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How to make the best Genmaicha

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Learn how to make the best Genmaicha while trying our unique Imperial Kyokuro Genmaicha blend

Quality Teas that Improve Your Health

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Have you ever wondered why a lot of people love waking up to a nicely prepared tea in the mornings — during winters and even on a hot summer day?

 

We all know tea is a wonderful natural beverage with a ton of health benefits. But it’s just so awesome in the mornings because tea works like coffee. All teas have caffeine and thiamine, elements that improve alertness. Who wouldn’t want such a nutrition-packed morning pick-me-upper?

 

In continuation to our previous blog entry regarding the latest study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this blog post will discuss their recent findings with the polyphenol in tea still as the main subject for study. 

green tea for cancerAnother finding from the research is that tea, particularly green tea and its polyphenol contents could potentially stop the growth of certain types of cancers.

There have been numerous studies backing up claims of the benefits of tea for health. And recently, additional research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has further supported that tea could benefit our health. In this recent study, the researchers have focused on the effects of tea on weight loss, cancer and cardiovascular risk, bone strength and attention and focus.

tea and weight lossFor now, we'll discuss how tea could help with weight loss.

Children's Tea Party Tips

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CHILDREN'S TEA PARTYThrowing a children's tea party isn't just about fun and playtime. This is in fact, one of the best ways to introduce healthy tea drinking to kids. So if you are planning to give your child a bash or if you're up for a simple bonding time, then why not go for a tea party?

Gone were the days when a children's tea party is all about plastic tea cups and stuffed toys. With your guidance, you can make this experience a happy reality for the kids. Here are some simple tips to make sure the fun never spoils:

  1. Set the time and venue. Like any other events, setting the 'where' and the 'when' is the first step. With this in place, planning the flow becomes easier.

Spice Up Your Dishes With Tea Rubs

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tea rubIt is always nice to have some cooking freedom - to experiment that is, and then end up with delicious meal to enjoy. For us tea lovers, it is great to know that there are actually plenty of ways to use tea to add twists on our favorite dish.

Over the last two articles, we've discussed how tea could work as a meat tenderizer and as a medium for smoking meat. In this blog post, we'll make a few tea-based rubs that will surely surprise our taste buds.

Basic Tea Rub:

This might be, perhaps the simplest way to make a tea rub. This best suits steak and pork chop, though it could be used for other dishes as well.

Smoking Meat with Tea

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Are you fond of smoking meat? Have you been experimenting with different wood to get that new twist in flavor? Well if you want to get great, exotic and really interesting taste, try using loose-leaf tea.

Smoking with tea is not really something new, but not all people know that this is a great alternative. This process of using tea has long been used in Chinese cuisine to get really delicate flavors. Now if this process is quite new to you, then here are some tea smoking prep and tips that you might want to use.

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Homemade Tea Mouthwash

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tea mouthwashMouthwash is an important commodity that helps promote good oral care. Studies show that brushing alone only cleans around 25% of bacteria in the mouth. The remainig 75% feast to create infection and cause bad breath. The use of floss and mouthwash help clean nooks and crannies that plain brushing can't reach. Mouthwash helps flush debris, cleans throat, cheeks and gums that homes most of the disease-causing bacteria.

There are some issues, however; with most commercial mouthwashes. Yes the clean feeling is good, but the burning sensation and the aftertaste, and also the high alcohol content that dries out the mouth are concerns one could not just overlook. Fortunately, there is an alternative to commercial mouthwash that is just as effective - with tea.

Are you one of those people who've constantly been suffering mouth ulcers (canker sores)? Mouth ulcers are those white or sometimes yellow cuts that are found inside the mouth. These lesions often sit inside of the cheek, roof of the mouth, gums and on the tongue. Canker sores can occur sometimes in clusters and can take up to two weeks to heal if left unattended.

The root cause of canker sores are yet unknown, however; there is no denying that these small cuts cause extreme pain and discomfort. Fortunate enough for some, these mouth ulcers occur for only three to four times a year but for others who suffer complex canker sores, especially those who previously had them, mouth ulcers occur even more often.

