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The simple joys of tea

Tea is one of the simple joys in life that I savor every day. Even on vacation. Even at conferences. Even when we went camping! It has, of course, already made appearances in my relatively new hobby of art journaling.

watercolor teacup

Tea is good for you!

Tea is much lower in caffeine than coffee, helps fight free-radicals, can lower your risk for heart disease, boosts immunity, helps increase bone density, and can even help protect skin from UV rays.

Did you know all of that??? Read even more reasons tea is good for you.

Beyond the actual physical benefits of tea, I find it a lovely way to take a little mental break, reset my mood. Holding a steaming mug of tea instantly soothes me. I know I’m not the only one; do a little search for quotes about tea and you’ll see that all sorts of distinguished folks agree with me.

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” – Bernard-Paul Heroux

When an email popped up in my inbox offering me free tea in exchange for a review because “the mug of tea in your hand might as well be ours,” they had me at hello. {Or actually, at tea. But that’s not as catchy.}

Organic teas in yuck-free teabags.

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post, but I did receive these products (tea!) in exchange for an honest review. I chose a variety of green, oolong, and herbal teas.

organic teas

{Perhaps “Will work for tea” should be my new tagline?}

Although I make most of my tea from loose leaves, I always keep tea bags on hand for ease of use and because they travel well (in case I’m going somewhere that might not have tea, which would clearly be a crisis of epic proportions). Buddha Teas are organic, kosher, non-GMO teas — and packaged in bleach-free teabags in recycled and recyclable cartons. No artificial flavors or preservatives anywhere in sight.

Ken enjoys tea, too, so I chose one of his favorites (dragonwell) so he could drink high-quality tea at work without the hassle of an infuser. Having this green tea handy is helping him reduce the amount of coffee he’s drinking daily. We like the lemongrass green tea, too, which was a new one for us both.

I ventured into unknown territory by ordering white oak tea, made from the bark of the white oak tree. That’s the only ingredient. I like that every ingredient is listed for each tea on the website and on the box. I ordered this particular one just because I think it’s one my dad would’ve liked. It’s an earthy-smelling tea with a surprisingly pleasant taste.

organic herbal tea

The only negative I found with Buddha Teas was was very slow shipping. Perhaps a result of growing pains as a relatively new company? Other than that, Buddha Teas has met my tea-snob standards, and that’s especially hard to come by with bagged tea.

–> Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite variety? Do you drink bagged or loose tea? TALK to me about tea, y’all; it’s one of my favorite subjects!

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Lady ID

I am a huge tea person. There’s a small number of us at my job and we have an unofficial Tea Club.
I prefer loose leaf but my teapot broke last week 🙁 Until the new one comes, I am using tea bags.

My favourite teas – Coffee Bean Winter Dream, Adagio Teas Pu Erh Hazelberry, Adagio Teas Candy Cane, David’s Tea Chocolate Chilli Chai.



My favorite, ever since living in Japan, is genmai-cha (roasted brown rice green tea).