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I recently started a Pinterest board for Coffee and Tea because my love for caffeine and tea tasting has just reached a whole new level. But the focus of this post is for my love of tea and all the benefits I reap from the many flavours. Tea for me is very different from coffee. I often take my coffee the same way – with lots of creamer and sugar. But for tea, it’s more versatile; I like having it with or without creamer or sugar and I love having it day or night, warms my body during cold rainy mornings and helps me have a better sleep at night. What other benefits can tea do for you? I’ve compiled it all into a list.
Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia Seninsis Plant. In 2737 BC, legend has it that tea was discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shan Nong who was sitting underneath a tree waiting for his water to boil when leaves fell into it. Since then, tea was used for remedies due to its medical benefits and is now consumed regularly worldwide.
Black teas are fully oxidized. Black teas brew a liquor from reddish brown to dark brown and are the most popular type of tea in the Western world. Black teas range from 40 – 60 milligrams of caffeine per 8 oz cup.
White teas are the least processed of all. They release the least amount of caffeine, generally ranging from 10-15 milligrams per 8 oz cup. Almost all white teas hail from Fujian Province, China.
Green tea leaves plucked in the morning are ready to be brewed in a pot the same night. The bypass of oxidation allows green tea to retain most of its natural dark green colour, tannins, vitamin C, chlorophyll and minerals. The taste of green tea is therefore more astringent and subtler than oolong or black tea.
The history of herbs and spices is far more ancient than that of tea. Herbal infusions are not exactly tea, as they don’t come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. They are popular after dinner beverages and naturally 100% caffeine–free.
Rooibos is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea indigenous to the Cedarburg mountain area in South Africa, also known as red bush tea. Its naturally sweet flavor, lack of bitter tannins, and naturally decaf nature makes it a great tea for the whole family.
Benefits of Tea
- Helps to keep you hydrated.
- Has less caffine than coffee.
- Blosters your immune defenses.
- Increases your metabolism.
- Protects against cancer.
- Reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- May help prevent diabetes.
- Protects your bones.
- Contains antioxidants.
- Calorie free.
- Oolong Tea
- Cinnamon Tea
- Ginger Tea
- Mint Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Lavender Tea
- Black Tea
- Green Tea
- Darjeeling Tea
- Boil water in your tea kettle.
- While waiting for water to boil, add the appropriate amount of loose leaf tea to your Tea Strainer. Place the it inside your teapot.
- When the water reaches the desired temperature, pour it over the tea infuser into your teapot to allow the water to circulate through the leaves.
- Time your tea until the time is up.
Try: Assorted Loose Leaf Tea Sampler.
Now you can host yourself a tea party! Feel free to pin it for future reference and share it with your friends.
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