In West Indian households, "tea" does not mean exclusively drinks from brewed plants. "Tea" is used to refer to any hot beverage: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, etc.
Ask any young Caribbean person if they remember starting the day with a cup of Horlicks, Ovaltine or Milo before heading to school. The question may start an argument about which one was the best chocolate "tea." Some of us even ate the powder straight from the tin.
More mature folk or those from the rural areas may have had cocoa tea, a rich (somewhat oily) drink made from rich cacao beans. We even enjoy an assortment of black teas and herbal teas, whether they are from brands like Lipton, Typhoo and Red Rose, or from regional producers like Caribbean Dreams.
As hot as it is, West Indian people may drink tea at all times of the day; morning, noon and night. For us, tea makes all things better.
You may hear us say "drink lil tea" to:
- brek de air
- settle yuh stomach
- wake up de body
- relax yuhself
When we think of holistic medicine, we must give credit where it is due. West Indian families have for years relied on natural remedies for almost every ailment.
The bush teas we drink in the Caribbean are brewed from such plants as:
- gully root
- blue vervain
- shine bush
- lemon grass
- fever grass
- bay leaf
- wonder of the world (miracle bush)
As much as we like tea, we don't bother ourselves with dainty little tea cups. Once upon a time, we could be mixing and cooling tea in enamel mugs. Nowadays, a good cup o' tea drinking out o' ceramic mugs such as these.
See our TEN BEST CARIBBEAN MUGS for your favourite tea (or coffee) lover. Each mug features a witty Caribbean proverb to guide you in the right direction.
In a scenario where someone does not want to be responsible for identifying a culprit, the person would say, "nuh name, nuh blame, nuh lock up."
You reap whatever you sow.
Once there is something news-worthy, there is always somebody to pass it on, especially if it is gossip.
When somebody tries to make trouble, it is best to remain silent.
People with nothing to do get themselves into mischief
When people are not constantly near each other, friendships last longer.
It is better to make absolutely sure that everything is alright, than to assume that all is well.
Difficult situations force people to stop taking things for granted.
A wise person knows that patience will be rewarded.
See after the interest of your family before taking on somebody else's problems.
Add a splash of colour to your morning coffee or tea ritual! These beautifully designed ceramic mugs come in 4 colours: yellow, red, blue and black They offer sage West Indian advice and would make great gifts for your West Indian friends and family. Start your unique holiday shopping right here.
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