MEDICINAL TEAS…

Medicinal Teas…

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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.

DRINK YOURSELF YOUNG WITH THESE 3 DRINKS…

Drink yourself young with the following three drinks –

  1. Green Tea – In a Chineses study, people who drank three or more cups of green tea daily were biologically five years younger than those who drank less than a cup a day. According to StyleCraze, a Chinese study showed that men, who consumed green tea, had their cells aging at a much slower rate than the men who didn’t. Researchers think that the antioxidants in green tea are the reason behind this phenomenon. Green Tea also consists of powerful flavonoids that contribute to healthy and youthful knees. They also help reduce cartilage and collagen destruction in arthritic joints. This helps prevent both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Green tea, being an excellent antioxidant moisturizer, can cleanse your skin and make it radiant. Just dab a cotton ball into the remaining green tea in your cup and apply it on your skin.
  2. Cocoa – A cup of cocoa every day may help to maintain brain health, according to research. This is thought to be due to the naturally high levels of antioxidants it contains, known as flavanols. According to Natural Health News scientists from Seoul National University in Korea believe that cocoa has anti-aging benefits and say that their tests show that the antioxidants in cacao may actually help to prevent wrinkles. According to the researchers, cacao boosts skin by increasing blood flow and improving skin density and hydration. 
  3. Ordinary Tea –  Drinking three cups a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 11% and lessen the build-up of plaque in the arteries, thanks to its high level of flavonoids. The powerful Antioxidants and antibacterial properties help immune system stay healthy, prevent signs of early aging, maintain weight, help control cholesterol levels and provides protection against cancer. White tea is the least processed tea over green and black tea and thus has the highest levels of anti-oxidants.

6 DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEAPOTS FOR PREPARING YOUR TEA…

Here are 6 different types of teapots and cups for preparing your tea from traditional to old fashioned.

  1. The classic teapot – They were originally developed from the little round-bodied teapots that were imported from China to Europe and North America on the same ships that brought the tea.
  2. Yixing teapots – Yixing is famous for its many coloured clays and for the teapots made from them. Since the 1500’s potters in the Chinese Lakeside town have been making the teapots in the form of houses, lotus flowers, pumpkins, Buddhist priests, boxes, bundles of bamboo, dragons, fruit, vegetables and lots more. This gorgeous handcrafted Qie Duan Yixing Clay teapot is ideal for black and oolong teas, as well as aged pu-erh teas.
    Yixing clay teapots are made from Zisha or purple sand from Yixing, a small town on the west bank of Lake Tai about 120 miles west of Shanghai.
    The composition of the clay allows for minimal shrinking during firing, and this makes for a tightly fitting lid, which reduces oxidation and holds the tea’s flavour. The porosity of Yixing clay also helps it to absorb the flavour of the tea brewed in the teapot. Teapots made of purple sand keep tea fresh and they make tea vibrate with taste. Although this very special clay has been known since the 10th century, but the production of Yixing teapots flourished with the popular fashion for tea drinking among the literati in the late Ming dynasty. In Yixing you have to dig 10 meters down to find the clay, then sift and purify it and let it settle in a hole for a certain period before you can mix it with other ingredients. According to the classics no family would ever share its recipe with another.

    Many of the teapots are small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. They hold very little tea, which was to be consumed like a fine liqueur.”They are meant to be intimately appreciated”, this one is available from The Tea Makers for £62.50
  3. Infuser and plunger teapots – This type of teapot with a plunger similar to the plunger in a cafeteria allows the separation of tea from the liquor once the tea has brewed. This one I have chosen is from Amazon and the tea pot has an infuser placed within the teapot itself, for £8 This provides a convenient way to steep the tea without having to worry about sediment floating around, or having to use multiple tea ball infusers for a single pot. This tea maker is suitable for flower tea and leaf tea. Allows for excellent visibility when brewing teas that have blooming flowers or stylish leaves unfurling, teapot infuser. Watch the delicate leaves dance gently when immersed in the hot water, slowly developing their unique color and telling you when it’s perfectly ready for the first sip.Our gracefully shaped teapot is handcrafted of clear glass, so you can watch the steeping process in action and know exactly when your tea is ready. tea strainers teapot with diffuser. 
  4. Infusers – These are in a range of plastic, metal, cloth and paper infusers which allow the easy separation of the leaf from the water. Whittard Tea Makers have a selection of tea strainers and infusers with this Alice Themed infuser for only £6. 
  5. The Guywan – This is one of China’s traditional brewing vessels. It consists of a deep bowl that has no handle, a lid and a saucer. The loose tea leaves are measured into the guywan (or gaiwan), water is added and with the lid in place, the leaves are allowed to brew. The liquid is then drunk from the cup while the lid is carefully angled to hold the leaves back inside the cup. Teasenz point out that Gaiwans are more efficient steeping tool. You can steep tea in a matter of seconds without the need for a tea table. The only things you’ll need is a pitcher (with a strainer) and a cup. However, if you plan to drink from the gaiwan, then you don’t need anything else. Though the tea might get bitter. But you can easily avoid this, steep it without the lid on and apply a lower water temperature. It’s kind of like drinking green tea in a straight glass. They sell different kinds from 12 Euros. A disadvantage that should be mentioned is that it’s easy to burn your hands while using a gaiwan.
  6. Japanese Tea Bowls – These were used during the Japanese Tea Ceremony and are handmade pottery bowls used to whisk the tea. They have been made in the same way for almost 1,200 years.Imperial Teas sell a selection of tea bowls with this pretty Lotus porcelain tea bowl for only £5. 

FREE HERBAL TEA SAMPLES…

Eloments Organic Vitamin Tea is offering free vitamin tea just by signing up for their newsletter.

