The author, Heather Dunhill, picked our Bertha Palmer Rooibos and the category of Green Teas. We suggest any of our green teas for the combined effect of calming alertness. She references Buddhist monks who drink tea all day long, striving to balance a relaxed, calm mind.
Similarly, for Rooibos, we offer nine (9) varieties with a range of flavors. Rooibos offers many health benefits and is caffeine-free so that it can be enjoyed at any time of your day. Here is a recent post, Five Reasons you will Love Rooibos, by Tim Agnew. The article also tackles How to pronounce Rooibos. Or, what is the proper pronunciation for Rooibos? We say ROY – BOSS.
Other parts to the pieces include DogStreet Cookies from DogStreet Photo, a CBD Balm from the Skin and Body Bar, Lavender bath salts from Blue Mercury, and a Weighted Blanket from Ravi. With a Cuppa, a wonderful collection for your ‘Self Care’ Sunday or any day of the week.
Thank you, Sarasota Magazine and Heather Dunhill.
Green Tea Fights Covid? Can green tea really help you fight off Covid?
A university study says, Yes, maybe.
Green Tea to the rescue!
North Carolina State University released a study on November 30th presenting research on certain chemical compounds found in specific foods that seem to ‘inhibit’ the virus causing Covid. And, you guessed it, Green tea showed the most promise.
Green tea can ‘bind to and block’ the function of specific enzymes (or protease) in the coronavirus, slowing down or inhibiting replication.
“If the virus can’t replicate, the virus will die,” said Dr. De-Yu Xie, a plant and microbial biology professor who led the study.
The flavanoids and catechins unique to green tea are also present in muscadine grapes, cacao powder, and dark chocolate.
The study explored how the main protease (Mpro) in the SARS-CoV-2 virus reacted when confronted with chemical compounds known to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Think of the Mpro as having a ‘pocket’ filled with the chemical compounds.
Green Tea and the muscadine grapes successfully inhibited the replication function of the Mpro, while cacao powder in dark chocolate reduced the activity by about half.
Covid Vaccine is coming; Green Tea is here!
While the vaccine is on the way, and long lists and lines are forming. Let’s table the discussions about when or who it will help, side effects, and potential risks. Instead, why not explore natural methods of protecting yourself from the virus?
Drinking green tea is always a good idea, and especially during the cold and flu season. Now, more than ever, green tea is an effective booster of your body’s immune system. Add ‘superfruit’ goji berries or antioxidant-rich strawberries found in our Goji Green or Organic Strawberry Smile green tea blends. Green Tea Fights Covid!
So, Wear a mask! Wash your hands! Social distance for others! And Drink green tea!
Yusuf / Cat Stevens Tea?
The songs sound great, Yusuf sounds great, and the lyrics of Tea for the Tillerman are so familiar they reflexively bring memories to mind. But what struck me was my interest in the album cover.
I listen to music, but I rarely have any interest in album, song, or track art. Whatever it is called these days. Was this some other instinct from long ago?
Actually, I remembered that Yusuf / Cat Stevens was not only a singer-songwriter 50 years ago, but also an illustrator. So, I wanted to see what he sent out into the world with these songs.
Album Cover Art
I have not spent so much time examining an album cover in a very long time. Of course, “Tea” attracted me at first. But what kind of tea? Perhaps the lyrics offered some clues, so I listened to the familiar songs as I sought significance from the cover.
Remember, ‘tea’ also refers to the meal taken at the end of the day. Glynis and her husband taught me that term, and they still use ‘tea’ to refer to many of their meals. Tea is more than Tea.
But on the album cover, the ‘Tillerman’ has a teapot to go with his mug on the table. Then some milk and sugar, it seems. Is the Tillerman waiting to be served his tea?
A tiller-man refers to a person steering a boat or a farmer tilling the soil. Also, the person that steers the back of a fire truck or holds a ladder.
My guess with the deer in the background is either a farmer or this guy could be ferrying things across a river or lake. Perhaps this is how he is paid for his services? Isn’t that how we are all compensated, with food and drink for the work we do?
Further, the hat seems less a farmer’s cap and more of a dock hand’s cap, with a feather of either massive significance or just something that was found along the way?
What’s in the Tillerman’s Cuppa?
My guess is the milk is fresh from a morning milking. The ‘Big Guy’ could be lactose intolerant. Soaking oats, then straining them for a bit of creaminess with his tea, is not that far off or out of the question. What if he farms oats?
The giant sun is up, and so this is midday or late afternoon. With the kids climbing a tree, the tillerman looks happy. Are these his children? Perhaps his wife left the kids with him as she went about a chore.
The only thing I can’t explain is the gorgeous white tablecloth perfectly fitting the table. It seems like a special occasion, but I can’t make that fit. I guess that it could have been easier for Cat to draw a covered table rather than trying to illustrate a seated Tillerman?
Or, what if the Tillerman has been working a nearby plot of land that may have been in his family for a few generations? And recently, the acreage was purchased, retiring the laborer to a life of luxury. And with silver in his beard, maybe he is looking after his grandkids?
That might explain the white tablecloth, and this is how he spends his days now. He will be served ‘tea’ to go with his Darjeeling. Or if this is a cuppa green tea, I would guess an Organic Sencha rather than a fruited Goji Green or an Organic Strawberry Smile.
Tea for the Tillerman Lyrics
The album ends with a concise song I did not remember, ‘Tea for the Tillerman.’ A bit of a clue in the opening…
“Bring tea for the Tillerman,
Steak for the Sun
Wine for the woman who made the rain come…”
Okay, so a farmer waiting for his meal?
I have to do this more often. I really enjoyed gazing at this album art while listening to these classics. The album cover for Tea for the Tillerman holds up as well as the music.
Thank you again, Yusuf / Cat Stevens