Author: iTea Australia

nov2615

Tea Anyone?

As you are bombarded with the latest gadget to pulverize your kale and your other greens into liquid health, take a moment and think how much easier it is to boil a kettle and grab some tea instead. We are all looking for the easiest way to maintain our health and we are slowly getting the message that the soft drinks and energy drinks are not good for us. One of the easiest ways of improving your health is making the change to tea. Let’s take a look at what this brilliant little leaf can do for you: Shedding Belly Fat. We have all heard that our increased girth is very bad for our health; this fat manages to wrap itself around our organs, leading to heart disease and can even lead to cancer. Part of the solution could be stocking your cupboard with some green tea….you may have to actually drink it and not just look at it in the cupboard, to gain the true benefits! Green tea has been proven to boost your …

11915

Cold Brew Iced Tea

We are coming into the summer months and from what we have heard we are in for a hot one. You want to stick to healthy drinks, after all a lot of those so called iced teas are usually full of sugar but who wants to boil a kettle and brew a hot cup of tea? Well did you know that you can cold brew tea just like all those trendy cold brewed coffees you can cold brew tea AND you do not need any fancy equipment. You might think I can just throw the tea I have left over from breakfast into the fridge and there you go iced tea….no stale cold tea, bitter and definitely not the refreshing drink you were looking for. What you actually want in an iced tea is something as refreshing, complex, delicious and interesting as the hot teas you drink. Placing your tea leaves in cold water and leaving in the fridge overnight or if you can’t wait …for a few hours will leave you with a delicious …

9.4.15

Planning on Losing Weight? Here is a List of the Best “Diet” Teas

Pu-erh tea helps to literally shrink fat cells in your body Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats.  It is commonly known as the “weight/diet loss” tea. However, if you drink Pu-erh directly before you eat a meal, it will cause you to gain weight instead because it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more. Oolong tea has been proven to reduce cholesterol, and can assist in fat burning.  It acts by increasing your hemoglobin levels which assist with the transfer oxygen to blood cells. Hibiscus tea contains flavonoids and minerals that can actually help reduce absorption of fats. Tests suggested that hibiscus extract blocks adipogenesis. (adipogenesis relates to energy/calorie intake) Green tea is an amazing tea that contains catechin EGCG, which is useful for maintaining metabolic health. Many studies have shown that consumption of green tea can promote weight loss and help you burn calories. Rose tea is a caffeine-free alternative actually packs more antioxidants than green tea, and is thought …

8.18.15

Matcha Tea

Origins and the Traditional Landscape Green Matcha tea is taking the healthy living world by storm.  The green brew is making a big name outside its old traditional ritual setting and there’s a good health reason for that. But what is exactly Matcha tea and why is it becoming a bit of a present day urban legend in the Tea world? Matcha is made from the Tencha tea leaf, most popularly grown in the southern half of Japan, which is then de-stemmed, de-veined and stone-ground to a very fine dark green powder. To make a Matcha Green Tea, the powder is placed in bowls, mixed with warm water and whisked with a traditional bamboo whisk. Health Benefits of Matcha Tea Everyone in healthy lifestyle and conscious living circles is talking about the benefits of the tea. In recent years, normal green tea had already been recognised for its health properties, most popular being its anti-oxidising, cancer-fighting and weight-loss properties. What makes Matcha Tea so remarkable is the way it is harvested and processed Matcha Tea: …

7.17.15

Teas That Can Be Used As Natural Remedies

Drinking tea in general has many health benefits. Tea drinkers have been found to have a lower rate of diabetes, the compounds found in tea help to lower the risk of diabetes.   Chamomile Tea: May help to control blood sugar levels. Drinking a cup morning and evening can help relieve stomach and intestinal cramps. The tea can be used as a home remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Drinking Chamomile Tea may be helpful if consumed at the onset of a migraine headache.  Hibiscus Tea:  Sipping this tea has been found to help in lowering blood pressure. It canalso stimulate weight loss, boost your immune system due to high levels of vitamin C and reduce the intensity of hot flashes. Skin conditions and dandruff can also benefit from Hibiscus Tea. Cautions: Hibiscus tea should not be consumed by pregnant women. People with Hypertension or low blood pressure should also not rink hibiscus tea.   Passionflower: This tea has been used by the ancient Aztecs and also in World War II as a truth serum due to its …