Eloments is made from 100% natural ingredients and is filled with vitamins and minerals. Herbal teas are perfect for cleansing your body and giving you a boost.

There are loads of different flavours up for grabs, including Double Lemon Green Tea, Egyptian Mint Tea, and Masala Chai.

Eloments is a women-owned fair trade brand that was founded by Nicole Lamond and Julie Hirsch out of a love for natural products and ethical business.

Nicole was a Founding Member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and running a fair trade tea company, and Julie was the Deputy Director of an Australian Environmental NGO.

Eloments Vitamin Tea blends some of the best Fairtrade ingredients in the world – from Egyptian mint, hand-picked vanilla pods and Ceylon tea – with organic vitamins and minerals from fruits and other botanicals.

The London Tea Company are giving away FREE samples of their delicious herbal teas, how exciting!

Herbal Teas are the perfect hot drink to unwind with after a busy day. London Tea is committed to sourcing tea responsibly, offering a range of Fairtrade certified teas and herbal infusions. They do a whole host of delicious flavours, including Peach & Rhubarb, Pure Camomile, Raspberry, Ginger & Vanilla, Sencha Green Tea and loads more.

To get your free sample (limited amount)  follow the link below to The London Tea Company ‘Contact Us’ page on their website. Complete your contact details and change the ‘Enquiry Type’ to ‘Sample Request’.

The London Tea have also got a competition you can enter to win a year’s supply of their brand new range of fully Fairtrade certified teas. The prize consists of 6 boxes of each of the following blends: London Breakfast, Earl Grey, Sencha Green Tea, Pure Peppermint, Pure Camomile, Pure Rooibos, Tropical Green Tea, Vanilla Chai, Raspberry Inferno, Zesty Lemon & Ginger, White Tea Pear Tatin and Peach & Rhubarb Flavoured Herbal Infusion. That’s 1440 tea bags which is more than enough to keep you going for the next 365 days. Only open to those consumers based in the UK.

Tea-shirt are giving away FREE Samples of their tasty new tea. They have lots of funky flavours, including Marshmallow, Mango & Coconut, even Gin & Tonic!

To get your sample, simply follow this link and add your free samples to your basket. You will have to pay a small amount of postage (99p) for this freebie.

You can choose from herbal, green tea, black or fruit tea samples.

Options: ReikiAssam MoranDarjeeling DecafWu LuStrawberry & LycheeBarbados Rum

Conditions: New customers only. 1 free sample per customer. If more samples are selected, the customer will receive the first item on the order list. Promotion cannot be combined with others. Royal Mail 2nd class postage not included.

Dalgety Herbal Teas are also offering a herbal tea taster, just head to their website and fill your details in. They have a selection which include Honey & Ginger, Camomile and Lemongrass, Slimline Tea, Green Tea and Ginger, and more here.

 

 

 

TOP NINE TEAS TO DRINK IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM IBS…

  1. Fennel Tea – this tea is helpful in relieving cramps and it can also act as a mild laxative. Holland and Barrett sell the Heath and Heather Fennel Tea which is fresh and herbal, the ideal way to help maintain your well-being at any time of the day. A wonderful addition to your herbal, caffeine-free tea collection. 
  2. Dandelion Root Tea  –  this can help relieve symptoms of heartburn and has a lovely soothing effect on your digestive tract. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Clipper Teas make an Organic Dandelion Tea which is naturally rich in potassium and caffeine free. Used through the centuries to purify, cleanse and restore. 
  3. Camomile Tea – my favorite last drink of the day as it has a soothing calming effect. It can also help reduce stomach cramps. Whittard makes a classically comforting and naturally sweet,  infusion of camomile flowers. It’s been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and some even claim that it can help beat the annual hay fever sneezes. With its sun-drenched warmth and a fragrant floral finish, they call it a cup of pure relaxation. 
  4. Peppermint Tea – another one I always have in my cupboard. This has a soothing effect on your stomach and may even help if you suffer from heartburn, gas, and spasms. My favorite is Twinnings Pure Peppermint Single Tea Bags, created to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day with each sip. A classic, vibrant blend perfect for any time of day. 
  5. Spearmint Tea – not one you find around as much as Peppermint Tea but yet again this one can have a soothing effect on your stomach and has a gentler taste to it. Amazon sells Palanquin’s Spearmint Herbal Tea
  6. Anise Tea – this can help to relieve constipation, gas and bloating. Holland & Barrett have a Pukka Detox Tera which is a clean fusion of aniseed, fennel and cardamom. 
  7. Dill Tea – this can provide relief from diarrhea, excess gas and constipation. It helps to regular your bowel movements by stimulating the digestive system and also has anti-inflammatory effects. The Herbal Tea Company from Amazon pure herbal dill tea bags. 
  8. Rooibos Tea – this tea is caffeine free, and has a rich flavor and is great for relieving stomach spasms. Jing Tea makes a Herbal Rooibos Tea which is soft, honeyed and gently tangy with a hint of bitter orange. 
  9. Ginger Tea – ginger in any shape or form has health benefits and the tea helps with nausea and stomach spasms. The Natural Health Market sells Organic Ginger Tea Bags which is made with only chopped certified organic ginger root. The tea has an intense taste and impressive ‘zing’ that makes it moreish and a comfortable level of spice provides a nutrient-rich warming sensation. 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOUR OF THE BEST TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

According to an article on Step to Health, six of the best teas to drink to help you sleep well are –

1.   Chamomile and Tila – Tila is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension.I think we all know about how relaxing and calming Chamomile is.

2.  Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

3.  Mint Tea –  it contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

4.  Passion Flower and Valerian – Passion flowers contain natural anxiolytics and acts as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness.