So the other day I was feeling a bit under the weather, yet exhausted in the morning and couldn’t decide whether I should have coffee or tea. Coffee eventually won out by virtue of giving me a faster energy buzz than tea. But I asked your your input, and here’s the advice I got:
- coffee now then tea before bed (I like this, best of both worlds!)
- Coffee with cinnamon instead of sugar (smart idea! I’ll try that next time!)
- tea tea tea tea tea (I think she means tea, lol)
- Green or black tea followed by lemon water (Hmm, I get extra detox that way.)
- Jasmine tea (never tried it before, but it sounds good)
- And at least one of you is thinking about my diet… an apple. (Also a good idea. Turned out to be my lunch, actually.)
Thanks for the input! It’s one bag of plain black tea and one bag of lemon-infused black tea this morning, steeped briefly so it isn’t overpowering. Went well with my cranberry and almond oatmeal. :)
Thanks for the advice, my lovelies!
I’m not feeling so hot today so I really should be drinking green or black tea with a lot of lemon. But I’m also completely bushed and have a lot of work to do this morning, so coffee is winning by virtue of being higher octane. A sleepy house-keeping witch is not an effective house-keeping witch.
Which would you pick?
While there’s no substitute for good ol’ meds when I have the cold (or as this year’s cold came to be known, “the plague”), I find that tea with lemon and honey (or peppermint) helps me feel better. It could be completely psychosomatic, but whatever, it beats whining for a few extra days.
So I did a little research to see what some health benefits MAY be associated with different kinds of tea. I can tell you this: most teas contain antioxidants which are very good for you, and if you’re not loading them up with sugar you really can’t go wrong with tea.
(My primary source is webmd.com; I’m not a doctor, so please use your own common sense and don’t replace modern medicine with a cup of tea).
- This bad boy looks like it can practically make you fly. Green tea has so many antioxidants that some research suggests it can slow down cancer, prevent clogging of the arteries, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, reduce the risk of stroke, improve cholesterol, and generally leaving you feeling awesome. It’s also good for the skin.
- The highest caffeine concentration is in black tea, so it’s a good substitute to coffee, and is the base used for most flavored teas (including chai). It might be good for reducing damage in the lungs caused by smoking and may also reduce stroke risk.
- Studies suggest it’s even more potent at slowing cancer than green tea.
- May lower cholesterol. Some say it’s great for weight loss, but there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence either way.
- Might reduce the risk of complications from diabetes (like nerve damage and blindness) and stunts the growth of cancer cells. It’s also awesome for stress, nerves, anger, and insomnia.
- Good for an upset stomach, colds and coughs, aches, and heartburn
- If it’s really lemon tea, it’s great for fighting infections. Putting some ginger and honey in it can relieve nausea (I have first-hand experience of this!).
Good morning, Tumblrverse!
There’s something wonderful about sharing good tea with friends, isn’t there? My brew this morning is lemon and ginger that feels wonderfully refreshing to my tired mind and soothing to my body that’s still begging to be left alone to sleep off this cold.
I found myself wandering around yesterday, looking at the other Pagan and Craft blogs out there (though I have to admit, I’m a little OCD, so I have a hard time looking at any page with more than one column for long). In my meanderings I came across a questionnaire that someone had completed and posted on her blog that I thought was interesting. I didn’t take the time to “borrow” the questionnaire, but maybe getting some of those basics out of the way would be a nice way to pass the time while I finish my tea.
You may call me Pandora (like the Anne Rice character, not the woman who let all that evil into the world). It’s not my Pagan name; as a matter of fact I don’t really have one. I’m 25 years old, a solitary practitioner, and have been walking this path for about 10 years. Growing up in the South (which I love), my faith has predictably created some… friction… for me. As a result of that, I kept myself carefully locked in the broom closet for a number of years. I’ve slowly emerged, and have found myself more and more open about my beliefs lately.
I don’t label myself anything beyond Pagan, because religion is a personal journey for me. I will tell you that I am eclectic and tend to call on deities from the Greek and Roman pantheons, yet my rituals tend to take on a more Celtic feel. Labelthat, I dare you. ;-)
I have two cats, Merlin and Morgan. Merlin (my very large black cat with gold eyes) occasionally deigns to be my familiar. I once did a working and called on my guardians. He jumped onto the altar. Other times, he makes himself comfortable under the altar cloth until I start casting my circle, then he bolts. Go figure. Morgan, however, has failed Fire Safety 101 and is not allowed in the room when there are candles burning. Thanks to quick reflexes on my part, the rug is still intact and all one color.
I work with herbs as much as possible, but unfortunately my living arrangements are such that I no longer can have my garden, so all I have are what’s left of my dried herbs. My favorites lately have been mint and thyme. I also do a lot of color magick, incorporating cords, colored paper, pencils, whatever into my spells.
I always work with all four elements, though my patrons are earth (and to a lesser degree) water. I make use of astrology whenever possible, but I’m not as good at it as I’d like to be. I have a set of tarot cards that I have yet to master. I’ve used various forms of scrying as a divination tool. When I was a teenager I made a set of divination (yes/no) stones to help me with simple decisions. They have not led me astray yet.
Well, my lovelies, my tea is gone and my ramblings have reached that point where they’ll just get more convoluted if I continue. I invite your thoughts and ideas, please use the ask function. Is there something you’re interested in? Are your beliefs different in some way? Have you ever practiced with a group rather than just on your own? I would love to know you! I’ll publish anything that’s respectful.
Until the next cup of tea— Blessed Be!