5.21.15

The Correct Storage of Your Tea

Storing your tea is very important. You have gone and bought yourself some lovely premium teas and due to improper storage you find your favourite cup of tea turns into something truly awful! So how do you store your favourite teas so they remain fresh and flavourful as possible?  There are 5 things that can rapidly affect your tea. LIGHT Your teas should be stored in a dark place and although it is popular to store them in a clear glass jar, so you can see how pretty they are, sunlight and UV rays can degrade your teas very quickly. Teas will lose their flavour and aroma very quickly when exposed to sunlight. AIR Not storing your teas in an airtight container increases the risk of your teas absorbing moisture or unpleasant odours. HEAT You should avoid storing your teas in direct sunlight. Other warm places should also be avoided such as near your stove, toaster or oven. Heat also removes the flavour and aroma of your tea and will increase the chances of your …

5.15.15

The Benefits of Peppermint Tea

A herb prized for its medicinal benefits and distinctive flavour, peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and water mint.. Unlike other mints, peppermint contains healing oils and powerful therapeutic ingredients such as menthol, as well as some 40 other compounds. As a native of the mediterranean peppermint leaves have been used in Ancient Rome and Greece to crown luminairies. We feel a better use is make a minty refreshing tea that can be enjoyed both hot and cold. As it is not a true tea but a tisane it is naturally caffeine free. Personally, I have used Peppermint for years to help with digestive problems. It can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, help ease nausea and vomitting and ….excuse me!…. help with flatulence. When dealing with our other end it can help with bad breath and reduce heartburn. Peppermint tea is good to have when fighting a cold as it clears congestion and reduces coughing. And if that’s not enough to convince you to have a cup of Peppermint Tea in this mad …

1.19.15

Green Tea

Green Tea for many years has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits. Although Tea is the most consumed beverage behind water most tea consumed is  black with less than a quarter of the world wide tea consumption being green. The level of oxidation of the leaves from the camellia sinensis bush determines the type of tea you have. Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and behind white tea is the least processed of all teas and contains higher levels of the anti-oxidants and beneficial polyphenols that tea is known for. Green tea is used in both Chineses and Indian traditional medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, regulate body temperature, help with digestion issues and improve heart and mental health. Who thought that having a cup of green tea could have so many health benefits. Studies have shown that green tea has a positive effect on anything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2 diabetes. In recent studies it has been found that Green Tea can: Reduce your risk of …

11.5.14

Did someone say cocktails?

By Breana MacPherson-Rice It’s quickly creeping up to that time of year – the end is nigh, and in between negotiating busy schedules preparing for the summer, there is a chance to celebrate in the sultry summer afternoons. What better way to get into the party spirit than getting creative with some tea cocktails? If you haven’t already heard of these, we’ll forgive you for being a little excited. It’s the perfect combination – your favourite teas all dressed up with some choice parings, the perfect take on a punchbowl or drinks for two. Plus, the nutritional goodness of tea is still hanging around, so there’s no need to second-guess this one! Check out some of our concoctions, or start experimenting with your own favourites! Tropical Twist Brew a pot of Pina Colada Green Tea and allow to cool before adding 3 teaspoons of sugar and chilling. When cool, combine 2 parts tea mixture with 2 parts young coconut juice and 1 part spiced rum. Serve with pineapple for a light and delicious tropical take on a …

10.17.14

Spring quencher: Blackcurrant flavoured black tea

Spring has arrived, and with it extended sunny afternoons giving a chance to relax and re-energise! Our blackcurrant tea is the perfect thirst-quencher with an added immune-system boost: brew a cup of this deep fruity tea in the afternoon for a naturally sweet pick-me-up while the sun mellows into dusk. Benefits: Blended with black tea, a cup of blackcurrant tea will offer you all the comfort of your traditional favourite with an added fruity edge. Added blackberry leaves are full of vitamin C, naturally restoring your immune system to its peak after a long winter! The tannins naturally found in the blackberry leaf are known to alleviate mouth and throat inflammations and ease heavy menstrual flow. It is also widely thought that blackberry leaf properties help the maintenance of a healthy digestive tract. Brewing: This tea is perfect on its own for a tart, fruity brew. Add milk to reduce the effect of tannins for a more calming cup. Check out our iced tea recipes and get inspired to try your own interpretations with your …