Tea With Edgar

Stress less – drink more tea.

Drink tea and de-stress.

It has been known for years –  drink tea to be calm. It’s not for nothing that monks are accompanied by a cup of tea whilst meditating.

Recent studies are illustrating what millions of tea-lovers have long believed – that if you are upset, stressed or anxious, it pays to make a brew.

Just one cup of tea can reduce those symptoms of anxiety and stress, making you calmer and clearer in your mind.

As well as the soothing qualities of the tea itself it has also been found that the ritual of drinking and brewing tea is also important..

Psychological tests indicate that tea’s calming benefits aren’t just a question of biochemistry but also there is a  social importance of the tea drinking ritual which is to be valued.

So you have you had a busy week at work? Do you have a busy weekend ahead? Then just sit down for 5 and share a nice cup of tea with whoever  is near to you. (and also With Edgar of course :-)

Here are some tea quotes for you to digest whilst sipping.

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.”

[Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay]”
― Douglas Adams

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
― Muriel BarberyThe Elegance of the Hedgehog

 

“In Britain, a cup of tea is the answer to every problem.
Fallen off your bicycle? Nice cup of tea.
Your house has been destroyed by a meteorite? Nice cup of tea and a biscuit.
Your entire family has been eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex that has travelled through a space/time portal? Nice cup of tea and a piece of cake. Possibly a savoury option would be welcome here too, for example a Scotch egg or a sausage roll.”
― David WalliamsMr Stink

 

“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”
― Kakuzō OkakuraThe Book of Tea

 

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?”

-D.T. Suzuki

 

 

Korean Seowang Sejak

Edgar’s blog: The sun has got his hat on, go naked with green tea!

Go naked with green tea

You don’t just have to drink tea to enjoy it. In fact there are many things you can do with tea to enjoy it. You just have to know what they are. So here are a few ideas I have gathered for you to try. The sun is shinning and your body needs some attention before you can throw of those winter layers.  Let me help you,  go naked with green tea. Go on, live dangerously and expand your boundaries. Notice the difference you can make to your body.  Drop me a line and let me know how these naked green remedies work for you.

Super chill body care!  Give yourself a treat and put 50 grams of green tea into your bath. Enjoy the luxury and experience the difference this green soak will make to your skin.

Spots move on!  Skin care. Many people swear by the  green tea facial wash. Make one yourself with the cold green tea you brewed earlier. For effective results wash your face at least twice daily with a green tea brew.

Hair baby.   While we’re in beauty mode, be sure to try a green tea hair rinse, especially with that summer sun and sand.  A rinse of strong green tea, left in until it dries and then rinsed out with water does the job just great. Some even say green tea can perhaps help with hairloss.

Smelly feet.   You like wearing your boots  with your latest new summer get up but hey what does it do for your feet cooked in your boots all day long.  I have said it before but will say it again. Treat your tootsies to a strong green tea foot bath. Nothing like it.

Sweet breath. Almost forgot, keep drinking your green tea because it is good for your mouth hygiene and that leads on to the rest…… yep green tea is thought to boost sex drive. Try it! I did ……..;-)

Have fun going naked :-)

Edgar

 

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Edgar’s blog: Sophisticated peeps drink tea

Hi Peeps,

More and more of us are drinking loose tea. Yippee, that’s great. Loose tea is just as easy as tea bags if you have the right gear. Unfortunately, some people are still struggling with those “tea eggs”. You know what I mean, look good, looks design and does not work. :-(

You know the feeling – struggling with those little conventional tea eggs, the top not fitting properly, the tea spilling out all over the place when you come to empty it? Well those days are over with my beautiful design stainless steel tea filter.

Look no further, I have the solution.  A good egg. That’s my tea filter.

Not only is it beautiful to look at but it has many features which make it a good tea egg instead of a bad tea egg. – It is very easy to use – check out my Instagram  and youtube films.

– It fits almost all tea pots, tea glasses and tea mugs.

– The tea leaves can expand to their max with no restriction. This gives the best flavour.

– The lid keeps the tea hot while brewing and no burnt fingers because you can grasp the lid of the filter by the silicone band.

– Put the lid upside down and you catch all the drips.

 

Quite simply – no more messy tea moments. Quality coz it makes me and you feel good.

Sophisticated peeps drink tea – are you?

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Cheers Edgar

Tulip fields Netherlands global perspective

Edgar’s Blog: global perspective

Do you have a global perspective?

Last April the world population reached the 7.5 billion people. These people are spread out over 195 countries and 510 billion square kilometers. Which comes down to 68 square kilometers per person, yet moste of use live on 68 square meters. Of course it doesn’t make sense to own so much land, water or ice. But what does matter is going out of your living space! How can you have a global perspective if you haven’t seen a lot of the world?

