Global Tea Initiative at University of California – Davis

Global Tea

A Global, Intellectual and Cultural Exploration of Tea

Long a global leader in innovations at the nexus of food, health and the environment, UC Davis has launched the Global Tea Initiative to bring the university’s premier research in agriculture, health, science, humanities and social science to bear on the study of tea.

This project is driven by the long history and cultural importance of tea beginning in Asia and spreading to almost every continent in the world; the dearth of tea-related scholarship in most disciplines; our campus’s wide-ranging expertise in the humanities and social sciences which we bring to bear on tea in Asia, Africa and the Americas; and our complementary campus strengths and research traditions in nutrition and agricultural sciences.

The Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science is a teaching, research and outreach effort meant to involve the whole campus, fostering and leading collaboration across the sciences, humanities and social sciences to explore ways tea influences everything from ceramics to gender roles to health practices all over the world.

Little things you can do to practice self-love

I posted something similar to this a few months ago.  I hope you enjoy!

  • Get in the habit of telling yourself you are beautiful and your body is beautiful the way it is
  • Verbally say “I love you” to your body and all its little flaws that make you unique
  • Take time to take care of your body: have a bubble bath, make a smoothie with real fruits and veggies, hug yourself, brush your teeth twice a day and floss even if you find it a pain
  • Move. You are not meant to stay still. Practice yoga, try a new physical activity
  • Focus on your brain as well, mental health is also important. Meditate, educate yourself by reading an article, read a book
  • Pick a flaw and say “I am human and this is human and this makes me who I am, and who I am is beautiful.” If someone doesn’t like you because of a “flaw” they are shallow and don’t deserve your wonderful self
  • Give your body enough sleep and don’t over-work yourself
  • Rub your chest over your heart, tell it that it will be okay
  • Stretch
  • Drink tea
  • Keep a journal and write down things you like about yourself and/or things you want to improve
  • Smile when you look at yourself in the mirror, be happy with what you see: you’re used to your features but a stranger may find you extremely exquisite
  • Do something that will make you feel good. Paint your nails and pamper yourself or surround yourself in nature. Do what heals you
  • Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to who you were in the past and improve. Don’t worry about what people think, all that matters is what you think of yourself
  • Be grateful for the things you can do (especially when others can’t do them)
  • Start really believing in yourself, believe you’ll get to where you need to be
  • Clean your room, it’s like a physical representation of your mind. Declutter!

Heart Teacup

Afternoon Cream Tea

My mom and I stopped in Willy’s Emporium in Old Colorado City yesterday for cream tea.  Willy’s is a British-themed shop with a little tea room area in the back of the store.  We were served by the owners, Rick and Maria, who were very gracious to let us just “drop in” for tea.  We had scones and crumpets with clotted cream, jam, and tea (PG Tips).  If you find yourself in historic Old Colorado City, I would recommend popping into Willy’s for a spot of tea.  Cheers, Margo


Cool Off with a Hot Cup of Tea


Teakettle Junction, Death Valley, Calif.

Teakettle Junction, Death Valley, Calif.

At a remote junction in California’s Death Valley, where the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was reached (134°F/57°C, in 1913), is a signpost that marks Teakettle Junction. The landmark has become a shrine to tea, embraced by people who drink their cuppa and leave behind the kettle, some inscribed with names and messages.

No one is certain how the name Teakettle Junction came into being or who started the tradition of hanging tea kettles on the sign, but the idea of pausing here for a hot cup of tea on a blistering day has helped perpetuate the myth that drinking hot beverages really does cool you down.

Apparently, according to recent research, it’s not a myth. Dr. Ollie Jay, Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, and his team have shown that drinking hot beverages, such as tea, really does have a cooling effect on the body. A trio of studies coauthored by Jay, the latest appearing in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, reveal that drinking a hot drink after exercise in warm conditions (24°C/75°F) increases body temperature and subsequently lowers the body heat storage significantly more than drinking a cooler one.

One of the reasons for this is that the increased heat load from drinking a warm drink causes the body to sweat more, to a point that outweighs the internal heat gain from the drink. Jay and his team’s experiments indicated that there are sensors in the abdominal cavity that are responsible for influencing sweat response, and therefore regulation of body temperature, and these are triggered during ingestion.

Tamil women drinking tea while they take a work break.

Drinking hot tea in the summer heat really does cool you down.

In their most recent experiment, they discovered that when people consumed ice during exercise, there was a reduction in heat loss in the body, compared to if they drunk a moderately warm (37°C) drink. The warm drink increased sweat evaporation from the skin surface.

This could explain why tea is such a popular drink in some of the world’s hottest locations, such as North Africa, the Caribbean, Pakistan, the Middle East… and even remote corners of Death Valley.


WikipediaThe ConversationThe SmithsonianNational Park ServiceMedicine & Science in Sports & ExerciseJournal of Applied PhysiologyActa Physiologica

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