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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 …


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 …


Teas That Bloom!

Our handcrafted blooming teas are teas that literally bloom as they infuse. These blooms are a combination of white tea and various flowers. They start out as white tea and our tea company uses highly skilled women who take the delicate white tea leaves and combine them with dried flowers such as Jasmine, Lily, Amaranth and Marigolds to produce wonderful tea balls. This process is all carried out by hand and very labour intensive. How do they work? During the process of gathering the white tea leaves together and binding them with the dried flowers, small pockets of air are left. When the blooms are placed in hot water to infuse, the air in the spaces expands forcing the bloom to open.


An Interesting Way To Recycle!

It’s a Sunday afternoon and I am flicking through the channels…a very annoying habit! When I come across a british program on tea. Since I am involved in the tea industry it spikes my interest although it was almost over I got interested in what they were saying about the tea industry in Calcutta India and in particular the Chai Wallahs who operate there. These gentlemen serve there tea in little pottery cups that are used once and then thrown away. Ok you might think a waste however the clay is dragged out of the Hooghly River that branches off the Ganges River. The little cups are thrown on a pottery wheel by men from the poorer regions who earn money to support their families. After the cups are used they eventually find their way back to the river where they are broken back down into clay! Now we do not want to think too hard about the fact that the Ganges River is very dirty and this a subsidiary river so it is probably …


What’s in the cup of our Winter Olympians?

Our Australian Winter Olympians have arrived in Sochi Russia which I find is Russia’s main area for tea production. The vicinity of Sochi holds the world’s northernmost tea plantations. Believe it or not the traditional black tea of Russia includes the type known as Russian Caravan which was originally imported from China via camel caravans. The trip from China to Russia usually took 16 to 18 months and the tea gained its distinctive smoky flavour from the caravan’s campfires. By 1925 the caravans were no longer used for transportation as the tea could be transported faster by train. Nowdays the tea gets the smoky flavour after fermentation or is a keemun or a black or oolong from China with a hint of smoky Lapsang Souchong. Tea in Russia is not your usual Aussie brew, the tea in Russia is produced using a two step brewing process.  The tea concentrate is first prepared in a small teapot or Samovar where a quantity of dry tea enough for several people is brewed. Once the concentrate is prepared …


Adding Milk to Tea Destroys its Antioxidants

Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Full of antioxidants, vitamins and other compounds, tea has been linked in a variety of studies to stronger immune function and reduced cell damage. We already know tea may prevent cavities, improve blood sugar levels and perhaps provide cardiovascular benefits. Australians like many other people of the world usually take their tea with milk. But lately researchers have been surprised to find that adding milk may strip tea of some of its beneficial effects. In a study published in The European Heart Journal, researchers had 16 healthy adults drink cups of freshly brewed black tea, black tea mixed with a small amount of skim milk, or boiled water. Then the scientists measured the effects on vascular function. The scientists repeated similar tests in mice and found the same results, which they speculated may be a result of proteins in milk binding to and neutralizing antioxidants. “Milk”, the researchers wrote, “counteracts the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function. A study published …


The Story Behind iTea’s Ceramic Ware.

Considered to be the ceramic ware capital of the world, Chaozhou China, was the place iTea went to find the very best teapots and cups for our customers. A renowned Chaozhou ceramic ware manufacturer has exclusively designed and manufactured our tea wares to iTea’s high standard. Our teapots are well balanced, will not dribble when poured, the lid will not fall off when tipped and they are sturdy enough for everyday use without being too heavy. The teapots have these elements due to the well positioned handle and spout which are very important when designing a teapot and most importantly our teapots all include an infuser so that our teas can be enjoyed without fuss. The large ceramic cups and saucers that have been added to iTea’s range are large, artsy and designed with style for everyday use. The cups are well balanced and the saucers large enough to hold that something extra we all enjoy with our ‘cuppa’. We have two shapes available a 500ml fine china, long slender teapot available in WHITE with an …