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Rooibos Tea and Caffeine

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If you’re concerned about your caffeine intake but don’t want to quit it altogether, pu-erh is the tea for you. But, if you have issues about caffeine and want it out of your life forever, shop for rooibos tea instead. Why? NEWSFLASH: Rooibos is completely caffeine free. That’s right folks, if you want a completely sinless liquid vice, rooibos is the tea for you. Here's a quick crash course on everything you should know about rooibos-- 

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.

Tea Bath for a Beautiful, Refreshed Skin

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tea bath for beautiful skinHas your skin been through a lot that it now appears to always seek attention? It's because stress can create several effects on a person. It not only affects the mind and the body but also the skin. Most common signs of stressed skin are dryness, fine lines and redness. When at least one of these appears, do not wait any further for the condition to worsen. Pamper your skin with a natural tea bath and see it revived and refreshed.

Tone Down That Oily Face With Tea Toner

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natural tea oil tonerWant to know how to stop oily skin naturally? Try an organic tea oil toner!

It is everybody's wish to go out looking clean and cool. But unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Due to several factors such as genetics, environment and stress, there are always those people who'd suffer more of oily skin and extreme shine - which of course, says goodbye to that fresh look.

To resolve the issue, people have been trying out different oil control products. But know that not all cosmetic items are compatible for your skin type. That's why it is recommended to go for natural and all organic - try using tea for your oily skin issues.

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.

Highlight Your Hair Naturally with Tea

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How we present our hair makes a huge difference in our overall appearance. With countless hairstyles out there, you could easily get a new look in almost an instant. But if you feel bored of the conventional comb and gel, then take your look to the next level with hair highlights!

Having highlights done can be very expensive, so if that's out of your budget, don't fret. There's a way to have natural highlights that look better than salon, chemical highlights for a fraction of a cost; not to mention safer and all-organic with tea.

Benefits of Rooibos Tea

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We have started to discuss the benefits of rooibos tea's quercetin in the body. This time, we'll tackle another bioflavonoid content of rooibos that also offers the body a number of health benefits - rutin.

Rutin is found in various food sources - citrus, berries, buckwheat seeds and of course, rooibos tea. It has been known to deliver health benefits in the body particularly in the protection of blood vessels.

In an experimental study published in the PubMed section of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it has been found that rutin is capable of inhibiting platelet activating factors, thus helping in blood circulation.

Added Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos tea may not seem to be as famous as green and black tea in the Western world but it is a very important commodity in South Africa where it naturally grows. Rooibos tea has shown a lot of health beneficial potentials and has become the subject of studies recently.

Japan, one of the top importers of rooibos tea (both conventional and organic), patronizes it for its anti-aging benefits. Their researchers also recognize rooibos tea for its anticancer and antimutagenic (ability to reduce rate of mutation) properties.

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).

The Anti-aging Drink - Rooibos Tea

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rooibos tea the anti-aging teaTea has been known worldwide for being a pure goodness in a cup. But did you know that there's this certain tea that helps keep you look and feel young? Rooibos tea (rooibos red tea), is a native in South Africa and known for its strong anti-aging properties, and is patronized by both men and women to keep their skin look young, youthful and vibrant.

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.

Tea Production - Top 5 Tea Producing Countries

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tea productionTea, being one of the world's most loved beverages, is not only full of healthy benefits but also of rich history. From its early beginnings sometime in the 2737 BC in China, tea has traveled a long and rich journey before earning the hearts of millions of people in the world.

Enjoying Health in Chamomile Tea

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chamomile tea benefitsIt is amazing how the propagation of tea has progressed overtime. From a simple drink, tea has leveraged into becoming a popular health drink known to cure and aid several illnesses and health discomforts. Among the herbs now popularly used as tea is chamomile, a flowering plant from the daisy family.

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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.

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?

Natural Beauty Tips with Tea

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Are you looking for some natural beauty tips? I've been an educator for a cosmetics company for the last few years, so I'm always interested in what's on the ingredient panel. We carry a number of products that contain red, black, green, and white teas. Tea is always a great addition to cosmetics-they contain tannins that naturally tighten pores and antioxidants that protect the skin from aging.

