Fighting stress with a cup of tea
Peppermint, rosehip, black or green, hot or chilled – tea probably covers every conceivable preference. Perhaps even better than other hot beverages. In addition to delicious flavors, tea impresses with its healthy properties. For example, it also helps with stress in everyday life. Especially teas made from herbs have a calming effect in such situations. But in truth, freshly brewed tea unfolds its stress-relieving effect even before the first cup – namely, during preparation.
Decelerating tea ceremonies
The English are said to have a special love of tea. In 2009, several British studies came to the following conclusion: a ritual tea ceremony can reduce stress just as reliably as drinking tea itself. England as well as Japan or China know different procedures of this ritual. In this country, ceremonial tea drinking is limited to the northern German region.
A tea ceremony often takes place in separate rooms. One locks out the everyday life for a while, so to speak. In Great Britain, five o’clock is considered the classic start of teatime. In northern Germany, the ritual begins at three o’clock. Thus, the cup of tea becomes a reliable constant in the day. Of course, only high-quality varieties are considered for the tea. Brewed tea leaves of low quality, however, do not correspond to the upscale ambience. The visual appearance should also not be neglected. Instead of a simple cup, fine porcelain adorns the table, which is embellished with a tablecloth. In China and Japan, stoneware vessels are often used.
All ceremonies follow prescribed sequences. A specific time window is set aside for each preparation step. This alone brings the participants to peace. Japanese tea rituals sometimes take several hours. This traditional component conveys a sense of familiarity to those gathered. Another reliance is on the materials used for the ceremony: in addition to teapots and cups, strainers, dishes, and decorative elements are used. Cakes, sweet or even savory small dishes round out the ritual process. Together with the tea, they serve as a snack, but are not too filling. After the ceremony, the participants feel refreshed and can continue their day’s work.
Drinking tea in between is a nice thing. However, a real sense of comfort comes only through the ceremonial tea hours. Time-honored rituals contribute to this and transform stress into inner balance