Lily flower tea

There’s is that memorable quote from Harry Potter when Professor Slughorn tells Harry about his fish Francis,

 It was a student who gave me Francis. One Spring afternoon I discovered a bowl on my desk, just a few inches of clear water in it. Floating on the surface was a flower petal. As I washed, it sank. Just when it reached the bottom, it transformed into a wee fish. It was beautiful magic, wondrous to the behold. The flower petal had come from a lily, your mother. The day I came downstairs, the day the bowl was empty, was the day your mother…

There is that image of a singular lily petal, pure and beautiful – sinking into the depths of that bowl and making something even more beautiful and something just as fleeting: a friend, a remembrance, a little fish.  Lily flower tea also takes the beauty, the purity of the lily and makes something just as magical as Slughorn’s charmed fish – a great cup of tea. Lily flower tea moistens the lung and throat to alleviate cough, helps with heart burn, can firm the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lowers body heat, and can calm the spirit. It is often used in blooming teas for its beautiful appearance and is great for blending with black teas to add a little bit extra. Whether you’re feeling down from the still cold weather or want to try something new – Lily flower tea is sure to add a little magic to your life.

 

Removing sunburn with tea

According to boldsky.com, you can use tea to get rid of sunburn. With long hot days ahead, whether near pools, lakes or beaches, sunburn despite best intentions may be in your future.

You can get rid of sunburn completely by applying tea on the affected area. You can use it in bag form, liquid form, or mixed with milk.  Tea has tannic acid that soothes the sun burned skin.
Ways to remove sunburn with tea:

1. You can brew few tea bags in water. Let it cool in a refrigerator. Now, dip a towel in it and squeeze out excess liquor from the towel. Place it on the sunburned skin and leave for 30 minutes.

2. If you have prepared tea with tea bags, you can use it to remove sunburn naturally. Do not throw away the tea bags. Let them cool and then place the tea bags on the affected skin. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

3. Take a tea bath. Soak few tea bags in the bucket and leave for 20 minutes. The more you soak the tea bags, the more tannic acid will be released in the water. Now you can take a bath with that water to treat sunburn naturally.

4. Apply black tea to the sun burned skin to treat it naturally. You can also use chamomile tea to soothe the burned skin.

5.  Mix tea bags with milk and then apply on the affected area. It is one of the natural ways to treat sunburn.

This is one more awesome thing that you can do with tea. It’s one more reason to keep chugging that iced tea during the summer.

 

 

The all powerful goji berry

We’ve heard a lot these days about the Goji berry, praised as a “super fruit” by many health guru’s. It can be brewed by itself into tea or combined with other teas. It is used to help eyesight, protect the liver, boost the immune system and promote longevity. Mixed with red dates and black tea, it can help with insomnia and anxiety. It is also commonly combined with Green Tea.

As amazing as this fruit is, it is advisable to talk to your health care provider before making it a huge part of your diet. It has reacted adversely with some medications.  With that caveat, it’s a great idea to try different things in relation to teas. Tea doesn’t have to be just leaves. It can be flowers or even other fruit. Don’t be afraid to make your tea a little colorful – there’s more than green and black.

Honeysuckle Tea

As we are starting March and as the grips of Winter seem to be loosening every day – one can’t help but think of Summer. Sunlight streaming through windows, golden heat sinking into our skin and lazy days. The idea of it – putting on summer dresses and laying in the grass, picking honey suckles and getting that little drop honey inside. The faint smell of them fills everything, carried on the cool breeze, in the fiber of our clothes – it even seems imbued into that  golden light touching everything.

Honeysuckle tea  is not only delicious but has numerous health benefits. According to teabenefits.com, Honeysuckle tea can alleviate sores and swelling of eyes and throat, can help with headaches, and is said to inhibit the bacteria that causes salmonella, strep, staph, and tuberculosis infections. So have a little taste of summer and keep yourself healthy with Honeysuckle tea. As the adage says – you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Well, hopefully not flies, but maybe better health.

Drinking Tea linked to lowering likelihood of heart disease

As Inverurie Herald has found in a recent article, drinking tea can lower the likelihood that you will get heart disease. It was found that

 drinking moderate amounts of coffee (two to three cups a day) was better than a little or a lot. With tea, drinking more than six cups a day was linked to the lowest risk

This study assessed the effects of tea and coffee consumption on health outcomes over a 13-year period, specifically any effects on cardiovascular health.  They accounted into their studies the knowledge that high consumption of caffeine can have an adverse effect on health. The best way to prevent heart disease, drinking tea or not, is to have a healthy lifestyle. Drinking tea while doing unhealthy activities cannot help.

Caffeine and unhealthy activities aside though, it is great that tea has been linked to help prevent heart disease. So when drinking that strong cuppa tea, remember that you’re helping make a stronger heart – and that really is lovely.

Have a little Chamomile

In terms of tea, you don’t get much prettier than chamomile. Those delicate yellow flowers mixing in with the heat and the steam, settling into that warm yellow, that delicate aroma and when you finally drink it – it tastes like spring blurring into summer. The all enveloping warmth, the sweetness, the flowers – and the sheer joy – all within that tea cup.

