I don’t think I talk about how much tea I drink on this site.

Confession: I drink at least 5-8 cups of tea a day.

After my morning cup (or pot- but who’s counting) of coffee, I try not to touch the stuff for the rest of the day.  Sometimes I need a caffeine buzz and will just go for it, but most days I find myself heading to the tea cupboard or seeing what bags I have in my purse I’m carrying with me (Yes, I carry tea bags in all of my purses in a variety of flavors so I never have to go without).  I don’t know why it is that I’ve turned out like this- I never purposefully tried to only have coffee in the morning and tea the rest of the day- it’s just what my body craves and I decide to give it.

The brilliant part about it though is that there are so many wonderful benefits to tea, whether you’re sipping on a simple herbal tea, or drinking green and rooibos.  Today, I got lucky.  I was invited to a tea tasting down at Silk Road where we explored the mysterious world that is the lovely Rooibos tea.  We tried three different kinds, and tried one of them as a tea latte.

So a little info about some of my favorite teas..

Rooibos: In Afrikaans it translates to “red bush” and was made popular by South Africa.  Though they have been drinking it for centuries in South Africa, it is new to the North American scene and is only just starting to get buzz in the health industries.  It is usually a favorite tea of those trying to stop consuming caffeine as it is quite robust, similar to black tea. Rooibos tea is loaded with antioxidants and also has a number of phenolic compounds.  In traditional medicine Rooibos was used to treat allergies, asthma, colic and skin problems like eczema; today it is consumed for it’s lovely benefits ranging from helping relieve nervous tension to allergies and digestive aid.  Rooibos is sweet and nutty, and definitely worth trying the next time you see it in either a grocery store or coffee shop.

In South Africa, they are trying to restrict the use of the name Rooibos to the area in which its grown, making it similar to the Champagne region in France and Port region in Portugal.

Green: Green teas are produced primarily in China and was brought to Japan by Chinese Buddhist monks sometime in the 8th century.  Green tea was drank by monks in earlier centuries to aid in their concentration during meditation.  Today, many of us drink it for very different reasons.  Green tea has been used to treat everything from cancer, to multiple sclerosis; help with Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease; reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks;  and also helps to raise your metabolism and increase fat burning.

The list of benefits seems like it could go on forever.  I like to have a green tea mid morning at school as the light caffeination keeps me awake, and paying attention (most days) and all the great benefits are too hard to pass up- I’d feel like I was missing out.

Herbal: My list could go forever listing all the wonders that the herbal tea world has to offer you.  My flavor of the month for herbal tea is ginger by day and peppermint by night, so I’ll give you a little run down of these benefits, and leave mysteries of the rest to you. Rooibos tea is also herbal- Herbal generally means that it has no caffeine.

Peppermint tea is not only refreshing, but it also boasts a long list of health benefits primarily around digestion.  Everything from irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and flatulence can be aided by peppermint.  It also fights stress, controls mild asthma, clears congestion (related to colds), fights bad breath and also helps control muscle pain (and some chronic pain).  Whenever I have a stomach that is bothering me, I always get peppermint- it’s fresh tasting and never seems to be out of season (which is how I feel with some heavily spiced teas).

Ginger tea on the other hand, is a completely different ball game, both taste wise and health benefit wise.  Ginger tea is spicey and delicious, I find that it wakes me up even without the caffeine.  Ginger root, which ginger tea is made from, is known to be a good source of B6 vitamins, magnesium, and potassium.  The hotter and spicier it is, the more benefits you will have.  What are the benefits? Ginger tea aids in respiratory disorders (allergies, colds- clearing sinuses), relieves sore throats, reduces gas, reduces excessive sweat, decreases blood sugar, relieves menstrual cramps, and freshens your breath (I can vouch for the last three).

So there you have it, a little bit of food for thought as you sip your next cup of tea.

The lovely people at Silk Road, didn’t just invite me to a tea tasting, they also invited a lucky reader. Silk Road and I are giving away 2 things.   Winner 1 will get 2-40 cup tins of tea, and winner 2 (someone who lives or is planning on coming out to the west coast of BC) will get 1-40 cup tin of tea with a 2 for 1 ticket to a tea tasting at silk road (schedule included in the pack up).

Here’s how to enter:

  1. You must leave a comment here telling me why you’d like the tea, and what your favorite tea is (also- tell me if you are planning a trip near here so I can determine which prize to give you if you win)
    Then (one of the following):
  2. Follow me on Twitter
  3. Link this contest back on a blog post of yours
  4. Add me to your blogroll

I will be choosing the winner on February 10th at 7pm, so make sure to get your entries in!


