Thursday June 6, 2013 | 1 comment
We’re all familiar with the profound health benefits associated with green tea, ranging from a reduced risk of cancer to cardiovascular and cognitive benefits. Did you ever wonder what the color green may be contributing to the mix? I recently stumbled upon an article that focused on our responses to color and it turns out that green is one of the three magic colors that appear to have a surprising impact on our health and wellness. According to research:
“Green is a color that inspires peace and tranquility. A common color in nature – found in grass, trees and vegetation – green can make you feel grounded, creative, and calm … and can help to teach you how to calm your mind.”
Isn’t it interesting how nature has found a way to create a simple plant that seems to have so many wonderful attributes? Although I hadn’t given any thought to the impact of the color of the liquor, I am fascinated by the varied colors of green that each cup of tea produces. Whether I’m enjoying my matcha, a specific Chinese green tea, or a Japanese sencha, each cup offers brilliant to subtle variations of the color green. Do you think the early monks realized the impact that the color green had on their ritual of tea?
The color green reminds me very much of nature. I have always known on a deep level how being in nature affects me. It just never occurred to me that the actual color may be a contributing factor. I know the same can be said about blue and its impact on my emotional state. Being by the ocean where the water and sky seem to meet has always acted as a balm for my soul. The truth is, I’m torn between the forest and the sea. Both affect me deeply and both draw me to their core. I have chosen the forest at this point in my life. Living in Hood River, Oregon, surrounded by forests and orchards, I see vibrant masses of green each time I look outside my window. I also see green each time I look into my tea cup throughout each and every day.