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How dangerous are the pesticides in your tea?

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Tea is the second most widely-consumed beverage in the world after water. In the U.S., around 80% of households drink tea, and it's increasingly in demand with sales rising by 6% in the last five years. The U.S. is the third largest tea importer in the world, and 69% of tea purchased in the U.S. is bagged tea instead of loose-leaf.

It's no surprise that the tea market has been expanding with tea being linked to everything from a healthy, natural increased metabolism to cancer prevention. But, do you really know what's in your tea bag? You might want to put down your teacup before reading on.

Pu Erh Tea Aids in Weight Loss, Real or Not Real?

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Okay, let me get this straight:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MAGIC TEA THAT COULD INSTANTLY BURN, MELT, AND DISSOLVE THE AMOUNT OF FAT IN YOUR BODY.

There. I said it.

If you came here looking for a magic potion to weight loss woes, you’d be sorely disappointed. Honestly, you’d get a much better chance at finding a leprechaun riding a unicorn over a rainbow than obtaining a magical solution to losing weight. Anyone who promises to give you a drink that could burn or melt all your fat away is lying. Tea is not the end-all and be-all of weight loss.

Why I Love Matcha

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Matcha Tea is a finely milled, powdered, Japanese green tea. When you drink other teas, you’re simply brewing the tea leaves and missing out on so much the tea has to offer.

 

With matcha, the leaves are stone ground. It’s made from the tender, young leaves at the top of the tea plant and is stone ground into a fine powder. This means you’re not straining out any of the leaves in the process of making the tea; and that you consume the entire leaf with every sip!

 

What Is Pu-Erh?

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california-tea-house-what-is-pu-erh-camellia-sinensisPu-erh or Pu’er tea has become a household name in weight loss and cholesterol control ever since the ubiquitous Dr. Oz named it as one of THE best teas for weight loss. Ever.

Whether this is true or not, one thing we all agree with is how awesome Pu-erh is. Seriously, there’s nothing like a good cup of this awesome dark drink with which to start the morning!

So where does this tea come from?

Tea Cuts Down Risks of Cardiovascular Diseases

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The last two blog posts have discussed the studies focusing on the health benefits of tea in the body. The findings from these ventures were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and for this blog post, we'll talk about how tea helps in cutting down risks of cardiovascular diseases.

black teaTea has long been believed to keep the heart healthy. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Claudio Ferri from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, it has been found that black tea helped trim down blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

green tea and red wine against Alzheimer's diseaseA new breakthrough in the study of Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by a research from the University of Leeds in UK. The EGCG components of green tea and the resveratrol from red wine could possibly disrupt a stage in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

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 Rooibos Tea Helps Fight Type 2 Diabetes

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fight type 2 diabetes with rooibos teaSo it's not just green tea and black tea that has the potential to fight diabetes. There's also the rooibos tea, a native from South Africa. But in fact almost all types of tea have this effect on diabetes management so there's no wonder why tea has always been a part of the diabetic diet.

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.

Reduce the Risk of Diabetes with Black Tea

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Black tea against diabetesLatest research studies discovered that black tea benefits the body by potentially cutting down risks of type 2 diabetes and promote significantly lower levels of metabolic syndromes.

It has been known since the early past that drinking tea could give astounding health benefits to the body. And now, statistically analyzed data showed direct relation of type 2 diabetes with drinking black tea.

Beauty Benefits of White Tea

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White Tea BenefitsWhite tea may not be as popular as green tea and some other tea flavors but it certainly has inherited most, if not all of the tea health benefits every enthusiast enjoy. Most people might have not known that there's this magic-like benefit one could get by drinking every cup - that it helps keep one feeling young and youthful, plus the bonus of fighting off inflammatory and chronic diseases.

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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.

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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Pu-erh Tea - The Healthy Chinese Tea

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pu-erh teaSince the early times, tea has become one of the most exquisite and relaxing drink patronized by people from all throughout the world. Not only is it loved by its calming, soothing and tasty properties, but also because of all the tea health benefits made known to us. Since its propagation, several tea collections and flavors have been developed and among them are green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea. But have you ever heard of pu-erh tea? If not, this short article will give you an overview of its history and its benefits.


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.

Valerian and Chai Tea- A brew against insomia

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tea and insomniaNothing is more rewarding than having a sound rest after a long, tiresome day. But unfortunately, not all people seem lucky enough to enjoy that peaceful rest. Sleeping disorders such as insomia could definitely take its toll on worn out bodies and exhausted minds. This condition, arising from a number of possible causes, including anxiety, stress, depression and other psychological factors, has affected a majority of people, summing up to about 30-50% of the US population.