Tips on Preparing Tea

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Tea, being one of the world's most favorite drinks, is loved by people because of its exquisite taste. While it is indeed true that tea offers the body countless health benefits, it is still the taste that established a solid following from generations to generations. With that being said, the quality of tea becomes of utmost importance. Not only because premium tea extracts the most healthy contents, but because it also brings out the finest taste.

It is therefore necessary to properly steep your tea in order to get the best brew possible. It would be a waste not to make the most out of your premium loose leaf tea.

Cure Boils With Tea

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For a while now, we have been discussing a lot about the beauty benefits of tea. So far, we could see that tea could help us in a number of ways, from head to skin - but mind you, we're not done yet.

But before we proceed on that particular topic, there are some noteworthy tips that you all should know.

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Prevent Dandruff with Tea

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Another frustrating hair problem that most of us suffer from is dandruff. These itchy flakes are really disturbing and could oftentimes cause embarrassment. Most dandruff sufferers take utmost efforts to eliminate these flakes and prevent them from coming back. Sure, there are a number of anti-dandruff shampoos and creams available. But for those seeking alternative and safe treatments, why not try using chamomile tea or green tea?

Chamomile Tea

prevent baldness with green tea maskHair is every person's crowning glory. It is important to always keep it looking vibrant and well-nourished. Unfortunately, keeping it soft and manageable isn't always easy. Plus, there comes tangles and brittleness. But above all these hair problems, one of the most common issues affecting both men and women is thinning and falling hair, which could be very alarming especially when left unattended.

In the previous blog post, we discussed how we could achieve natural hair highlights by use of chamomile tea. But we're not done with the hair benefits of tea yet. In this article, we'll talk about getting shiny, smooth hair by making your very own conditioner from loose leaf green tea.

Green tea conditioner can give your locks extra shine. It can also give your hair a soft and smooth feel. Follow these simple steps and you're well on your way to a healthy, shiny hair that visibly improves with regular use.

DIY Green Tea Sunscreen

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green tea sunscreenGreen tea has been widely patronized by people not just simply as a drink but also as other forms of commodity - especially as a beauty product.

Numerous skin care items have been developed with green tea as the base component due to its high level of antioxidants. There are skin gels, creams, toners, cleansers, lotions and moisturizers, among others. The antioxidants in green tea are used to combat free radicals that cause skin aging, loss of elasticity and damage.

green tea helps protect skin from sun damageMost people worldwide patronize tea for its health benefits. To add up to the long list, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that green tea catechins could help protect the human skin from UV damage.

The research involved sixteen health human subjects, who orally took 540mg of green tea catechins (low-dose GTC) which is equivalent to around 2 cups of green tea; along with 50mg of Vitamin C daily for 12 weeks.

Coffee Leaf Tea - A Unique Brew

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Coffee leaf teaBoth tea and coffee have been the world's second most favorite drink after to water. Most tea and coffee enthusiasts can hardly choose which among these two drinks is better, but now to perhaps settle this dilemma, a coffee leaf tea has been discovered.

The researchers of this so-called "coffee leaf tea" - the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London and the Joint Research Unit for Crop Diversity, Adaptation and Development in Montpellier made a rare tea out of coffee leaves and claims that this is healthier than both drinks.

Does Tea Really Cause Kidney Stones?

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tea and kidney stoneWith a wide number of health benefits and soothing effects, it's not a surprise that the world continues to enjoy tea from generations to generations. But as years go by, people began to speculate several health disadvantages that could potentially be associated by drinking tea. And one of these disadvantages is that it might cause kidney stones.

What is a kidney stone?

Is Aluminum in Tea Harmful?

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You might have heard of another supposed drawback of tea - that it causes aluminum toxicity. Like the issue on fluoride absorption, some people think that tea could be harmful to health as it absorbs in it quantities of aluminum. We already have discussed the matter with fluoride in the previous post, and will explain further why you shouldn't fret a lot on this aluminum issue- especially if you're a tea drinker.

fluoride in teaWith tea providing us a huge number of diverse health benefits, there are still those who remain skeptical as to how healthy tea is for their bodies. And given the widespread rumors as to the so-called drawbacks of tea, I find it important to tackle some of them and somehow show that tea is nothing less than a healthy drink.

