There are many interesting tidbits or trivia on teas. I learned most of these from book, "Country Tea Parties" by Maggie Stuckey. In ancient times, tea leaves were made into bricks and used as money. Herb teas are lighter in color than brewed black tea. However you judge its readiness by fragrance and taste and not its color. When one uses a screw together tea ball, fill it only 1/2 full as loose tea expands several fold when it steeps. Store sugar cubes for your tea in a jar with whole cloves or cinnamon sticks. The cubes will absorb the spicy fragrance. Stash ice tea glasses in the freezer an hour before the party. A "cream tea" is an afternoon tea in Britain. It features scones and clotted cream. Afternoon tea was invented by the Duchess of Bedford in the mid 1800s. She wanted to tide herself over for a very late dinner. She had her maid serve small sandwiches and cake with her afternoon tea. Thus, a new fashion was born. If a small bit of loose tea floats to the top of your cup, you will soon be visited by an intriguing stranger. A slash of any fruit flavored liqueur in your favorite hot tea makes a delicious treat. Earl Grey tea is named for the 19th century Englishman who served as diplomat to China. He learned to enjoy the orange scented tea blend that now bears his name. Teas made from rose hips are rich in vitamin C. Rose hips are the cranberry size red fruits that develop after the flowers are faded. The British drink an average of six cups of tea per day per person. "The agony of the flowers" is when covered with boiling water, the dried, twisted leaves of loose tea slowly unfurl. An old superstition holds that if two women pour tea from the same pot, one of them will give birth to a redheaded child within a year. A special treat for someone feeling down or blue is to sweeten herbal tea with fruit preserves. The medicinal value of certain herbs is well established. Tea brewed from them is healing as well as soothing. Some favorite teas for colds and sore throats are horehound, mint, lemon, balm and sage. One for nausea or cramps are peppermint. For digestive calm are anise, fennel and lemon verbena. Therefore, for good health and well being, drink tea everyday. It is good for you and your soul.