All posts filed under: Tea Tips

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 …

7.4.14

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.

7.3.14

White Tea …….Surprisingly Light, Refreshing and Very Healthy

White Tea is a beautifully light tea to drink, low in caffeine and high in anti-oxidants. This tea is from the camellia sinensis plant and classed as a true tea it goes through very little processing and is highly prized by tea connoisseurs the world over. Forget the cuppa with milk and two sugars this tea is not like any tea you have had, when infused correctly it is light and refreshing with none of the heaviness or bitterness found in more conventional teas. It is perfect for almost everyone because of its low caffeine and has enormous health benefits. White Tea is full of anti-oxidants, green tea is very well-known for being full of anti-oxidants but white tea has even more of them. To put it simply the anti-oxidants get rid of the bad stuff and neutralizes toxins in our body…the more we drink the more it can keep us from getting sick! This wonderful tea can also help lower your blood pressure and help with the health of your arteries. It is also …

2.2.13

How To Make The Perfect Iced Tea

If you want to enjoy a refreshing and healthy glass of iced tea this summer, like our gecko, it is very easy to do using iTea’s premium loose leaf tea. You might be tempted to use the handy tea bags from the supermarket but in doing so you will miss out on the full bodied flavour that only a premium loose leaf tea can provide. To make a delicious home-made iced tea fit for the most avid health conscious gourmet follow these few simple steps: 1. Firstly, you will need double your usual quantity of tea. 2. Immediately after infusing your tea pour into either a glass or a jug that has been filled to the top with ice. The sudden cooling of the tea will ensure that you keep the flavour and scent of the tea intact. 3. Garnish with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint and you can sit back, relax and enjoy your glass of iced tea! Note: If you are wanting something a little different why not try …

2.4.13

Party Ideas With A Difference

Want to make you next party really special? Whether it is a birthday party or a lovely bridal shower a tea party can make it a really special event. Have you ever thought how often you’ve seen children playing with a tea set, why not a tea party for a kid’s birthday party? Invite her friends over for a day of dress up and tea. Set a table, add some little cakes and sandwiches and of course some lovely caffeine free rooibos tea. Strawberry cream or orange sunburst, children will love the fruity flavours on offer. Why not consider having a Mother/Daughter tea party this mother’s day it is a great way to spend quality time together. For the bride to be or the mother to be, having a tea party for your bridal or baby shower is a novel idea. There are beautiful white teas that are light and delicate or chose one of the other hand blended teas that iTea range offers. To make it a real event try our range of blooming …

10.12.12

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 …

6.4.12

The craft of making our Artisan Blooming Teas.

“From the lush tea gardens of the Fujian Province to your teapot.” Blooming teas combine the features of colour, smell and flavour of both White Tea and various flowers. Our blooming teas start from the lush tea gardens of Fujian. The tender leaves are picked, processed carefully in our factory into white tea which is known the world over for its high levels of anti-oxidants. Once this process is finished the next step is to make the individual blooming teas, this is done by our team of artisan craft women. The process of making the Blooms. Blooming teas combine the flavour of flowers with the delicate flavour of white tea. The tea buds hug the flower in the middle to unfurl when brewed. These flowers can be different but at iTea we have chosen Jasmine, Lily, Amaranth & Marigold as the base flowers. After picking the fresh flowers, they are dehydrated (naturally and by machine) before the next step. The flower is picked at its peak to ensure the best quality blooming tea is produced. …

3.28.12

Mini Facial

Freshening Your Face Dried, uninfused teas are also a wonderful beauty and hygiene source. Creative soap makers have for years incorporated tea leaves in their bars of soaps because they can help slough off dried skin, deodorize, and leave you smelling yummy with skin that’s as soft as a baby’s. Crushing tea leaves in a heavy face cream is a mild but effective way to give you a mini facial. By making circling motions with the cream you can polish your skin and make it appear younger and fresher. Simply rinse off thoroughly with tepid water and pat dry very lightly or allow the water to evaporate naturally. You can also use this method on your feet with or without a pumice stone to slough off calluses or other rough spots.Use a very thick cream for a “rougher” more effective product.