A cup of tea – with or without alcohol – can help calm your brain after a busy day and even aid in helping you to focus on activities such as playing music, painting and writing. I find that a cup of herbal tea minus the alcohol to be restorative. I’m not sure what the creative effects may be of consuming various teas while trying to write but some of America’s great writers – Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald – used a combination of herbs and alcohol and apparently found them to be beneficial in their writing. Interesting. Of course Hemingway seemed to have done more drinking than writing along with his ‘Lost Generation’ friends in 1920’s Paris but it’s hard to argue with his success in being perhaps America’s greatest author although he claimed that distinction could only go to one man: Samuel Clemens.
Here is one article that deals with some famous writers’ imbibing and some of their favorite concoctions:
Another article about drinking tea that I liked can be viewed at:
I also found this Wikipedia article entitled, “History of Tea in China,” interesting. It states that, “according to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, whose name was Shennongin 2737 BCE. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink, and a dead leaf from the wild tea bush fell into the water. It turned a brownish color, but it was unnoticed and presented to the emperor anyway. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) came into being.”
One of my own favorite teas is “Get Probiotic” by the Republic of Tea Company. It’s a tea that is said to have the ability to restore the balance of good verses ‘bad’ bacteria in the digestive system. I think it works. I read an article on Candida Albicans recently and an MD who wrote it stated that an 80-to-20% balance of good-to-bad bacteria in the gut is essential to good health. And of course many traditional and alternative health experts including Ayurvedic healers say that good health begins in the gut. Probiotics (which means ‘for life’) can also promote weight loss, apparently. I’ve lost about 8 pounds since I started drinking “Get Probiotic” a few weeks ago (of course I also ate very little bread and reduced pizza intake simultaneously). One recent Women’s Health article citing a British research study stated that women taking probiotics had significant weight loss during a 12-week controlled study while a placebo group lost fewer pounds. Men in the study, however, apparently were unaffected.Go figure. Here’s the link:
The Republic of Tea -famous for their packaging but also for their great teas- says this about their probiotic tea: “Trust your gut? Absolutely. The digestive system is nothing short of a miracle,” says The Republic of Tea Company. “It keeps us healthy and supports our immune functions. But here’s the thing: poor diets, stress, travel and other facts of life can really throw it out of whack. So why not give nature a tasty nudge with this naturally caffeine-free, herbal blend? Organic red rooibos blended with the mighty probiotic GanedenBC30 ® effectively helps your system find the right balance, supporting digestive health. Along with chicory root, which adds inulin, and cinnamon, said to stimulate the gastro tract, this tea is its own little miracle.”
Well, even as I write this article, I am enjoying a very nice cup of “Get Probiotic” tea and looking forward to tomorrow’s stepping-on-the-scale routine – when I fully expect to lose one more pound (based on the last ten day’s results). See you lighter! (I know, I copied that pun from a television ad in the 1980’s – 1990’s – my memory is unclear on which decade. Guess I’ll have to try to find a memory-booster tea from the stock in my store.
Other Republic of Tea “Get” teas that we do have (but not yet on line but will be soon) are:
- “get some zzz’s” — if you can’t sleep and thus watch tv half the night like I do
- “get gorgeous” — if you’re not quite satisfied with things as they are, facially, etc.
- “get lost” — if you want ‘help’ losing poundage
- “get active” — if endurance is what you need (get off the couch too and forget the pie and ice cream)
- “get limber” — if you need flexibility (especially if your mattress isn’t as comfortable as it could be)
- “get clean” — if you need detoxification (also, alpine water is highly recommended (Crystal Geyser brand is exceptional – at least taste-wise, and for clarity and it has a nice graphic of green mountains)
- “get young” — if you want to recover your youth or if you just simply live longer (among other things it has Jiaogulan – apparently known as China’s ‘herb of immortality’ (I’m trying that one next – being formerly Catholic and having attended parochial school didn’t quite do it for me, immortality-wise)
- “get restored” — if you like to work out and need to ‘recover’ lost energy fast, afterwards
Probiotic tea from the Republic of Tea can be purchased at our store: http://www.silverlightwebstore.com or at our physical store-The Silverlight Candle & Gift Shoppe, 213 Main St., Nashua, N.H. (603-943-7379). (we are still building the webstore but we have hundreds of items currently online while we are only now adding to the teas.) Happy Tea Tasting! The Silverlight Store