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Drinking Tea – Is It Only A Fashionable Affair of The Past?

Drinking tea

Tea isn’t just a steaming, hot beverage. Instead, it is a source of joy – one that can be enjoyed with family, friends and even by one’s own self. It is a beverage to flaunt with. For me, tea is sensational and romantic. I enjoy it most while sitting with my hubby, browsing the television or laying back cracking jokes, sharing laughter or just reading a book. Drinking tea brings so much pleasure, and it’s one of the simplest ways to shut off the day’s stresses. So, how would you prefer your cup of tea? Would you care to share?

As a kid, I remember that tea time gatherings used to be a lot more fun. They used to involve beautiful porcelain tea sets that were the untouchables otherwise, but a must at the family get-together. It used to be a mega food affair with loads of bakery items taking their turn at the table. Tea becomes even more delicious when there are snacks to go along. Tea cakes to bite-size sandwiches, pastries to lemon tarts, cupcakes to mincemeat pies; ah such mouth-watering delights to savour upon. Hmm! Can still feel my mouth drooling with the perception of them.

Childhood recollections are so beautiful! Memories are endless, and it just takes moments for our mind to fill up with them. Tea times used to be so much more fashionable then what they are today. I wonder why tea times lost their charm. According to me, neither tea lovers have reduced in count nor has coffee taken over the love of tea.

I guess people have lost the will to interact and share. Nowadays, everyone seems to be so busy that we have forgotten the urge to sit and relax. Or to take out a little while for ourselves. Holding a cup of tea, lounging on the terrace and gazing at the beautiful sky. This is another reason why people seem to suffer from depression and stress-related issues. Because we are not able to keep up with day-to-day problems. Having only our laptop, iPad or cell phone to interact with have left us good for nothing. So, get out there, grab a cup or two and zing up some tea. Invite friends or family over and sit, laugh and be happy. Be human!!

Tea parties used to bring together fashion, clothing purses, books, pretty tea sets, table covers, and many such things. Tea parties were also known as high teas that used to be a delightful time for the ladies to get together and gossip. And I’m sure those were a superb source of relaxation. It is a proven truth from science that people who interact more with their friends or family are healthier and stay at bay from the harmful effects of stress and tension. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more secluded. Although the trend for dining out has increased a lot, drinking tea and the tea fiasco has lost its charm.

The beautifully handcrafted crochet table covers have almost gone extinct and these days dining tables barely have covers on them. Then another blow to the lovely tea times came with the introduction of big mugs that replaced the beautiful tea sets and the associated cutlery and many other delicacies. However, all these changes remained unable to impress my mom. In this day and age of tea mugs, my mother still craves for her cup and saucer. Another blow to the tea fab was the entry of tea bags which also led to do away with loose leaf tea and in came the more comfortable-to-handle tea bags.

I appreciate Ono Teas’ initiative to revive the tea culture amongst the youth. To them drinking tea is as important as drinking the right kind of tea. They not just offer a range of premium teas but also educate and inform their patrons about the salient features and benefits of different teas. I particularly like the way they categories their teas suiting the mood of the drinker. For instance, their ‘lifestyle’ category focuses on teas that boost the drinker’s health. They offer teas for proactive care, lifestyle disorders, and preventive care.

Their ‘conversations’ category is a brilliant bouquet of fine teas that stimulate interactions and engagements among people. Their ‘solitude’ line-up is a great way for one to relax and reflect upon their life’s moments.

I remember throwing a tea party one evening for my dear friends, some weeks back. I brought upon this party as the occasion to let my friends taste Ono Teas’ Peppermint tea and Kashmiri Kahwa. Not only did we regale in these flavours but also experienced a softly-enhanced excitement in our conversations and spirits!

Today life is fast-paced than ever. To me, it is much more important now, to stop by and relax. Grab a cup of tea and a book and sit and enjoy it downing each sip. Tea is fashionable, and it should stay so. Tea shops and cafes should be brought to life where people should sit together and speak their hearts out.

Drinking tea is not just therapeutic for our souls, but it is a celebration of everything in our life. When it comes to parties, people usually uncork their elegant wines. I dare to suggest tea. I think, drinking tea is not just a way of life. It brings out the best in us. Getting together and laughing together holding the beautiful teacups and enjoying each other are the most amazing things of all; which should be lived and relived every time.

 

 

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Drinking teaThis article is one in a series of articles related to tea, written by Mrs. Zehra Zain, a creative writer and a foodie. She writes unique, research-driven content to enhance the reader’s perception of food, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Her innovative writings are an expression of her affair with food. She lives in Dubai with” the hubby”, “the kids” and “the four-wheeler”.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the writer, and not to the brand Ono Teas or other group or individual.

Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

To buy Ono Teas online, visit our website.
Stay connected with us on Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

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Stress-free Innings in Life: Yes, It’s Possible. Know How

Stress-free innings in life

Stress comes as part and parcel of life. It comes with different faces, and for everybody, the face results in a different consequence. It is beyond any doubt that stress is bound to come even after your retirement. Humans are wired to be stressed. Physically. Mentally. If you shine a bright ray of light on it, stress takes us miles. Yes, there are severe effects of enduring too much stress. But if you channelize it for your own benefit, you will see the massive difference it brings to your life.

One must always look forward to leading a life where you focus more on relaxing, exploring, and experiencing. As the age of misinformation kicks everyone to follow the herd, people tend to see shade in the wrong things. Alcohol, drugs, and partying are unfortunately the popular approaches of de-stressing. Ono Teas aims to change the thought. Let’s define a new stress-free inning in life with tea.

 

Yoga, meditation and herbal tea

Stress-free innings in lifeEverybody has their own equation and solution for stress. They have their own leisure activities. Some do yoga, others meditate, and some travel to meet new people and earn experiences. It is paramount to define your methods to deal with stress so that you have the breathing space for your future life.

Yoga can uplift one physically, mentally and spiritually. Yoga was spiritually rich back in the days. It focused on both metaphysical and physical. Now the tables have spun a bit. Nowadays, the practitioners may be more inclined towards practising it to relax and live stress-free moments. Amalgamating the old and the new, yoga and meditation ceremonies have started seeing a new trend. Sipping herbal tea. And to make this practice more fruitful than ever, Ono Teas has come up with resplendent herbal teas, such as Peppermint tea, Skin Glow Herbal tea, Hibiscus tea, and Green tea.

 

Peppermint tea

For this one, we combine spearmint, peppermint and Calendula flower petals to offer you a taste that re-defines minty. It’s fresh and flavourful, and an excellent accompaniment to friendly conversations and light snacks.

 

Skin Glow Herbal tea

This tea is an herbal tisane that offers you a unique recipe of health, vitality, and optimism. It is a combination of turmeric, ginger root and lemongrass, steeped deep in Ayurveda. This tea is healthy and helps alleviate stress. It’s a caffeine-free lifestyle choice towards rejuvenation and well-being.

 

Hibiscus tea

Drink with style the ‘all red’ herbal tisane with handpicked hibiscus petals processed in small batches for great citrus treat. Did you know that hibiscus tea was primarily served to Pharaohs in ancient Egypt? It travelled over the centuries finding its place in other tropical countries and cultures. With each sip, you can ensure you are moving to a healthy you, a relaxed you.

 

Green tea

If you take green tea, it is powerful to help you manage your weight. The bioactive compounds and antioxidants are proven to help avoid green tea. Your stress-free innings should also focus a lot on detoxing the body. Tea is the perfect way to do it.

 

It would be unfair to say that drinking herbal teas is a new trend. But the fact is that it’s being resurrected. Back in the days, conversations and me-times were just an excuse to have tea. Drinking tea was considered royal and counted as one of the main leisurely activities for people. And why not? Tea has properties in it which are proven to be a blessing for our health and spirit. It can be called as the best beverage humankind could ever lay their hands on. A thousand times better than alcohol and any other beverage, tea defines the better part of humanity.

 

Introducing tea as your staple drink

Stress-free innings in lifeThe benefits tea gives you are numerous. It is health and royalty in a cup minus any side effects. If you cling to coffee and alcohol, they are prone to give you a headache and heart disease in the end. Tea has good components which are productive for your system. It provides you an easy way to prevent lifestyle discomforts because it has all the richness which your system needs for better performance. Your inner health always reflects on the outside. Overall, tea beats stress like no other. Even if you handpick factors contributing to stress and the critical health problems, tea comes with a whole army of different types to beat them, laying out a rainbow of health benefits.

 

Turmeric herbal tea and Tulsi lemongrass tea

The special Turmeric Herbal tea and Tulsi Lemongrass tea by Ono Teas step right into your gut and consistently cleanse out your bowels. They also have significant amounts of antioxidants and are antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

 

Pure chamomile tea

If you want to step up your post-retirement life towards a more stress-free and meditative zone, you can use Pure Chamomile tea. Unlike many other tea types, this tea is considered to be one of the best natural sleeping aids by acting as a mild tranquilizer. It helps to reduce stress. It brings you peace by calming your highly active and tensed brain functions.

 

Earl Grey tea

Another tea type known to benefit your health considerably is the Earl Grey tea. It is a classic black tea infused with Bergamot Oil that was a favourite among eighteenth-century British aristocrats. Ono Teas presents a version of this tea that is a unique combination of the fragrant cold-pressed oil from the rinds of Italian Bergamot oranges and Assam Black Tea. This tea reduces anxiety and relieves stress. We hand process this tea using traditional methods to give you an unforgettable taste.

