Tea has been used for centuries in both ancient medicine and enjoyed by the aristocracy. Did you know that the art of tasseography (tea leaf reading) has been used since the 17th century? Practiced by women in many countries at gatherings with family and friends. But what about the powerful Shamanic blends? Brews made from rainforest plants. Here are some alternative ways to enjoy a cup of tea.
Shaman's In Madagascar ©MDHarding
The Art of Making Tea
Today we are perhaps in too much of a hurry to enjoy a well crafted cup of tea that the art has turned into a tea bag in a cup, losing the nutrients in the hot vapour. To enhance the flavour and quality of a cup of tea, it should be prepared in a pot with a lid. Which seals in the vapour with the nutrients and they run back down inside the pot into the infusion.
Spiritual Properties of Tea
Did you know that the various varieties of tea have spiritual meaning and properties?
There are a number of herbal teas that have spiritual properties such as nettle, lavender, camomile, peppermint and ginger.
Camomile helps attract abundance. It relaxes you, allowing you to be more receptive. No wonder us Brits love a good cup of tea!
You can enjoy a cup of herbal tea knowing that there is no caffeine and studies have shown drinking herbal tea can protect your teeth and heart, as well as including free radical fighting antioxidants. Or in the high andes coca tea is used to prevent altitude sickness.
Coca Tea, Peru ©MDHarding
For centuries people have been looking into their teacups to find answers, here is another alternative way to enjoy a cup of tea.
Alternative Events To Enjoy a Cup Of Tea
Tea & Tarot
Tarot cards were a deck of cards used in 15th century Europe, that were later used for divination in the form of tarotology. Used today to gain an insight into the future, past or present.
The Shining Light Psychic And Holistic Centre are currently offering a mini reading Tea & Tarot £10.
Shining Light, Edinburgh ©MDHarding
I hope you have enjoyed reading about tea and it's many uses, as much as I have learnt about it while traveling. The visit to the Shaman's house was a unique experience!
As always I would love to hear from you. If you have any comments/questions please do get in touch. You can contact me by email at enquiries@MDHardingTravelPhotography.com or you can also find me on facebook. Happy Travels:) x