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a healthy cup of tea

a healthy cup of tea

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. […]

Lily flower tea

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 […]

Removing sunburn with tea

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.

 

 

Tea temperature and brewing guide

Tea temperature and brewing guide

Above is a guide to help with both the brewing time and the temperature of water in which to brew different types of tea. Each type of tea is of its own character and responds to different water temperatures and length of time brewed. If brewed […]

The all powerful goji berry

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 […]

Green Tea Recipes: Mix It Up

Green Tea Recipes: Mix It Up

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 are really endless.

One thing you can do, is add different flavors to your standard green tea. One recipe, called “Green tea berry delight” off of all recipes.com, calls for simply pouring green tea over frozen fruit. In this instance, it calls for a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 4 frozen strawberries. You put the fruit at the bottom of a tall glass and pour 2 cups of iced green tea over the fruit. Together it makes a refreshing fruity drink full of antioxidants.

Another twist on the beverage is making , another recipe from the website, “Sparkling Green Tea Lemonade”. To make you need 2 cups of hot water, 2 (3 g) bags of green tea, 3 tablespoons of white sugar, 2 cups chilled seltzer water, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, and one sliced lime.  To make after brewing the green tea for 5 minutes in a pitcher, take the tea bags out and then stir the sugar into the tea until completely dissolved. Chill the tea in the refrigerator for 35 minutes. Take it out and pour the seltzer water and lime juice into the pitcher. You can also put the slices of lime in with the pitcher.  Now you have some deliciously fizzy green tea.

Other recipes like Green Tea cheesecake and cupcakes are made with Green Tea macha. There are tons of recipes to be found both online or even in your home, experimenting with the teas and flavors you have.  You can purchase different types of Green tea here. So go forth, have fun with your tea. Put berries and cream and sweets and selzer in – mix and mix until what you find is right for you. Find that perfect Green – with a little jazz.

Alert the Papparaz-Tea

Alert the Papparaz-Tea

Have you ever wondered what tea celebrities were drinking? It’s not just coffee and juice cleanses in Hollywood – tea is all around.  In Washington, DC  Barack Obama drinks tea in the morning instead of coffee. He is frequently seen drinking tea during interviews and […]

Honeysuckle Tea

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 […]

Drinking Tea linked to lowering likelihood of heart disease

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.

Tea 2.0 – high tech infusers

Tea 2.0 – high tech infusers

The way we drink tea is getting more and more innovative nowadays – it isn’t simply the choice between using tea bags, a strainer or drinking it loose. There are tons of gadgets and tools to either make tea drinking easier or even just to […]