All 7.5 billion of you humans are stuck on this round globe called earth, why not explore the most of it! Exploring the world is one of the most valued things to do. As a turtle, travelling is in my nature, from the moment I was born. I was born on a gorgeous white beach with clear blue water. I waddled across this beautiful beach and dove in the first big wave that rolled on the beach. After been flushed back on the sand a few times I finely made it in to deeper water. Together with my brothers and sisters we swam into the ocean. While they went back to their birthplace I decided to explore more of the world. Countries like Sri Lanka, China, Japan and America were amazing but I was most intrigued by Rotterdam. Those huge buildings along the river with so many people cycling along and over water was just bizar.

Travelling really gave me a different perspective on the world. Everywhere I came people were nice and friendly. Like it was one big family, I suppose you are. Seeing so many different cultures, landscapes and climates makes you appreciate the small things in life. It might be tempting to visit the other side of the world but I learned that there are also beautiful places nearby. In China I saw European people, in Europe Chinees, In Sri Lanka Chinees and European and in America people from all around the world. Funny how this works, the grass is always greener on the other side right? If you travel all over the world you should definitely do so. If you can’t, remember that there are people travelling from all over the world to look at those beautiful tulip fields you see every day while going to work.

Summer tea

Edgar’s blog: Drink that booty off

Zinger your body and drink that booty off.

One of my tea blends is a blend of spices called “ginger zinger”.

It contains ginger, green rooibos, black and white peppercorns and a smidgen of stevia. All natural products that have different properties and effects on the bodies.

Ginger, for example has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite and motion sickness. Ginger is also used for pain, such a headaches and it is known to fight the virus that causes the common cold. Green rooibos tea contains absolutely no caffeine but does contains the antioxidants that stop the wrinkles (and a cheap wrinkle stopper at that for 10 eurocents a cup ;-)). Black pepper is rich in magnesium and lots of essential elements like copper and iron. The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the break down of fat. So boost your body with my ginger zinger and drink that booty off.

new year Resolutions

Edgar’s Blog: New Year Resolutions

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Oh yes, this is going to be the year! You are going to be healthier, fitter, more successful and see more of your friends and family. It’s a common thing to have a list of resolutions for the upcoming year. But why is that? Do you regret anything of the past year? And what happend to the resolutions you made the year before…

So here we are at the New Years BORREL/PARTY  telling all of our good intentions to our colleagues. ”I subscribed to the gym and want lose 5 pound before March” While the other colleague just told everyone that he is going to stop drinking. After half an hour everybody is drinking champagne and eating snacks and appetisers.

I don’t want to discourage people from having good intentions for the New Year but you should have them for every single day! If you reflect on yesterday and come to the conclusion that you could have done better let today be the day you are going to do better. Not tomorrow, next month or this year.

 

Ps. If you still have good resolutions and want to get fitter, try my Detox tea! Buy here…

double espresso International Coffee Day

Edgar’s Blog: International Coffee Day

Coffee? Yes please it’s International Coffee Day!

Coffee is what some of you might drink on a daily basis. This Thursday and Saturday (29th September & 1st October)  it is International Coffee Day in a lot of countries. A good day to have a think about coffee. Although I love tea I don’t hate coffee. The opposite actually! I truly can enjoy a good cup of coffee. But hey, I’m a turtle. I don’t need coffee to get me going.

That said, a lot of people need coffee to function. Waking up, arriving at the office, after checking all the emails, before the first meeting, after the first meeting and so on. Do you really need all that cafeïne? I don’t think so. I think people just need a short break. Of course a bit of cafeïne will help you focus but some fresh air will so too. Don’t make yourself dependent on coffee, energy drink or even tea. With a little variation you can get back in control. You don’t have to be a true coffee or true tea drinker. Tea and coffee can go very well together!

Get inspired on International Coffee Day to enjoy a good quality cup of coffee. There lots of things to consider in the coffee. The origin of the coffee bean is one thing. Then there is the roasting proces, and then grinding. And then you just have coffee. Quality also depends on the machine, water and barista. From there you have endless choices. From a espresso, cappuccino, macchiato to frappuccinos.

Hopefully you can appreciate quality over quantity. Just like I do.

 

Cheers, Edgar

Edgar's Blog: International kissing day! man and woman kissing. Black and white picture

Edgar’s Blog: International kissing day!

This Wednesday it is international kissing day.

And I think we all should celebrate this special day!

What makes kissing so special? Is it the fact that you are very close to someone? Or because it’s a little bit sensuous? Or maybe exciting because you are letting someone in your comfortzone? Thinking about it there are a lot of weird things going on in a kiss that aren’t practical or would be particularly attractive at another moment. For example,  human noses are not in a great position for that kiss, a difference in height between the kiss partners can be annoying and that’s not to mention a bad breath… And is that really you?

