The Art of Tea Drinking by Dom LivKamal

A Tradition Worth Savoring

Tea drinking is more than just a habit; it’s a cultural tradition that has seeped into every aspect of our lives. From the comforting invitation of “Want a cuppa?” during a friendly visit, to the soothing assurance of “Let’s have a cup of tea, it fixes everything” during tough times, tea has become synonymous with relaxation, comfort, and camaraderie.

The Role of Tea in Our Lives

Whether it’s taking a break at work—affectionately known as “Smoko”—or simply wanting to “have a breather,” these moments often translate into having a cup of tea. Even walking into the house from anywhere is often met with “I’ll pop the kettle on,” signaling the brewing of a fresh cup of tea.

As a herbalist, I frequently enjoy a variety of herbal teas, considering herbs as my first line of medicine. Yet, the allure of a hot, steamy cup of black tea with milk—much like my mum and the English women in my family enjoyed—is undeniable. My preference, however, leans towards plant-based mylks.

The Health Benefits of Black Tea

In this post, I aim to shed light on the health benefits of black tea and compare the common choices of milk and mylks. Here are some researched reasons why you might want to accept the next offer of “Would you like a cuppa, love?”

Black tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants, including polyphenols, which help remove free radicals and decrease cell damage in the body. It’s rich in flavonoids that benefit heart health and may reduce risk factors for heart disease. Black tea can also help lower LDL cholesterol, improve gut health, reduce the risk of several types of cancers, and improve bone density. Additionally, it may help reduce anxiety, stress levels, and depression.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Black tea supports cardiac and kidney functions, aids in oral health, protects against atherosclerosis, reduces blood pressure, and might help reduce the risk of diabetes. It’s a great non-sweetened beverage that can help improve the use of insulin and reduce blood sugar levels. Plus, it provides a stable and level type of energy, which aids with alertness and focus.

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Dom Liv Kimal

Dominique Livkamal is a well-known herbalist, naturopath, author and creator of ‘Medicine Room’, offering free community naturopathic clinics, handmade herbal medicines and beautiful body product collections.

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