Are you a tea drinker? I sure am. Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water? (source)
Aside from being a tasty beverage, tea also has some pretty great health benefits – mentally and physically. There have been many scientific studies and articles published recently that praise the benefits that drinking tea can have on your body. For centuries drinking tea has been associated with having health benefits but only recently has it been investigated scientifically.
Some of these benefits that have been recently involved in scientific studies including how the anti-inflammatory properties prevent certain cancers and diseases, as well as how it contributes to a greater mineral bone density in women. (source) Tea with caffeine also holds the stimulant benefits of caffeine but without the calories that some other caffeinated beverages have. There are also, of course, caffeine free varieties of tea as well.
For many people, myself included, sipping a cup of hot tea is a great way to take some time for yourself and relax. Holding a mug warms your hands and sipping the tea warms your body. Even just the act of sipping hot tea forces you to slow things down – no one (that I know of) can chug a mug of steamy hot tea!
Aside from the standard black, white, green, and oolong leaf tea varieties, there are also herbal teas. Though they are still generally called tea, these are put through a different process and are technically called infusions. They are combinations of fruits, leaves, roots, and grains rather just the plant leaf. These types of teas can serve different medicinal purposes as well, depending on the products used in the infusion. Ginger is often used to effectively treat nausea and stomach upset and ginger tea will do the same. I’ve seen teas on the market that claim to promote everything from respiratory health, to digestive function, to healthy joints. As herbal and non-traditional medicine becomes more commonly used, I think we will see even more herbal tea infusions on the market.
I know many of you are tea drinkers for many different reasons. Personally, I started drinking tea a few years ago in an effort to lessen my caffeine intake without giving up cold turkey. I started off really enjoying green teas, and slowly moved on to lighter and sweeter flavored teas, and then eventually black teas. My current favorite tea is TazoJoywhich was a seasonal tea last winter. I have a couple of bags left but I’m hoping that it will be coming back again this year!
Do you have a current favorite tea? Are you looking for new tea to try? Would you like to share your favorite tea with others? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck! We’ve been hinting at it for a while and we are now excited to launch a HLB Tea Exchange!
We know many of you love tea and want to share your love with others. We designed the tea exchange so that those of us who love tea can share our favorites and try new tea.
When you sign up for the exchange, you will be paired with another tea lover whom you will send two of your favorite tea bags. Someone will have your name and send you two tea bags as well.
How do you sign up? Filloutthisparticipationformto get started! This is just a one time event. If we get lots of interest, we might host an exchange again in the future, but for now your commitment is only for a one time exchange. You will have until Monday October 22 to sign up.
Then What? You will then get your match on October 23. Then, find two bags of tea – either two of the same, or two different, and mail them to your match. (I’ve sent two tea bags in a normal business sized envelope and one forever stamp was enough!) You will have two weeks (until November 6) to send out your tea.
Plain and simple. Send tea. Get tea. It might be fun to include your newly discovered teas in a blog post, but it is not required. If you are on Twitter, or Instagram, you can post about the exchange using hashtag #HLBtea
Once you sign up, you can also grab yourself this badge to encourage others to sign up, too!
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Who is excited for a tea exchange?! Click HERE to sign up!