One of the many things I do to help pay the rent (I live in LA after all!) is to tutor high school students planning to take the SATs. Remember that time in your life? You’ve just spent the summer lazing around the pool, avoiding your summer reading lists and forgetting every mathematical function you ever learned. Then suddenly, it’s September and you’re thrust back into the grind. Only it’s now your Junior or Senior year and everything everyone’s telling you is that this is it: this test and these grades will determine which college you can attend and subsequently the quality of your ultimate career. Basically this one test will make or break your life. Obviously there are some fundamental flaws to this reasoning, but it’s nonetheless prevalent in households of teenagers. It’s no wonder that by the time these students meet me for tutoring they are bundles of pure stress and nerves.
It is for these students (or really any student) for whom StuTea is perfect.
Let’s look for a moment at what comprises our oolong blend. First of all: oolong, which has been shown to be incredibly beneficial when it comes to health. Oolong tea is high in Polyphenol, which, as studies have shown, helps reduce the amount of free radicals in the human body. Beyond this, Oolong has caffeine, which can boost a student’s ability to stay awake and study, without the intense crash coffee so frequently brings on. Oolong also promotes weight loss, while perhaps not the main goal of a student focused on his or her work, is a nice added benefit.
Also present in StuTea are Ginseng, Licorice Root and Osmanthus flowers. It is generally believe that Ginseng has a stimulatory effect during times of stress and fatigue by helping to release a pituitary hormone. If stress and fatigue don’t aptly describe the life of today’s student, I don’t know what does. And if you’re anything like me, that stress has a tendency to sit right in your stomach. How many ulcers are caused by stress? In traditional homeopathic medicine, Licorice Root is often used to ease stomach troubles, which is yet another benefit for that student struggling with stress. And then there are the Osmanthus flowers. As far as I can tell, their main benefit is to create a delicious, eye-opening aroma. One whiff of that fruity, apricot aroma and you will be transported to a place free of everyday stresses.
Which leads me to my final point: you don’t have to be a student to enjoy the luscious benefits of StuTea. After all, aren’t we all students of life?
If there is a student or scholar in your life who’s away at school, maybe you could send her some StuTea in your next care package. Or if he’s upstairs right now studying, I recommend fixing him a cup and taking it up to him with some homemade cookies. Either way, it’ll help to relieve a little of the stress, if only for the duration of sipping. I promise you, your SAT tutors will thank you.