 

Other teas that you could consider are Oolong tea, Darjeeling tea, Chinese tea, Japanese tea, Assam tea, Nilgiri tea – All having amazing aromas and beautiful texture to the drink. That’s the beauty of tea. You get magical and healthy choices. And with healthy choices, you have more ways to combat your health problems effectively. Be it your kitty party, or the card game of old dudes; tea helps decrease stress and uplifts the entire experience of moments shared with your friends and loved ones.

 

Second innings of life – The new lens

Stress-free innings in lifeYour second innings in life not only demands fun and memorable experiences, but it also gradually asks you to have a more holistic approach towards life, and tea helps you tread towards it. As a retired individual walking out successfully from a stressful version of life, why not start having more fun activities, such as a tea party in the house or playing cards with your beloved ones by sipping tea. You can also arouse the rich taste of life by relaxing in your reclining chair and enjoying sweet sips of Tulsi Sweet lemon tea accompanied by the soft sunset.

Imagine yourself having a nostalgic chat about your first innings of life with your dear friends in the second innings of your life. Nothing beats that happiness! Why not make such conversations memorable with a diverse assortment of health-inducing teas, such as Whiskey tea, Kashmiri Kahwa, English Breakfast, and 3 Paan tea?

 

Whiskey tea

Our non–alcoholic beverage tastes like none other. It smells and tastes like whiskey but is devoid of alcohol. You can brew it hot or cold to enjoy a fantastic aroma and taste of whiskey. Like tea, whiskey is a beverage that calls on years of tradition, patience, sophistication, and skill. The two make a particularly good match by complementing each other through shared notes of smoke and malt.

 

Kashmiri Kahwa

Our version of this tea is a delectable blend of high-altitude Kashmiri Green tea leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger root, and saffron. A taste of royalty in the first sip; an experience of tranquility for long. Pick it up as your daily morning ritual and start your day right, on a stress-free note.

 

English Breakfast

One of the most popular blended teas among the British, this is a classic breakfast time tea. If a flavourful black tea with milk appeals to you in the morning, reach for our English Breakfast. This tea is perfect to help kick start your day or give you a mid-day boost if you so require. So, say no to other drinks that give you wings to pull through the day. Move to English Breakfast.

 

3 Paan tea

This tea comes with the flavour of an ever-popular after-food mouth freshener. Our Teen Paan tea soothes the stomach and manages indigestion with its super-duper cooling effect. No need to run down to the local paan shop anymore, just brew a cup to enjoy the goodness. The new name in leisure drinks could now be right in your home.

 

Let’s also face some reality. The second innings in life proves to be fantastic when you effectively beat any cholesterol or sleep problems lurking around. It is a chain. If you get habituated to herbal tea, you will invite good health. If you are in the best of your health, you are stress-free. And if you are stress-free, your leisurely activities are cherry on top of your retirement life. Now you see how tea is a great way to help yourself rid stress and other lifestyle disorders that are entirely preventable.

 

To conclude

Tea helps you in combating stress like none other. Plus, it’s a great way to forge new connections with people. Tea beats every other drink in your leisurely activities. The beauty of it is in the truth that you are getting a multitude of health benefits and great taste with tea. In this age, where the world boasts about coffee and post-retirement beer parties, be the one standing with tea, health, and a smile on your face. With this article, we hope that your way to comfortable and stress-free innings in life will begin with some elixir from Ono Teas.

 

 

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Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

To buy Ono Teas online, visit our website.
Stay connected with us on Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

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Stressed or Have Sleep Disorders? Drink Chamomile Tea

Have you ever been through days where you are desperately on a lookout to get yourself some sleep? Yes, I’ve been through them. And you know what? There is something about stress that gets to me; when I’m exhausted my body seems to forget how to fall asleep. However, much I want to go to sleep and pinch my eyes shut or cuddle up in the softness of my pillow; all go in vain. So, I made a promise to myself that I will search for an alternative to my dreaded sleepless nights. Thus, I began my voyage to de-stress and relax. Consequently, I had to find myself a relaxant, but I was reluctant to use any of those conventional medicines that one sees in a doctor’s clinic. Halt, I’m a person for the alternative medicine, always on a lookout for a body-friendly way to recover myself without being harmed. Therefore, a lot of research, web-based reading and friend talk led me to the beautiful chamomile tea.

 

What is chamomile tea?

Chamomile for stress and sleep disordersChamomile tea gets its name from the Roman Chamomile plant or mother’s daisy, mostly found in Europe, North America and Argentina. India has witnessed the cultivation of this plant in the city of Lucknow for about 200 years. This plant made a foray in Punjab about 300 years ago during the Mughal period. These dried chamomile flowers are loaded with antioxidants and are well known for their sleep aiding properties. The chamomile plant is safe for consumption and has been used in many cultures across the world as a mild sedative and to treat stomach ailments. People commonly use its flowers in teas. Moreover, the Anglo-Saxons believe this herb to be 1 of 9 sacred herbs given to humans by the lord.

 

Chamomile tea and me

Chamomile teaChamomile not only aids digestion but can also be used to control nausea. That is why, I recommend keeping this tea at home. And that’s what I do. There is no need to take medicine. Instead, I treat these simple conditions of bloating and vomiting with my favorite Pure Chamomile Tea, whereas I keep Chamomile Mint or Sweet Dreams Tea for my family as they don’t like the floral fragrance of the chamomile flower. But for me, the sweet flowery hint of aroma brought about by Ono Tea’s Pure Chamomile Tea serves as the best relaxant when the darkness of night falls.

My day usually ends with the dinner dishes and that is the time when I love to grab a cup of tea, for my hubby and myself; resting on our favorite recliners. Sipping down on our ideal blend and talking about our day’s ups and downs, is so relaxing. It seems to remove all the knots that have formed throughout my muscles. The warm cup of water and the sweet scent of chamomile brings out a magical effect that results in loosening the tension. The tea sets the note for serene tranquility, leading to a beautiful and relaxing sleep mode. Research seconds this fact too. In fact, a study published in PubMed Central, National Centre for Biotechnology Information (PMC, NCBI) states that chamomile is commonly used in the form of an aqueous extract to reduce anxiety, treat hysteria, nightmares, insomnia and other sleep problems.

 

The delicious chamomile tea latte

Try this personal favorite – hot but soothing chamomile tea latte. At night, when it’s quiet and dark, that’s the perfect time to heat some milk and enjoy this fantastic drink. I prefer to brew the chamomile tea right in the milk and then add dried lavender buds that release their fragrance as the tea steeps. Lavender enables relaxation naturally, especially at bedtime. We all know that warm milk acts as a sleep inducer and chamomile takes it a step further.

A sip of this dreamy latte will help you forget all your troubles of the day, if only for a few moments. I’ve grown a sort of addiction for this bedtime drink. All it needs is a dollop of honey for sweetness, which goes very nicely with it.

Cooking time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • Milk: 2 cups (regular or non-dairy)
  • Dried chamomile buds: 2 to 3 tsp heaped
  • Raw honey or maple syrup: 1 to 2 Tsp
  • Pure Vanilla extract: ¼ Tsp (if desired)

Preparations:

  1. Heat the milk until it is hot. Ensure it is not boiling.
  2. Add chamomile tea to the hot milk and allow the drink to steep for about 5 minutes.
  3. With the help of our faithful strainer, strain the beautiful liquid into your favorite cup.
  4. Finally, refresh with raw honey or Maple syrup and add vanilla extract, if desired.

There you go!! Your chamomile tea latte is ready to drink. And, remember we can always play around with flavours as per our likeness. It may be a hint of cinnamon or a dash of lavender; trying to reveal untold stories. To further glamourise my tea, I love to froth the hot milk with the help of a frother and voilà! The outcome is just beautiful.

 

Benefits associated with chamomile tea

Chamomile teaAlthough I’m a black tea lover, chamomile tea is the way to go when I’m overworked and in a mood for a spa. It has the most soothing effects on my already weary nerves. Chamomile tea helps in falling fast asleep and waking up all refreshed the next morning. Additionally, it relieves the body and mind from the daily anxiety that we suffer living in a busy urban environment.

To sum up, chamomile tea is not an actual tea. Instead, it is an herbal form. It tastes more like a crisp apple and has a very light and airy feel to it. To enjoy the best flavour and aroma, one must brew the dried chamomile flowers for not more than 3 to 4 minutes especially when consuming only with water, without milk or honey. Hot or cold, with lemon, cinnamon, honey or lavender; as a latte with frothed milk or just with water, chamomile tea has immense benefits. And in the present-day sleep-deprived lives, who doesn’t need a beautiful, light, airy cup of tea to go down those sweet dream lanes that they always used to visit?

 

 

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This article is one in a series of articles related to chamomile tea, written by Mrs. Zehra Zain, a creative writer and a foodie. She writes unique, research-driven content to enhance the reader’s perception of food, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Her innovative writings are an expression of her affair with food. She lives in Dubai with” the hubby”, “the kids” and “the four-wheeler”.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the writer, and not to the brand Ono Teas or other group or individual.

Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

To buy Ono Teas online, visit our website.
Stay connected with us on Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

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References/Additional Reading

Chamomile

Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future

What is chamomile?

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.): An overview

Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits