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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 […]

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 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

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 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 […]

Why is Green Tea called Green Tea?

Why is Green Tea called Green Tea?

Answer by Lisa Lin:

If you infuse fresh green tea leaves, the resulting liquor is clear green. "Green" refers to the color of the liquor as a result of brewing green tea. If the tea leaves are too old, it will result in a more yellowish liquor

An interesting fact is what people call in the West "Black Tea" is actually known as "Red Tea". This is due to the fact that Chinese people only brew loose leafs resulting in a red liquor, while Westerners brew teabags resulting in a dark color closer to "Black"

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Have a little Chamomile

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. […]

Reading Tea Leaves – indulge in a little magic

Reading Tea Leaves – indulge in a little magic

Tasseography… the art of reading tea leaves. It all sounds so Harry Potter- with Professor Trelawney turning and turning that china tea cup seeing haunting image after haunting image.   Real or not, fantasy or honest to goodness fate – it seems like it would […]

Tea is still partying hard

Tea is still partying hard

When one thinks about having a nice tea party nowadays, it seems like the art is dead. Even searching the phrase “tea party”, brings up all sorts of politics as Republics in the US has usurped the word. But tea is still being celebrated all around in all sorts of events.

In Old Salem in North Carolina, as explained in this video

http://www.digtriad.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2192747898001

they are having an event in their museums to celebrate chocolate, coffee and tea through hands on demonstrations.

In Vacaville, California  Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center will host its annual tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 23 at the church, 350 N. Orchard Ave.,Vacaville. The public is invited. Tea, scones, tea sandwiches, sweets and a presentation on the history of tea is planned.

In Oakland, as it turns out, there is a tea house within a museum, written about in this article.

So, there are tea happenings and tea parties all around. Despite how it feels, you haven’t outgrown tea parties and neither has anyone else. There might be some events happening in your area, if you can parse through all the politics. So get out there, meet some tea fanatics and wear awesome hats while eating those little sandwiches. Drink proper tea in pretty cups and learn about the history. Tea is great alone, but even better in company.

Chai Tea – add a little spice to your life

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 – […]