Sunday, October 12, 2008

How About Drinking A Soothing Cup Of Tea - A Great Way To Relax, And Add Medicinal Benefits To Boot!

Furthermore, at Pace University new studies conducted have indicated that White Tea Extract may have prophlactic applications in retarding the growth of bacteria that cause Staphylococcus, Streptococcus infections, pneumonia and dental caries. As far as the medical community goes, a study at the University of Oregon indicated that consumption of moderate amounts of green or white tea might provide a protection against colon tumors about as well as a prescription drug, sulindac that has been shown effective for that purpose. Some leaves even have slight hairy down on them. The leaves of these varietals are slightly paler in color which is evident in the brewed infusion.

According to the Metropolitan Tea Company, white teas are slightly fermented and come from selected varietal tea bushes. What is White Tea? Wow, this is good!! I love tea with vanilla in it and I like white tea so I chose a tea called Wedding Tea. Today I chose to drink a cup of TEA while I relaxed on the porch of my store.
More on the medicinal side of Tea: Cinnamon in tea can reduce blood sugar, cholesterol & triglyceride levels. Cinnamon fights tooth decay, is an antiseptic that help kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay & gum disease, soothes an upset stomach and cleans up urinary - tract infections. You may want to try Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon & Spice Tea. You will get a cinnamon JOLT for sure in this Tea!!!
Harney & Sons also has a Peppermint Tea as well. In olden days some doctors claimed mint was an aphrodisiac. As an infusion they may stimulate the stomach and be intestinal antiseptic.

Spearmint and Peppermint are known for their digestive properties.
I hope this helps you out a little, just a bit of information to convince you that maybe you Herbal teas have special and unique flavors and many are often consumed for their medicinal properties, and, Herbal Teas have NO CAFFEINE!! Now as for Herbal Teas, these are not true teas. That's just my opinion!!

It tastes crisp and feels good on my tongue. I like to think of White Tea as the champagne of Tea. White teas are particularly high in polyphenols. White Teas are slightly fermented and come from selected varietal tea bushes. Oolongs are easily recognized by appearance of the leaves which are stout, crinkled and when infused, often look greenish with reddish edges.

For instance: Oolong Tea is a semi-fermented compared to Green Tea which is fully fermented. The variety of teas is due to differences in growing conditions, the kind of leaves harvested and the processing technique. So here we go; all tea comes from the same species of plant -CAMELLIA SENENSIS. I don't want to overwhelm you with information like some articles do to me. I'll try to help you a little.

You might ask: What are the differences between Green, Black, Oolong, White and Herbal Teas?
Here are a few things you might not know - I know I didn't until I started researching Tea Facts a few years ago:
- Ceylon is the general name for tea produced in Sri Lanka. The plant is a close relative of the Assam indigenous tea plant that is the ancestor of most teas grown in India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
- The term ORANGE PEKOE refers to the size of the leaf and not to the flavor of the tea. The size of the black leaf affects the speed of infusion with large leaf types steeping more slowly. I have always said Orange Pekoe is just your plain old regular type Tea!!
- Tea is a rich source of Antioxidants that are believed to fight free radicals that can cause cancer, heart disease and strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts and Alzheimer's disease.
- The Tea Council of Canada states: tea taken without milk or sugar contains no calories or fat; but if milk is taken in tea it is a vital source of calcium. The British Dental health Fdn. Confirms Tea is a healthy drink which has many beneficial properties for teeth and everyone should be encouraged to drink it.
- In tea taster's jargon there is a term called ‘Agony of the Leaf' which refers to the unfolding of the tea leaves when boiling water is applied to them.
- Tea sometimes may taste bitter. It contains tannins and if a tea is allowed to steep too long, more of the tannins are released causing what some people say is a bitter taste. A dash of sugar can reduce this bitterness or alternatively add some milk, as this will reduce the pH level of the tea.
Much of my knowledge comes from The Metropolitan Tea Company - whose tea I have enjoyed for about 3 ½ years now. I respect this company and all their research and their Tea is good too.
Blessings, Shyrll Olson


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