We've already discussed the iron absorption effects of tea on food and drinks. Now we'll have to tackle the amount of fluoride in tea, which, some people thought to be alarming.

What is fluoride?

tea and iron deficiencyIt has been told that drinking tea may have iron-inhibiting effects in the body. And because of that, some people have been avoiding tea. But little do we know that the iron absorption effects of tea are minimal, because it only affects nonheme iron, and it's not necessary to stop consumption in the fear of being iron deficient.

Drinking green tea lowers blood sugar spikesGreen tea has long been used as a medication since the early discovery of tea. It has also been widely utilized in traditional medicine to control blood sugar levels. With this assumption, people, especially diabetes patients, have made green tea a part of their diet in the hopes to lower blood spikes and to improve insulin levels.

With regards this claim, a few medical studies have shown that green tea supplementation might reduce blood sugar levels in people with borderline diabetes.

Improve Your Memory with Green Tea

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Drinking green tea improves memoryIt has been hypothesized that one of the prime health benefits of green tea is its ability to boost brain function and memory. And just recently, Chinese medical researchers have discovered how this works - by conducting a study focusing on green tea ECGC (epigallocatechin-3 gallate).

Types of Chinese Green Tea

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types of chinese green teaIt is perhaps safe to say that one of the most famous, if not the most famous tea type is green tea. Aiming to validate the benefits of green tea has been the topic of many scientific endeavors over the past years. But regardless the results, people have continued to patronize green tea for both the purpose of health and pleasure.


coffee and tea benefitsI am particularly keen on topics regarding coffee and tea. I am a fan of both, but my curiosity led me to do my own research. In the end, it actually helped me come up with a comprehensive generalization and of course a more favored drink. If you are as curious as I am, or just want to learn bits of information, please read on.



coffee bean and tea leafWe have already begun comparing coffee vs tea on our first short article. Now we will discuss more of the overall feel, the drinking experience and the compostition that makes coffee and tea distinct from each other.

green teaHere's some great news for you Green Tea fans out there: a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that an unlikely combination of green tea and gold may help to treat prostate cancer. University of Missouri reseachers found through tests on mice that combining a compound found in green tea leaves with nanoparticles of gold led to the destruction of cancer cells. The particles are tiny enough to destroy the cancer cells while leaving surrounding tissue intact. This new treatment, if applied to humans, would require doses far lower than chemotherapy, according to the researchers.

Green Tea Ice Cream to Beat the Summer Heat

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With high temperatures sweeping the United States and the vacation season upon us, it might just be time to have a tasty, cold treat. What better way to do that than by incorporating healthy green tea? Organicauthority.com recently posted a wonderful recipe for Green Tea ice cream. The recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker and offers a creative twist on traditional ice cream. All you need is a freezer and the ability to stir. Why don't you give it a try?

Going Green (and Pink)

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I'm not proud to admit it, but though I consider myself a tea lover, I've never been a fan of green tea. I'd love to get a dose of green tea's healthy antioxidants, like the EGCG I profiled in a previous post, which can fend off cancer and Alzheimer's. I like green vegetables, green lights, and the green movement to save our beautiful planet - and yet, somehow, green tea left me cold.
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What is EGCG?

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You probably think you've never heard of epigallocatechin gallate, but you have heard everyone from your hairdresser to your favorite celebs to the experts at the Mayo Clinic raving about the practically-magical EGCG. What is it, what will it do for you, and where can you get some?EGCG in Tea

Pondering Polar Pekoe?

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Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths.” ~John Egerton

Most of us are familiar with at least some of the benefits of tea. It’s delicious; it’s high in antioxidants, and a great way to calm the mind and spirit. It’s soothing on a cold winter’s night, and as Richard Blechynden learned many years ago in Saint Louis, refreshing on a summer day.

Do you take sugar?

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While sipping tea recently with a friend, I was impressed by her sugar dispenser, a little glass bauble which puts out exactly one teaspoon of sugar each time you invert it. I sheepishly admitted that I don't get out much, and I might even have uttered the word "newfangled." Then she told me the piece was actually old. Oops.

