There is something lovely about that perfect tea cup – that one that you always want to be clean and will use again and again. Perfect size, perfect shape, perfect warmth. Inside that cup lies your home, your safe place. It is the cup from […]
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Tea is not just something nice to drink, but an international commodity. Have you ever wondered where that tea in your tea cup came from? Tea was first grown and cultivated in China. Before long, it spread to Japan and then was transplanted far and […]
You hear about green tea, black tea, and herbal tea in more and more studies, but what about oolong? 2 % of all tea produced worldwide is oolong. It is one of the most popular types of tea in China and has numerous health benefits. Oolong Tea undergoes a small degree of fermentation during its processing, which gives oolong a flavor somewhat similar to that of black tea but closer to the taste of green tea. Health claims for oolong tea’s benefits include reduction of cholesterol levels, preservation of heart health, treatment of digestive disorders, strengthening of the immune system, and formation of strong bones.
There have been a lot of research to do with the numerous benefits of drinking Oolong Tea:
In a population study in 2010, researchers found that oolong tea consumption was linked to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Researchers determined that those who drank coffee, green tea, and/or oolong tea on a regular basis had a lower risk of heart disease compared to those who didn’t drink such beverages.
When paired with standard care, it was also found that oolong may benefit people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small study published in 2003. After drinking 1,500 ml of oolong tea daily for 30 days, diabetes patients experienced a greater reduction in blood sugar levels compared to those who drank water instead of tea.
Even further, several studies have indicated that oolong tea may promote weight loss. In a 2009 study researchers concluded that consumption of oolong tea could improve fat metabolism and, in turn, reduce body weight.
So maybe next time you put the kettle on, pull out a tin of Oolong. The little caffiene in it can give you the pick up you need – both in energy and in your health.
Everyday more and more studies seem to coming out with how healthy tea is, what different chemicals and enzymes can be suppressed by drinking tea and different diseases and deficiencies can be prevented. It seems like a miracle drink, getting more and more amazing everyday. […]
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.
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.
Love green tea, but getting bored of just drink warm cup after warm cup? Well there are tons of recipes and different variations you can try with different teas. There are even green tea variations on baked goods, like cheese cake and cupcakes. The possibilities […]