Theanine in Tea May Help Students Focus

Back to school reminders are everywhere these days. From the sales at every store, to Facebook photos of kids on the first day of school, you can’t escape the season’s change. We’ve mentioned before that tea is a great habit to get into to boost brain power and creativity, but it’s worth hearing again. It doesn’t matter whether you like white, green, black or oolong teas, they will all help you focus.

How does it work?

L-Theanine is the key. This natural component found in tea leaves has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve cognition and cognitive performance. It has also been tested as a mood booster. It is especially effective when combined with caffeine – another component of tea. This compound can be found in supplemental vitamins, but why not get it naturally? Besides, we can help you find a flavor you will love when it’s time to hit the books.

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Teacup with infuser

Know anyone headed off to college this time of year? Tea would make a tasty parting gift and could help a student focus. Not sure what kind of tea your college friend would like? Get a gift card and direct them to our website to explore on their own. We can ship anywhere, including college campuses across the nation.

Grab a cup the next time you need to get away and get some work done. We hope you notice a difference. We certainly do!

Rituals Get You Ready for the Day

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The Importance of RitualWhite Matcha Set

We all have some sort of rituals in our day. Think back to the routines you watched Mr. Rogers go through when he started his children’s show. No matter what you thought of his collection of sweaters, as a child, you probably found some comfort in watching him change his shoes and pick out the same sweater every day. This kind of structure sets a person up to face the day. Rituals are sort of like coping methods so to speak, and the simple familiarity of them can help us decompress after a long day or get us in the right frame of mind to face whatever the day may bring. Check out more good reasons to add rituals.

Find Your Ritual

Rituals are often at the same time each day, but having one that you can turn to, at any time, is good, too. Whether that is going for a quick walk around the office, getting up to get a glass of water, or firing up a kettle for tea, implementing your ritual can ease stress or anxiety. Naturally, we like the idea of brewing yourself a cup of tea, but look here for a few more ideas.

What are your rituals? Which new ones will you try? Let us know how it goes!

A Cup of Tea, Slow and Reverent

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
– Thich Nat Hahn

Tonight, as I brewed up my last pot of tea (Moroccan Mint), Thich Nat Hahn’s words struck a chord with me. While rushing through the bedtime routine at our house, I thought about how so many of these precious moments (getting to rock my daughter to sleep, for example) won’t last. The days are flying by fast, and I’m afraid that I’ll miss something in my race against the clock.Teapot

Slow Down

Tea invites us to slow time down a bit. There is never a 2–5 minute time period that I am more aware of than the 2–5 minutes it takes my first cup of tea to steep. Sitting down to enjoy it is automatically time carved out of the day for reflection. And reflection on life’s little moments and tiny blessings is what helps seal them in our memories.

Your Invitation

There will always be excuses to hurry and bustle, but this is your personal invitation to pause. Sit down, enjoy a pot of tea, and take inventory of your day, your blessings, your highs and lows, or whatever else you want to remember and cherish. Don’t let the rush toward the future cause you to miss the present. Enjoy it while it’s here!

Sun Tea, What You Need to Know

Warmer days are coming soon! For some of us they are already well established and leave us looking for a cool, refreshing drink. Sun tea has been a popular and relatively inexpensive way to keep hydrated for many people, but there are a few things you should know.

The Risks

The nostalgic look of tea bags cooking away in a glass jar on the front porch is definitely a welcoming sight. However, that glass jar creates the perfect environment for bacteria from tap water to thrive. The water typically keeps to a steady temperature of 130°F. To actually kill bacteria, the tea needs to get to 195°F. Of course, this bacteria probably adds a little to make sun tea taste just the way you remember it, but there are a few precautions to keep in mind if you choose to take the risk of enjoying it this summer.

  1. Wash out the glass jar and spigot (if your container has one) very carefully with warm, soapy water before putting in water for tea.
  2. Don’t leave the jar in the sun for more than 3-4 hours.
  3. Don’t make more tea than you plan to consume in a day.
  4. Refrigerate the tea as soon as it is brewed and keep it refrigerated.
  5. Discard if the tea appears thick or syrupy.

A Safe Alternative

With a little more planning ahead, iced tea is just as easy to make and definitely safe from bacteria by brewing it cold. Simply fill your jar with cool water, add tea bags as you would for sun tea, and place the jar in the fridge overnight. This way, bacteria doesn’t have a chance, and your tea will have a longer refrigerator shelf life. Give it a try! As simple as this method is, you may want to stock up on a few favorite flavors this time of year such as Mango Mayhem Black Tea, Lychee or Ginger Peach.

DIY Tea Spa

We know that tea is packed with health benefits as a beverage. Here’s something you may not have realized: when tea is in beauty products it makes for fantastic results! There are plenty of existing beauty products that claim to have beneficial tea leaves ground up with several other ingredients, but they can get expensive. We’ve gathered a few recipes here that are simple, budget-friendly and use only a few ingredients. So whether you’re looking to get rid of puffiness under your eyes, deep clean your pores, or brighten your smile, this is the place to look.

Clean and ExfoliateTea Masque

Making your own facial mask mixture couldn’t be any easier than this. Combine slightly moistened green tea leaves (e.g. Sencha and Dragon Well) with a bit of honey and spread it evenly over your face. Let it set for a few minutes and then wash off with warm water. This should help remove redness and exfoliate. Simple and it smells great too!

Reduce Eye-Puffiness

Here’s another simple remedy that takes only two ingredients: cold water and tea bags. Soak the tea in the water and place them over your eyes for 15-20 minutes. The cool water will soothe your eyes while the caffeine in the tea will take away the puffiness. Caffeine is featured in several beauty products that claim to do this same thing but for more money than you’d be shelling out for tea bags.

Put Shine into Your Hair

Cold water and black tea (for brunettes) or chamomile (for blondes) is a great way to make your hair shine. The pigments in black tea or chamomile will enhance your natural hair color. Just rinse your hair in the appropriate brewed tea or herbal blend, and wrap your hair in a towel for 20 minutes to let the brew soak in. Rinse and continue styling.

These ideas are just a start to creating your own tea-inspired personal spa. Here’s a few more great tea beauty products. You can make them all at home whilst enjoying a cup of your favorite tea.