All those awkward things that give us a little hesitation. But the moment your lips touch the lips of your kissing partner fireworks are exploding. All the awkward feelings are gone. That’s the magic of a kiss! A small kiss on the cheek or a full on kiss on the lips just go for it today!

PS I found a nice video about kissing. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Get hot and wet with Edgar! Buy tea. And remember my green tea is good for a sweet kissing breath …..

Trending icon on white background

Edgar’s blog: 2016 trending at this very minute

2016 trending, trending and trending at this very minute….

The Brexit. The European football championships. The 5:2 diet. Mindfulness. Self-tracking. The standing desk. Paleo meal plans, (aanpassing schijf van vijf), Snorting Chocolate. Life in 2016 means a constant stream of new apps, connected devices, eating fads, lifestyle movements, constant on line information and more. Trending, trending, trending. Don’t miss it!

For innovators, one Big Question emerges: where is all this heading? One thing is certain: the world is full of meditation apps whilst on the other hand more and more peeps seek the advice of a physchiatrist. Overload.

This is, for an emerging brand like With Edgar an absolute minefield.

Where do I start? On-line platform or off-line platform? In with that trend, out with that trend? How did those world changers like Steve Jobs do it? What made them different? How can I with my loose tea and socks become a success? It is a hard think and I am still thinking, every day.

I can’t help feeling that somewhere we peeps are loosing perspective. It simply does not matter what’s trending because it is short lived anyway. What are we afraid of it we miss the trend?

We get bored real quick with the content on our screens but yet we have no patience to sit down and enjoy a meal with mates without looking at our mobile screens to check what we have missed, no internet means socially dead? Or are we turning into a bunch of paranoids who are unable to make choices about what we want, unable to commit incase we  miss something better later on.

Somewhere along the line we are losing contact with one another through all of this digital trending. What’s wrong with just chilling, chatting, eye contact and being, well yes, dare I say it, old fashioned.

After a long hard think I have drawn  a few pointers for me to re-charge  my perspective.

  • Don’t get drawn into the trending hype and frenzy
  • Stick by what I stand for and never forget it
  • Take time to smell the roses
  • Honesty is the best way
  • Normal is OK –  who wants to be abnormal anyway?
  • Enrichment of my daily life, add a little bit of special to normal every now and again
  • Share ‘coz it makes me feel good

And when I think these are pretty good values for me, I realise they are also pretty good values voor me and my peeps at With Edgar. So yep, the last few months we have been putting things into practice and it works. Stopping to smell the roses is actually good fun.

And yep, sometimes it does take a little longer to get things done, but then again less stress. What is great is that our focus on what we set out to do is stronger, much stronger and that has to be good.

So for me it is becoming an easy choice. I still have to get out of the habbit of that screen check every 10 seconds but hey, I am getting there. Rome wasn’t built in a day and after all I am only a turtle.

Think about it. What can you do to break the trend and be yourself a little more often? Drop me a line I am keen to know.

Cheers Edgar,

Ps a friend just called. She was just out for dinner with a few mates. All mobile phones went into the middle of the table and were off limits. If anyone dared to pick up their phone the entire bill was for them. What she said is that the conversation was the best they had in ages…….old fashioned, could this be trending 😉 ?

naked green sencha tea with white background

Edgar’s blog: The sun has got his hat on, go naked with green tea!

Go naked with green tea

You don’t just have to drink tea to enjoy it. In fact there are many things you can do with tea to enjoy it. You just have to know what they are. So here are a few ideas I have gathered for you to try. The sun is shinning and your body needs some attention before you can throw of those winter layers.  Let me help you,  go naked with green tea. Go on, live dangerously and expand your boundaries. Notice the difference you can make to your body.  Drop me a line and let me know how these naked green remedies work for you.

Super chill body care!  Give yourself a treat and put 50 grams of green tea into your bath. Enjoy the luxury and experience the difference this green soak will make to your skin.

Spots move on!  Skin care. Many people swear by the  green tea facial wash. Make one yourself with the cold green tea you brewed earlier. For effective results wash your face at least twice daily with a green tea brew.

Hair baby.   While we’re in beauty mode, be sure to try a green tea hair rinse, especially with that summer sun and sand.  A rinse of strong green tea, left in until it dries and then rinsed out with water does the job just great. Some even say green tea can perhaps help with hairloss. Click here.

Smelly feet.   You like wearing your boots  with your latest new summer get up but hey what does it do for your feet cooked in your boots all day long.  I have said it before but will say it again. Treat your tootsies to a strong green tea foot bath. Nothing like it.

Sweet breath. Almost forgot, keep drinking your green tea because it is good for your mouth hygiene and that leads on to the rest…… yep green tea is thought to boost sex drive. Try it! I did ……..;-)

Have fun going naked :-)

Edgar

 

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