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Make Your Own Green Tea Facial Mask

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green tea face mask When it comes to relaxation, there is only one thing better than settling down with a hot cup of green tea to calm th nerves... making yourself a green tea facial to relax and rejuvenate your skin.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce stress lines and wrinkles on the face, making skin more taught and youthful looking. If this isn't enough to convince you to slather some green tea on your face immediately, green tea facials have also been proven to help reduce the risk of sun cancer in animal tests! Are you slicing the cucumbers for your eyes yet?

The Healing Properties of Tea

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A couple of days ago I had small accident.

We'll just say that I was perhaps a little too tired to be slicing an apple and in addition to a couple of ounces of beautiful, crisp, sweet gala apple slices, I wound up with a beautifully sliced thumb as well. It was almost like a surprise holiday bonus. Almost.

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Anyway, since I use my thumbs quite a bit as a primate, writer, student, and assistant office manager, my first reaction after suturing myself up (thank you, Girl Scouts) was to scour the Internet for information on how I could help my injury heal as quickly as possible.

Night Time Tea - Volume II

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sleepytime tea hobbiesHow is it that you enjoy your night time tea? Do you enjoy a cup of herbal in the quiet after the kids go to bed? Do you sip a cup during the nightly news? I take mine out to the front porch and sip my tea while I drink in the night. Listening to the night sounds of suburbia, Killdeers winging through the dark... Sometimes watching a bat fly in and out of the streetlight catchng insects.

Perfecting the Hot Toddy

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Brrr! It's getting cold here in NJ, and I have been retreating to my fall favorites to keep warm: fires, blankets, mulled cider, and hot toddies! I first experienced a hot toddy as a child when I was sick with a sore throat or when I came in freezing from playing out in the snow. My mom presented me with this, at the time, extremely potent concoction that was overwhelming to sip but definitely took the cold edge off. Since then, I've actually come to enjoy this hot tea recipe in the fall and winter because it warms you from the inside out, and so I have adapted my own versions to my particular tastes.

Fresh-Roasted Dragonwell Leaves
On the precipice of Halloween, southwest Georgia shows off her changing colors–the pods have fallen from almost every gum tree, and each Japanese oak seems to cling on to its last majestic leaflet, before it inevitably must tumble to the ground. And the cradling action of each leaf that falls is reflected in each cup of Dragonwell.

Enjoying Your Night Time Tea - Volume 1

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If you're like me, you drink tea at all hours of the day... right up until (and sometimes past) bedtime. This post is about one of those nights... I love to sit outside, while drinking my favorite cup (or pot in this case) of decaf or herbal, in the summer when the night bloomers are active and take in the aroma of night blooming jasmine... Some orchids, too, only emit their lovely fragrances at night. One of my favorite night time specticals is the opening of my night blooming Epiphylum cactus flowers.

It starts out like this...

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SustainabiliTEA

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Sustainability, describes a lifestyle in which resources are used to their fullest and not depleted or permanently destroyed. Sustainability is a wonderful philosophy as it can be practiced in almost every daily activity and anyone, regardless of age or living situation, can begin to practice it at any point. Whether you drink tea for health, for flavor, to wake up or to fall asleep, you can begin a sustainable practice simply by choosing and using your tea wisely!

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Love the earth with loose tea:

3, 2, 1---and the mountain was gone. A ball of mist swirled in a masking envelope. I looked on. This was the power of Huangshan or as English-speakers will better understand, Yellow Mountain.

Yellow Mountain Green Tea

And moments later, as if my murmurs had been heard, a single ray broke the swirl and the creamy jutting spires of stone dazzled. A natural muse, Hunagshan has served as the source of allure for countless traditional ink paintings and thousands of poems (20,000 to be exact, from the Tang to the Qing, 618-1912). Last counted in 2007, 15 million visited, but for more than just that.

Tea and Skin Care: What Variety Works Best?

