively high in catechins, like green tea.
4. Oolong tea
These leaves are basically the same as black tea, except they’re only left to oxidize for half the time, making it slightly more mild-flavored than black or Pu-erh tea. Tea connoisseurs describe its flavor as somewhere between light and floral to dark and chocolatey.
5. Pu-erh tea
The leaves go through the same wilting and oxidation process as both black and Oolong teas do, but then it’s left to go through a microbial fermentation process. This ages and preserves the leaves, which made it ideal for transport and trade in ancient times.
The fermented leaves also help with digestion. The caffeine of Pu-erh tea also happens to be relatively low since caffeine deteriorates with age.
6. Herbal tea
We may have stretched the truth just a smidge. There are really only five main types of tea (scientifically speaking) and herbal isn’t one of them. That’s because there’s no actual tea involved.
That said, people drink herbal teas as much as any other “real” tea so it should be included. These are decaffeinated, herbal infusions. Some common flavors are chamomile, peppermint, and ginger. Herbal teas often have therapeutic benefits that reflect the herb’s natural properties.
In many parts of the world, tea is a ritual and, as with all rituals, there are specific steps that must be followed. Now that you’ve decided on your type of tea, it’s time to get down to the details.
Step 1: Boil the water
Whether you do this on the stovetop, in a kettle or saucepan, in an electric kettle, or the microwave, you’re going to need to get the water hot. We generally suggest avoiding the microwave, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
The electric kettle is probably the quickest of all the methods, and is actually impressive in how fast it will boil water. It also doesn’t require any hot surfaces to later burn yourself on, so it’s less hazardous as well.
Some fancy electric kettles even have buttons for different types of tea. For example, the button for green tea will heat the water to 170 °F.
Step 2: Choose the receptacle
Tea made in a pot is always generally better. Why? I don’t know, it just is.
Also, British people agree – and seem to know what they’re doing when it comes to tea time.
How often do I make tea in a pot? Never, so we’re moving on to cups. But if you have a pot readily available, you should make tea in the pot.
For cups and mugs, there are a few different options available.
The best material to drink tea out of is porcelain because it won’t absorb the tannins in the tea and also won’t alter its taste. Of course, you can use metal, ceramic, and glass mugs or cups; but if you’re going for the epitome of tea perfection, go with porcelain.
Step 3: Brew the tea
Here’s another crucial step that can make the difference between drinking a cup of deliciously-flavored tea and forcing yourself to gulp down cringe-worthy tea water. Despite common belief, the amount of time you leave the bag in the water is very important!
A good time range is anywhere from three to five minutes. Don’t just put the tea bag in then decide to go catch up on a few episodes of Game of Thrones while it steeps – unless you’re trying to invoke the wrath of the tea gods.
Set a timer and meditate for a few minutes, it’ll make a big difference.
Step 4: Remove the tea bag
Remove. The. Tea. Bag. I repeat: REMOVE. THE. TEA. BAG.
Leaving it in is weird, unnecessary, and also risks over-steeping the tea. Also, please don’t be lazy and leave it on the counter or in the sink. You’re an adult, it’s called a trash can – do your part and help contribute to cleaning up our planet!
Step 5: Stir in some CBD!
And now that you have a perfectly brewed cup of tea, add some CBD tincture oil to make it even better!
Doing so will combine all the beneficial antioxidants and calming effects of tea with the powerful, natural properties of CBD to provide a restful and rejuvenating way to spend your day. It’s perfect when you’re feeling in need of a pick-me-up and a little stay-at-home pampering.
It’s Tea Time
As the Chinese legend goes, tea was first discovered by Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE when a leaf accidentally fell into an open pot of water he was boiling over the fire.
In India, legend has it that Prince Bodhi-Dharma – founder of the Zen School of Buddhism – vowed to meditate for nine years with no sleep.
Unfortunately, he did eventually fall asleep and, upset over failing, he cut off his eyelids, threw them to the ground, and then they grew into tea plants.
The first story sounds more plausible but, regardless, the point remains that tea has been around for a while. It most likely originated somewhere in and around Central Asia, then spread outward to further regions.
With time, increasing exploration led to trade and colonization which led to tea eventually making its way to Europe. By the 17th century, tea was blossoming in popularity all across the continent. In big cities like Paris, London, and Amsterdam, it was the drink among the upper class.
Prior to this, coffee was the posh beverage of choice but had been mainly relegated to men’s circles. Tea, on the other hand, appealed to women at the time because it seemed to be a more lady-like beverage.
Catharine of Braganza, the Portuguese wife of King Charles the II, loved tea so much that she initiated a “tea time” in the royal court. To this day, tea time remains an integral part of life in Great Britain.
Now referred to as Afternoon or High Tea, tea time is typically between three and five p.m. This set time is when tea is served alongside light, savory, and sweet snacks like finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries.
Tea finally made it to America in the mid-17th century when the colonies were settled. But in an attempt to control the colonists, the British created the Tea Act which ramped up taxes on all imported tea.
Needless to say, this didn’t go over very well with the colonists.
Pretty soon after this, the colonists revolted, spilling the tea from British trade boats into the Boston Harbor and then declaring war. It didn’t happen that fast obviously but, for the purposes of this blog, we’re giving you the cliff notes version.
Fast forward to today and tea is pretty much everywhere and in every form.
Actually, after water, it’s the world’s most widely consumed drink. There’s hot tea, iced tea, bubble tea, loose-leaf herbal tea, green tea ice cream, tea-infused night cream – you get the picture.
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