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5 Best Tea + Song Combos to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Music inspires emotion, but wouldn't it be even better if we could taste the music? Try our 5 pairings of teas + songs to help improve your mood and energy. If you're wondering how to feel relaxed, energetic, focused, confident or simply happy, these music and tea choices are here for you!

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5 Best Tea + Song Combos to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Music inspires emotion, but wouldn't it be even better if we could taste the music? Try our 5 pairings of teas + songs to help improve your mood and energy. If you're wondering how to feel relaxed, energetic, focused, confident or simply happy, these music and tea choices are here for you!

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work? Part 1

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

This series of posts about antioxidants and antioxidants in tea will try to shed some scientifically robust light on them. In this, my first part of my series on antioxidants, I will delve into what free radicals are and just how important it is that we have the antioxidants available to neutralize them, before introducing how antioxidants can affect health.

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work? Part 1

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

This series of posts about antioxidants and antioxidants in tea will try to shed some scientifically robust light on them. In this, my first part of my series on antioxidants, I will delve into what free radicals are and just how important it is that we have the antioxidants available to neutralize them, before introducing how antioxidants can affect health.

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Adaptogens Part 2: What Foods and Teas Contain Adaptogens?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens improve the adaptability of the body, regardless of the origin of the stressor (physiological, psychological, environmental, or situational), and increases its resistance threshold. In doing so, they improve organ function and hormone regulation. A brief breakdown would be to consider the Ginsengs as stimulating, Tulsi is calming, and Ashwagandha and Moringa can act in both ways (while also replenishing a deficient and depleted system). 

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Adaptogens Part 2: What Foods and Teas Contain Adaptogens?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens improve the adaptability of the body, regardless of the origin of the stressor (physiological, psychological, environmental, or situational), and increases its resistance threshold. In doing so, they improve organ function and hormone regulation. A brief breakdown would be to consider the Ginsengs as stimulating, Tulsi is calming, and Ashwagandha and Moringa can act in both ways (while also replenishing a deficient and depleted system). 

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Adaptogens Part 1: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens might be a funny sounding word, but they are relatively straightforward. In short, Adaptogens are a relatively new class of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress, regardless of the origin of the stressor. They regulate and modulate hormone production, organ function, cell health and immune function. These plants are “intuitive” and it is said that the more you need them the more they will work, the less you need them the less they will work. For example: A person with low blood sugar and a person with high blood pressure could both take therapeutic amounts of adaptogens and see their blood sugar balance out!

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Adaptogens Part 1: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens might be a funny sounding word, but they are relatively straightforward. In short, Adaptogens are a relatively new class of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress, regardless of the origin of the stressor. They regulate and modulate hormone production, organ function, cell health and immune function. These plants are “intuitive” and it is said that the more you need them the more they will work, the less you need them the less they will work. For example: A person with low blood sugar and a person with high blood pressure could both take therapeutic amounts of adaptogens and see their blood sugar balance out!

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