Have you ever noticed that the more anxious you are, the less you get done? Whether it’s exams, a stressful boss or wedding jitters, anxiety can create havoc in the best of us. Psychologists call it the flight/fight mode. Our body gets ready for action, expending the stress hormone cortisol and nothing seems to get done.
Thankfully, there’s a remedy for anxiety: a cup of soothing tea! Almost every cup of tea has the magic relaxing ingredient called theanine. Scientists have discovered this amazing chemical seems to act directly on cortisol. The end result: a more relaxed, productive you.
If you’re looking for a caffeine-free alternative, try chamomile. Although there isn’t any theanine in this plant, both the scent and tisane are natural stress soothers. Now, let’s have a cuppa to celebrate!
Established in 2005, International Tea Day brings awareness to the tea workers’ contributions to the tea world and their working conditions. It has been observed annually on December 15. However, starting in 2020 it will take place on May 21. But, how exactly should one recognize it? Well, if you’re a business owner I would steer away from using this day as just another marketing opportunity. As someone in the marketing industry, I wanted to offer some other options that businesses, tea related or not, can take into consideration if they would like to honour International Tea Day.
I’ve been updating a spreadsheet on pu’erh prices on release for the past few years in order to get an idea of tea being offered to western consumers and any possible trends. The well-known popular narrative is that fresh pu’erh prices have gone up and this certainly seems true in the data. Last year the prices looked about the same as the previous year. And when and how much the price has gone up depends on how we look at this and there’s a handful of different ways to look at the data and options available (I do three here).