Chamomile tea is not only relaxing and enjoyable – it has health benefits. As this Livestrong.com article finds,

Chamomile tea, a traditional drink mild enough for small children, is nonetheless powerful enough to treat a number of maladies, from insomnia to stomach pain.

It boosts immunity to disease, is a relaxant that helps with insomnia, along with menstrual cramps and tension, and helps heal mouth sores. It should be noted though that although both German and Roman chamomile contain useful properties, German is found to be more powerful and is more researched.

Stress is all around – whether you’re a college student at midterm, having a hard time at the office, or just trying to keep yourself going – Chamomile is a good way take a load off. Everyone deserves to relax a little and everyone deserves to stay healthy.

Chai Tea – add a little spice to your life

There’s a lot of talk and studies going on in terms of Green Tea, but not a lot is heard about its multi-spiced friend Chai. In latte form it’s a staple in coffee shops and to those that have loved it all their lives – the cardamom and the clove seems to be steeped into the fabric of their being. There are those memories of the multi-layered scents and musks filling the house, seeing a pot full of spices boiling and boiling, the dark liquid being poured into a tea pot and drinking it with heavy cream.

But as most teas, Chai can provide a lot of health benefits. Dr. Isaac Eliaz writes, in an article on MindBodyGreen, the benefits of this delicious tea. He even says,

If I were stranded and could only choose one beverage, I would probably take chai. A powerful blend of tea,herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. But, the more we learn about chai, the more benefits we find. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and anti-cancer effects.

All of the different components within Chai Tea provide different health benefits. For example the Black Tea in it contains anti- oxidants, ginger boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, and fennel provides potassium and fiber.

Ultimately, drinking a little chai could spice up your life, both for your taste buds and improving health.

Your tea drinking habit can be even greener

Have you ever wandered what to do with all of those old tea bags?  Well you don’t have to throw them away or let them dry up in that saucer on your kitchen counter – they can be re-used.

In this article, greenprophet.com provides numerous ways that those old tea bags can be used including

1. As a cold or hot compress

You can use cold tea bags for tired eyes, bruises, sunburns, bug bites and more by applying it to the affected area – it helps heal it and provides soothing relief. A hot tea bag can help with pink eye, canker sores, and fever blisters. By placing it at the affected area, it can draw out the infection

2.  Making flavored rice

If you stick an old tea bag into the water while you’re making rice, the flavor from the tea can permeate into the rice. Jasmine tea in particular would be a good choice of tea bag to throw in with your rice.

3. To eliminate odors

If you put dry tea leaves into your cats litter box or in your trash can, it can suck up those nasty odors. It will also suck up food odors if you put a bowl of dry tea leaves in the fridge. You can even rinse your hands with tea or if you feel like you’re coming down with a case of Halitosis – you can skip the Listerine and gargle mint tea instead.

And these things are just the tipping point of what is listed in the article and other things you imagine you can do with tea. Next time you feel a flair for the artistic, sepia it up with your tea bags, you can even treat your paper with it to give it that vintage feel. Tea doesn’t have to be just for drinking. It can help with those bags under your eyes, be your inspiration and your medium, and help you out around the house. Tea drinking really is a life style.

Green Tea is found likely to prevent Breast Cancer

As found in Nathan Gray article on Nutraingredients.com, a study published in Nutrition Journal has found

consumption of Green Tea may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by modifying the metabolism of oestrogen, according to new research

The study looked at the possible association between drinking green tea and “urinary oestrogens ” and “oestrogen metabolites”- finding that high intake of green tea can modify oestrogen metabolism and conjugation and can in this way “influence breast cancer risk”. This study was led by Dr. Barbara Fuhrman from the National Cancer Institute of the United States National Institute of Health. Oestrogen Metabolism is one of the known causal elements of breast cancer. Oestrogen is a variant of Estrogen and affects various female sexual characteristics. Essentially, although more tests need to be run,  if you consume a lot of green tea, you may be less likely to get breast cancer. It was found in the study that  when post-menopausal Japanese women consumed large quantities of Green Tea, there were “reduced urinary concentrations of oestrone”. So now in addition to the potential to fight heart disease, lowering cholesterol, preventing diabetes, and staving off Alzheimer’s, and the sheer power of its antioxidants – it could also prevent breast cancer. There’s even more reason to go green, not only because it’s so delicious, but to prevent even more pink ribbons in the future

coffee versus tea in China

coffee versus tea in China

Coffee has become very popular in China nowadays. Franchise chains like Starbucks and Costa coffee has expanded really fast by opening many stores in first and second tier cities. Especially Chinese office workers in big cities like to drink coffee to stay focused. We noticed TChing’s post about this topic and found it quiet interested that they are hoping that Coffee will outpace Tea in China. 

I agree that coffee has been a big success especially in big cities. However, what we find in China is that most people drink coffee because it’s a Western status symbol to them. They drink Starbucks because they can show off they have a good job, they made it. This effect might be reduced when coffee becomes more common. Also many Chinese are genetically allergic to milk, so cappuccinos and lattes are not an option for them. 

We don’t think coffee will win over tea, because tea is still the most consumed beverage in the world by far.