Tea Rituals — Calm in the Midst of the Storm

Matcha

Matcha green tea

Sure, tea is a great way to get in herbs, or enjoy a tasty beverage. But it can be so much more.

For many of us, the excuse to indulge in a quiet moment may even be the most important part of having a cup of tea.

Around the world, people have made the ritual of preparing and enjoying tea into a high art.

In Asia, where tea rituals have reached their peak, the tea involved is green tea. The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea (Chado), involves the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony, so it is a meditation in itself.

The art of drinking and serving tea also plays a major cultural role in China, where it inspires poetry and songs. For centuries, the ritual of preparing and serving tea has held a revered place in the hearts and minds of Chinese aristocracy, intellectuals and poets, and mutual love of tea cements lifelong friendships. In China, the ceremony emphasizes the tea, rather than the ceremony. The taste, the smell, how one tea tastes compared to the previous tea, or in successive rounds of drinking are the focus.

The modern English tea ritual started during the reign of Queen Victoria. To counteract what the nobles called a sinking feeling late in the afternoon, they began asking servants to bring tea with small cakes and pastries. Victoria caught wind of the idea and a tradition was born. By the late 1840’s the Queen was having afternoon tea (in formal dress) daily.

If you don’t currently practice a Japanese, Chinese or English tea ritual, you can create a very nice personal version right in your own home. Whether you’re a morning, afternoon or evening tea drinker, take the time to make your daily cup a special moment. Allow yourself to savor the experience of the taste and the soothing warmth of the cup.

What’s your favorite tea ritual? Share it with a comment.

 


9 Comments

  • Kathryn Fisher says:

    I just read a disturbing article about pesticides in teas and unsafe teabags. I see that your teabags appear ok but you do not say they are pesticide free. I drink a ton of Yogi Tea every day. Please respond. Thank you Kathy Fisher

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for reaching out, Kathryn! We are happy to provide you with further information regarding our teas and ingredients.

    Here at Yogi, we are committed to sourcing the highest quality herbs and botanicals from around the globe. Please be assured that all the ingredients we use in our teas are monitored by the FDA and USDA for pesticides. In addition, we follow the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) for all of our ingredients and teas, and our facility is Organically Certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI), an independent third party organic certifier. QAI audits all of the ingredients used in our teas to ensure that they adhere to the NOP’s strict guidelines and regulations.

    With regard to our tea bag material, we currently use a non-heat sealable filtration paper made from a select blend of high quality manila hemp (abaca) fibers and wood pulp. The filtration paper does not contain epichlorohydrin, nor plastic or polypropylene. It is oxygen bleached using a natural process that is completely free of chemicals or toxins. In addition, our tea bag filtration paper does not contain GMOs, gluten, corn nor any of the eight FDA recognized allergens (tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat or soybeans).

    We hope that this adequately addresses your concerns. If you have any further questions, please email customerservice@yogiproducts.com

    Be well,
    ~Adriane @ Yogi

  • Judy Barker says:

    Appreciate the time you took to explain your selection process and governing bodies over it…but I would still like a yes or no answer to the question of whether your teas contain pesticides. I too drink a lot of your tea in a day and find a direct answer to this very important to me.

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Judy! As much as possible, we source only organic ingredients, and as mentioned, we follow the USDA’s National Organic Program for all of our ingredients, even conventional ones. Please be assured that all the ingredients we use in our teas are monitored by the FDA and USDA for pesticides. Ingredient testing for pesticide residue is performed by the FDA/USDA as well as by vendors, and we can confirm that our conventional ingredients comply with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pesticide tolerances. If you have any further questions, we welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com. Be well!

  • kate meredith says:

    How many carbohydrates are in your honey lavender tea?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi, Kate!

    Thank you for contacting Yogi – we appreciate you reaching out and giving us the opportunity to provide you with information on our teas.

    All Yogi teas, including Honey Lavender Stress Relief, contain less than one calorie per tea bag and less than 1/2 gram of carbohydrates per tea bag.

    We hope this information is helpful!

  • Jenn G says:

    Following FDA & USDA guidelines does not mean pesticide-free. The governments guidelines on health are a minimum standard. Being able to legally label your product “Pesticide-free” means pesticide free. I have enjoyed Yogi for YEARS with confidence; now I am skeptical. I am now researching all teas before purchase from a variety of sources.

  • Yogi says:

    As much as possible, we source only organic ingredients, and as mentioned, we follow the USDA’s National Organic Program for all of our ingredients, even conventional ones. Please be assured that all the ingredients we use in our teas are monitored by the FDA and USDA for pesticides. Ingredient testing for pesticide residue is performed by the FDA/USDA as well as by vendors, and we can confirm that our conventional ingredients comply with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pesticide tolerances. If you have any further questions, we welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com. Be well!

  • Angie J says:

    According to the USDA website “Organic food is produced without using MOST conventional pesticides;”
    so in simple terms….. Just because a product is “Certified USDA Organic” does not mean it is pesticide free. It only means that the pesticides contained in a product is less than products not labeled organic.

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