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.

Interview with a Tea Teacher

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Ms. Cymantia Tomlinson recently taught a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". Students who took this course learned about the healing properties of various bush teas and created their own signature blends using exotic spices and organic ingredients. They were also able to sample delectable Jamaican desserts as part of the experience.

I was not able to attend, but Ms. Tomlinson was kind enough to let me interview her and share her passion for tea with all of you. Enjoy our conversation!

Jamaican style tea cup - Ms. Cymantia TomlinsonQ. You recently conducted a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". What made you want to teach this course?

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

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Over a half million people die every year from heart disease. Although heart disease in some cases can be cured, the key to avoiding heart disease is prevention.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are five key steps to preventing heart disease:

1) Do not use tobacco of any kind (luckily, smoking is no longer considered cool)

2) Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day (a walk is one of those things that's only tough to get started, but you love it once your up and moving)

Top 5 health benefits of Rooibos

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Rooibos, or Red Bush in Aficans, is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the world due to it's great taste and the amazing health benefits. The source of Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) is a native of the Western Cape of South Africa. The needles of this shrub turn red when when fermented, and the brewed needles were first drank by the native Khoi people of the Cape.

The Khoi's magic cup of tea is no longer a secret. There is currently a boom in the popularity of Rooibos that is spreading around the world. This naturally caffeine-free cup is most popular in Germany, the UK, the US and Japan with more than 15,000 tons of Rooibos leaves brewed each year.

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:

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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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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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

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?

Peace Tea

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When it comes to your health, what's in your cup is a very important topic. The beverages that we take in on a day to day basis really add up and can take from or add to your life in a big way. If you're drinking 60g of sugar sodas, even if it's one a day, you'd better have a pretty good workout schedule or be blessed with a super high metabolism to keep that off your belt line. If you're having more than one soda per day, you are raising your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

On the other hand, enjoying a cup or more of tea a day can extend your life by helping eliminate cancer causing free radicals from your body. Drinking tea can also help promote healthy gums, skin, hair, weight loss.... the list goes on and on.peace tea

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.

Gingerbread Chai TeaChristmas is drawing near and a crisp chill is in the air as we all plan our holiday shopping lists. I was fortunate enough to get to sample one of the gifts I will be sending to many people on my 'nice' list this year: Gingerbread Chai Tea. Not only is this blend, which is a subtly spicy combination of Rooibos tea leaves, ginger, lemongrass, vanilla and cinnamon, incredibly tasty, but it's also very healthful.

Does Sleepytime Tea Work?

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Find out if Sleepytime tea works.

Stay Hydrated This Winter!

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If you are like many people, myself included, it's hard to remember to drink enough fluids when you're not hot. Most of us remember that if we're exerting our bodies physically, we need to replenish them with water, tea, or other beverages; but when temperatures drop and we find ourselves shivering our way into work, hydration is not quite so intuitive. The fact is, however, that the white mist you breathe out is actually water vapor: you lose just as much water in the winter as you do during the summer!

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Tannins in Tea: The Facts

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As any tea drinker is aware, most types of tea, from green to black to herbal, contain various amounts of a group of chemical compounds collectively referred to as "tannins." But what does this mean?

The Magical Powers of Yoga and Tea!

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I've been practicing yoga on and off for a number of years, really having trouble sticking to a consistent routine. For the past week I've propelled myself into daily practice every morning to help heal some injuries I sustained to my back and to help clear my mind. Yoga does a lot of things for my mind and body that tea also does. I've been thinking about all of the parallels between yoga and tea:

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- tea and yoga settle and stimulate my mind

Rooibos for Flu and Cold Season

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What tea can you drink to help relieve cold symptoms? Rooibos tea for colds!

Tea Reduces the Risk of Alzheimers?

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For anyone who has ever had a relative that has suffered from Alzheimers, you know it is a devastating disease. It is impossibly difficult to watch your loved one suffer. My grandmother and my grandmother in law both suffered from Alzheimers. Knowing that genetics can play a part in risk factors, I want to do all I can to decrease the risk for my family. That is why when I found some great information on Alzheimers and tea, I just had to share it here. The study is below. It turns out that tea drinkers fared much better with cognitive decline. Thankfully there are many flavors to choose from, and I will be sharing a cup of tea with my family every day!

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