Many of the potential health advantages of TEA are well known in the East and West after thousands of years of consumption.Â Wars, intrigue, theft, and subterfuge are all part of the history related to tea and its value to the world economy which began long ago with trade routes in ancient times. Some of us are coffee drinkers and it too has beneficial properties. Today we concentrate on TEA although I won’t cover ones that are commonly known. Our TIP is to have tea preferably using varieties that provide greater health benefits Â you’ve never tried before. In China there are hundreds if not thousands varieties of tea. Practically every Chinese town has its special variety the people consume all day daily. A pot of tea is kept brewing handy, ready to be imbibed the way we’ve become obsessed with drinking bottled water. However, the Chinese have a longer lifespan then ours, as does Japan, both nations drinking mostly tea. We must consider that too much water may not give us the best benefits and switch some of that hydration to tea. Tea is known for so many benefits it’s difficult to narrow down into catagories. Most known is life extension providingÂ antioxidants, and its digestive aid,Â antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties have been widely used in Eastern medicine for millennia. In India, Tulsi tea (a basil different then our domestic variety) has been widely known for its health-promoting properties — for body, mind, and spirit over 5000 years. Commonly called “sacred” or “holy basil,” Tulsi is a principle herb of Ayurveda, India’s ancient holistic health system. Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” — with herbs lying at the very heart of Ayurvedic practice. The company Organic India sells Organic Tulsi Teas you might wish to sample for a new tea experience.
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One of my favorite Chinese Teas is GREAT WHITE TEA, which is more of a gray colored tea leaf then white. Only the tips are harvested for the most benefit and must be gathered solely at certain times of year. A strict following that produces the best flavor and maintains its beneficial reputation. Due to the relatively small amount of processing that theÂ Great WhiteÂ undergoes, it retains most of the chemical compounds naturally foundÂ in the leaf.Â This means that, among all varieties of tea, white teas have the highest levels of antioxidants and other nutrients that benefit the body.Â It has also been shown to be the most effective toÂ help fight the signs of aging, which is why you are starting to see it in many creams and spa treatments.
When steeped, the Great White is a mostly clear infusion (thus called a â€œwhite teaâ€ due to its lack of color) with a subtle, lingering fragrance and a sweet,Â floral taste. This is why Â they call it â€œpeonyâ€ after the flower. It is devoid of astringency or grassy flavor.Â Â Due to its subtle qualities, the Great White is excellent bothÂ as a light, refreshingÂ iced tea and a soothing low caffeine hot tea. Picked only betweenÂ March 15th and April 10 due to processing reasons (yes, it’s that specific!), and never when it is raining or there is frost, the Great White is a product of only the top two leaves and a bud of the Narcissus tea plant. Thus, they are the newest leaf andÂ could be called â€œbaby tea leavesâ€. Our TIP is to try these two varieties which you can add honey, Stevia, organic sugar, or whatever you prefer, and my favorite to drink it gently steeped as is. Just remember that if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication, consult with your doctor first and never give these teas to babies (under two). If giving to children you can dilute tea with more water added to taste, mixed with aÂ sweetenerÂ of your choice. For those who are diehard coffee drinkers, my TIP is to try tea for variety in your life and alternate between the two. I do like a cup of good coffee too but many will note they feel more relaxation benefits from tea whereas coffee can be too stimulating even if it’s decaf. Tell A Friend about our TIPS.
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