The other day, I was throwing a tea party. While one of my hosts talked about the teapot they wanted, a friend commented, “Oh, okay, grannie.” The comment blew me away!
Did you know that tea is the #2 most consumed beverage just under water? It’s popular in so many cultures and yet some people still see it as a drink only for grandmothers or the Queen.
First of all, let’s consider all of the benefits of tea. The Japanese have been drinking tea for hundreds of years because of its benefits and those have crossed over into North American culture. Tea is wonderful for weight loss and it’s full of antioxidants. Herbal teas — also known as tisanes — have been around forever and are still used as a natural way to cure common ailments. Tired? Why not try some chamomile tea! Feeling nauseated? How about a tea with ginger! Ate too much? Try a tea with mint!
Then there’s the fact that we all want our kids to be healthy, yet juice and flavoured milk is such a big thing in their world. If someone told you that you should give them tea, you’d probably say they were crazy because of caffeine, right? But there are plenty of teas that DON’T have caffeine that are perfect for kids! Rooibos tea is naturally sweet, naturally caffeine free, and is full of healthy antioxidants. Fruit tea is perfectly sweet and wonderful iced — a great option to keep in the fridge when your kids want something other than water. Heck, I keep a jug or two of fruit tea in the fridge to sip on during the day since I also get bored with plain water. It’s a great thirst quencher!
And think of the variety of tea! It’s not just plain ol’ Earl Grey or Orange Pekoe tea. There are so many wonderful flavours out there, something for everyone. If you’re looking for something strong, try an Irish Breakfast. If you’re looking for an after dinner tea, why not After Eight? The options are endless! Plus, it’s always great to watch your tea steeping in a clear teapot or iced tea jug — I just love watching the tea steep out of the leaves!
So the next time someone calls you a grannie for wanting to get a new teapot, why not tell them all the great things about tea? How it’s not just made for older people or the queen and how it can benefit everyone? Or why not invite them in for a cup and show them how great tea can be? Once you make them that perfect cup, I guarantee you’ll have a tea loving friend!
What are your thoughts on tea? Do you agree that it’s not just your grandma’s beverage?