The moments I remember the most in my life are the times when people were truly filled with happiness. The children laughing at being free, your friends letting it all go and enjoying each other, your man...hugging you and making you feel like there's no one but the two of you. Folks, get wise. We only have a few moments in life to experience each other. Wasting time on hating is a waste. Sit down with the person you need to talk to and share a pot of tea. Life's too short. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
So you had a freewheeling night at the end of a stressful work week? Having trouble getting vertical off the spot your body decided to stop moving? Try a cup of green tea. The antioxidants within will help detoxify the organ you decided to abuse. The caffeine, which is lower than coffee, will bring animation to your sore, twisted limbs. The bitterness is said to settle your stomach and you know you need to hydrate. It's not your body's fault your brain thought it was a great idea to prove to that loud mouth at the bar you could drink a few shots of whiskey without your head wobbling. (Though your boyfriend kept looking at you like you were a cute drunk hamster) You can even try iced green tea. It's refreshing. Don't be tempted to pour a thumbful of vodka in it. I don't believe the liquid devil who caused your current state is very concerned about your future performance. Damn that devil and pass the honey!
Sir Thomas Lipton started his tea business in his 40s. He already had millions from his ham and cheese shops in Glasgow and London by 1890. He was a bit of a showman, using huge hogs to parade his advertising in Glasgow. Thomas was seeking more opportunity and sent an associate to Ceylon to check out the failed coffee plantations destroyed by a blight that appeared out of nowhere. Ahem, Ceylon. Buying failed coffee plantations in Ceylon at a low cost, paying the blenders double their wages and selling the tea to everyone at the lowest possible price, made him a fortune. "Direct from the tea garden to the tea pot" became his slogan. And because Ceylon was a shorter distance than China he saved even more money! Smart guy. So when you walk by those familiar yellow and red boxes of Lipton tea in the grocery store, remember that you can still become a millionaire after 40. Just sayin'.
Pepperidge Farm bread… that’s fancy bread. You can tell it’s fancy because it’s wrapped twice. You open it, and it still isn’t open. That’s why I don’t buy it. I don’t need another step between me and toast. Mitch Hedberg
http://organicindiausa.com/what-is-tulsi/ There's mounds of literature on Tulsi tea, yet, it's still undiscovered by Westerners. A good friend of mine from India explained that her grandparents would offer this tea to God, then allow her a sip. A ritual called Prasad. The ritual aside, leaves of the holy basil are said to restore balance to your immune system, and reduce stress. Sounds like a deal to me. There's more information about Tulsi tea all over the internet, but I'd like to hear your stories. If you have a great story to share about your experience with Tulsi, please email me!
My good friend Shreta Gandhi gave me her recipe for Masala Tea using Kenya Safari. Sticks to your tongue like yellow ochre clay. I loved it with a little agave sweetener and a touch of vanilla cream. The vanilla brought out the ginger. Thank you Shreta, for the experience.
Shreta's Masala Tea
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon tea 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 teaspoon sugar 3/4th cup water 1/2 cup milk
1. Add sugar, ginger, tea to water and boil. Let this mixture boil for a bit and then add the milk. 2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a bit. 3. Strain tea into a cup. Notes: 1. You can also add mint leaves, cardamom, lemon grass in step 1 2. Put more sugar if you want it to be sweet. 3. Milk water ratio can also be changed as per your taste.