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Talking Tea Routines

Eats & Drinks Sep 27, 2019

Yes hi, did I mention I love tea? I think perhaps it’s come up before…

Tea is honestly my therapy, it’s what gets me through the day. For me, it’s about the ritual of making a cup of tea as much as it’s about the taste. And these days, those ten or fifteen minutes of me time tea time I have in the morning at 6am, before Frankie has woken up, are truly divine and keep me sane. A while ago I shared on IG stories my day in a tea cup, and I got soooo many questions and comments about what types of tea and what to drink when. So I’ve been wanting to share my day in a tea cup since then! I put together an illustrated diagram for you to use for your own tea routine. Scroll down to see it.

 

I love tea like a limb and the ritual is everything for me, but over time I have learnt that different teas are better for different times of the day. I think if you’re a tea lover you would agree that what you drink is just as important as when you drink it! Through much trial and error I have developed this tea routine, with some suggestions for different teas throughout the day.

Start the day

If there is one cup of tea during the day that is an absolutely non negotiable for me, it’s that first wake up tea – English breakfast with milk thanks! The caffeine in the black tea really help to perk me up, and making it when the sun is coming up (or, at 10am before I had a baby lol) is the perfect morning ritual.

Mid Morning

Sometimes I might have another cup of black tea, but if I don’t I’ll have a really nice cup of jasmine. I find it has a little caffeine to pep me up but is also a great stress buster for those mid morning emails that come through and have the potential to ruin your day! It’s also just generally very soothing.

After Lunch

After lunch I’ll always reach for a peppermint tea, which is great for digestion and has a nice freshness after what is usually a very flavoursome meal (I love a little garlic!).

Afternoon

The afternoons are my favourite time for a green tea – I particularly love a little genmaicha, which has some toasted rice in it. It’s a really soothing and warming green tea option.

After Dinner

After dinner I’m all about a red tea aka a rooibos. I usually have it with milk and it’s so so yummy. I find it has the warming properties of a black tea but without the caffeine. I have to stop with the caffeine in the afternoon or I won’t be able to sleep. I’m a wimp like that.

Before Bed

And lastly, just before bed I will have my last tea of the day, usually a camomile which helps me sleep. If I’m feeling a little under the weather I might swap it out for a lemon and ginger! For these evening teas I swap to a smaller cup rather than a large one, so I don’t have to pee so much at night.

So, that was my tea routine! I would love to hear more about yours…

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