• Molly Nesham

Can't We Just Get Oolong?

I have a t-shirt from the Midwest Tea Festival that reads:

Lets Get Oolong

Black Tea Matters,

Green Tea Matters,

White Tea Matters,

Chai Tea Matters,

Can't we all just get Oolong?


I've been wanting to start this blog for a long time because Tea brings people together. There are almost as many kinds of Tea as there are people groups, and many problems can be solved when we sit down together over a cup of Tea. I picked this Ginger Peach Oolong for this post because lots of people like it. (You can get some here.) I have listed my other reasons below, but I hope you'll stay tuned for more Tea talks and updates from PersnickeTea, where fresh ideas grow.


Fifteen years ago yesterday, my mom died. I was there in the room reassuring her that my sister and I would be okay, when she left. We didn't want her to die, but cancer was consuming her. She never retired from NASA because she loved the people there and the work she did. How many people do you know that understand Statistical Thermodynamics and Chemical Equilibrium Constants? I could write a book about that night and what happened next, but I won't do that here.

1. Oolong tea makes me think of "healthy" discussions with my mom, especially the scientific links between diet and health. She told me that when she first worked at the NACA, she forced herself to drink coffee like her co-workers. She added lots of sugar and cream to overcome the taste and join them on coffee break. Once, another physicist grabbed her coffee by mistake and spit out the syrupy sweet concoction during a break; avoiding further embarrassment, she weaned herself off the extras until she could drink it black. But then she was hooked; she had to have her coffee, and decaf just would not do. It was very hard for her to give up coffee, even after she suspected it was keeping her from being healthy. She did start drinking tea, but she was really into freshly pressed carrot juice to avoid "western" medicine like chemo and radiation. She fought cancer more than ten years.


2. August is National Peach Month. Full of vitamin C and other boosters for your immune system, it's hard to be sad when you bite into a tree-ripened peach straight from the market. I like to get extras to slice up and freeze. Try putting frozen peaches in your tea instead of ice.


3. Finally, there's Ginger, a spice used for hundreds of years to make food tasty and to prevent or treat ailments like colds, nausea, arthritis, and migraines. It compliments the peaches and oolong for a healthy start of a new school year.


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