51 thoughts on “Tea Time & GIVEAWAY

  1. I was born in central Asia. I lived there ’till I was 7. And their main drink is tea (could be because China is their neighbor). That’s what they drink all day long. Although my family is not Tajik, tea is the main drink in our house (I currently live in the U.S). It’s what we drink after each meal, and throughout the whole day. Too bad I don’t live near you. I would love to go.

  2. I love tea because it’s so relaxing to drink before bedtime… or if it’s caffeinated it’s delish in the mornings in lieu of coffee (sometimes)! I’m in BC, but up north, but we plan to head down to the island this spring.. hopefully in April!

    Oh and, I tried to follow you on twitter but can’t find you 😦

  3. Awesome giveaway! My favorite tea is iced green tea from a little coffee shop down the street from where I work. Its just so fresh and full of flavor. Even in the winter I love having it! 🙂

  4. I need to start drinking a little more tea and a little less coffee! I still have some holiday tea from Celestial seasonings and it’s my favorite! Gingerbread spice…sugar cookie sleigh ride… 🙂

  5. tea! i’d love to win because i simply love it! i’ve just added you to my blogroll. my fave kind of the moment is lemon zinger by celestial seasonings or apple cranberry by tazo. but i love full leaf teas, i just wish they weren’t so pricey!

  6. i love tea too! i drink coffee in the morning and tea all day. not as many cups as you, but im jealous! i’d be happy to drink that much tea 🙂

    my favorite right now is rooibos, so im glad you mentioned it! i also love a good chamomile tea. mighty leaf does a great citrusy one.

    and i just added u to my blog roll!!

  7. Mmm, I love tea, too! I drink it every day as well…multiple cups. My all time favorite is peppermint, but lately I have found a spice tea that I am loving called Sweet & Spicy Herbal and it is phenomenal…full of cinnamon flavor, which I love.

    Just added you to my blogroll, and I’m off to follow you on twitter, too!

  8. I’d love to win the tea. I already like tea in general, but I have wanted to get more into enjoying BETTER cups of tea. Basically move away from the orange pekoe and chai to something more green. I really enjoy chai the most, it has deep and complex flavours and I appreciate the aroma it has. I could just sniff it all day long.

  9. Great blog! I know what you mean about trying to keep up with all of the blogs you love! In the past 6 months I have fallen in love with many health and fitness blogs.

    I’ve loved it so much I just started my own: Happy Heart, Happy Mind (http://jensanders52.wordpress.com/)
    I will definitely add you to my blog roll!

    I enjoy drinking green tea in the morning and throughout the work day, a berry flavored Yogi-Tea filled with antioxidants in the evenings after work, and my new all time favorite is an herbal tea with valerian to help me sleep at night.

    Hmmm… maybe I do drink a lot of tea! I’d love to try rooibos! This is what I love about health blogs! You get to read about and try many new foods/drinks!

    Have a great day!

  10. A tea shop in my city makes a delicious strawberry sencha. Smells like the Bubble Yum of my childhood and doesn’t even need sugar! I would love to be able to sample more teas; like you, I’ve always got a cup of tea close by throughout the day.
    Sadly, not planning a trip out the the BC area (I’m in Boston). I’m bumming now– Silk Road looks so fun!

    1. Silk Road is amazing, if you do need to plan a cool holiday, this would be a spot to think about. Strawberry sencha though? Maybe we could arrange a little tea trade to mix things up!

      PS- love your name, so uncommon, but it happens to be the same as my boyfriend’s sister- I know- you were probably wondering!

  11. Tea is my favorite thing in the world. I drink it every morning, after my workout and before bed! My favorite part is it doesn’t leave you with the horrible taste in your mouth coffee does. 😀

    I live in NY so unfortunatly, I don’t think the west coast is going to happen. booo
    I love your analysis of the teas. So interesting!

  12. I adore tea! I love trying new kinds since I drink about 3-4 cups a day at least! The Rooibois sounds really really good too.


  13. I have become a green tea nut. Coffee makes me feel sick, but green tea gives me just enough kick to get me through my day. No trips to BC in my future though 😦

    Following you on twitter

  14. After finding out I was gluten intolerant, I made a huge change in my diet and stopped drinking coffee and pop and now drink about 3 cups of loose-leaf tea a day!!!! Great for the body and soul 🙂

  15. Wow, if only I lived closer…
    I’ve become a bit of a tea fiend. One of the first things I do whenever I travel is get a couple different teas (or bring some with me). So tough to pick a favorite tea but I guess a nice moroccan mint tea is always met with a wide grin and an immediate attempt to make it. I’d also love to try a nice rooibos, and the one in the post looks very nice!

  16. I’m a huge fan of tea in general, so soothing for the body and soul! Right now my favorite switches back and forth between a beautiful light peppermint tea and a lovely spicy cinnamon tea. YUM!

    Also, I currently live in Vancouver, BC.

    And I’m now following you on Twitter.

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