Tea. A British staple, but it didn't start off here did it.
According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.
We've been drinking tea in Britain since the 1600's and what was once a curious, mystical drink, it's now an every day item in most of our kitchen cupboards.
I love the ritual of tea. The boiling of the water, the dunking of the tea bag, or even the straining of the tea leaves, if we're going to get fancy.
I spent 10 minutes today sitting and drinking my tea in pure silence. No distractions, no work, no phone and even no toddler. I know!
Those 10 minutes and the gorgeous smelling tea seemed to revive me. Such a simple thing to do and hopefully achievable for everyone.
Hubby says it's a bit hippy, but I would love to go to a tea ceremony. I've found this one that I'd love to try out.
T-Lovers - London. £15
If you are in London and you fancy a cuppa, but want something a little bit more special than a Starbucks and run, then pop into Claridges. Don't be intimidated that it's a swanky hotel, I sometimes go in in scruffy old jeans and get treated like royalty. A pot of tea and posh biscuits is less than a tenner. You sit in beautiful surroundings, have excellent service and often spot a celeb or two. Have you got any favourite tea spots?
My fave teas
1 Jasmine and Rose - Waitrose - Like a rose macaron in tea form
Silver tip white tea - The Rare Tea Company - Clean and crisp and gorgeous packaging
Hibiscus Flower - Buy Wholefoods Online - Amazing brewed and chilled with lemon and honey to make iced tea!
Snore and Peace - Clipper - Perfect before bedtime to send you off to sleep
Motherkind Baby - Pukka - Perfect for breastfeeding new Mums
Wherever or however you drink your tea, take the time to sit, sip and enjoy. There's so much more to it than just boiling water.