Bailey here, one of the owners at OBTC. I am writing to you today to tell you about tea - not just any tea - Camellia sinensis tea. What is Camellia sinensis? It is the plant that produces green, white, black, oolong, and pu erh tea. It looks like this:
The Camellia sinensis plant is high in antioxidants so it can reduce risk of disease. My mom and business partner is a 3 time cancer survivor, so our family is big on living a preventative lifestyle. Drinking traditional Camellia sinensis tea is just one part of a wellness oriented lifestyle - but it is a part we really enjoy.
Camellia sinensis tea is also cram-packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, including a rare molecule called L-theanine. L-theanine moderates the release of caffeine, so while tea can give you a boost, you don't get it all at once. Hence, you don't get an energy spike and crash, but a smooth flow of energy that is great for prolonged mental focus.
Here's the cool part: L-theanine is also said to increase alpha brain waves. Alpha brain waves are what we experience during REM sleep but are also associated with "wakeful relaxation." Psychology Today explains that the trigger of alpha waves can enhance mental focus, creativity and relaxation: this is why our family loves to drink tea during our business meetings or while diving into the work day.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Monday!
With so much love,
Bailey & the OBTC team