Tea: It’s good for you, but only if you don’t drink too much of it. And by “too much of it,” we mean a pitcher made with 100 to 150 tea bags. That’s how much a Detroit woman drank each day, and doctors eventually realized that her years of back, arm, leg, and hip pains were caused by the tea habit, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more…
My little tea time routine involves brewing some vanilla chai, putting on some chill music, eating a square (or three) of dark chocolate, and flipping through a fashion magazine. It’s totally relaxing, but you know what’s missing? Mr. T glaring at me from the side of my teapot. Yep, that would really take the whole thing to the next level. [$18, Etsy]
I just recently discovered the joys of tea, and oh how I love sipping English Breakfast in the morning and a soothing vanilla blend at night. What I don’t love? Taking out the soggy tea bag and leaving drips everywhere. That’s why I’m so excited about this ingenious — and cute! — tea dam cup, which has a separate little section for the tea bag. It also allows you to refill your cup to get multiple uses out of bags of strong tea. So long, wet counters and tea-stained clothes! [$10.25, Whole Latte Love]
Tea isn’t supposed to be exciting; it’s supposed to be soothing. Says who? This adorable yellow submarine tea infuser is guaranteed to liven up your cup. Just stuff some tea leaves inside and dunk in hot water for a few minutes. You will, however, be singing “Yellow Submarine” for hours afterward. Sorry.
Taiwanese designer Lee Weilang’s Zipper Cups are so charming that they make having tea quite a titillating, bonding experience. The white ceramic mugs feature a zipper with a slit down one side. The cute design reflects two people coming together for conversation and also, conveniently, holds their tea bags in place. Who says fashion can’t be functional?
Lipton asked six artists to design labels for its new flavors of Brisk Iced Tea, and our jaw dropped when we noticed Tristan Eaton’s, which illustrates the sweet tea experience. “The inspiration for my design was capturing a moment of absolute happiness and satisfaction,” he said. “Hopefully my Sweet Tea flavor can give us all that taste of absolute satisfaction!” We can only hope sipping a bottle of the stuff will give us as much pleasure as the woman on the bottle clearly feels. [Lipton Brisk via NOTCOT] Keep reading »
Steaming cups of tea are one of the only things getting us through this cold spell, and as a result, we’ve become expert sippers. Regular ole filter bags are fine in a pinch, but we’ve become a little snooty and like the dynamic flavors loose teas create. The funny-looking Luci Loose Tea Infuser will turn dried, crushed leaves into a delicious drink, and the matching mini tea tray means you won’t create a tea puddle while looking for a place to set it after you’ve steeped a cup. [$12, Tea Forté] Keep reading »
We’ve heard about some weird natural hair treatments that involve everything and anything in your kitchen—eggs, avocado, honey, olive oil, beer even. For model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, the secret ingredient is tea. She says, “To brighten and add a burst of shine to your hair, soak it in tea. The tea lowers the hair’s pH, neutralizes the color, and closes the cuticle for tons of shine and softness. Chamomile for blondes, regular tea for darker hair.”
What do you think? Would you give this quick beauty trick a try? We’re intrigued. [Modelinia]
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Remember our old friend Este Lewis, the 25-year-old artist who makes ultra cute wallpaper out of images of everyday objects like candy dots and pencils? That little busy bee is at it again with one of the most interesting and easy — albeit time-consuming — projects ever: She’s made a scented curtain out of tea bags! (Insert dirty jokes here.) We actually think this is a great idea for when you’re sitting around bored during the holidays. Plus, it’s better for you than chain smoking, so much more modern than making a quilt and it delivers aromatherapy benefits while you work, which you’ll need after you’ve been bickering with mom/dad/Uncle Nick, etc., all day long. All you need are 200 tea bags and some glue and/or needle and thread. Click the link for the full instructions. [Time Out New York] Keep reading »
This Hot-T Wand almost seems like something that could be an iPhone attachment and application; it’s so techy and compact. Insert the heatable stick (with safety sensors) into a cup of water, wait for the water to get hot, then dip in your tea of choice. When done, there’s a heat-protective capsule to insert the Hot-T into. So small you can carry it around in your purse and have a spot whenever you feel like it. [Cool Buzz] Keep reading »