As the seasons change, there is nothing like a warm cup of tea to cozy up to during the day. My father was born in England, about 45 minutes north of London, so in my family, we drank tea more than we drank water.
Nearly every memory I have of my nana involves choosing, brewing, drinking or cleaning up tea. It was picked, heated, spilled and enjoyed all of the time, so it's no surprise I drink tea regularly as an adult. When we first moved into our home, establishing the tea cabinet was at the top of my to-do list.
My story might sound very familiar to you, because tea can be found in almost every single household. You can enjoy a cup with a friend, a relative or yourself. Also, tea has expansive health benefits; there's tea for tummy issues, joint pain, nausea, headaches, skin health, fertility...you name it, there's probably a tea for it.
Pluck Tea, is a premium Toronto-based business that really loves tea. They share their love for tea and delicious small-batch brews because they genuinely care about tea. Pluck's mission? It wanted to shake up what traditional tea-drinking means in a local and sustainable way, and they definitely did that.
Pluck teas are deliciously infused with local ingredients from Prince Edward County lavender, to cranberries from Nova Scotia, and grape skins from the Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara.
Pluck Tea is also changing the game by shrinking its environmental footprint. All Pluck's tea bags are 100% biodegradable and all ingredients are ethically sourced - wow, my nana would be impressed.
Benefits of Tea
My favourite tea is Earl Grey; needless to say, I was thrilled to see it as one of Pluck's long list of menu items. Whether you enjoy black tea, green, herbal (check out Pluck's website for more) Pluck also shares tea health benefits when you purchase any of the brews online. To my point, tea can have important health benefits. My fav, Earl Grey is in the black tea family and black tea has been linked to:
- Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) through improved cholesterol levels and reduced cell damage
- Providing some protective benefits against cancer through antioxidants
- Immune system strength – tea contains theanine, a unique amino acid that supports the immune system, helping our bodies defend against infections, bacteria, and viruses. In one clinical trial, participants who consumed five cups of black tea daily for two to four weeks experienced a 2x – 4x increase in interferon in their immune cells.
- Bone strength and oral health. Tea is a natural source of fluoride which helps protect tooth enamel, and studies have shown that habitual tea drinkers had healthy bone mineral density in later life.
- Kidney stone prevention – a recent study found that for every eight ounce cup of tea female participants drank daily, their risk of developing these painful stones decreased by eight percent. (Participants had no history of stones) Another study showed a decreased risk of 14% in men.
The Gift of Tea
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