Monday, January 09, 2012

I like tea

I finished using my Christmas money. Most of it went into the bank. However I am so frugal during the year, I did spend some on stuff I like. I bought three books, some nurse socks (compression hose to stop the leg & feet swelling from being on your feet all day), a laptop desk for when I sit on the couch, and TEA!!

I bought 200 chamomile teabags. 100 are Stash Chamomile Herbal Tea, "Chamomile brews a beautiful golden cup with a delicate, classic apple-like flavor and fragrance. It is a soothing drink that is good any time of the day, but especially relaxing in the evening. It is naturally caffeine free." For variety the other is Chamomile Nights Herbal Tea: "Sweet and mellow, this tea offers just the right blend of natural herbs and flavors and is just what you need after a 'too much' day. Treat yourself to this golden-in-the-cup tea and simply enjoy."

I had been having a lot of green tea, which I love. I learned recently that green tea has quite a bit of caffeine, though. An average serving of brewed coffee contains 145 mg of caffeine, the same serving size of green tea provides 25 mg, which is a huge difference, but when you drink 5-8 cups of green tea in a five hour span of time it gets to be a lot of caffeine. I noticed when I laid down in bed at night that my heart would race and pound.

Of course, having long vacations such as the one I just finished at Christmas (two weeks) means I have plenty of time to visit WebMD and obsess about all my imaginary symptoms. With the heart pounding events occurring night after night I looked it up and it turns out the caffeine will do that. Make your heart pound when you lay down. Green tea is a really good diuretic but even so, I thought I'd better lay off the green tea so I bought completely caffeine free chamomile. In addition to being an all herb tea it has the added advantage of being the very tea that Peter Rabbit's mother served him when he arrived home safe, but much aggrieved, from his misadventure in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden. Did you know Peter Rabbit was first published in 1902? With that kind of history and pedigree, you can't miss on the chamomile. Chamomile has it all over green tea if you ask me.


Ma said...

I love tea too:)

Chamomile is one of my favorites, but recently I have become very fond of lemon balm. It's hard to find in bags, so I buy it loose in bulk.

What other herbs are in the "Chamomile Nights?"

I also drink green tea every day.

Elizabeth Prata said...

Chamomile nights Ingredients: chamomile, spearmint, lotus leaves, natural lotus flavor.

I just learned that all Stash tea green, white and black teas are gently de-caffeniated. Hmm. I may have to buy Stash green tea instead of the ones at the store from now on.

Christie said...

Speaking of books, Barnes and Noble has some great prices on their books right now. I used a $25 g.c. I received for Christmas and got nine book, seven of which are hardback.

Elizabeth Prata said...

Barnes & Noble...Thanks Christie! I'm all over it!

Ma said...

Chamomile and spearmint...yum!

I don't know anything about lotus leaves, though. I just learned something new:)

I don't mind the caffeine in the green tea, though, I only drink about 2 cups (okay 4 ;) ) a day and that is pretty early on.