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Until the 3rd century AD, under the Han Dynasty (AD 206 -220) the Chinese drank tea as a medicinal tonic brew made from the freshly gathered leaves of the wild tea tree. For the next 700 or so years, the plucked leaves were steamed and then compressed into tightly packed cakes of different forms which could be easily stored or transported with minimum damage. To brew tea from these cakes, the brick or cake was roasted and then chopped or crushed, and steeped or boiled in hot water. The infusion was then often flavoured with sweet onions, salt, ginger, orange peel, cloves and mint.

The Tealover’s Companion – Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson

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These 8 green tips on used tea leaves is from the site Green Living Tips which explains about how tea can affect the environment.

Uses for used tea leaves

  • If you do use tea bags, instead of throwing them into your household trash bin – they can be composted or added to a worm farm.
  • I’ve seen dried tea leaves suggested as an incense (although in my opinion, burning tea leaves smell pretty bad)
  • Following on from the last tip – burning tea leaves is said to repel mosquitos (that I can believe)
  • Dried tea leaves can absorb moisture in cupboards and odors in refrigerators
  • Tea leaves sprinkled in kitty litter can help reduce smell
  • Remove oil from pots and pans without impacting on their “seasoned” aspects
  • Dried tea leaves can sop up oil spills in the kitchen.
  • Soak old tea bags in melted…

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The book ‘Fate Takes Two Hands’s Memoirs of a Physiotherapist’ was written by my mother in law who wrote about her life before she became a physiotherapist during the Second World War.

Based on a true story this is a heartwarming tale of a wartime working life of a physiotherapist during the Second World War. Born in Manchester in 1916, the author went with her parents to a pantomime to see Peter Pan. From that day forward she set her sights on being on the stage with her name in lights.

However, her mother and father had other plans for her. She tried every trick in the book to avoid going down their career route, and shares her love, loss and friendships to pursue her dream of being an actress.

That was until she met Audrey, who changed her direction in life into the hospital theatre rather than the…

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I bet you didn’t know that sipping a cup of green tea could actually stop you going senile.

Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered that green tea can protect your brain.

It’s rich in polyphenols, which can protect against Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

I really wish I could grow to like the taste of green tea with all its added benefits, but it just doesn’t do if for me. How about you? …

Get some healthy green tea ice-cream from Haagen-Dazs – they say “our green tea ice cream is made from a highly sought Japanese Matcha green tea, a ceremonial tea prized for its intense yet delicate essence. enjoy its soothing green tea flavor enhanced with the richness of pure, sweet cream.” The nutritional information panel states that one half-cup serving contains 250 calories and 17 grams of fat. The ingredient list reads: cream, skim milk, sugar…

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Advantages and disadvantages of tea


Tea – Tea is very popular soft drink in all over the world including India especially in winter season. All types of teas are made up of plant Camellia sinensis. Each and every person likes tea after breakfast or in evening.  There are popularly two types of tea

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  1. Black tea
  2. Green tea

Advantages of tea – There are some benefits of tea which are discussed below

  1. Tea has antioxidants which is helpful in slow down aging due to regenerates and repair of the cells.
  2. Tea is helpful to prevent the creation of dangerous blood clots which is the main cause of heart attacks and stroke.
  3. As per researches, the persons who take daily tea so they have stronger bones compared with  non-tea drinkers.
  4. The tea is helpful in lower the risk of high blood pressure.
  5. Tea is benefit in decreasing the cholesterol.
  6. As per research, consuming daily tea may lower…

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