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The humble black tea

Black tea is easily to be forgotten these days, a distant memory nestled away somewhere with your grandmother and her biscuits. With the increased popularity and range of herbal and green teas, this humble tea is often overlooked for more exotic options. However, we feel black tea has a lot to offer and shouldn’t be neglected on your next tea purchase. Black tea has been enjoyed by cultures around the world from as early as 2700 BC in ancient China. It has a bold, earthy flavour as well energizing effects. Distinct from green and white teas, black tea is allowed to oxidise or ferment for some time following harvest. This is what gives it such a rich flavour profile. Along with its full bodied flavour, black tea has a range of health benefits that should not be overlooked. It is calorie free and packed with plenty of caffeine to help energise you in the morning. Perhaps next time you need a coffee, try black tea instead as each serving contains on average 50- 70 mg …

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Coffee vs. Tea: Which is Healthier?

We all love sipping a delicious warm beverage to get us through the day and research has shown us that both tea and coffee have significant health benefits, but which one is better for you? Yes, we may be a little biased towards tea but we promise we’ve compiled this comparison using scientifically proven facts! Waking you up – Coffee wins Coffee and tea are both popular breakfast beverages, giving us the morning jolt we need to propel us out the door. The reason why both coffee and tea can help to wake us up in the morning is because of their caffeine content. As you may already know, a cup of coffee contains roughly twice as much caffeine as tea, meaning it is likely to perk you up more effectively in the morning. Although we would suggest that instead of drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, you could just drink two delicious cups of tea for the same amount of caffeine as a coffee and double the enjoyment. Weight Loss – Tea …

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7 Health Benefits of Tea that Will Surprise You

For thousands of years, tea has been used as a medicinal beverage for a variety of ailments, but now science is starting to catch up to tradition, with a plethora of new health benefits being discovered. We already know that tea is great for our skin, assists in weight loss, lowers our cholesterol and helps our heart health as well as boosting our immune system. But some of these new findings might surprise you. Even though we always knew tea had powerful healing properties, a few of these surprised us too. 1. Tea helps you to see clearer The high levels of antioxidants in tea can help to prevent the formation of cataracts in the eye which can otherwise cause blindness or significant vision impairment. 2. Tea helps you calm down and soothes stress and anxiety The calming properties of tea have long been acknowledged by tea drinkers across the world but now we have proof that the best thing to do after an awful day is have a nice cup of tea. Cortisol is …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

5.15.15

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 …

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 …

9.8.14

Feeling a little stressed? Have a cup of Chamomile to relax!

**(Do not drink if pregnant Chamomile can cause early labour and miscarriage)** Chamomile is definitely my “go to” tea. If you have had a bad day, or have  trouble sleeping, after a cup of chamomile you will feel instantly better! A friend of mine suggested I try this tea after years of suffering with bloating and arthritis. I did a bit of research and was surprised to see the many benefits chamomile had. It’s not just a great tasting tea. Read on and find out just how amazing this tea is! Studies show that Chamomile may help with: Sleeping disorders such as Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Stress and Anxiety Wounds on the skin Stomach cramps, ulcers and flu Skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis and even Chickenpox PMS Indigestion Colic And it only gets better! You will find numerous home remedies that Chamomile also has to offer. Ear aches – Use teabags as a compress Sore throat – Use a teabag to compress on the neck and drink chamomile Conjunctivitis such as pink eye – For …