I started drinking African Red Roobis when I discovered it at a coffee shop. Then, after five years passed, it was no longer available. That’s when I started buying the Twinnings label that I can easily find in stores in the United States.
Nowadays my office is not located twenty-five miles from home and I find myself taking breaks to drink a hot cup when I feel the need to “boost my energy level”. Red tea, also known as Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is a cross between herbal and black tea. It is the only tea product that is naturally caffeine free and high in antioxidants. And, if you like sugar in your tea, you might want to try Teavana’s German Rock Sugar, unrefined sugar crystals.
And, if you live in England or other countries where they perhaps have tea at a certain time every day, then you might think of me when you do. In my first book, Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey, my main character, Easton, shares a cup of tea with his father who reminisces about growing up in London where his mother served tea promptly at 4 o’clock every day.
On the other hand, Red and Herbal “teas” aren’t teas at all, but herbal infusions made from the Rooibos bush, in the case of Red tea, or from fruits, flowers and other plants for Herbal teas. All teas are born from the Camellia sinensis plant and once picked, the leaves are treated to different processes on their way to becoming Black, Oolong, Green or White tea. Perhaps you can find “a tea that’s just your type” at Twinnings .
WRITER’S TIP FOR STRETCHING: Before I go back upstairs to work in my office after taking a break, I make sure to walk up and down the stairs at least four times. I’ve found that if I step up two steps at a time when going “up” and hold the handrail, I can get a long stretch. Stair climbing stretches are good aerobic exercise releasing the tightness in those hip and upper leg muscles caused by sitting too long in a chair in front of a desktop computer. (Now, it’s time to post this and get back to work & finish writing book 2)
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 31, 2013