I got up this morning in a rush, as usual. I have to admit I am not a breakfast person and I rarely eat breakfast or take the time to even take a moment for myself to get my thoughts together before I start my day of endless tasks. I know breakfast is supposed to be the most important part of the day but I just don’t feel hungry until later in the day and I don’t even feel much like a snack. The New Year is coming maybe I’ll make some changes do better. Maybe…
So, I did decide to put the brakes on this morning when I felt a chill and wrapped my lime green and hot pink polka dotted robe around me and thought a nice cup of hot tea might warm my body up. I am not a coffee drinker at all. I do love the smell of coffee, though. Is that strange? I remember growing up and laying in bed early in the morning and I could smell the coffee that my Mom was perking in the kitchen and thinking “that smells so good”. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to drink coffee. In my house, coffee was only for “adults”. I don’t know why? Back then, I thought adults look so sophisticated drinking coffee. I think I was about 11 when I drank my first (and last cup of coffee). My Mom and Dad went to a neighbors house and I decided I could not wait until I was grown to taste coffee. I had smelled it long enough and it was just killing me. I went to the cabinet and picked out my Mom’s prettiest coffee cup. It was a white cup with pretty pink and blue flowers. I found a saucer, it didn’t match but I thought I needed a saucer to be fancy. I poured the coffee into my pretty cup and sat down at the table and crossed my legs and took my first drink with so much anticipation. I hated it! How disappointed I was. This coffee tasted nothing like it smelled to me. Oh, I know many disagree with me but that was my coffee experience and to this day, I still love the smell of coffee but won’t try it again. Anyway, I am completely off the subject!
I got my tea box down and look through my packets of tea. A dear friend sent me a beautiful wooden tea box with Bentley’s finest tea’s several years ago for Christmas and the packets of teas are long gone now but I kept the beautiful box to keep my favorite tea packets in. I tried to decide which tea I would have this morning and I narrowed it down to three, Twinings Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange, Bigelow Earl Grey and Twinings Irish Breakfast. All three are favorites and it was a hard decision. Maybe if I had more time and had a long leisurely morning I could have thrown caution to the wind and had all three but I ended up picking Earl Grey. I’ve enjoyed drinking Earl Grey tea for years, long before I discovered the other two. I’ve learned some things about Earl Grey tea over the years. Earl Grey tea has some surprising benefits.
1. Good For Your Teeth
Earl Grey tea has fluoride and fluoride is good for your teeth because it helps protect them from cavities and helps fight tooth decay. Who knew?
Maybe it doesn’t give you a kick like coffee (or so I’ve heard coffee gives you a kick) but it does give you a little morning or afternoon boost.
3. Helps Fight Anxiety And Depression
Earl Grey tea contains bergamot and that has been known to have a calming effect on some people and also known to be a mood booster. Some people use it to help with depression, anxiety, and stress.
Earl Grey tea also has been known to help in digestion and indigestion and nausea and even to promote regularity.
5. Weight Loss
This one got my attention and seems to be one of the more popular benefits of Earl Grey tea (wonder why?) It is believed to help in weight loss because it contains citrus extract which a lot of people believe citrus fruits can induce weight loss.
While I took this relaxing time this morning enjoying my cup of Earl Grey tea, I thought would catch up on one of my favorite PBS shows, Poldark. Oh my, what a dashing figure he is. How appropriate, drinking Earl Grey tea and watching the British show, Poldark!
I’ve always heard “all good things must come to an end” and when I got to the last drop of my tea, I knew I must get on with my day and I bid my handsome Poldark farewell until we meet again, sigh…