If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that there is nothing I love more than tea. Whether it’s afternoon tea with scones and sandwiches in a beautiful hotel or a hot mug of the classic English Breakfast tea at my kitchen table while I watch the rain fall outside, there’s nothing that can improve my mood more instantly than the perfect cup of tea. Here are some tips on finding the perfect teas for the perfect times…
When I really want to wake up in the morning, there’s nothing better than a cup of green tea. It has a small amount of caffeine in it, which helps to boost your energy, and it tastes fresh and lively, which makes you want to start the day with a bang. Matcha green tea is especially useful because it also has relaxation properties, meaning that it gives you that boost of caffeine and energy without giving you the jitters like black tea or coffee would.
Earl Grey Tea
A tea that has been growing in popularity with recently, and a perfect baking ingredient, Earl Grey can give you even more of a caffeine boost in the morning. It also contains fluoride, so remind yourself while you’re drinking it that you’re saving your teeth as well as your sanity with your warm cup of tea! It can also help with your health in other ways, by aiding your digestion. It contains bergamot, which will help to fight against depression and anxiety, along with plenty of antioxidants which can help to ward off cancer. If you’re inviting guests round, there’s nothing better than a classy cup of Earl Grey, complete with teapot and strainer. Can be served either black or with milk – I personally black, what about you?
If you’re struggling to sleep at night, there’s nothing better than a nice warm cup of chamomile tea. I find that the delicate flavours of chamomile tea can be ruined by poor quality water, so try splashing out and looking around for water filter jugs that can help you with that. If you’ve had a busy or stressful day, try tidying your room, turning your mobile phone off, and getting into bed with a nice cup of chamomile tea and a relaxing book. You’ll find yourself chilling out and falling asleep in no time. If you need to destress, lavender and valerian teas can also help.
Classic Tea (also known as Builder’s tea)
In a letter to her daughter, the journalist Caitlin Moran once wrote
‘Nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown – you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit’.
If you’re feeling exhausted or upset or overwhelmed, make yourself a cup of tea and allow yourself some peace for the time it takes you to drink it. The reassuring familiarity of the routine of making a cup of tea will help to relax you – teabag, hot water, splash of milk, spoonful of sugar if you’re having a particularly bad day, the warm brown honey-like colour that you know will help you through the next ten minutes. There’s nothing better than traditional builder’s tea for this – a supermarket brand like Typhoo, PG Tips (my personal favourite) or Yorkshire Tea will absolutely suffice. Close your eyes while you drink it, dip in a Rich Tea or a chocolate digestive, take a few deep breaths – and you’ll find that you feel a thousand times better.