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Women have used teas to improve their complexions for centuries and beauty consumers of today are no different. Studies have credited tea with a relieving such skin conditions as acne and rosacea, and helping to protect against ultraviolet rays which cause wrinkles and skin cancer. One study actually credits tea with rejuvenating the skin! 1 Currently, there is a vast array of products containing tea on the market ranging from cleansers to creams. Although the tea most commonly associated with skin care is green tea, researchers have found that white, rooibos, oolong and black all offer positive benefits to skin.
White, green, oolong and black tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, the difference being the length of fermentation. Rooibus tea hails from the Asplathus linearis which native to South Africa . Regardless of the variety or plant of origin, each of these teas contain powerful antioxidents and have been found to be equally beneficial to skin health.2

It's August 16th, already?

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Like Alice in Wonderland, I've felt time disappear like a vacuum sucking up lint balls. This summer, I traveled through the heart of China--to a mystical mountain where green tea grows in its mist, to pandas so cute its difficult to consider them bears, to teahouses where you can sip, sign and forget the existence of watches and time altogether.

Until, that is, you emerge from the rabbit hole, jet lagged, and you see the reality outside the portals of an airport. August 16th, huh?

Stay tuned for the tales. This is a teaser of what's to come.

Make Your Own Genmai-cha Tea

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In researching this article, I came across the following legend regarding the origin of Genmai-cha:

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In feudal Japan, there was a servent named Genmai. One day he was serving his master, a samurai lord, some tea. As he served the tea, some grains of rice fell out of his pocket and into the tea. His master, furious at him for ruining the tea, executed him on the spot. The samurai lord decided to drink the tea anyway and loved the flavor that the rice added to the tea. He ordered that his tea be served that way every day from then on and called the tea Genmai-cha in honor of it's accidental creator.

Catechins in TeaWho doesn't wish they looked like someone else at one point in their life? Or that they could have their high school waist forever?

Even though I am only in my 20s, I already feel my metabolism quickly slowing down and my six pack abs from my previous soccer years adjust to a more flabby feel. While I'm not huge into diets, I do like to stay healthy and I am looking to TONE TONE TONE what my mama gave me.

One of my biggest challenges in the fight in staying healthy and fit, is the ever tempting second-helpings of my favorite thing — carbs!

No one will scold you for having second helpings of vegetables (no, fries do not count) and fruit, but when it comes to startches like pasta, it's hard for me to say no.

Untangling the web of Japan’s radiation effects

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What shook Japan on March 11th was fatal and catastrophic, but no one knew then that its shocks, in the form of economic drains, wouldn’t cease a bit several months later. In the latest wave of banned items issued by the government, dried tea hits the list in even wider margins.

What does this mean for the tea buyer? Shortages and higher prices and probably not just for tea drinkers in Japan.

The primary problem remains to be the radiation leaks from the greatly affected Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station. However, as of early June, the ban now extends to four surrounding provinces where tainted produce has been found over legal limits: Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi. products effected by Japanese radiation

The Most Popular Green Teas

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green tea listWith the summer heat here to stay for a few more months, many people are trying to find ways to cool down with more than just water. Green tea is known for it’s health benefits and great taste, but many people don’t realize that there are many variations of green tea they can sip on in the shade.

History of Green Tea

Green tea derives from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, the same plant that also produces black tea, but the two differ in not only taste and color but also in preparation. Green tea leaves are steamed which allows the antioxidants to be drank by the consumer. Black tea is fermented in preparation.

Met Your Matcha

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Matcha is a type of green tea used mainly in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies; pale green with a nice, if weak smell. I heard the taste is bitter, but strangely plesent. As a lover of all sorts of green tea, I've always wanted to try it, so imagine my joy when I found it at the local grocery store I shop at. Having run out of black tea and dried cranberries earlier in the week, I decided to go shopping earlier than unsual. I could live without black tea by drinking the remaining green tes, but I needed the cranberries.

AS I browsed the tea aisle, I passed the green and flavored teas to look for standard black tea, when I looked up on the top shelf and ta-da! There it was in all its very expensive glory. $30 for tea is far more than any college student could afford, and I still needed my cranberries. I poked around and eventually found a matcha and green tea blend that fit within my budget. I took it home and proceeded to make a cup of tea.

Green Tea is Great for Your Skin!

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As a fair skinned woman, I'm constantly having to check the weather before I go outside to make sure I don't end up sunburned by the end of the day.

I think it is very important to take care of one's skin because this is the only skin that you'll have for your life, why not make it the begreen tea skin productsst and most beautiful you can!

In addition to my routine of washing my face and applying SPF moisturizer and make-up, I've been searching around for other tricks that will help my glow.

Want to live longer?

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Picture two middle-aged mice, born at the same time. One suffers from gray hair, shriveled muscles, and creaky joints. He's a pint-size Wilford Brimley. The other mouse, meanwhile, looks healthy and young—Jack LaLanne in his fifties. Why the contrast? While the geriatric mouse lived a sedentary life in his cage, his younger-looking contemporary literally outran the effects of aging,” says Outside magazine.

Before leaving China, I knew I had to get one; a proper tea set, complete with a teapot, cups to share and a beautiful glaze. After all, that’s what’s important, right? I wanted a teapot as brilliant as the tea inside.

And that’s what I thought was most important, or rather, the only element important when purchasing a tea set—the look, design and feel it resonates. Important, true, but to be the only detail, well, that was my novice mistake, no doubt

In today’s world, a food’s health profile seems relatively easy to understand. With a cursory glance at the label on a box of Oreos, you’ll not only discover it contains sugar, number one, but also artificial flavor and just 2 percent of calcium, despite all that rich cream in the middle; along with all those other things you didn’t want to read aloud to your conscience, like 60 calories from fat in just a few bites. In today’s world, unfortunately, you need the black and white stats.

But when you break a food apart to each ingredient, compound and chemical, piece-by-piece, how do you really know which is better for you?

Green Tea Chocolate Truffles

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At heart, I’m a chocolate lover. Since I’ve gotten older, my only change in vice, for sometimes it can reach unhealthy proportions, has been to move onto the dark side. If I had a chocolate number, 85% would be it.

However, sometimes you just want a little variety with your cacao. I’ve tried nuts; I love chunks of almonds swirled in. Espresso flavored bars are good too. But after investigating on the web, I realized I had been missing out on something pretty big—tea & chocolate.

Jasmine Tea Chicken Soup

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup finely diced carrots

1/4 cup fresh or frozen green peas or thinly sliced snow peas

2 tablespoons finely diced celery

1 cup water

1 ounce enoki mushroom stems trimmed to 1 inch from the head

8 ounces cooked chicken breast, diced (about 2 cups)

Salt to taste

Freshly ground white pepper to taste....

Tea for College Students

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Ask any college student what they drink to stay awake and you’re likely to hear either “favorite energy drink – it wakes me up instantly,” or “coffee - it tastes good and keeps me up,” or sometimes, “any caffeine-loaded drink I can find that will keep me awake long enough to finish this assignment.”

Being a college student, I can understand the need for caffeine, especially when working on a long paper the night before it’s due. Caffeine is an essential for early morning classes or a quick pick-me-up after a long night working on homework that was forgotten until the absolute last minute.

Birthday wishes for a runner, an extra boost

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I recently turned 23, I know, I’m still very young (or at least I hope that’s what you’re thinking). Yet still, no matter the age, birthdays always get me thinking about the past and what I want to happen in the future, before the next tick mark, 24. And as so, I’ve created a system, perhaps stolen from another, 23 things to do before 24.

It’s a list I put heavy thought into, much differently than my usual daily to-do jots. Among this year’s list: learn more about tea, become proficient in Spanish (as I’m moving to Spain next fall), keep studying Chinese, maintain target weight, run a marathon.

Origami and Tea Growing Regions in Japan

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I’ve never been great at origami, but if it means not slaving over keigo (??), honorifics, or memorizing hundreds of kanji ( ??), Chinese characters, in Japanese class – I’ll try it!paper crane for Japan support

In Iowa, high schools and colleges joined together to make 1 million cranes to send to Japan to show support. And so, our sensei (??) taught us how to make paper cranes.

Are tea imports from Japan safe?

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Consumers of Japanese goods around the world are responding to the tragic tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan with fears of radiation contamination. Should tea enthusiasts be worried as well?

According to the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration in America has banned all dairy products and produce from the area of Japan where a damaged nuclear reactor is leaking radiation. Other products, such as seafood, will not be banned, but will be tested for any trace of radioactive iodine.