While using tea as part of one's beauty regime goes back millennia, I've done some research for you and found some inexpensive, modern ways to keep you Beau-TEA-ful from head to toe. Here are some natural beauty tips using tea:

Tea for Dogs?

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tea for dogsIntroducing the first ever tea for dogs, Machu's Blend. An all-natural, herbal tea blend formulated to keep your best friend healthy, happy and lower the stresses that shorten the lifespan of urban dogs. We have a Great Dane named Machu Picchu who has become a bit of a mascot here at California Tea House. Machu spends most of his time laying around on his enormous day bed, soaking up the sun and welcoming guests while we scramble around blending and tasting new teas.

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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?

Darjeeling Tea Vinaigrette

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My husband, Will, and I planted our first vegetable garden at the tail end of spring. We were so excited to harvest a variety of tomatoes, pumpkin, okra, squash, cucumber and a plethora of greens and herbs by the beginning of fall.

Why Organic Tea?

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Many of the herbal teas offered by California Tea House are grown at small, organic farms in California; these farms also provide many of the berries and flowers found in other teas. Even large chains like Wal-Mart have begun to offer and promote organic products. In my experience, organic products taste the same as coventionally-raised and produced food items, yet cost much more. So, what gives? Why is it important to eat and drink organic, even when it coems to tea?organic tea

Tea for Hair?

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Ttea for hairea lovers, rejoice: you can use tea to give your locks extra luster this winter!

How, you ask? Well, the tannins found in tea can thicken the shaft of the hair, which of course makes hair appear thicker. Although there's no science to back it up, I have also found that my hair appears much smoother following what I call a 'tea rinse.'

The method couldn't be simpler.

Does Sleepytime Tea Work?

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Find out if Sleepytime tea works.

What to do with leftover tea?

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I'm guilty of often over-estimating and over-brewing how much tea I really want to drink when I steep it in a pot. Sometimes I'll brew a whole pot and think that I will want to drink it all, only to drink a cup and not want anymore. I hate wasting things, and so I've tried to be more careful about how much I might realistically drink and what to do with left over tea.

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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.

Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

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Why can't I fall asleep!? Learn Herbal Remedies for Insomnia:

I've have had difficulty sleeping for the majority of my life and lately with the stress of school and late nights, my sleeping patterns are way out of wack. Not wanting to take prescription sleeping pills, It was time I discovered some herbal remedies for insomnia.

I've tried many different remedies : melatonin, warm milk, listening to classical music and nothing has been as consistent as having a cup of tea a half hour before hitting the hay.

Herb Harvest... Dressing up your tea

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I love growing herbs in with my flowers. When I grow Sweet Basil, the most common variety, I love to toss a small sprig into a pot of tea. It adds a delicate sweet spicey flavor.

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This year I successfully grew two different varieties of Basil, African Blue and Cinnamon Basil. I'm sorry to say that I wasn't successful in growing a Pineapple Basil (beautiful yellow leaves, red flowers and spicey pineapple scent). Also this year, I let my basils flower and go to seed before harvesting. The flowers when dried have a more faint scent and flavor than the dried leaves do. So, since I grew varieties that are a bit more pungent than sweet basil in flavor, I thought that the flowers would be more fitting for my tea.

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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Curing Green Olives with Tea

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olive_harvestIn the center of our front yard hovers a multi-trunked matured olive tree. The olives began to drop in the early part of fall which gave me the impression that the tree only produced green olives. Being a Kalamata and a Colossal Black Olives advocate, it was much to my delightful surprise when I researched the matter and found out that black olives are borne from green ones.

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

Blueberry Peony Iced Tea Recipe - Summer Tea 2

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Ice cream is one of the best and worst coolants of summer. Best because it tastes sooo good and worst because its sooo bad for you. Here's a delicious tisane recipe that's packed with healthy components like anti-oxidants and tannins that serves as a simply fantastic dessert substitute for a scorching hot day: