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Japanese and Chinese Green Teas: A Brief Introduction

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

If you love tea, you may (or may not) know that green tea is most famously produced in Japan and China. The practice of drinking green tea for medicinal purposes began in China and the first recorded use was 4,000 years ago! This Spotlight introduces Japanese and Chinese green teas, the main health benefits of green tea in general, and how to drink it. 

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Japanese and Chinese Green Teas: A Brief Introduction

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

If you love tea, you may (or may not) know that green tea is most famously produced in Japan and China. The practice of drinking green tea for medicinal purposes began in China and the first recorded use was 4,000 years ago! This Spotlight introduces Japanese and Chinese green teas, the main health benefits of green tea in general, and how to drink it. 

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

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Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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Why You Actually Like Tea (Even Though You Think You Don't)

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Saying “I don’t like tea” is like saying “I don’t like food.” What if this whole time, you’ve just been preparing it wrong and something delicious is in store for you? Here is the definitive list of all the reasons you've been drinking your tea wrong, and what you can do about it.

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Why You Actually Like Tea (Even Though You Think You Don't)

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Saying “I don’t like tea” is like saying “I don’t like food.” What if this whole time, you’ve just been preparing it wrong and something delicious is in store for you? Here is the definitive list of all the reasons you've been drinking your tea wrong, and what you can do about it.

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Yerba Mate Tea: What is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Yerba Mate, a traditional South American tea, has been growing in popularity over recent years and is a contender for becoming the next 'superfood' due to its anti-inflammatory properties and incredibly high antioxidants (with an ORAC of 1700, it's even higher than matcha!). Maté can contain up to 85 mg of caffeine per 8oz cup! For that reason, and due to other phytochemicals, it is a popular substitute for coffee. Also, because it's full of minerals like zinc, potassium and iron and vitamins B1, B 2 and C, it makes a nutritious beverage. Additionally, it contains saponins: these decrease blood lipids, lower blood glucose response, decrease cancer risk, and are commonly found in adaptogenic herbs

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Yerba Mate Tea: What is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Yerba Mate, a traditional South American tea, has been growing in popularity over recent years and is a contender for becoming the next 'superfood' due to its anti-inflammatory properties and incredibly high antioxidants (with an ORAC of 1700, it's even higher than matcha!). Maté can contain up to 85 mg of caffeine per 8oz cup! For that reason, and due to other phytochemicals, it is a popular substitute for coffee. Also, because it's full of minerals like zinc, potassium and iron and vitamins B1, B 2 and C, it makes a nutritious beverage. Additionally, it contains saponins: these decrease blood lipids, lower blood glucose response, decrease cancer risk, and are commonly found in adaptogenic herbs

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