I decided I wanted to start with something that sounded a bit easy so I don't get discouraged too soon. I also wanted a combination that was not too heavy for dinner. A soup and salad seemed to fit the bill. Lapsang Tea Salad

Lapsang Souchong Tea and Parsnip Soup: Serves 4

Green Tea vs. Black Tea: Which is Better?

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When the camelia sinensis plant gave birth, she produced a similar yet very distinctive set of quadruplets: green, white, oolong and black. The siblings that shine the most are the oldest and the youngest...green and black. As the youngest, black tea has for many generations been the spoiled, all American favorite especially in southern households as it is welcomed with every meal, iced. Green tea, although it chose to go backpacking around the world and thus developed a finer sense of appreciation, has far lived in the shadow of its youngest sibling at home...

Electric Honeydew Tea Recipe - Summer Cocktail

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These days, non-tea-drinkers categorize our fun loving group into two stereotypes: the zen and serene / the pretentious (and possibly British). I'm sure the health-conscious are thrown somewhere into the mix. ThisElectric Honeydew Tea Cocktail weekend, I vow to throw those preconceived notions to the wind and let lose with a high in tea, low in calorie, summer cocktail. The days are warm and the nights are long, what better time than now? Move over Long Island Ice Tea, there's an electrifying new antioxidant-rich drink on the block. Enjoy...

Don't throw away your used green tea leaves! You can make your own green tea incense creating a wonderul aroma and eliminating bad odors.

Follow these steps to make your own green tea incense:tea incense

1) Roll your used green tea leaves into a small tight ball. The tighter the ball, the slower the burn.

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Orange Mint Iced Tea Recipe - Summer Tea 1

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Where would we be in the deadly summer heat without a tall glass of iced tea? This next series will explore the various methods of cooling off with some creative ways of utilizing tea. The first entry was actually inspired by a billboard I noticed while driving around town. It was an ad from McDonald's introducing their newest beverage: sweet iced tea. This prompted me to share with ya'll my Texan mother-in-law's amazing sweet tea recipe that she serves with every meal called Orange Mint Iced Tea.orange mint tea

Father's Day Tea Flight

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Just in time for Father's Day!

Say, "Thank you Dad!" with a tea flight made just for Dad. Skip the tie and scotch. This year give Dad a healthy, delicious gift of gourmet loose leaf tea. The Father's Day Tea Flight includes:

- Gunpowder green tea which helps prevent cancer, lowers cholesterol levels and promotes weight loss.

- Golden Monkey Paw black tea, one of Will's favorite black teas with a smooth malty taste. Black tea reduces stress and the signs of aging.

Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

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Green tea is packed with both health and beauty benefits. These benefits can be reaped by drinking the tea or applying it directly to the skin. The green tea extract is naturally chock full of antioxidants which helps the body fight free radicals, thus resulting in younger looking skin.

A lot of makeup, lotions, and creams now use green tea extract. However, you don’t need to rush to the department store just yet. Many products can be made at home. Try this recipe:


"Green Tea Toner"

• Steep green tea in purified water
• Let cool, and transfer to a spray bottle
• Either spray directly onto skin or soak a cotton ball and wipe over skin


This is a great toner for the skin!

A cup of Green keeps the dentist away?

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Recently, a study was released discussing the dental advantages of drinking green tea. Of course, it is assumed that the tea would be drank without sugar, as sugar has reverse effects on teeth. The researchers found out that green tea contains antimicrobial molecules called catechins. These catechins, which are commonly known as active antioxidants can possibly kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms in your mouth, such as some forms of oral bacteria. This research is ongoing at Columbia University in New York City, by Alfredo Morabia....

Lemon Drop Summer Chill!!

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We just had a crazy heat wave, like over 100 for the last 2 weeks, which reminded me; it's time to switch up the Summer Chill flavor!

We had a great response to the White Melon Yogurt Summer Tea and I hope everyone got a free one that wanted to try it. Of course we still offer White Melon Yogurt here at www.CaliforniaTeaHouse.com, but it is no longer free. It's time to move on to the next Summer Chill flavor.