Many consumers know and love tea, but do you really know why you should, or do, drink it? Many consume this beverage for the enticing aromas and variety of flavors, but did you also know that tea has some great healing properties, and that some help illness, pain, and other ailments.

After a long day at work, one of my favorite things to do (besides grab a nice glass of wine) is to make a pot of my relaxation tea! I was in Teavana, who has a fantastic staff of very knowledgeable people and one man made me a blend of lavender, candied violets, and the citrus sage tea leaves. We had been discussing my stress levels at work and how I was looking for lavender mixed with some other tea leaves to relieve my stress, help with headaches, and still taste great. This blend has aromas of flowers, citrus, and is a beautiful light purple color. On the palate, this tea is smooth, floral, and so, so delicious!
What is great about lavender is how relaxing it can be, and mixed with the candied violets (which are great for helping headaches), can really be a great way to unwind after work. This blend tastes great with their German Rock Sugar, but if you are feeling a little under the weather, try mixing in some pure Honey, which is a known anti-viral, and you may be surprised at how nice you will feel after a few days of drinking this tea.

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The type of teapot you use is very important for steeping tea. I use a cast iron pot which is from Teavana, but there are other good ones out there, I just happen to love the color options, shape’s, and sizes of their pots. The best part of cast iron is that it distributes the heat evenly and also lets the leaves steep in the pot, which is beneficial to the flavor. Depending on how strong you want the tea, will depend on how long you keep the leaves brewing in the pot. I like my tea strong and slightly bitter, so I always keep mine in the whole time while pouring my tea.

Remember, tea is not a miracle cure, but it’s a great source of antioxidants and really can be useful when it comes to certain illnesses and pain. I rely on tea a lot in my daily life and certainly love making blends for my friends and family. You will be surprised what you will learn here on the new section to Somm In The City with Tuesday Tea!