GROWING YOUR OWN TEA…

We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.

‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.

The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.

A great site with all the details on growing your own tea is ‘Guide to Growing Tea’, and you might be able to get seeds at your local nursery or try online at Amazon.

From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.

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BLACK TEA AROMATHERAPY – IT COULD AID STRESS…

Natural Health News says that black #tea aromatherapy could aid stress but before you drink it read how this could help.

Try inhaling it. New research shows that back #tea contains aromatic compounds that may help to lower stress levels and improve mood.

#Tea consumption has been shown to have many benefits on mood and attention, such as improving relaxation and concentration, reducing tiredness and psychological distress. But now scientists in Japan are looking in to not just at overall benefits of tea, but how specific components that make of the flavour and aroma of tea might influence health and wellbeing.

In a small study, published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology​, researchers at the University of Shizuoka, Chubu University, Mitsui Norin Co Ltd and Tokai University conducted a study to determine the effects of two kinds of black #tea aromas on physical and psychological stress. They reported that compared to those in the control group, those who inhaled black tea aroma had lower salivary CgA concentration levels after half an hour of mentally stressful tasks.

A student inhaling either Darjeeling or Assam tea aroma in the middle of a stressful maths test showed measurably lower levels stress.

OOLONG TEA PAIRINGS…

Organic Oolong Tea Sampler

‘Phoenix Supreme’ Oolong tea is picked from bushes that grow on the Wudong peak of Phoenix Mountain in Guarngdong Province, China.

It is made in small batches by and expert tea master and gathered twice a year, between April and May, and October and November.

It has a fragrant fruity aroma and a smooth, very refreshing flavour.

Oolongs can range in character between green and black teas, many can be paired with food along the same lines as their green or black counterparts. For instance, greener oolongs tend to go well with scallops, lobster and other sweet rich foods, while darker oolongs compliment somewhat stronger-flavored foods such as duck and grilled meats.

Suggestions:

Organic Crimson Berry Fruit Tisane

Not a green tea fan? Well the good news is that you don’t need to drink this to help with weight loss as they have now found that ‘Oolong’ tea helps even more.

A Chinese study showed that if we drink oolong tea for six weeks it will help with weight loss. In fact the data confirmed that a component other than just caffeine was responsible for promoting the preferential use of fat as an energy source.

A further Japanese study compared the benefits of oolong tea and green tea on weight loss. The results were that after drinking oolong tea you will use more energy than if you were drinking green tea or water and that it can last up to two hours.

For the best results they suggest you have a cup of oolong around 30 minutes to 1 hour before you do any form of exercise or walk, and drink it in the afternoon to help late afternoon sweet cravings and energy slumps.

Anyone fancy a cup of oolong tea?…

Tieguanyin Tea

 

5 OF THE MOST REFRESHING TEAS TO DRINK ON A HOT DAY…

5 of the most refreshing teas to drink on a hot day…

  1. Rhubarb & Vanilla from Hoogly Tea – It’s made from 100% natural ingredients that will turn your cuppa into a picture perfect pond. Simply refreshing.£4.75

2. Blueberry Rooibos from Shibui Tea – Fruity, sweet and caffeine-free. Perfect combination.Herbal infusion – naturally caffeine free.£8.00

3. Oolong Tea with Peach from Hamsptead Tea London – Loaded with antioxidants, this organic brew is made with all-natural ingredients is only 60 calories per bottle and provides just the right balance of fruitiness. £1.99

 

4. Sour Cherry & Orange Infusion Tea Tin from Fortnum and Mason – A bright pink infusion with a lovely tart-sweetness, vivid notes of cherry and sun-ripe orange, and a gorgeous almond-like aftertaste. £8.50

Sour Cherry & Orange Infusion Tin

5. Lime Mint Tea from Yogi Teas – Lime Mint tea clears your mind like a cool breeze on a hot day. It allows your thoughts to expand and sends your spirit soaring. The perfect combination of tangy lime and fresh mint provides a clean, cooling and refreshing taste. £2.67